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LegenDAIRY Planning: Protecting the Family Farm

ong>January 27, 2020 Online
Hooper Law Office is presenting this free educational seminar. Many Farmers fear that the costs of long-term care will drain their assets, forcing them to sell the family farm. This session will cover how to protect your farm, even when you need to pay for nursing home costs. It will also address how to distribute assets among those who will continue the farm's operations and those who will not, how to minimize, or eliminate, estate and capital gains taxes upon death and how to protect your children's inheritance.
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Specialty Crops Risk Management Webinar Series

January 27, 2021
Online
The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a series of free webinars for specialty crop producers. They will feature new tools and resources on how to manage risk. The webinars will take place on consecutive Wednesdays over the noon hour. This session is on risk management for perennial crops.
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Soil Health in Organic High Tunnels

January 27, 2021
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It's the final episode in a three-part series focused on organic management of high tunnels, and this session will discuss soil health. Speakers will describe the state of soils in high tunnels and some issues of concern. Participants will learn about soil health measures, the effects of soil disturbance and interactions between nutrient management and cover crops.
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Pasture Progress: A Closer Look at NRCS Programs for Livestock Farmers

January 27, 2021
Online
In this online event from Georgia Organics, learn how you can access National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for your livestock operation from farmers with experience. Hear from farmers Bryan Hager of Crager Hager Farms and Ricky Dollison of Dollison Farms on their experince accessing NRSC programs and learn how you too can take advantage of offerings for your livestock operations. Topics include infrastructure cost-shares through EQIP, technical assistance from NRCS agents, and the benefits of drafting a conservation plan.
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Agroforestry Symposium

January 28-30, 2021
Online
The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is offering its 12th annual Agroforestry Symposium free online. From healthy, accessible food that supports disease-resistant bodies, to innovative strategies for strong local economies, and community engagement for improved equity and awareness, the 2021 Agroforestry Symposium will highlight inspiring efforts and leaders who are paving a way to comprehensive community wellness. Major themes to be addressed at the Symposium are relevant to farmers, value-added producers, health professionals, community organizers, and engaged citizens. Themes include specialty crops for healthy people and a healthy environment, innovative community development and advocacy, and access and equity for a socially just food system.
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Winter Meat-ings #3—Creative Cooperative & Community Solutions

January 28, 2021
Online
Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding a "Winter Meat-ings" series on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. Six total sessions will look at challenges and opportunities for Wisconsin meat supply chains and family farms. This session focuses on Creative Cooperative & Community Solutions.
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Augmentative Biological Control in Protected Culture and Greenhouses

January 28, 2021
Online
This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn about research so far into natural enemy releases in high tunnels and greenhouses and an upcoming project next summer.
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Minnesota Organic Conference

January 28, 2021
Online
The Minnesota Organic Conference is going virtual, with afternoon sessions on four Thursdays in January. The fourth and final session is on "Soil Health on Organic Farms."
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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

January 28, 2021
Online
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Go Big or Go Homestead: Financial Realities of Pasture-based Livestock Production Systems.
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Beginning Farmer Class: Farm Finances

January 28, 2021
Online
The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Farm Finances: Bookkeeping/Income & Expense Tracking/Cash Flow.
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Emerging Farmers Conference

January 29-30, 2021
Online
The annual Emerging Farmers Conference serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses. This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. The 16th annual conference will be virtual and free to farmers, with the theme "Reclaiming our Voices: For Farmers, by Farmers, with Farmers."
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Organic Sunflower Production

January 29, 2021
Online
OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on organic sunflower production, with Wisconsin organic farmer Josh Engel.
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Acting on Your Values: Women Renting it Out Right

January 29, 2021
Online
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help farmland owners and retiring farmers act on their conservation and social values. LSP has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health. This women-only session is "Women Renting it Out RightóIntroduction to Conservation Leases and Resources."
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NOFA New Jersey Annual Winter Conference

January 30-31, 2021
Online
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) New Jersey will host its annual winter conference online. The conference will explore the present and future of NJ agriculture through the eyes of the state's, country's, and the world's vision of what agriculture is becoming. Speakers will discuss climate change, social and food justice, new agricultural practices, and innovations to make the NJ food system more sustainable environmentally and economically.
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Farm Dreams

January 30, 2021
Online
Organic Growers School offers an entry-level Farm Dreams workshop that provides practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward with starting your own farm. The half-day workshop is virtual, but focused on Western North Carolina.
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Kiss the Ground Screening and Q&A

January 28 and 30, 2021
Online
The City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability presents a screening of Kiss the Ground starting on January 28, followed on January 30 by a live Q&A with City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability, co-owner, Operations Manager and CFO for the Bedner Family of Companies, Marie Bedner, and NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Nina Prater.
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Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit

February 2-4, 2021
Online
At this free, online, three-afternoon conference from University of New Hampshire Extension, learn, network, and share ideas with regional specialists and fellow women livestock farmers. This conference is intended for New England women livestock producers of all experience levels.
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Farm to Fork Summit

February 2, 9, and 16, 2021
Online
West Central Missouri's 3rd annual Farm to Fork Summit goes online in 2021 with speakers and sessions on three Tuesday afternoons. Participants enjoy 24/7 access all month to recorded sessions, discussion boards, exhibitor spaces and more. Learn about all the great food system work that is happening in rural Missouri and beyond. Farm to Fork will have main stage speakers 3 to 4 pm each day and breakout sessions 4:15 to 5:15 pm covering good food topics related to produce, proteins, and people! Each Tuesday wraps up with a 6 to 7 pm social hour of art, music, and a special cooking together event!
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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

February 2, 2021
Online
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topics on this date are mob-tilling with swine and anti-racist action in the food movement.
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Farm Transitions and Renting It Out Right Workshop Series: Goal Setting for Life & Land

February 2, 2021
Online
Land Stewardship Project is offering a Farm Transition Planning series of workshops that include the topics of goal setting, financial planning, legal aspects, long-term care considerations, introduction to soil health, and planning for conservation. In this session, Goal Setting for Life & Land with Cree Bradley, take a deeper dive into getting started on your journey to planning for the long-term legacy you want for your land.
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Beginning Farmer Class: Sustainable Crop Production II

February 2, 2021
Online
The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Managing Insects, Weeds, and Disease Pests.
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Risk Management in Vegetable Crops

February 3, 2021
Online
This session is part of the free Specialty Crops Risk Management Webinar Series from the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach FEED Small Farms Team. This evening webinar features Ajay Nair, Extension Vegetable Specialist.
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Biological Control Options in Vegetable Production

February 3, 2021
Online
This free webinar from eOrganic will introduce the audience to biological control strategies commonly employed in vegetable production against insects and mites. Topics to be discussed include biopesticides available for vegetable production and their target pests, the benefits and shortcomings of biological control agent releases, companion planting for attracting natural enemies, and careful selection of insecticides or miticides that have minimal negative impacts on biological control agents.
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Indiana Hort Conference & Expo

February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021
Online
Purdue University presents this year's Indiana Hort Conference in the form of four afternoon webinars on Wednesdays in February. Topics include production, marketing, pest management, high tunnels, and more.
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Farm-Proven Strategies for Employee Management and Retention

February 3, 2021
Online
In this online event, Georgia Organics offers the opportunity to learn farm-proven employee management and retention practices from Paul and Lindsey Sorah of Hearts of Harvest Farm. Topics include cultivating employees, workflows, management strategies, planning for payroll, and hiring.
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Start Strong: Farmers Market Basics

February 3, 10, and 17, 2021
Online
Maple Grove Farmers Market in Minnesota is offering a three-session online class for new farmers market vendors. Learn about the costs, benefits, and best practices for becoming a vendor at one of Minnesota's 200+ markets. This class is designed for all prospective farmers market vendors, not just for those interested in the Maple Grove Farmers Market.
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NAFDMA Virtual Agritourism Summit

February 4-6, 2021
Online
NAFDMA's 2021 Virtual Agritourism Summit offers three days of engaging programming including 14 educational sessions, five immersive farm tours, a virtual trade show, a silent auction, and many opportunities such as a live chat and private Facebook group to keep attendees connected with one another throughout the experience. The Virtual Agritourism Summit is a one-time only streaming event and will not be available in recorded form.
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Aquaculture and Aquaponics: An Overview For Urban Agriculture

February 4, 2021
Online
This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn about the science and symbiotic relationship between aquaculture and aquaponics and the benefits of this interaction in urban agriculture.
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Improving Water Quality and Quantity in the Karst Topography of the Upper Iowa Watershed

February 4, 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 on the challenges of improving water quality and quantity management in the karst topography of the Upper Iowa Watershed.
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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

February 4, 2021
Online
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is "Behind the Scenes of the Seed Industry."
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Pollinators on the Plains Conference

February 5, 2021
Online
The Kansas Rural Center is presenting this day-long virtual event covering a range of pollinator topics, including beekeeping methods and strategies, innovative regional pollinator-based community initiatives, the intersection of pollinators with farming and ranching, and information on the impacts of pesticides on pollinators. Scholarships are available for students, beginning farmers or beekeepers, and anyone for whom the registration fee is an obstacle.
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Standing Strong and Resolute as a Guardian of Your Equity

February 5, 2021
Online
University of Wisconsin-Madison's free, ongoing Farm Management Friday series continues with this session. Guarding equity through transition to something new is one of the more difficult decisions an owner/manager will ever make. Doing so starts with a thoughtful and frank analysis of the operation's current status including financial, infrastructure and management. During this webinar, Extension Farm Management Specialist/UW-Platteville Professor Kevin Bernhardt and Ozaukee and Washington County Extension Ag Educator Steph Plaster will discuss farm examples and the important considerations for these decisions.
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Thinking Through Return on Investment and Partial Budget Analyses

February 5, 2021
Online
OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on thinking through return on investment and partial budget analyses—balancing investments in times of low prices, with Bryce Irlbeck and Paul Dietman.
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Going Organic: Breeding Biofortified Field Pea and Sorghum

February 5, 2021
Online
This free webinar from eOrganic will highlight the ongoing development of organic field pea and sorghum cultivars with improved nutrient composition using on-farm field selection. The talk will also provide a brief insight into the advanced technologies being used for cultivar development. Last but not least, presenters will discuss organic management practices used to produce these crops in both nutrient-rich and marginal soils in South Carolina. This webinar is structured to be an informative, learning opportunity for current and prospective organic growers, as well as researchers, scientists, and students interested in organic cultivar development and management.
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Healthy Farms Conference

February 6 - March 6, 2021
Online
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society's Healthy Farms Conference takes place virtually this year, on five Saturdays. The theme is "Transitions" and the two-hour sessions include presenters and breakouts. Topics for the sessions are Direct Marketing in a Pandemic, How Nebraska's Agriculture Fits into the Global Dynamic, Local Meat Processing, Land Access, and Creating A Seat at Our Table: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
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NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

February 7 - March 4, 2021
Online
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont presents its Winter Conference, a month-long series of events with many different opportunities for online learning, gathering, and movement building. The schedule includes keynote speaker Sherri Mitchell, panel discussions, roundtables, and multi-part workshops for commercial producers, changemakers, and policy.
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Virtual Conference on Heirs' Property & Sustainable Forest Management

February 8, 2021
Online
This virtual conference from Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, will bring together experts in heirs' property, including forest landowners experiencing it firsthand. Presenters will share ideas and perspectives, provide updates on legal developments regarding heirs' property, and present results from two integrated research and outreach initiatives. Though the main focus is on African American forest landowners located in the southeastern states, in general, and Georgia, in particular, the conference will also discuss heirs' property issues nationwide.
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Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

February 8-11, 2021
Online
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will feature four days of three or more concurrent educational sessions on tree fruit, vegetable, small fruit, and potato production and retail and wholesale marketing. The virtual platform will also allow growers to connect with suppliers through a trade show component.
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Sustainable Farming Association Annual Conference

February 8-13, 2021
Online
The Sustainable Farming Association in Minnesota is offering its annual conference virtually. Weekday lunch-hour sessions will address The Economics of Silvopasture, Agriculture in the Metro, Programs for Soil Health and Conservation, and Farm to Rural Grocery. On Saturday, plenary and breakout sessions are offered in a half-day conference.
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Navigating the GAP Audit Training Series

February 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22, 2021
Online
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's (CFSA) Local Produce Safety Team is presenting a free online training series that satisfies the food safety supervisor training requirement for GAP certification in 2021. The first webinar on February 8 will explain which parts will be applicable to you and your farm. You must be present for all parts relevant to your farm to receive a certificate.
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Keeping the Farm Resilient in Uncertain Times

February 8, 15, and 22, 2021
Online
The Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team is hosting the workshop "Keeping the Farm Resilient in Uncertain Times" for family farm operators interested in learning more about succession planning. The program will guide family farm operators on planning the transition of their business to the next generation. Participants will learn about adapting and planning during uncertain times, determining if adding or changing operators is financially feasible, selecting the right business structure to transfer ownership and protect assets, and communicating effectively for conflict management.
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Produce Safety Grower Training Course

February 9, 2021
Online
Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers.
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New York Certified Organic Meeting

February 9, 2021
Online
New York Certified Organic is holding its annual series of free monthly meetings via Zoom. The meetings include a speaker and discussion between organic farmers in attendance. The February meeting will feature Bryan Brown with the NYS IPM Program. He will use high speed video to discuss how to set up cultivators to get desired soil disturbance.
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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

February 9, 2021
Online
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is "Topic-based Farm Tours: Mushroom Production."
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Acting on Your Values: Soil Health

February 9, 2021
Online
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help retiring farmers and non-operating landowners act on their conservation and social values. This evening session is on Soil Health with NRCS's Kristin Brennan.
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Beginning Farmer Class: Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

February 9, 2021
Online
The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on postharvest handling and food safety.
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Value-Added Products

February 9, 2021
Online
This free, live webinar is part of the Savanna Institute's Nutshell Conversations series. Michael Gold of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry and Jeff Hake of Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains will discuss opportunities for value-added agroforestry products.
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The Top 5 Questions About Pasture Finishing Pigs

February 9, 2021
Online
This free, online event is part of Practical Farmers of Iowa's Winter Farminar Series. In this session, pastured pig producers Dayna Burtness and Steve Dieble will discuss planting and feeding perennial and annual forages and pasture finishing.
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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference

February 10-15, 2021
Online
The OEFFA Annual Conference, "Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain," offers six days of learning, sharing, and networking for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living. This online event will feature educational workshop video sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, in-depth Food and Farm School classes, an interactive virtual trade show, and networking opportunities.
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Remote PSA Grower Training

February 10-11, 2021
Online
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is presenting this Produce Safety Training in two half-day sessions. Learn about new regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans. For fresh produce farms, FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule.
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Food Safety on the Farm

February 10, 2021
Online
This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, offered by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This session is presented by Dan Fillius, Food Safety Educator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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Minnesota Industrial Hemp Forum

February 10-11, 2021
Online
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture invites anyone interested in hemp and hemp production to its 2021 Industrial Hemp Forum, a free, virtual, two-day event. Forum topics include federal and state regulations, plant breeding and agronomy, and market opportunities.
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Insect-vectored Viruses and Their Management in Vegetables

February 10, 2021
Online
This free webinar from eOrganic is part of a series of four webinars on biological control in vegetables as part of a NIFA OREI funded project. This episode will focus on managing viruses in tomato and squash and will report on the results of field tests with Phytoseiulus persimilis, a specialist predator on whiteflies and thrips.
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Regenerative Grazing: Fundamentals for Farmers

February 11, 18, and 25, 2021
Online
The Land Connection is offering a three-part online series exploring the fundamentals of regenerative grazing. An on-farm field day is set for April 2021. The lead instructor is Kent Solberg of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, and he will be joined by Illinois grazier presenters.
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So You Want to Be a Farmer or Value Added Producer?

February 11, 2021
Online
This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. This session will discuss the decision to start a farm and the tools and structures you'll likely need to manage a farm business like a business.
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Soil Health Innovations Conference

March 8-9, 2021
Online
NCAT's inaugural Soil Health Innovations conference will offer live, interactive presentations, networking opportunities, and a chance to immerse yourself in learning about cutting edge soil-health practices and technology. The Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country, including on-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture's sustainable future. Limited scholarships are available for beginning and limited-resource farmers and ranchers, and university students will be granted free access with student ID.
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