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Free Range Conversations Film Series with American Farmland Trust

April 11, 2021
Online
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is launching its 2021 Free Range Conversations Film Series with a free online screening of The Biggest Little Farm. This visually stunning film follows the journey of a California farm to rebuild regeneratively, from the soil up. The screening is followed by Q&A with John Chester, the farmer and filmmaker, moderated by Kara Heckert, AFT's California Regional Director. Learn what's been happening on the farm since the film came out.
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Labor Management Series: Supporting LGBTQ+ Employees and Apprentices

April 12, 2021
Online
Join Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and collaborating organizations for a free, three-part labor management series this spring designed to help you support a strong, safe, and equitable farming season with employees. In this second session, Equality Maine and a panel of queer farmers to learn and discuss some of the best ways to support LGBTQ+ employees and apprentices on your farm. Beginning with an introductory and interactive training, farmers will learn basics such as the differences between gender and sexuality and the importance of respecting pronouns. The second half will feature a panel of queer farmers and farm workers from Maine speaking about their experiences.
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FSMA Preventive Controls Rule Supplier Verification for Food Hubs and Farms

April 13, 2021
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that will help food hubs and other local food buyers (including farms in some cases!) understand what they need to do to verify their farm suppliers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This webinar we will break down the complex supplier verification requirement of FSMA's Preventive Controls Rule and provide an overview of a new guide that CAFF, Farm Commons, and UC Extension created to help food hubs and other facilities understand how they can verify the farms they buy from in a way that is least burdensome for all parties.
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Farm to Grocery Workshop Series

April 13, 2021
Online
University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a free series of three virtual Farm to Grocery workshops designed to equip rural grocers and farmers with the tools necessary to make meaningful business relationships. Each interactive session will cover a specific topic related to selling/buying local foods at a grocery market level, with guest speakers. This third and final session focuses on marketing, merchandising, and product handling.
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Financing Food-Centered Redevelopment

April 13, 2021
Online
This installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series will explore how investing in food-centered redevelopment can restore local food systems infrastructure, catalyze additional neighborhood development, and protect healthy, sustainable communities.
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Dr. Fred Provenza: Creating Locally Adapted Herbivores

April 13, 2021
Online
In his final webinar in a free, three-part series from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), guest presenter Dr. Fred Provenza will discuss how we can help livestock prosper by using foods and habitats available locally while minimizing inputs from fossil fuels.
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Developing a Drought Management Plan for the Ranch

April 13, 15, 20, and 22, 2021
Online
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a four-part webinar series, "Developing a Drought Management Plan for the Ranch," to help producers manage through and recover from the current drought, while also preparing for the next one. Topics covered will be Drought Risk Management Programs, Nutrition and Management Strategies for Drought Resilience, Drought's Impact on Rangeland Plant Communities and Wildfire Checklist/Recovery, and Economic Management Strategies to Minimize Drought Impact. The webinar series will also include a unique setting for discussion among the faculty presenters and program attendees.
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Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience: Management

April 14, 2021
Online
Granite State Graziers continues its four-part series, Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience, with this session on Management. Topics will include how animal management can affect grass growth and nutrition, clipping in spring, grass management outside of grazing, nutrient management, management pinch points, and meeting energy needs of animals.
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IPM Hour

April 14, 2021
Online
The Western IPM Center's monthly IPM hour seminar series features presenters on two topics in April. First is "Flowable Formulations of Pheromones for Integrated Pest Management," by Greg Montez of Suterra USA. That presentation is followed by Brent Warneke, of Oregon State University, on "Grape Powdery Mildew Management Using an Intelligent Sprayer and Sulfur." Join the Zoom meeting at noon Pacific Time.
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Dairy Grazing Strategies for Optimal Nutrition

April 14, 2021
Online
This free webinar from PASA Sustainable Agriculture offers a veterinarian's perspective on the nutritional needs of dairy cows. Dr. Greg Brickner from the Organic Valley veterinary team will discuss the nutritional needs of the dairy cow and the grazing practices that can produce high quality forage to meet these needs. This session will cover strategies for increasing butterfat, controlling MUN levels, pasture management, and supplementing pasture as needed.
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Free Range Conversations: Teletownhall

April 14, 2021
Call-in
In this teletownhall, American Farmland Trust President and CEO John Piotti and special guest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will discuss the benefits for farmers and ranchers provided by the American Rescue Plan. They will also look ahead to where the Department of Agriculture is headed, with a focus on regenerative practices and the importance of agriculture in the fight against climate change, the need to recruit a diverse next generation of farmers, and farmland protection.
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Why Is There a Chicken in the Vineyard?

April 15, 2021
Online
California Wines is celebrating "Down to Earth Month" in April with a series of free livestream events hosted by Napa Valley sommelier Amanda McCrossin, of SommVivant, and Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind Travel. In this session, learn how chickens, sheep, and goats in the vineyards are helping California vintners in their sustainable farming efforts.
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Exploring the Impact of Cover Crops on Water Quality

April 15, 2021
Online
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day discussing spring cover crop management tips and the impact of cover crops on water quality as part of the Conservation Learning Labs project.
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Munch on This: The Struggle is Real—Navigating the Tough Stuff

April 15, 2021
Online
North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is presenting a virtual Munch on This series on three evenings in April. The third session features Joshua and Tara Dukart on the topic The Struggle is Real: Navigating the Tough Stuff. The event begins at 7 pm Mountain.
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Special Research Grants Program: Potato Research

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Special Research Grants Program—Potato Research fiscal year (FY) 2021 to support breeding research that leads to the development and commercial use of superior performing potato varieties that address significant challenges to the U.S. potato industry. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2021 is approximately $2.56 million. Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, and their research foundations. Applications are due by April 16, 2021.
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Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems

April 16, 2021
Online
Join The Organic Center for a free webinar to learn more about quantifying the carbon sequestration potential of organic soil management practices. Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, co-author of a recently-published paper that looks within organic management, will highlight the areas where organic excels at locking greenhouse gas in the soil and identify the areas that are having the biggest beneficial impact, allowing organic growers to maximize their climate change fighting power.
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Culinary Lens on Agritourism

April 20, 2021
Online
International Workshop on Agritourism's series of free monthly gatherings continues with this event. Hear stories from around the world of the relationship between agritourism and culinary tourism. Focusing on food and drink tourism, panelists will describe how they foster shared experiences that embrace an authentic taste of place—and attract tourists interested in supporting localized foodways and rural livelihoods.
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In the Grain Pit: Modern Missives from Small-Scale California Grain

April 20, 2021
Online
EcoFarm's Dirt First! Conversation Series continues with this session focusing on the small-scale grain movement in California. Hear from four endeavors around the state that will give the farming community a window into the current climate for California grain.
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Growing Organic Tomato Seed: A Virtual How-To Training

April 20, 2021
Online
Join Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI) partners Laurie McKenzie and Jared Zystro from Organic Seed alliance, and Plant Pathologist Dan Egel from Purdue University for a virtual training on the how-to's of organic tomato seed production. This 60-minute webinar will cover tomato biology, climatic requirements, genetic maintenance, disease management, and how to harvest, clean, and store tomato seed.
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Ranching for a Resilient Future: Virtual fencing for land, livestock and landscape health

April 20, 2021
Online
This webinar is part of the Rural Resilience webinar series offered by Ranchers Stewardship Alliance. In this session, Leo Barthelmess, of Barthelmess Ranch, and Todd Parker, of Vence Inc., will discuss virtual fences, an exciting new technology at the forefront of future range management, and what they mean for land management, wildlife movement, and the future of ranching.
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Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience: How NRCS can help you

April 21, 2021
Online
The final session of Granite State Graziers' series on Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience focuses on how NRCS programs can help. Topics will include grazing planning, experiences with assistance providers, forage species, grazing annuals, and crop nutrient needs.
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Using Tarps to Control Weeds&Reduce Tillage

April 21, 2021
Online
During this webinar from PASA Sustainable Agriculture, you'll get an overview of tarping systems at two vegetable farms, used as a way to help reduce tillage and control weeds. The farmers will share why they decided to try this production method, how they make it work for their farm operation, and the benefits as well as the drawbacks.
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Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Kathleen Delate

April 21, 2021
Online
The featured speaker for the free Iowa Learning Farms webinar series is Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University.
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Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors

April 21, 2021
Online
In this webinar, join Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson of Xerces Society to learn about common insects in our communities and how to support them. She will highlight the difference between solitary and social wasps and bees, "beneficial" insects in agriculture, and ways we can support insects in our neighborhoods and broader communities.
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Small Ruminants: Designing Your Sheep and Goat Grazing System

April 21, 2021
Online
This free evening webinar is part of University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm Ready Research series. This session will focus on setting up a grazing system for your sheep and goats, estimating carrying capacity, planning on paddock sizes, and considering fencing options and watering systems.
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Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters, and How We Can All Be a Vital Part of the Solution

April 22, 2021
Online
Join Xerces Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for this webinar where he explains the latest science on insect declines and how everyone can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their lives. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance native plant habitat across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores.
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Lunch with Forages: Reed Anderson

April 22, 2021
Online
Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's monthly Lunch with Forages series continues with this session featuring Reed Anderson, the well-known owner of Anderson Ranches—a 5th generation grass-based operation in the Willamette Valley. He'll discuss the current market situations affected by the pandemic, sustainable ways of raising sheep and cattle on pasture, and marketing grass-fed animals.
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Stolen Land: The Struggle for Rematriation

April 23, 2021
Online
The New School at Commonweal presents this virtual event as part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series co-presented with Real Food Media. UCSF Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Rupa Marya and A-dae Romero-Briones of the First Nations Development Institute discuss efforts around the country to take on the aftermath of centuries of government-sanctioned and led land dispossession and cultural decimation. Together with TNS Host and Author Anna Lapp, Rupa and A-dae will share strategies toward a vision to protect and uplift Native agro-ecological traditions, including efforts to rematriate thousands of acres of land across the country.
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Farm Management Fridays: FARMing for Health

April 23, 2021
Online
In this free webinar from University of Wisconsin Extension, Extension Specialist John Shutske and Vernon County Extension Educator Ashley Olson will discuss FARMing tools for healthy farm businesses. The FARM tool helps producers focus their actions and resources in ways that provide a maximum ROI. Tools and techniques that support focused planning with other team members along with simple powerful ways to practice gratitude and "being present" help producers and family members insure that their most precious resources are FARMED effectively.
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Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future

April 26-28, 2021
Online
The first Nobel Prize Summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? Across three days, the virtual event will combine keynotes and lively discussion with live performance and theater. Speakers will explore solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.
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Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment on Small Farms

April 26, 2021
Online
This is the concluding session in MOFGA's three-part series on labor management. Designed for farmers, this training will feature Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine providing definitions, examples, and strategies for responding to as well as preventing sexual harassment in a variety of settings. They will discuss Maine and Federal laws, but cannot give legal advice. After the presentation, SASSMM will highlight farms who have current sexual harassment policies, and SASSMM staff will facilitate a question-and-answer session for farmers hoping to implement their own policies.
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