North Central SARE Region Tag

September 11, 2019 St. Paul, Minnesota Farm Commons offers a day-long workshop for agricultural service providers that covers six core legal subject areas, including business structures, land purchasing and leasing, insurance and liability, employment law, and agritourism and adding value. Presenters highlight core "action steps" or legal best management practices that advisors should recommend to help farmers reduce risk. ...

September 11-12, 2019 Anna, Illinois The Pasture Project presents a free, two-day workshop for land managers and technical service providers who want to learn more about the benefits of using grazing as a land management tool. The training will provide technical training on the science and decision-making for planning and implementing successful prescribed grazing....

September 10, 2019 Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin The Savanna Institute and Kickapoo Grazing Initiative present this Aspen Farm Silvopasture Field Day. Host Mike Lind will discuss silvopasture management progress since 2017 and soil improvement and fertility issues. ...

September 10, 2019 Almena, Kansas Join No-till on the Plains, Colorado Conservation Tillage Association, the Nature Conservancy of Kansas, the Kansas Rural Center, the Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection program and Thompson Farms at a soil health field day. Speakers include farm co-owner Michael Thompson, Trego county producer Brice Custer, and Nebraska farmer/stockman Jake Miller. There will be a field tour of crops and cover crops, and topics will include livestock integration, water infiltration, soils demonstrations, and soil health economics. ...

September 7, 2019 Edgerton, Wisconsin Silverwood Park and the Savanna Institute host a free afternoon field day that includes a general introduction to alley cropping by the Savanna Institute, an overview of the vision for the whole property by the Friends of Silverwood, and a representative of Doudlah Farms discussing their experience in this first growing season with the process. There will also be a site tour and discussion of successes and challenges encountered, particularly focused on designing the planting plan and managing the trees during the first growing season....

September 7, 2019 Duluth, Minnesota For 26 years, the Lake Superior Chapter of Sustainable Farming Association has put on this free Harvest Festival, connecting producers and consumers. Located in Bayfront Festival Park, Harvest Festival features one of the best and largest farmers markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits, family activities and more....

September 7, 2019 Ellendale, Minnesota Freeborn Area Soil Health Team presents a free coach bus tour showcasing three different experience levels of farmers improving their soil health by using reduced tillage and cover crops. Discussion will include the economics of management, pros and cons of change, equipment modifications, nutrient management, and soil health demonstrations....

September 5, 2019 New Paris, Indiana Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management, and markets targeted for organic, transitional, and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals, and landowners. The Ramer family manages a certified organic dairy, producing organic milk for Organic Valley. The Ramers raise corn, soybeans, wheat, spelt, oats, and hay, along with a diverse mix of cover crops in the crop rotation. They have expanded crop acreage in recent years with grain going to the dairy and being sold to local organic grain buyers. Participants will learn about their cropping...

September 5, 2019 Barnesville, Minnesota Dirt Rich offers a chance to dig deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring with soil health experts. This field day will begin at the Dave & Will Grommesh Farm; a bus will take attendees to view additional sites including Ryan & Michael Hough's farm. Topics include soil pit discussion, grazing full-season cover crops, no-till, perennial pasture management, and interseeded cover crop in cash crop. ...

September 4-6, 2019 Salem, South Dakota S.D. Soil Health Coalition Soil Health School is designed for agriculture producers and others interested in managing their soils for resiliency and profit. Soil Health School brings together soil health experts, experienced producers and those new to soil health, to discuss tried and true management practices. Topics will include holistic management, cover crops, soil assessment and monitoring, soil biology and beneficial insects, fencing and watering systems, and more....

August 30, 2019 Lachine, Michigan The northern lower Michigan dry bean field day, hosted in cooperation with ADM Edible Bean of Auburn, Michigan, will highlight dry bean research across the state, including a white mold fungicide trial conducted locally. Pest management and market updates will be discussed as well with MSU Extension, ADM Edible Bean and the Michigan Bean Commission....

August 29, 2019 Osage City, Kansas No-till on the Plains is hosting a free soil health field day at Thompson Farms. Through a grant from the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, mustards, buckwheat). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. ...

August 28, 2019 Richmond, Missouri The Pasture Project is offering a series of three free full-day workshops on grazing cover crops with Dr. Allen Williams and host farms. Each workshop will include a classroom portion on the principles of grazing cover crops and a pasture walk with producers sharing their successes and challenges with the practice. Topics include principles of soil health, how to design cover crop mixes, nutrient management, and considerations for grazing cattle on cover crops....

August 26-27, 2019 Highland, Illinois Join the Pasture Project for a free, two-day training on adaptive high stock density (AHSD) grazing and soil health led by Dr. Allen Williams and hosted by grazier Ted Krauskopf. Topics will include five principles of soil health and adaptive stewardship, how to design cover crop mixes, nutrient management, how to restore vibrant ecosystems through adaptive grazing, and how to make grazing highly profitable and desirable. ...

August 24, 2019 La Crescent, Minnesota Hoch Orchard and the Savanna Institute present a free field day including a walk to view fencing, paddocks, and animals in rotation through fruit plots and a tour of the on-farm processing facility where Harry, Jackie, and their team pack fruit, press juice, make sauce and jelly, ferment ciders, and bottle their products. There will be an optional hard cider tasting....

August 24, 2019 Adel, Iowa This free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day takes place at Wills Family Orchard. Maury will discuss the opportunities and challenges of growing organic apples, and on a smaller scale, peaches. Tour the apple handling facility, commercial kitchen, and farm store. In addition to production information, the Wills will share how they slowly built their farm, and how their children fit into the operation....

August 24, 2019 Vienna, Illinois The Pasture Project is offering a series of three free full-day workshops on grazing cover crops with Dr. Allen Williams and host farms. Each workshop will include a classroom portion on the principles of grazing cover crops and a pasture walk with producers sharing their successes and challenges with the practice. Topics include principles of soil health, how to design cover crop mixes, nutrient management, and considerations for grazing cattle on cover crops....

August 23-24, 2019 Viola, Wisconsin This two-day Hazelnut Growers Workshop with Mark Shepard will give you the nitty gritty all about what is involved in genetics selections, propagation, maintenance, cashflow, options in cropping systems, the harvesting equipment, the products, and especially how important it is for growers to stick together....

August 23, 2019 Frederick, Illinois The Pasture Project is offering a series of three free full-day workshops on grazing cover crops with Dr. Allen Williams and host farms. Each workshop will include a classroom portion on the principles of grazing cover crops and a pasture walk with producers sharing their successes and challenges with the practice. Topics include principles of soil health, how to design cover crop mixes, nutrient management, and considerations for grazing cattle on cover crops....

August 22, 2019 Verona, Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station hosts this free afternoon event. At this field day, scientists will share the results of vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash and melons. Attendees will be able to tour the station’s 10+ acres of certified organic land and participate in a vegetable flavor evaluation....

August 22, 2019 Frederick, Illinois At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, learn how Greg Rebman and Luke Jones worked together to combine knowledge and skill sets, overcome challenges, and develop a profitable contract-grazing partnership. See a field of wheat underseeded with clover that is a part of PFI's small-grains cost-share program. Greg will also talk about the importance of supporting young farmers and cultivating healthy landowner-tenant relationships....

August 22, 2019 Ithaca, Nebraska Nebraska Extension will provide a training clinic for the public to learn more about the components of soil health. This clinic provides hands-on learning for those who work with crops, turf, gardens and more. Topics to be addressed include management considerations to improve soil health; measuring bulk density, porosity and infiltration and the impact on soil health; physical soil properties—the foundation for soil health; cover crops for improving soil health; what is soil biology—active carbon test; soil characteristics, productivity and landscape position; and chemical soil properties. ...

August 22-25, 2019 Dodgeville, Wisconsin Student Organic Seed Symposium is an annual gathering of graduate students, researchers, farmers, and seed industry professionals working in organic seed systems. This year's theme is "Seed stories: Narratives of self, science, spirit, and social context"...

August 21, 2019 Winona, Minnesota MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, grow unusual fruits: aronia berries, honeyberries, juneberries, elderberries, black currants, and more, at Blue Fruit Farm. At this MOSES Organic Field Day, learn how to grow and use these fruits, as well as how to incorporate native plants in your farm, gardens, and yard. Get insights on pest management, mechanical weed control, and solar-powered irrigation, too....

August 20, 2019 Greenfield, Iowa Iowa State University organic ag program offers an afternoon field day at the Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm. Presenters will discuss best management practices for organic corn and soybean production, along with research results on oats and alfalfa, which serve as soil-building crops in the organic rotation. Options for prevented plantings will also be discussed, including planting cover crops to begin the transition to certified organic production. ...

August 20-22, 2019 Elmdale, Kansas Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition presents an opportunity to learn more about rangeland management in a friendly setting with other ranchers, land managers, range management students and natural resource professionals. The theme this year is "Managing Outside of Normal." There will be rancher and expert panels that will talk about how to plan for all the myriad of ways that weather and other forces can change your plans for your ranch in this and every year so you can focus on caring for your greatest ranching asset, your native grasslands....

August 19, 2019 Kansas City, Kansas This evening event is the fifth and final in a series of Future of Food and Farming Town Halls hosted by Kansas Rural Center. The Town Halls facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues and rural/urban revitalization. The Town Halls offer opportunities to share information and enable community dialogue on the vision for the future we want and how we get there. Each event features a local food dinner and a panel of experts....

August 19, 2019 Grand Rapids, Michigan This event is part of Michigan State University Organic Farm's Farmer Field School. The day-long tour visits Third Leaf Farm/Thomas Rasch & Sons Orchard, New City Urban Farm, Green Wagon Farm, and Crane Dance Farm to learn about apple, vegetable, and livestock production and marketing....

August 19, 2019 Bonner Springs, Kansas Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers, and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning in three free tours. The third tour "Vines, Barns, Berries, and Bees Day," zeroes in on options with value-added production and agritourism, such as wineries, on-farm event hosting, and U-Pick operations. The day's educational session focuses on financial management, one of the biggest challenges farmers face, regardless of age or experience....

August 19-23, 2019 Coralville, Iowa International Association of Organic Inspectors Basic Livestock Inspection Training includes four days of instruction, including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing. The registration deadline is June 28, 2019....

August 19, 2019 Ithaca, Nebraska University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center hosts the Nebraska Flame Weeding Workshop, which will present results from the seven years of research conducted by the teams of Stevan Knezevic, professor of agronomy and horticulture specializing in weed science, and George Gogos, professor of mechanical engineering. This work resulted in 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts and equipment for flame weeding. The workshop will teach participants how to control more than 10 major Midwestern weeds with flame weeding in seven different agronomic crops....

August 18, 2019 Donahue, Iowa At this free field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Cathy Lafrenz of Miss Effie's Country Flowers and Garden Stuff will give a tour of the 2-acre farm, discuss her methods for no-till flower farming, and share how she manages a destination U-pick farm with excellent customer satisfaction. ...

August 17, 2019 Scottsburg, Indiana Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of free workshops and farm tours focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers. On this final event in the series, participants will tour Goat Milk Stuff, a farm and business operated by the Jonas family. This dairy goat operation produces goat milk soaps, cheeses, yogurts, and more. There will be a question-and-answer session with the family CEO detailing how the farm got started and has grown into the operation it is today....

August 16, 2019 Harlan, Iowa The Rosmanns use nature-based climate resilience practices on their diversified, organic livestock and crop farm. At this free afternoon field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa, they will highlight how they work small grains into their field crop rotations and use cover crops for rotational grazing. They will also discuss their farrow-to-finish swine operation. Invited speakers for this field day will touch on resilient farm planning, water quality, and cultivating community resilience....

August 16, 2019 Redwood Falls, Minnesota Celebrate the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition official kickoff! Visit a family farm that has been employing the five soil health principles for more than 20 years, see Troy Daniell, MN NRCS State Conservationist complete the ribbon cutting ceremony, hear valuable information from Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta, see the rainfall and wind erosion simulators in action, discover the underground happenings with soil management at the soil pit, tour a variety of cover crop mixes growing on ag production land, and take some time talking with producers and vendors passionate about improving soil health. ...

August 15-16, 2019 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Practical Farmers of Iowa presents "Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work." Learn about growing small grains and the benefits of an extended rotation at this conference. Twelve breakout sessions throughout the day will include sessions on integrating animals with a small-grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains, and more. ...

August 14, 2019 Remsen, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa offer an opportunity to visit Robert Alexander at 360 Heritage Farms. Tour two on-farm research trials: planting corn in 60-inch row-widths for cover crops, and grazing sheep and spring-seeded cereal rye ahead of soybeans for weed control. View equipment used for field preparation and organic crop. This field day will also discuss rotationally grazing sheep and cattle and how to make compost tea, and participants will have a chance to see a first-year elderberry planting....

August 14, 2019 Cannon Falls, Minnesota Dana and Karin Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm integrate on-farm experiments and unique conservation efforts into their commercial organic vegetable production. Join hosts Organic Seed Alliance, Sogn Valley Farm, and The Good Acre for a free morning field day to learn about these efforts and get inspired....

August 14-15, 2019 Lakin, Kansas The Bottom Line Conference focuses on farm and ranch profitability through soil and water conservation in a dry climate. The two-day event will have dozens of presentations, on topics ranging from money management to soil health, grazing strategies, farm programs, and more. Breakout sessions will cover topics including rotational grazing, water infiltration, government programs, grazing sheep, profitability, cover crops, and much more....

August 14-15, 2019 LaCrosse, Wisconsin The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based, train-the-trainer program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning producers in the United States. This two-day training provides education and guidance on organic production methods and certification necessary for agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical service providers to serve the needs of certified organic grain producers....

August 13, 2019 Long Lake, Minnesota At this In Her Boots field day, spend the day with an inspiring trio of women farmers who run two businesses on the same farm: Two Pony Gardens & Ladyfern Flower Farm & Design Studio. Summer Badawi and Sanna Beek (the flower side) provide a detailed tour and overview of their specialty cut-flower farm and full-service design studio. Lisa Ringer showcases Two Pony Farm, which includes seasonal pizza nights and a summer camp. Along with gleaning insights from these successful growers, presenters will share ideas for additional income from farming, including farmstays, on-farm food service, and...

August 13, 2019 Tipton, Kansas No-till on the Plains is hosting a free morning soil health field day at Palen Family Farms. Through a grant from North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstration plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, mustards, buckwheat). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Water use is also being monitored. The field tour will...

August 13-15, 2019 Redwood Falls, Minnesota Soil Health Academy's course on Regenerative Farming and Ranching is hosted by Stoney Creek Farm. Instructors include Allen Williams, Gabe Brown, and Ray Archuleta. This course will examine all aspects of regenerative farming and ranching, soil health, plant health, and animal health. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills. ...

August 12-16, 2019 Coralville, Iowa International Association of Organic Inspectors Basic Crop Inspection Training includes four days of instruction, including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus a half day for testing. The registration deadline is June 28, 2019....

August 12-14, 2019 Kearney, Nebraska The 19th Annual Conference in the long history of serving Nebraska's graziers includes sessions on grazinglands management, the art and science of winter grazing, and rangeland resilience, as well as a pre-conference tour and welcome session. Regional producers and experts will speak. ...

August 10, 2019 Ottawa Lake, Michigan Join OEFFA's Grain Growers Chapter for a state-line farm tour. John and Pat Bartholomew, along with son Gary Bartholomew and grandson Josh Fitzpatrick, farm 500 acres on the Ohio-Michigan line. Certified organic since 1988, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and clover for cover crop and seed production. Of special interest to fellow grain growers, the Bartholomews' mechanical cultivator guidance system and The Weed Zapper will be on display, in addition to a collection of restored antique tractors. A chapter meeting will take place before the tour. ...

August 10, 2019 Chatham, Michigan The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day will highlight a wide range of research and education projects conducted at the center including a beef cattle feeding study, alfalfa, malting barley and industrial hemp variety trials, season extension in organic vegetables, climate resilience in organic dry beans and efforts to support K-12 agriscience education and beginning farmer development in the Upper Peninsula....

August 8, 2019 Ferryville, Wisconsin Wisconsin Farmers Union hosts this Women Caring for the Land event, designed to serve women farmland landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation. Amy Fenn is turning a depleted hayfield and unmanaged woods into a savanna/silvopasture. Attend to learn more about conservation practices and network with other farm women in your region....

August 7, 2019 Columbus Junction, Iowa At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, Roger Smith of Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers cooperative will discuss chestnut production, including tree and understory care, labor required during harvest, and proper handling and storage. He will also share his views on pricing, marketing, and Iowa's opportunity as an emerging leader in chestnut production....

August 6, 2019 Chariton, Iowa Cattle producers, farmers and farm businesses in south central Iowa will learn about the latest crop production and grazing research and trends during the free fall field day at Iowa State University's McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm. Sessions will address grazing cover crops, pasture weed management, and the opportunity to hear and talk with experts....

August 6, 2019 Buckingham, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative present a hands-on field day in two phases. From 2-5 p.m., farmers and producers will learn about soil health principles, including strip-tillage, grazing cover crops, and interseeding in 60-inch rows. The community is invited to join in for a meal at 5 p.m. Afterwards, children and parents can visit various stations on the farm to learn about steps local farmers are taking to protect water quality and soil health....

August 6, 2019 Garden, Michigan The Upper Peninsula on-farm dry bean variety plots are conducted in cooperation with the Michigan State University Dry Bean Breading program. Dark red kidney varieties will be highlighted at the first stop on Ron Collins' farm. The second stop will highlight a deer repellent trial testing DeerPro and Plantskydd in soybeans with applicability in dry beans also. ...

August 6-8, 2019 Tipton, Kansas Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition presents an opportunity to learn more about rangeland management in a friendly setting with other ranchers, land managers, range management students, and natural resource professionals. Besides learning plant identification, how to figure stocking rates, how to monitor vegetation response, write a drought mitigation plan (and use it) and the rest of basics needed to manage your rangeland, there will be ranchers and natural resource professionals talking with you about how to plan ahead for whatever nature or market forces bring to your ranching enterprise and how to respond to keep your rangeland health...

August 5, 2019 Ames, Iowa Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2019 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station. The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, non-profit organizations, and Master Gardeners. The field day will provide an opportunity to observe results and evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnels, organic vegetable production, peppers, sweet potato, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches, and beneficial insects....

August 29, 2019 Arlington, Wisconsin University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station hosts this free field day highlighting organic research conducted at the University of Wisconsin. Topics will include optimizing equipment and production practices for organic no-till production, interseeding cover crops into corn, soybeans and cereal grains, the impact of organic management on soil microbial communities, and weed management for organic hemp production....

August 5, 2019 Bonner Springs, Kansas Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers, and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning in three free tours. This second tour, "Growing Undercover," highlights opportunities with high tunnel, greenhouse, and hydroponic production of produce, microgreens, and living herbs. The afternoon's lunch and learn includes information on USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's High Tunnel System Initiative....

August 4, 2019 Van Meter, Iowa Through workshops and networking, this free afternoon event from Practical Farmers of Iowa brings beginning and retired farmers together in a meaningful way to address the challenge of farmland access. The summit includes two workshops aimed at helping farmland owners and beginning and aspiring farmers develop a plan to fulfill their farm visions. ...

August 3, 2019 Maxwell, Iowa Savanna Institute and Practical Farmers of Iowa present an agroforestry field day at Carney Family Farms. Tour Bruce Carney's silvopasture and see how he as used cattle, sheep, and goats to clear invasive species in order to promote forage growth. Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute will speak on the costs and benefits of agroforesty on Midwestern farms. Luke Gran from Prudenterra will discuss Bruce's forestry plan, and Clint Miller from Polk County Natural Resources Conservation Service will speak on cost-share opportunities for agroforestry practices. ...

August 2, 2019 Wheatfield, Indiana Purdue Extension is hosting an organic agriculture program series focused on transitional strategy, crop rotation, nutrient management, weed management, and markets targeted for organic, transitional, and conventional farmers, agriculture professionals, and landowners. At this morning field day at Klemp Family Farm, participants will learn how the Klemps started into organic grain production, their transition strategy, and the evolution of their organic crop rotations. The field day will also include information about organic corn starter fertility, no-till organic soybean production, and use of different manures in organic nutrient management....

August 2-4, 2019 New Paris, Ohio Restoration Agriculture Development presents this workshop with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, and Greg Burns, of Nature's Image Farm. It offers hands-on learning about designs to make your land more resilient in times of flood and drought, using your livestock as your "land managers," how to cash flow until your system starts to produce, and how to begin a design plan of your own. ...

August 2-4, 2019 Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed, award-winning Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville, and Brodhead, Wisconsin. The agenda includes a local food and drink celebration; on-farm, hands-on workshops; a farm to table dinner; a farm pizza fundraiser meal; and a bus tour of small family farms led by Wisconsin women committed to a healthy, fresh future....

August 1, 2019 West Lafayette, Indiana The second annual Purdue Small Farm Educational Field Day will emphasize sustainability in small-scale fruit and vegetable production, in terms of plant health and business management. It offers 10 educational sessions presented by Purdue agriculture faculty, designed for small-scale vegetable farmers. Morning educational sessions are followed by hands-on activities and demonstrations at Purdue University Student Farm. Topics will include high tunnels, tools, food safety, and post-harvest processing....

August 1, 2019 Madison, South Dakota This free MOSES Organic Field Day is organized by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. Join the 2013 MOSES Farmer of the Year, Charlie Johnson, on a bus tour of his almost 3,000-acre organic farm. ...

August 1, 2019 New Franklin, Missouri University of Missouri's Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center will host a free Tomato Day featuring 10 new tomato trial varieties and other varieties for tasting. There will also be melon tasting....

July 31, 2019 St. Francis, Kansas This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available...

July 31, 2019 Wawaka, Indiana This free, half-day event at Noble Organic Grains is co-hosted by Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association and Purdue University Extension. It is part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series....

July 30, 2019 Garden City, Kansas This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available...

July 30, 2019 Saybrook, Illinois This field day from The Land Connection will showcase conservation practices that support wildlife species and will explore why wildlife is so important on the farm. Field day host Dallas Glazik is an organic farmer and Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever. He will display practices he uses on his own farm and explain programs offered by USDA to help farmers and landowners support wildlife on their land....

July 28-31, 2019 Iowa City, Iowa This joint annual meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association and North American Fruit Explorers is open to all people with an interest in nut and fruit trees. The agenda includes two full days of technical presentations and an all-day field trip including Blueberry Bottom You-Pick near Brighton, Iowa; Chinkapin Bluff Wildlife area near Columbus City, Iowa; Prairie Grove Chestnut Growers Coop in Columbus Junction, Iowa; and Red Fern Farm north of Wapello, Iowa....

August 26, 2019 Kansas Farmers Union, the National Farmers Union's Local Food Safety Collaborative project, K-State Research and Extension, and Kansas Department of Agriculture present a free workshop on produce safety practices and key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement....

July 25, 2019 Kankaska, Michigan Join the Antrim and Kalkaska Conservation Districts for their annual Soil Health Field Day, hosted this year by the Iott Seed Potato Farm in Kalkaska County. The event will highlight second year results of the ongoing three-year cover crop field trail. Additional speakers will address beneficial insects, composting, and more....

July 25, 2019 Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a free, three-hour workshop that provides an overview of the stressors unique to growing up on a farm. The MDA encourages teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth to attend. The workshop is free but space is limited. ...

July 24-25, 2019 Crawfordsville, Indiana The Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, science-based, train-the-trainer program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning producers in the United States. The group seeks to grow domestic organic production by strengthening the educational support network of agronomists, certified crop advisors, extension agents, and technical services providers serving certified organic grain producers. The program will build participants' knowledge base in all key areas of certified organic production....

July 23, 2019 Menoken, North Dakota This Menoken Farm Cover Crop & Grazing Tour will feature speakers Steve Groff, Justin Zahradka, and Aaron Steckler....

July 22, 2019 Wilmar, Minnesota Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a free, three-hour workshop that provides an overview of the stressors unique to growing up on a farm. The MDA encourages teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth to attend. The workshop is free but space is limited. ...

July 22, 2019 Bonner Springs, Kansas Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning through three free tours. This first tour highlights opportunities with livestock production, including a small sheep dairy and cheese making company, a veteran-owned and staffed ranch producing USDA certified hormone-free American Wagyu beef, and a diversified family farming operation raising registered Angus cattle, crossbred hogs, and row crops. The day's educational session...

July 22, 2019 Lansing, Michigan MSU Student Organic Farm's Farmer Field School presents an opportunity to tour several farms in the Lansing area. Stops will include a beekeeper, school garden, vegetable and cut-flower farm, and pasture-based dairy....

July 21, 2019 North Salem, Indiana Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of free workshops and farm tours focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers. At the Lowe Farm tour, participants will meet Zach and Brianne Lowe who operate a self-sufficient homestead. This tour will touch on a variety of topics, including home food preservation, top bar beehives, raising small livestock and many others. The Lowes will show participants how to operate a productive homestead without having to quit their day jobs or jumping off the grid....

July 21, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin This day-long course is part of the School for Urban Agriculture's summer workshop series. The School for Urban Agriculture is a collaborative effort of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute....

July 19, 2019 Blakesburg, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day will serve as an introduction to hair sheep for beginning farmers or those who are looking to scale up. Learn how Bart VerEllen manages spring lambing and rotational grazing with electric netting and the help of five guard dogs. Bart will discuss how he supplements grain and bale-grazes on old crop ground, how parasites are managed and how he's developed a specific mineral program. ...

July 18, 2019 Harmony, Minnesota This Land Stewardship Project field day will highlight the intersection of soil-building farming practices, water movement, and karst geology. Farmers and geologists will share how practices like no-till, cover crops, and managed rotational grazing can improve the health of the soil and underground streams. ...

July 18, 2019 Lafayette, Indiana Purdue University's departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Entomology will host a field day at Meigs Farm, part of the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center, on high-tunnel production of cantaloupes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Presentations and tours will feature production of specialty melons in high tunnels; early detection of bacterial wilt; and the impact of crop rotation and rootstock on the resilience of high-tunnel tomatoes. Tours will feature examples of conventional and hydroponic high-tunnel production research....

July 18, 2019 Sioux Falls, South Dakota This is one of three day-long learning circle meetings organized by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), supported by conservation districts in eastern South Dakota through a grant from NRCS. These events include an opportunity for any women landowners to learn from peers and local professional women conservationists. Morning presentations are followed by an afternoon visit to a farm to see healthy soils up close....

July 17, 2019 Sutherland, Iowa This field day is the afternoon portion of a two-part Practical Farmers of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa field day the Mugges are hosting that is joined by a shared lunch. Paul will share his approach to successfully raising crops and managing weeds in an organic production system. Keys to success include crop rotations, mechanical cultivation and cover crops. This field day is appropriate for farmers considering a transition to organic production, as well as beginning and experienced organic growers....

July 17, 2019 Sutherland, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa and Xerces Society offer a field day for crop farmers interested in native insect pest predators and habitat that supports them. Paul Mugge will lead guests on a tour of prairie and habitat areas on his farm, and discuss the why and how of installing and managing prairie and habitat. Sarah Foltz Jordan and Lydia English will provide insight from their work at Paul's farm and others. ...

July 17, 2019 Grundy, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa and Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District offer an opportunity to learn about building soil health practices into farm leases, edge-of-field practices, and prairie strips, as well as how townspeople can play a role in conservation efforts. The event will also feature a hands-on soil health discussion....

July 17, 2019 Mitchell, South Dakota This is one of three day-long learning circle meetings organized by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), supported by conservation districts in eastern South Dakota through a grant from NRCS. These events include an opportunity for any women landowners to learn from peers and local professional women conservationists. Morning presentations are followed by an afternoon visit to a farm to see healthy soils up close....

July 16, 2019 Elkport, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Pete Kerns and Natasha Hegmann at Turkey River Farm. Tour the farm and see how their business plan guides their farm activities, including production for their 30-member rural CSA....

July 16, 2019 Aberdeen, South Dakota This is one of three day-long learning circle meetings organized by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), supported by conservation districts in eastern South Dakota through a grant from NRCS. These events include an opportunity for any women landowners to learn from peers and local professional women conservationists. Morning presentations are followed by an afternoon visit to a farm to see healthy soils up close....

July 13, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin This day-long workshop is part of a series presented by the School for Urban Agriculture, a partnership of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The workshop will cover the unique opportunities and challenges in urban farming and large-scale gardening. Instructors will walk participants through farm and garden planning, design, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will engage in hands-on learning with tools and supplies at Troy Farm. ...

July 11, 2019 Solon, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Paul Rasch and Sarah Goering at Wilson's Orchard. Beginning with the cider apples, Paul will discuss his approach to managing these unique varieties in a dwarf system, including the importance of managing to prevent fire blight. After the group caravans to the main orchard location, Paul will lead an orchard walk and further discuss varieties, orchard care, and managing a U-pick operation. The group will then tour the cidery and event center, and have a chance to enjoy samples....

July 11, 2019 Madison, Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association Western Chapter is co-sponsoring an afternoon Kernza field day. The event includes a tour of farmer Carmen Fernholz's Kernza plots as well as presentations from the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative who have been working to research and develop this new perennial grain. Discussion will include current management practices, using Kernza to transition to organic production, incorporating Kernza in grazing systems, and supply chain development and market opportunities....

July 10, 2019 Wichita, Kansas This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available at...

July 10, 2019 Slater, Iowa Lee Tesdell is Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2019 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipient. This award is granted annually to landowners who help the next generation get started, advance land stewardship, and promote long-term sustainability of farm businesses, environmental quality, and rural communities. Lee and guest speakers will discuss conservation and solar energy generation, and Lee will receive the Farmland Owner Legacy Award at this field day....

July 10, 2019 Onalaska, Wisconsin This OGRAIN field day is cosponsored by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Patrick McHugh farms 150 acres of organic row crops and small grains with more acres in transition. In his second year of growing specialty rye and corn for La Crosse Distilling Company, Patrick will discuss his organic growing techniques, crop rotation and fertility management. A representative of La Crosse Distilling Company will explain the types of grains needed by artisan distillers....

July 10-11, 2019 Morris, Minnesota The Midwest Farm Energy Conference will highlight energy-efficient systems for Midwest dairies and cropping systems (on July 10), as well as energy conservation for swine production (on July 11). Additional topics will include solar shading for grazing cattle, bringing solar PV to your farm, and renewable energy tours....

July 10-11, 2019 Omaha, Nebraska American Society of Agronomy presents a conference that will provide Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and Agri-Sale Professionals with the opportunity to better understand and implement sustainable agronomy in the field. Speakers and moderators will include farmers, CCAs, food company representatives, university faculty, private industry personnel, and non-governmental organization staff. The conference will involve speaker presentations, roundtable and panel discussions, and extensive question and answer periods that will enable CCAs to engage speakers and gain a deep understanding of the topics presented....

July 9, 2019 Mt. Vernon, Missouri Patrick Byers leads afternoon workshops on blackberries across Missouri, sharing information gleaned from his extensive experience including managing the research plot at the MU Mt. Vernon Research Center. Workshops include classroom presentations and a visit to a blackberry production site. This event features guest speaker Dr. Nicole Gauthier, Fruit, Ornamentals, and Hemp Pathology, University of Kentucky. ...

July 8, 2019 Emporia, Kansas This is one of five meetings hosted by Kansas Rural Center to facilitate discussion on the food system and farming and how these are related to climate and energy issues, as well as rural/urban revitalization. Discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming to population loss (especially of young people), health care, and present and future economic opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure a meal as a limited number of meals are available at...

July 7, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin This one-day workshop is presented by the School for Urban Agriculture, a partnership of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Learn how container farms are helping extend the possibilities for urban agriculture. Participants will learn to build a variety of container farms including sub-irrigated planters (SIPs), mason jar aquaponics, vertical planters and raised beds. ...

July 2, 2019 Galva, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa present a field day with Sam and Danielle Bennett and family at Bennett Farms. Sam and Danielle will share their experience using cover crops as part of their weed control system. They will also discuss growing small grains, soil health and navigating crop insurance and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. Guests will have a chance to see cereal rye and oats just before harvest, and evaluate the weed-suppressing benefits of cover crops before soybeans....

July 2, 2019 Iowa City, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) presents an opportunity to hop on the bus with other beginning and aspiring farmers to tour and learn from three different horticulture farms. Each is a trainer farm in PFI's Labor4Learning program, providing aspiring farmers with employment and additional training on how to run a farm business. Grow your peer network while touring three unique farms and learning about specific business management practices at each one....

July 1, 2019 Ada, Michigan Michigan State University's Farmer Field School events feature in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan's farming community. At this day-long workshop, learn ways to prevent, reduce and control the weeds on your farm. See the tricks and tools in action on Green Wagon Farm, a successful organic vegetable farm....

July 1-2, 2019 St. Paul, Minnesota The Slow Flowers Summit is a conference for creative professionals, thought leaders, and pioneering voices in the progressive American-grown floral community. Designed to stimulate curiosity, examine conventional assumptions, and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry, the Summit agenda asks speakers and audience members alike to inquire, inform, include, instigate, and inspire. ...

June 30, 2019 Lancaster, Ohio Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association presents an afternoon workshop to help you map out your farm vision, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Hear from a panel of early-career farmers and receive important planning resources....

June 30, 2019 Castalia, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Caite and Jim Palmer at Prairie's Edge Farm. The Palmers started farming together in 2012 and began Prairie's Edge Farm in 2015 to direct-market meat to local customers. Tour the farm and see how they are raising a cow-calf herd, and a herd of Katahdin ewes and lambs, on pasture supplemented by farm-raised grain. ...

June 30, 2019 Rossville, Indiana Purdue Extension and Indiana AgrAbility are teaming up for a series of free workshops and farm tours focused on food safety and targeted toward military veteran farmers. The first tour features Silverthorn Farm, a fruit and vegetable operation owned by Nate and Emily Parks. They will share their experiences in selling produce at farmers markets, restaurants, and grocery stores. This tour will also include a session on best food safety practices on a vegetable farm. Participants must register for the tours individually online. ...

June 30, 2019 Ridgeway, Wisconsin You are invited to join the Uplands Watershed Group and Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association at Meadowlark Organic Farm for the From Grain to Plate Field Day, a rich exploration of why small grains like wheat, barley, oats, and rye matter. Tour small grains in the field, see how different crops and field practices affect erosion and infiltration with a rainfall simulator, engage terrific speakers on a wide variety of topics, and eat a delicious (and free) lunch....

June 30, 2019 Burlington, Wisconsin At this Upper Midwest CRAFT mid-day Field Day, Paul Maggio of Starry Nights Farm will talk about "the quest for high quality grass-fed beef". Paul will be joined by Altfrid Krusenbaum of Krusen Grass Consulting....

June 28, 2019 Verona, Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station hosts Barley Day, an educational and festive event including field tours, an update on the exciting new national organic, hull-less barley project, a sensory exploration, a barley-centric lunch, guest speakers, and more....

June 27, 2019 Rocheport, Missouri The fourth annual joint Missouri Grape Growers Association Viticulture Field Day and Missouri Vintners Association annual meeting presents Dr. Richard Smart as featured speaker. The event features presentations, the business meeting, and field demonstrations on grapevine trunk disease and canopy management. ...

June 26, 2019 Fostoria, Ohio At this evening event, hear from David Cramer, who has been no-tilling small grains on his family farm for over 30 years, about agronomic advice and variety selection. Learn about incorporating cover crops into a small-grains operation....

June 26, 2019 Nashua, Iowa Iowa State University's Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm spring field day will give participants an inside look at popular topics for 2019, including industrial hemp, small grains production, and the growing season forecast. The field day is free and open to the public....

June 25, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri Patrick Byers leads afternoon workshops on blackberries across Missouri, sharing information gleaned from his extensive experience including managing the research plot at the MU Mt. Vernon Research Center. Workshops include classroom presentations and a visit to a blackberry production site....

June 25, 2019 Danforth, Illinois This afternoon field day from the Land Connection focuses on growing and milling small grains for home and artisan bread makers. At the field day, Harold Wilken will share some of his secrets for growing food-grade small grains. The tour will continue 10 miles up the road at The Mill at Janie's Farm, a certified organic milling operation owned and operated by the farm. ...

June 25, 2019 Decorah, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is held in partnership with University of Northern Iowa at Family Flying W Farm. Wayne and Ryan Wangsness have been flame-weeding for about 10 years, and they have used an electric weeder for the last three. They have been very pleased with both tools and invite farmers and the public to come learn from their experience. Guests will get to see two different flame-weeders, and hear how the Wangsnesses use electricity to deal with tall weeds like giant ragweed, pigweed, and shattercane. Brian Lang, the northeast Iowa extension field agronomist...

June 25-27, 2019 Wall, South Dakota South Dakota Grassland Coalition presents a Grazing School designed for producers and anyone with an interest in learning how to best manage grasslands to benefit livestock. The agenda features presenters from state and federal agencies and universities. Area producers share their expertise about various topics related to grazing techniques and grassland management. Participants will hear presentations in the classroom and gain experience with hands-on activities in the field....

June 24, 2019 Wichita, Kansas The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) and K-State Research and Extension-Sedgwick County are hosting a specialty crop farm tour on two area farms. While the farm tour will focus primarily on production practices, there will be materials available on crop insurance options and federal loan programs. The tour is free and open to producers and consumers. The tour at Firefly Farms will include the packing shed, production fields, new high tunnel and propagation greenhouse. At 3:30 the group will leave for River Valley Farm, a first-year specialty crop farm with both outdoor production and high tunnels. Transportation...

June 22, 2019 Toledo, Ohio This event is part of OEFFA's 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. At the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center (SQACC), Nana's Garden uses raised beds to grow various pesticide-free vegetables and fruits for use in their community kitchen. In 2015, a 4,080-square-foot, 51-raised-bed Broadway Urban Garden Greenspace (BUGG) was built with local business support and community involvement. For the past three years, more than 2,500 pounds of various pesticide-free produce have been provided to a local food bank. ...

June 21, 2019 Algona, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Bode's Moonlight Gardens. Beany and Joanne Bode will share their experience designing and building a new multi-purpose packhouse and prep space. They will also discuss weed management strategies they've tried in their 10-acre pumpkin patch. ...

June 21, 2019 Dubois, Indiana At this morning training session, participants will learn the latest research supported methods for reliable native forage establishment and grazing management to maintain grass vigor and animal performance through the summer. This training is being hosted by the Center for Native Grasslands Management, Dairy AgResearch and Education Center, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Quail Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UT Extension....

June 21, 2019 Albany, Missouri This Grow Native! workshop is intended for row-crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer to farms and recreational land. During the workshop, five experts will present information on how native plants provide benefits to farm revenues, livestock health, pollinators, wildlife, soil health, water quality, and more. The day-long event will also feature information on specific NRCS cost-share programs and a session on invasive plant control....

June 21-22, 2019 Dubois, Indiana Purdue Extension presents Grazing 102, a program designed to help producers understand important concepts needed to make a management-intensive grazing program work for their own operations. Topics will include Understanding Plant Growth and Development, Fencing Systems, Soil Fertility, Forage Identification and Use, Watering Systems, Forage Economics, Extending the Grazing Season, and Determining Forage Needs. There will also be hands-on activities, pasture walks, and field tours...

June 20, 2019 Keota, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day visits Tim Sieren at Green Iron Farms. This event will showcase a diversified farm with crop rotations, cover crops and livestock. Tim will speak about his crop rotation consisting of corn, soybeans and rye or wheat. Learn how this rotation presents opportunities for diverse cover crops (namely, legumes) and how Tim incorporates a small cattle herd and hog manure. Also, view a couple of on-farm research trials investigating cereal rye cover crops for improving weed control in soybeans....

June 20, 2019 Boone, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Mike Salama at Salama Greenhouse and Floral. Join Mike on a tour of his greenhouse to learn about growing hydroponic tomatoes and greens, and tips on harvest and packaging. Mike will also discuss their various potted plant offerings, including propagation, preferred media for different plants and container choices. The Salama family has also recently installed photovoltaic panels, and Mike will share information about the financing and installation process. ...

June 19, 2019 Peterson, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa mid-day field day visits John Rock and Aaron Nelson, cousins who farm and raise cattle in the Little Sioux watershed and lease ground owned by The Nature Conservancy. John and Aaron will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with grazing native perennials. Amy Crouch, an ecologist and Little Sioux project manager for The Nature Conservancy, will highlight the ecological benefits of managed grazing. With John and Aaron, she will also discuss conservation leasing issues associated with grazing conservancy-owned lands....

June 18, 2019 Lewis, Iowa At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join Bob Zimmerman and biologists from Pheasants Forever as they discuss habitat restoration and management activities at the South Place farm. Topics will include prairie restoration; habitat management using prescribed fire and other techniques; landowner-tenant relations and conservation; and the dual benefits of habitat for wildlife and water quality. Information on cost-share programs for conservation will also be available....

June 14, 2019 Elliot, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Ron Mardesen of A Frame Acres to learn about a pasture-based farrow-to-finish pig operation. Drew White, a veterinarian for Niman Ranch, will speak about managing vaccine protocols, record-keeping and preventive health measures to conduct for your swine herd. Learn how the Mardesens pasture-farrow, and incorporate livestock into their field crop rotations....

June 13, 2019 West Union, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day is hosted by Loran Steinlage. Learn all about the basics of growing hybrid rye, finding markets and feeding livestock with small grains. Loran will also share his experiences with various rye varieties, growing malt barley and relay cropping....

June 13, 2019 Clever, Missouri Missouri State University College of Agriculture presents a half-day Grazing Management Field Day at Salchow Farm. Presentations include low-input grazing, soil management, business of grazing, and field tours....

June 13-15, 2019 Jefferson City, Missouri Since 2009, the Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour has been held in central Missouri. Terry Durham gathers the best new knowledge and delivers it during this workshop. Learn from expert researchers and successful growers. At the end of each workshop, Durham teaches the highly detailed handling techniques mandated at harvest so growers can sell their berries. New growers will want to attend the separate afternoon workshop on June 13, 2019, designed especially for them. Learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, and how to propagate. ...

June 12, 2019 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin This OGRAIN field day is sponsored by Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Join Sandy Syburg of Purple Cow Organics and a dynamic group of presenters to explore use of crop rotations with legumes, manure, and other organic-approved fertility inputs to improve soil fertility and crop yields within organic production systems. Presenters will review a variety of field experiments illustrating differing fertility management techniques and products. Learn how attention to soil health using organic methods can build soil while mitigating the negative effects of tillage, resulting in long-term resiliency as well as good crop yields....

June 11, 2019 Bloomfield, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Samuel Maibach, who along with his brother, Daniel, and father, Tim, raises a herd of 90 organic, pasture-raised dairy cows. Their milk is marketed through Organic Valley. This presentation will discuss breeding and ration balancing for higher butterfat and milk components; timely haymaking; grazing high-quality forage; and keeping cows comfortable and full during the summer heat. Samuel will share his experience planting, grazing and baling forage oats and summer annual forages, and the flexibility needed when dealing with wet and dry weather. The Maibachs' veterinarian, Dr. Guy Jodarski, will...

June 8, 2019 Thayer, Missouri This free morning event at Ozark Mountain Ginseng is presented by University of Missouri Extension and The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. It is designed for beginning and prospective growers of ginseng and other native medicinal herbs. The agenda includes forest farming fundamentals, harvesting and processing, and value-added opportunities. Pre-registration is required; contact Jamie Gundel at Oregon County Extension at 417-778-7490 or email: gundelj@Missouri.edu....

June 8, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin The School for Urban Agriculture, a partnership of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities, Community GroundWorks, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, is presenting this day-long workshop on community food systems as part of a summer workshop series....

June 7-9, 2019 Hickory Corners, Michigan The Chestnut Growers of America Annual Meeting includes presentations on research, management, marketing, and policy, followed by field tours on the second day. ...

June 6, 2019 Kewanee, Illinois At this Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day, learn how cover crops can positively impact water quality from a diverse mix of perspectives. Hear from a farmer, a soil health expert and an ag retailer's perspective, and view a rainfall simulator demonstration. The farmer, Brian Corkill, will share his playbook for managing soybeans following a cereal rye cover crop, as well as some of the on-farm research projects he's involved in....

June 6, 2019 Holton, Kansas Jackson County Conservation District presents an event with soil health expert Shane New. He will discuss the five principles of soil health and adaptive grazing management practices. The morning workshop session will begin with a rainfall simulator demonstration. In the afternoon, travel to the Shane New Farms for a field tour and demonstrations....

June 5, 2019 Ames, Iowa Practical Farmers of Iowa offers an opportunity to learn the essentials of livestock parasites from Iowa State University veterinary pathologist Matt Brewer in this hands-on workshop. It will start with an overview of different livestock parasites, placing special emphasis on those that are transmissible to humans. After the discussion, participants will have a chance to practice performing fecal egg counts on manure samples. The workshop will also give farmers a chance to ask questions and share their experiences with veterinarians. Registration is limited....

June 4, 2019 La Porte City, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa Cover Crop Field Day visits Terry Ward. Terry plants diverse crop rotations that include cereal rye, which he harvests to use in several ways. He'll share his experience making ryelage, rye hay and rye straw. Hear from Terry's dairy farming neighbors who feed this ryelage to their dairy cattle. The event starts in the field to view some cover crops before moving indoors for further discussion and a meal....

June 4, 2019 Missouri Valley, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Matt and Terra Hall at Rhizosphere Farm. It offers a tour of their high tunnels, tomato arbor, and young food forest. On the vegetable side, they will discuss the heirloom varieties they have tried and like (or don't like!), and their practices for other vegetables. Walking through the food forest, Matthew and Terra will share which trees and shrubs are performing best on their farm through the early years of establishment, and how their designs on paper are playing out on the land....

June 1, 2019 Elkhorn, Wisconsin This is a free open House for Upper Midwest CRAFT members, those interested in joining, or those interested in attending this field day. Zinniker Family Farm was established in 1943 and is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the United States. Attendees will tour the farm, unearth the Biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall, and prepare new ones for the summer months....

May 30-31, 2019 Jefferson City, Missouri Missouri Tomato School is sponsored by USDA, Webb City Farmers Market, Lincoln Univeristy, and University of Missourui Extension. The event brings together national experts with Missouri experts and successful local tomato farmers to teach growers and serious hobbyists how to better grow Missouri's top-selling vegetable. Thursday will be a full day of presentations at George Washington Carver Farm. Friday morning consists of farm tours and on-site education at area farms. ...

May 23, 2019 Clear Lake, Wisconsin This free, mid-day MOSES Organic Field Day visits Cosmic Wheel Creamery located at Turnip Rock Farm, a micro-dairy that processes the milk from 20 grass-fed cows on the farm into artisan cheese that is direct-marketed via CSA and farmers markets....

May 20, 2019 Wichita, Kansas The Kansas Rural Center will host a workshop on the impacts of pesticides and herbicides on pollinators, beekeepers, farmers, and local foods initiatives. In the morning, the workshop will cover how pesticides impact pollinators and the role that agriculture plays in pollinator decline, but also how a number of farming strategies that are gaining traction in Kansas reduce or eliminate pesticide use and can help the farmers' bottom lines. In the afternoon, the impacts of herbicide drift on pollinators and specialty crop farmers will be explored....

May 18, 2019 Rockford, Illinios Deeper Roots: Digital Marketing in the Local Food System, from University of Illinois Extension, is tailored for local food entrepreneurs who sell produce, meat, eggs, and/or value-added products through farmers markets, CSAs, local restaurants, orchards, farm stands, and other channels. This class will be geared toward those who will be using digital marketing to drive face-to-face interaction, share their farming story, and create greater brand awareness. The class is designed for those who have already set up a digital presence such as a Facebook Fan Page, website, or other. ...

May 17, 2019 Springfield, Missouri Whether you already grow garlic commercially, are interested in learning more, or are a backyard garlic grower, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn from a nationally known expert, as well as regional experts and growers....

May 16, 2019 Ottawa Lake, Michigan This day-long workshop is presented by Michigan State University Student Organic Farm's Farmer Field School. Lindsay Daschner of Forget Me Not Farms will share her experience forcing anemone, ranunculus and other flowers in bulb crates and in-ground in her gutter connect greenhouse, as well as coppicing woody materials, marketing nursery stock. Susan Sharp will discuss forcing flowers at Open Sky Farm and will demonstrate making interesting kokedama and hypertufa containers to market them....

May 13, 2019 Finland, Minnesota This free training will help to clear a way through the confusing world of food regulation and help you understand the requirements for producing food for sale and public consumption. The training will be led by Jane Grimsbo Jewett, Associate Director of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture....

June 18, 2019 Dyersville, Iowa At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, Wayne Brunsman will share what he's learned about managing his farm for soil health and using small grains as a profitable alternative to low margins in a conventional corn-bean rotation. He will also discuss breaking up weed cycles without expensive herbicides, incorporating small grains into animal rations, advances in small-grains varieties and experimenting with hybrid rye....

May 7-9, 2019 Mt. Vernon, Missouri University of Missouri - Southwest Research Center hosts a three-day seminar on management-intensive grazing for economic and environmental sustainability. This is the "basic" grazing school that is applicable to all types of livestock. Topics include resource management, grazing, fencing, planning, and outdoor field exercises....

May 5-11, 2019 Wichita, Kansas Ranching For Profit School is a one-week training with experts that can help you find the breakthroughs you've been looking for to increase profit, improve the health of the land, improve the relationships in your business, and increase your satisfaction with your ranch....

May 4, 2019 Alexandria, Minnesota Join University of Minnesota experts for this one-day workshop to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. Backyard bird keepers and small flock poultry producers will learn about poultry bird predators, pests and diseases that can greatly impact small flocks. These workshops are designed for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for those with interest in learning more about caring for chickens. Experienced bird keepers will find the workshops helpful as well. ...

May 4, 2019 Chicago At the Illinois Hemp Growers Summit, learn more about the legal hemp program in Illinois, what you'll need to get started, permit application FAQ's, and how to build partnerships in the industry. Attendees will learn from hemp farmers and industry specialists about a variety of topics, including planting, harvesting, processing/extraction, transportation/logistics, and CBD and Hemp Products....

April 27, 2019 Dickinson, North Dakota The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will hold a free hops growing workshop at Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery. Eric Sannerud with Mighty Axe Hops in Minnesota will lead the workshop. The workshop will cover many areas of hop production, including hop yard design; the economics of starting, growing and selling hops; and an update from the North Dakota State University hops research trials....

April 27, 2019 Smithville, Missouri This eight-hour seminar from the Sustainable Poultry Network provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable....

April 27-29, 2019 Chillicothe, Ohio Pastured Providence Farm School offers a weekend-long opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture on the farm. The event combines academic sessions with speakers and hands-on sessions working with livestock and grazing equipment and taking a pasture walk. There are networking opportunities as well....

April 24-25, 2019 Ottawa, Kansas A two-day hands-on Management Intensive Grazing (MiG) school for producers will feature several great presenters. The Eastern Kansas Grazing School is limited to a maximum of 35 farms, on a first-serve basis....

April 24, 2019 Forest City, Iowa Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation....

April 23-25, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin Global Cow and Global Dairy Outreach offer this course on value-added dairy. Learn about what works and what doesn't from experienced producers. The agenda includes an overview of value-added ideas and trends; a producer panel; tours to goat and cow milk operations, processors, and retailers; and a day on branding and marketing, including resources and regulations....

April 13, 2019 Elko New Market, Minnesota Join UMN experts at this one-day workshop to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. This workshop for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for anyone interested in learning more about caring for chickens....

April 11, 2019 Salem, Missouri The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry presents this day-long workshop with an introduction to fungi, information on growing shiitake, oyster mushrooms, and winecap mushrooms, and instructions for getting started....

April 10, 2019 Story City, Iowa Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation....

April 9, 2019 Dubuque, Iowa Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding a free, one-day workshop to help growers, local foods coordinators, extension staff, county horticulturists, and industry representatives learn about managing common insects, diseases, and weeds in vegetable production systems. Topics to be covered include insect, disease, and weed management, and crop rotation in vegetable crops. Pre-registration is required by March 31, 2019....

April 7, 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota The Land Stewardship Project is offering Farm Dreams, a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from an experienced farmer....

April 6, 2019 Madison, Wisconsin This special event is part of the Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers, sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin. The day will include stops at two orchards, as well as a short classroom session and lunch. The day will emphasize critical business startup issues such as assessing market opportunities, orchard design, vital decisions about root stocks and apple varieties, and financial planning tools. ...

April 6, 2019 Springfield, Ohio Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and others present a full-day workshop on options and resources to assist you in the transition, succession, or transfer of your land. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to better assess your situation, articulate goals for the future of your land, and develop a transition plan....

April 6, 2019 Evansville, Indiana Purdue Extension offers the Ohio Valley Small Farm and Garden Conference to help current, beginning, and prospective small farmers in the Tri-State area improve and diversify their farm operations. The day-long conference includes presentations on hemp production, strawberry production, soil fertility, beekeeping, backyard poultry, pastured pork, organic pest control, grape production, urban soil health, fruit tree grafting, sheep and goat parasite control, and rainscaping. Conference participants will receive information on production methods and processes from a variety of experts to plan for new ventures, improve profitability, and diversify current operations. ...

April 4, 2019 Monticello, Illinois This full-day conference will be packed with informative and inspiring speakers, three educational tracks (Market Managers, Market Vendors, and Market Presentations), targeted break-out sessions at all experience levels, networking opportunities, and a winter market and vendor fair....

April 3, 2019 South Range, Wisconsin The UW-Extension Program "Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward" is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. The world of agriculture is always shifting, and developing a plan will help farmers navigate the future and regain a sense of control of their future. This program offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions. ...

April 3, 2019 Dallas Center, Iowa Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation....

April 2, 2019 Toledo, Iowa Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation....

April 2, 2019 Menomonie, Wisconsin This day-long event highlights Ag Tourism at Govin's Farm - Ag Experience Must Haves. Topics include Introduction to Safety on the Farm, Safety Checklist & Discussion; Govin's Farm Tour; Insurance Considerations; First Impressions...

March 30, 2019 Caledonia, Illinois Angelic Organics Learning Center hosts this afternoon workshop. Farm Finance Boot Camp will give you the tools to learn the basic farm financial statements and learn how to understand your farm business through these statements. ...

March 30, 2019 Northfield, Minnesota This free, day-long workshop from the Land Stewardship Project will help you approach your land access journey with confidence. Participants will engage in participatory goal-setting and financial planning exercises using the LSP "Farmland Access Financial Decision-Making Tool," and hear directly from farmers about the creative land access methods they have used. Additional resources and programs to help plan for, find, and afford farmland will be introduced....

March 30, 2019 Gaylord, Minnesota Join UMN experts to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. Backyard bird keepers and small flock poultry producers will learn about poultry bird predators, pests and diseases that can greatly impact small flocks. These workshops are designed for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for those with interest in learning more about caring for chickens. Experienced bird keepers will find the workshops helpful as well. ...

March 29-30, 2019 Piketon, Ohio This conference from Ohio State University Extension is designed for small farm owners wanting to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them. Many topics will be offered to help landowners expand their operations. Landowners can attend workshops and seminars taught by Extension professionals and industry leaders on a wide variety of agricultural enterprises. There will be a full-day Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) training Friday and a hops workshop on Friday evening, with a full-day conference and tradeshow on Saturday....

March 29, 2019 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa's Community Food Systems Program is a joint effort of the ISU Extension and Outreach Local Foods and Community and Economic Development programs. This fourth annual Community Food Systems Program event provides an opportunity for anyone engaged in local food systems development to network and learn from national voices. Workshop topics range from developing farmer feasibility training to mapping and technology, food donation and gleaning. The event also includes information on the new certification programs offered by the Community Food Systems Program to develop professional skills for local food leaders....

March 27, 2019 Atlanta, Illinois This workshop from The Land Connection will cover proper lifting techniques, nutrition, recovery, breathing drills (hands-on), body mechanics, yoga for farmers (hands-on), OSHA for farmers, packhouse hazards (scavenger hunt), and assessing risk on your farm (self-assessment) and discuss how corrective actions can be built into your employee manual and safety plan. The workshop is going to be packed with a ton of great information, tips and tricks, and some easy routines and procedures to implement on your farm to ensure that you and your employees are all operating safely. ...

March 26, 2019 Owatonna, Minnesota This Organic Crops Day program from University of Minnesota Extension aims to provide current, transitioning, and future organic crop producers with additional tools and knowledge to help their operations succeed. The event offers a broad range of topics applicable to organic row-crop production....

March 26-27, 2019 Bismarck, North Dakota Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a two-day intensive workshop on the basics of transition to certified organic crop production designed for Certified Crop Advisers and other agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers. The agenda includes introductions to key principles of organic transition, certification, marketing, and agronomy. This OATS workshop is focused on agronomic crop production in the Northern Great Plains and will emphasize large-scale wheat, other small grain, pulse crop, corn, and soybean production. ...

March 26, 2019 Shelby, Ohio The Third Annual Ohio Soil Health Symposium will feature presentations by farmers, conservation folks, researchers, and other agriculture industry experts. Discussion Rooms will provide space for small groups to discuss solutions "For Farmers," "For Advisors," and "From Industry" relating to herbicides, nutrient management, manure, on-farm research, small grains, planting equipment, and weather events. Attendees can choose throughout the day which sessions will be most valuable. The symposium will feature special guests Sarah Carlson, Paul Hepperly, and Dave Brandt....

March 25, 2019 Hartville, Ohio Ohio State University presents this opportunity to network with peers from around the state and learn about the latest Agritourism trends and topics. The event will be hosted by Maize Valley Market and Winery. Tours of the farm will be offered as one of the education sessions....

March 22-23, 2019 Chicago, Illinois FamilyFarmed's annual Good Food EXPO is America's longest-running sustainable and local food trade show, bringing together key stakeholders to be inspired and to build their businesses. The event connects industry farm and food produces with trade buyers, wholesalers, retailers, and investors and introduces them to consumers. The event features cooking demos, educational sessions, and more. The Good Food Trade Show is held on March 22, 2019, and the public Good Food Festival on March 23, 2019....

March 21, 2019 Amery, Wisconsin Farm Table Foundation, in partnership with FamilyFarmed and USDA, presents this free, day-long workshop. As a participant, you will learn to find the right market outlet to match your skills and personality, land, crop mix, and customers' needs; discuss trends in the food market and the pros and cons of various marketing models, including roadside stands, farmers markets, CSA, agri-tourism, restaurants, pick-your-own, on-line sales, wholesale, retail, and brokers; and work in class on designing a mix of markets and crops that work for your farm and market, based on customers' needs and your strengths. ...

March 20, 2019 Burlington, Wisconsin The UW-Extension Program "Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward" is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. The world of agriculture is always shifting, and developing a plan will help farmers navigate the future and regain a sense of control of their future. This program offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions. ...

March 20, 2019 Farmington, Minnesota This one-day training course is for produce growers. The Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires that fruit and vegetables farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. All growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend. ...

March 18-19, 2019 St. Louis, Missouri EarthDance Organic Farm School presents a two-day, hands-on workshop that will focus on Midwest farming enterprises, led by successful female farmers. Learn how to grow your profits and make your vegetable farm a success with limited time and a modest budget....

March 16, 2019 Burlington, Iowa Leopold Landscape Alliance offers a free, day-long conference on "Conservation in our Working Landscapes." Join the conversation with speakers from Iowa and adjacent states to discuss sustainability for farmers and rural landowners and how Leopold's "Land Ethic" encourages regeneration of the soil....

March 16, 2019 Archbold, Ohio Ohio State University Extension's annual new and small farm conference offers a variety of educational sessions targeted to new and small farms. Sessions are offered on farm management, horticulture production, livestock, marketing, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovated ideas and services for farming operations. ...

March 15, 2019 Wautoma, Wisconsin Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc. and Wisconsin Farmers Union are presenting Money Matters on the Farm, an educational workshop for beginning farmers, held in three different locations. Topics include grazing and profitability, business management, and EQIP and other cost-sharing opportunities....

March 14, 2019 Amery, Wisconsin Farm Table Foundation presents this free full-day food safety training with Atina Diffley. The training is designed to help you develop and implement cost-effective, scale-appropriate food safety systems for your farm. It is hands-on and designed for active learning. Registration is required....

March 13, 2019 Green Lake, Wisconsin The UW-Extension Program "Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward" is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. The world of agriculture is always shifting, and developing a plan will help farmers navigate the future and regain a sense of control of their future. This program offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions. ...

March 13, 2019 Moorhead, Minnesota This one-day training course is for produce growers. The Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires that fruit and vegetables farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. All growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend....

March 13-15, 2019 Stewartville, Minnesota This three-day holistic management class featuring Joshua and Tara Dukart of Seek First Ranch is sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project. This class is for people hoping to develop a system to get their farm financially healthy and highly productive now and for the next generation. This seminar will introduce you to a planning process called Holistic Management, used to make everyday decisions. ...

March 12, 2019 St. Peter, Minnesota The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota hosts the Midwest Soil Health Summit. Featured speakers include Dr. David Montgomery, Kristin Brennan, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Kent Solberg, Carissa Spencer, and a farmer panel....