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June 17, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place weekly, on Thursday evenings. In this final session, participants get a chance to practice telling your story. Participants will be broken out into smaller groups and given a chance to practice using all your new skills....

June 17, 2021 Online Alley cropping offers exciting possibilities for multiple farmers operating in partnership on the same land. This free webinar from the Savanna Institute will explore long-term partnerships between tree crop farmers and alley crop farmers, with special focus on rent dynamics and the long-term planning required when integrating trees into agricultural settings. Alley cropping systems explored will include chestnuts, small fruits, and timber....

June 16, 2021 Online The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is offering a free webinar discussing its Producer Grants program. "Testing Sustainable Ag Ideas on the Farm" is designed for farmers, ranchers and farmer groups in the Southern region interested in sustainable agriculture research to learn more about SSARE's Producer Grants. Learn about qualification requirements, setting up a research project, and writing a strong proposal....

June 16, 2021 Online The California Farm Demonstration Network is hosting a four-part series on California soils. This series features four speakers, each with extensive knowledge of California soils through the lens of farming and agriculture. In this final session, "How do we properly test for soil microbial dynamics?" Dr. Jennifer Moore will zero in on what you can test for and what it would tell you about soil microbial dynamics, and will lead a discussion about what meaningful information you can use about soil microbial dynamics on your farm. ...

June 16, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farms Outreach Program presents this virtual session on Marketing Your Farm Products, addressing promotion, pricing, packaging, and display....

June 15, 2021 Online Eco Farm's Dirt First webinar conversation series continues with this session celebrating LGBTQAI+ farmers....

June 14, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering this Small Farm Orientation online....

June 10, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place weekly, on Thursday evenings. In this session, Sara Hollenbeck of High Five Meats will discuss presenting yourself professionally online. ...

June 8, 15, and 22, 2021 Online The Land Connection is offering an online Farm Dreams workshop in three sessions. Farm Dreams is a workshop series for aspiring farmers, helping them discover what it would really take to start a farm business. Each session includes exercises to help assess skills and resources, and provide direction for next steps in building a farm business....

June 7-10, 2021 Online Clemson University's Organic Plant Breeding Institute is a free, virtual event that will gather aspiring plant scientists and breeders for a four-day, intense, practical workshop on plant breeding and genetics as it relates to organic production systems, crop biofortification, and human health. ...

June 3, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place weekly, on Thursday evenings. In this session, Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie), a Wisconsin dairy farmer with a large social media following, will help you learn how to craft your own story for social media....

June 3, 2021 Online Oregon State University's Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network is offering this free online training in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), an evidence-based suicide prevention program where participants are empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Similar to CPR, QPR provides lifesaving knowledge and skills to help someone in crisis....

June 2, 2021 Online The MOSES Organic Field Day series begins with this free virtual event. Learn about season extension for vegetables from MOSES Organic Specialist Mhonpaj Lee. She will share the challenges that Hmong farmers face when trying to access NRCS help and recommend ways that NRCS staff can work with Hmong farmers. While this virtual field day is designed to help NRCS staff connect with the Hmong farming community, it will include valuable tips on high tunnel production aimed at growers....

June 2, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky is presenting this free virtual field day from Old Homeplace Farm in Oneida, Kentucky. Maggie Bowling has dialed in her production systems; her vegetable CSA, online store, local delivery, and restaurant sales are running smoothly; and she's transitioning the operation to Certified Organic status. Join in for this virtual walk through Maggie's vegetable operation and the steps, challenges, and triumphs she's facing in the process to organic certification and growing her family farm business....

June 1, 2021 Online Ecological Farming Association's Dirt First Conversation Series continues with this session where you can learn about the latest research in small-scale, intensive, minimal-disturbance, ecological farming systems. Since 2017, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers has been working with Singing Frogs Farm, Hillview Farms, and others, to carry out on-farm research of the soil health impacts of their farming systems. At the same time, the Bowles Laboratory at UC Berkeley has conducted a three-year experiment looking at the effects of key practices of these farming systems. After several years of soil health data collection, these two groups are now...

May 29, 2021 Online Michael Fields Agricultural Institute presents the results of its and others' most recent field research on hemp, conducted in the Midwest, to give you the most current knowledge of what to expect for hemp cultivation around southern Wisconsin. Workshop attendees will get to see hemp transplants at different stages to help decide the right stage of transplanting and will also leave with one-page quick guides to aid with management decision making....

May 27, 2021 Online MOFGA offers this evening course with certified Master Beekeeper Karen Thurlow. This class will be focused on producing, growing, and wintering nucleus hives to replace winter losses in your apiary. Topics will include splitting hives, wintering over nucleus colonies, identifying signs of swarming and acting to prevent it, as well as tips for raising healthy winter bees and a brief discussion on small-scale queen production. This class is aimed at intermediate level beekeepers—those with several seasons under their belt and a familiarity with the tasks of a beekeeper....

May 27, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place weekly, on Thursday evenings. In this session, participants will be broken out into smaller groups and asked to practice discussing common controversial practices in agriculture, while remaining civil and professional....

May 26, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This session focuses on value-added processing....

May 26, 2021 Online USDA is hosting a free, virtual Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair to showcase USDA investments and business leadership in reducing food loss and waste throughout the food system. The event will present businesses and research teams that have received USDA funding to research or commercialize cutting-edge food loss and waste solutions, highlight USDA agency activities, and feature U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that have committed to reducing food loss and waste in their operations by 50% by 2030. ...

May 25, 2021 Online Join NOFA New York for a webinar overview of what beginning farmers need to know when establishing an organic farm, including startup costs, equipment, and planting plans. The session is hosted by Farmer-to-Farmer Mentor, Don Cimato, of Homecoming Farm....

May 24-25 and June 1, 8, and 15, 2021 Online Beyond Pesticides and partners are presenting the 2021 National Pesticide Forum virtually. Sessions focus on "Confronting Health Threats, Climate Disasters, and Biodiversity Collapse with a Toxic-Free Future." A main theme is regenerative organic land management and one of the featured speakers is Jeff Moyer of Rodale Insitute....

May 24, 2021 Online Join Organic Association of Kentucky for this free virtual visit to Butler Farms, as Kathleen and Lane Butler share their production experience of growing 40 acres of Certified Organic hemp and thousands of meat chickens on Certified Organic pastures. From planting to harvest, and brooder to customer, hear their lessons learned, experiences of scaling up, and essential resources and tools for hemp fiber and pastured poultry. Kathleen will also share cost overviews for both operations to help interested producers in estimating profit range and the viability for these markets on their own farms....

May 21, 2021 Online This virtual event is part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series presented by The New School at Commonweal and Real Food Media. Seed savers Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm and Second Generation Seeds in Yolo County, California, and Jessika Greendeer of Dream of Wild Health in Twin Cities, Minnesota, will talk about the "why" behind their seed-saving practices. Together with Host Tiffani Patton, Jessika and Kristyn will explore the role of seed-saving in preserving and connecting to culture and why we need seed diversity to withstand the climate crisis....

May 20, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place on Thursday evenings. This second session will discuss how to effectively communicate your points and engage with the people you're speaking to....

May 20, 2021 Online This free one-hour webinar on growing and using medicinal herbs is presented by University of Georgia Extension. The presenters are Noelle Joe, Director of the medicinal herb program at UGArden, and Rebecca Hardeman, County Extension Coordinator with UGA Clayton County Extension. ...

May 19, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This session focuses on wholesale markets (food hubs and farm to school)....

May 19, 2021 Online The California Farm Demonstration Network is hosting a four-part series on California soils. This series features four speakers, each with extensive knowledge of California soils through the lens of farming and agriculture. Speakers will be covering various topics, including composting, orchard recycling, soil sampling, testing for microbial dynamics, and more. This is the third monthly session....

May 19, 2021 Online The California Farm Demonstration Network is hosting a four-part series on California soils. This series features four speakers, each with extensive knowledge of California soils through the lens of farming and agriculture. In this third session, "How can we pull a soil sample for meaningful results?" Jessica Chiartas will zero in on how to collect a representative sample (year after year), how to handle and process samples, what metrics to test for, what methods to use and more. She will talk about different approaches to and uses of sampling, ways to minimize error, and how to match what...

May 18, 2021 Online Ranchers Stewardship Alliance continues its monthly Rural Resilience webinar series with this session featuring Leo Barthelmess, Barthelmess Ranch, and Todd Parker, Vence Inc. They will be discussing virtual fences, an exciting new technology at the forefront of future range management. The distribution of the collared livestock can be carefully and precisely controlled via software interface: grazing cells can be adaptively moved or modified according to conditions and vegetation growth. This webinar will explore what this means for land management, wildlife movement, and the future of ranching....

May 18, 2021 Online The Drought Learning Network and partners present a free webinar that will include presentations and opportunities to ask questions on Oklahoma conditions and drought outlook for Summer 2021, online tools for monitoring drought conditions, monitoring precipitation at your location, native pasture and rangeland management strategies to minimize drought impact, and long-term adaptation planning and tools. ...

May 18, 2021 Online Join EcoFarm and the CCOF Foundation for a free webinar that takes a deep dive into the details of the organic labeling requirements for organic meat producers, including marketing strategies for organic livestock producers who don't have access to certified organic slaughter facilities. Expect to learn about marketing tips from successful organic meat producers, organic labeling requirements from organic certification experts, and state-wide efforts in California to address the lack of certified organic slaughter facilities....

May 13 - June 17, 2021 Online Montana State University Extension and Purdue Extension are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. The free online course takes place on Thursday evenings. The first session (May 13) will focus on media literacy and critical thinking. This session will help participants figure out where to find credible sources and how to verify that information....

May 13, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this virtual meeting on Aquaponics. Find out how to begin small scale aquaponics systems for hobbyists, schools, and as an enterprise for a farm or urban setting. A small scale aquaponics unit will be demonstrated as part of the workshop....

May 12, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This session focuses on consumer supported agriculture. ...

May 12, 2021 Online MOFGA's Farm Training Project workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. In this free evening session, join MOFGA's Crop Specialist Caleb Goossen and Dickey Hill Farm for an introductory workshop on organic crop farming principles. Goossen will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils and crops, and Dickey Hill Farm will join in for a Q&A to address your crop-farming questions. ...

May 12, 2021 Online This free, one-hour webinar provides an update on recent research findings in industrial hemp at Rodale Institute. Hemp, as a multipurpose crop, is environment-friendly, can increase farmer income, is nutritious for human health, and has many uses in agriculture and industry. Rodale Institute has conducted different experiments to gather crucial information to help farmers succeed. ...

May 12, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms continues its free lunch-hour webinar series with this presentation by Randall Cass. Cass, extension entomologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will share results from a survey on pollinator conservation practices that he conducted between 2018 and 2020. Cass will highlight some of the interesting and promising results from the survey and discuss the potential next steps for incorporating this information into the Iowa State bee program's extension efforts....

May 11 - June 8, 2021 Online and Beverly, Massachusetts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering this five-week-long workshop on Spring Preparation as the first installment of its three-part Crop Production workshop series. The course meets virtually for 90 minutes each Tuesday evening and also includes opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm. Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production emphasizing soil health and regenerative agriculture systems. This workshop focuses on soil management, cultivation and tillage practices (including no-till), plant propagation, and crop planning. The value of soil organic matter and microbes...

May 11, 2021 Online The International Workshop on Agritourism is presenting a free monthly series of Agritourism Gatherings: A virtual series for farm, food, and travel communities. The series brings together farmers, researchers, service providers, tourism experts and many others to share their knowledge and experience from around the world. This gathering highlights how international regions as diverse as Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Georgia are using agritourism as a way to build resilience by celebrating agricultural history, ecology, and heritage. Hear how agritourism initiatives are key to sustaining rural economic development by allowing farmers to diversify their income, regenerate communities, and reimagine...

May 11, 2021 Online Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will be celebrating its annual Expo West luncheon virtually. The event is free and features a lentil-focused cooking demonstration by chef Chris Blobaum, research highlights from OFRF, and discussion of how building soil health not only helps farmers, but also the planet. To join the event, register for the free Natural Products Expo Virtual event....

May 10, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this program geared to new and beginning farmers with zero to five years of experience operating a farm. Participants are directed through the process of developing a productive and profitable operation. Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Health, developer and instructor for the program, has over 40 years of work experience in the Virginia agriculture industry. Participants will receive a Small Farm Orientation Manual developed by the instructor....

June 10-11, 2021 Online The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting the Eighth Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference. This program is part of a long-term effort to provide relevant and timely agricultural and environmental legal research and information to attorneys, lenders, accountants, tax consultants, students and other agricultural professionals involved in the agricultural industries in the southern United States. The goal is to provide resources in the form of presentations and content, as well as to foster dialogue about the range of agricultural, food, and environmental law issues for the Mid-South agricultural community. The online conference will feature six hours...

May 7, 2021 Online The Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, at CSU Chico, presents an opportunity to hear from researchers, growers, and students on the latest research on using fava beans as both a cover and cash crop. Learn about alley cropping in orchards and overcoming challenges. Also learn about the proportion of fava beans to use in cover crop mixes....

May 7, 2021 Online Kansas Rural Center will host a virtual Local Food Connections conference to help promote new relationships in the foodshed and increase awareness of how to access healthful local foods. The conference includes panelists and speakers from across the region who are actively involved in strengthening local food systems and Farm to School programs. Farmers, food producers, school nutrition personnel, grassroots organizers, and community stakeholders in food systems may want to attend this event....

May 6, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program will hold a virtual panel discussion in reference to small farmers raising and pasturing poultry. Topics will include layers versus breeders, space needed, disease management, predator management, processing and markets. ...

May 6, 2021 Online Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture will present their findings of which varieties of seedless table grapes grow well in New Hampshire in a free evening webinar. NHAES scientists will be joined by a UNH Cooperative Extension fruit and vegetable production field specialist to help answer questions and provide recommendations for Granite State farmers and growers. ...

May 6, 2021 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council is continuing its Lunch with Forages series with Deanne Vallad discussing how to get the most out of your pastures by extending the grazing season in multiple climates....

May 6, 2021 Online Flower-rich plantings often require ongoing management to maintain wildflower diversity for pollinators over time. In this Xerces Society webinar, learn about a framework for selecting the most appropriate management techniques, and learn how some landowners are managing their pollinator plantings. ...

May 5, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. The third session focuses on U-pick and agritourism....

May 5, 2021 Online In this free, online workshop, Nina Prater of NCAT and Matt Casteel of Wurmworks will share their expertise to enhance farmers' knowledge. Nina will discuss the importance of soil health for all farms and how to build soil health. Matt will be presenting on the value of compost, vermicomposting, and how it can help the soil. There will be time for questions from participants, so bring all your soil and compost-related questions....

May 5, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this virtual workshop. Participants will learn about using high tunnels to grow horticulture crops. Topics covered will be structure selection, construction, management, maintenance, and costs associated with high tunnel production. Participants will learn about proper crop selection for protected culture and learn about resources for materials and supplies. ...

May 5-6, 2021 Online University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's Produce Safety Team is offering two mornings of produce safety training. Learn about new regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans. For fresh produce farms, FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule. Growers need to attend a training to learn about new regulations impacting the produce industry and will receive a certificate...

May 4, 2021 Online Current and former members of the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) are holding an informal "Coffee time" for anyone interested in learning what it's like to serve on the Board. This is an informal way for potential applicants to get their questions answered in time to submit their application for the 2022 Call for NOSB Nominations. Nominations are due June 1, 2021. ...

May 4, 2021 Online Eco-Farm's Dirt First! Conversation Series continues with this session, "The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment." In addition to giving you the information you need to make an informed compost purchase decision, this session will cover basics such as why compost receives greenhouse gas credit in the Healthy Soils Program and future carbon credit programs, and generally how to build your soil health. ...

May 3-19, 2021 Online Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is offering this free, five-part training series that fulfills the food safety supervisor training requirement for GAP certification. The first webinar (on May 3, 2021) will explain which parts will be applicable to you and your farm. You must be present for all parts of the training that are relevant to your farm in order to receive a certificate. Keep your farm on track for GAP certification by completing this course....

May 3-7, 2021 Online Cascadia Grains is offering Grains Week, an interactive online celebration of value-added small grains for farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, millers, maltsters, and consumers. Programming will focus on Brewing & Distilling, Baking & Culinary Uses, Integrated Systems, Agronomic Research, and Grain Systems Around the World. This event aims to make networking, education, and accessibility as easy and straightforward as possible. Grains Week will bring research, information, and community to farmers, bakers, scholars, and industry professionals who are interested in the sustainability and health of regional grain economies....

April 30, 2021 Online Calypso Farm & Ecology Center's Conversations Series explores food and farming with Black and Indigenous leaders in the food system. Registration is free and open to the public. Chantel Johnson is passionate about helping lead people back to enjoying simple ways of living while reconnecting with their inner spirit. Chantel's passions are effectuated every day. As a social worker, doula, and homesteader in North Carolina, she is able to teach and show people a nontraditional way of living....

April 29, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension presents an interactive goat marketing discussion with Dr. Frank Pinkerton. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the true experts in the field and bring your questions for Dr. Pinkerton. ...

April 29, 2021 Online QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based suicide prevention program where participants are empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Similar to CPR, QPR provides lifesaving knowledge and skills to help someone in crisis. This free training program is offered by the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network at Oregon State University....

April 28, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This second session focuses on farmers markets and roadside stands....

April 28, 2021 Online Roundtable Strategies and the Florida Agricultural Mediation Program present an hour-long webinar to build awareness in the agricultural community about the availability of the mediation process to resolve conflict. A panel of three experts (farmer representative, agency representative, and mediator representative) will discuss mediation. The following topics will be covered: a description of their experience with the mediation process, the benefits and limitations of mediation, how mediation differs from other dispute resolution processes, and how participants can get the most out of their mediation session. Free to low-cost agricultural mediation is available in most states through the USDA...

April 27, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Attend this webinar to learn about bale grazing, how to properly implement this winter feed strategy even in states with mild/wet winters while minimizing surface pasture disturbance, maximizing hay nutrient distribution and targeting the buildup of low fertility soils. See the first hand results of a local farm bale grazing demonstration where this producer fed nearly 400 bales to overwinter his herd using this strategy during the long, wet winter of 2020/2021. ...

April 27, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program will hold a virtual panel discussion for Virginia's small farmers raising small and specialty grains with organic production principles for livestock, mills, and human consumption. Presenters will discuss issues such as seed selection, weed control, pest control, no or limited tillage, commodity pricing, marketing, harvesting and harvesting equipment innovations, storage, transporting, and useful agricultural technologies....

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

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

April 25, May 2, and May 9, 2021 Online MOFGA is offering this three-part workshop with Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard. He will lead a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make it possible for organic growers grow top-notch fruit and address disease and insect challenges. The workshop is free for MOFGA Journeyperson program participants, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and veterans....

April 24, 2021 Online University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is offering this free webinar with Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit, an assistant professor and Extension specialist in horticulture at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Dixit will offer tips for growing bitter gourds, an Asian ethnic vegetable....

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

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

April 23, 2021 Online New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering a free, online opportunity to learn more about the NRCS Conservation Planning Process and financial assistance programs; specifically focusing on the Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program. ...

April 23-25, 2021 Online This free, live, online global summit is sponsored by New Society Publishers and hosted by Building Your Permaculture Property co-authors Rob and Michelle Avis, founders of Verge Permaculture, and Takota Coen of Coen Farm. Michelle, Rob, and Takota will be offering an inspiring, information-packed keynote on their five-step process to design and build a thriving permaculture property. Afterward, they'll interview nearly 20 world-renowned permaculture pioneers about their own early beginnings, painful lessons, hard-won victories, and inspiring case studies....

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

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

April 21, 2021 Online This free evening webinar is part of University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm Ready Research series. This session will focus on setting up a grazing system for your sheep and goats, estimating carrying capacity, planning on paddock sizes, and considering fencing options and watering systems. ...

April 21, 2021 Online Purdue Extension specialists and educators and Indiana agribusinesses are presenting a free virtual six-week evening series on Direct Farm Marketing. This first session is on basics of direct farm marketing and market planning....

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

April 21, 2021 Online The featured speaker for the free Iowa Learning Farms webinar series is Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University, speaking on benefits of organic farming. She will share research results that show greater soil and water quality benefits in organic systems with longer crop rotations, when compared to conventional corn-soybean rotations....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2021 Online In this free webinar from Rodale Institute, Dr. Yichao Rui, Lead Scientist of the USDA NRCS funded Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project "Innovations in Cover Crop-Based Organic No-till Systems" will discuss the challenges and opportunities in reducing tillage intensity and frequency in organic grain production systems. This webinar will also discuss the efficacy of innovative tools in terminating cover crops, controlling weeds, supporting yields, and maintaining soil health....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 9, 2021 Online The Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (IRAI) organizers hope interested researchers, farmers, and organizations will join this online discussion as IRAI releases its first Request for Proposals. The meeting will be used to answer questions and network for shared understanding and team development as the project takes its next steps. Launched in October at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IRAI is a home for regenerative agriculture research, education, and outreach....

April 9, 2021 Online University of Wisconsin—Madison Extension is presenting this free, hour-long Farm Management Fridays Youtube livestream. Economic conditions in agriculture are taking a toll on farm families and their rural communities. The associated chronic stress is also impacting mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision-making. Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a roadmap for the future....

April 9, 2021 Online Alaska Farmers Market Association is holding a free virtual summit for market managers, organizers, vendors, farmers, agencies, and supporters. The agenda addresses topics such as regulation, grants, social media, public food assistance, and resilience....

April 8, 2021 Online North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is presenting a virtual Munch on This series on three evenings in April. The first session features Dr Kevin Sedivec with the 2021 forage forecast and discussion on preparing for drought. The event begins at 7 pm Mountain....

April 8, 2021 Online This webinar presented by The National Family Farm Coalition, Friends of the Earth US, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and Organic Consumers Association will focus on grassroots concerns about carbon markets in agriculture. Featuring farmer and producer advocate voices from across the food system, this webinar will identify key pitfalls of carbon trading schemes and highlight the importance of existing agricultural conservation programs for reducing emissions and supporting family-scale agriculture....

April 8, 2021 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is concluding its virtual series of seven "Winter Meat-ings" on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state with this session on creative marketing approaches....

April 8, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky is offering this free virtual field day at Salad Days Farm. Join in for a virtual visit to the high tunnels, greenhouse, fields, pack-shed, on-farm store, and on-farm kitchen of this diversified Certified Organic farm—and stick around for a live Q&A with Maggie Dungan. Maggie will lead participants through her steps from seed to package, plant to jar, field to market, and idea to realization. Pre-registration is required. ...

April 8, 2021 Online Discover the mysteries of pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests through this informative webinar from the Xerces Scoiety. Learn how to differentiate a honey bee from a native bee and how to recognize some of our most common natural enemies of crop pests. This webinar will introduce a simple monitoring protocol designed to help farmers, land-managers and backyard gardeners assess populations of beneficial insects on their farm or in their garden....

April 8, 2021 Online California Wines is celebrating "Down to Earth Month" in April with a series of free livestream events hosted by Napa Valley sommelier Amanda McCrossin, of SommVivant, and Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind Travel. In this second session, the hosts explore the differences between organic and biodynamic practices and how they fit into sustainable winegrowing....

April 8, 2021 Online Mississippi State University Extension presents the 2021 Mississippi Farmers Market Manager Workshop, "Capacity Building for Farmers Markets: Planning for Success." This half-day session will address community engagement, a producers panel, regulations, and more....

April 7, 2021 Online This is the second session of Granite State Graziers' four-part series on Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience. Topics will include protein compared to animal requirements, forage characteristics based on stage of growth, difference between what is tested vs. what is consumed grazing, and forage characteristics under some common grazing regimes....

April 6 - May 4, 2021 Online Farm Commons and The Land Connection are presenting a five-week online, hands-on farm law workshop. The weekly course empowers farmers and ranchers with the legal knowledge and skills they need to resolve legal vulnerability in five core areas of farm law: business structures, insurance, employment law, land leasing and purchasing, and diversification (value-adding and agritourism). You will walk away from this workshop ready to implement your own legal action plan....

April 6, 2021 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering a free, three-part webinar series with Dr. Fred Provenza. He will discuss how palates link animals with foodscapes—those parts of landscapes animals use to nourish and self-medicate—through three interrelated processes: 1) availability of foods; 2) flavor-feedback relationships; and 3) transgenerational linkages to landscapes. In this second webinar, Provenza will discuss how plant health and diversity impacts animal health and ultimately human health. ...

April 6, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a free series of three virtual Farm to Grocery workshops designed to equip rural grocers and farmers with the tools necessary to make meaningful business relationships. Each interactive session will cover a specific topic related to selling/buying local foods at a grocery market level, with guest speakers. This second session focuses on building strong business relationships....

April 6, 2021 Online The last webinar in this free three-part lunch and learn webinar series from NC-FAR focuses on the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). ERS engages in relevant, timely, and objective research that anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America and conducts high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making. NASS provides timely, accurate, and essential statistics in service to U.S. agriculture through the hundreds of surveys it conducts every year and the reports it prepares, covering every aspect of U.S. agriculture...

April 6-9, 2021 Online Renewing the Countryside is hosting the Home-Based Food Entrepreneur Virtual National Conference. This conference is designed to offer practical, actionable ideas and information from some of the leaders of the cottage food movement and from successful cottage food entrepreneurs who are running successful, and profitable, businesses from their home kitchens. The conference will showcase and celebrate the economic impact of this budding entrepreneurial movement and the local food economy. There will be four, 30-minute keynotes, one on each day of the conference, followed by a 20-minute live question-and-answer session. The keynotes are followed by three 20-minute workshops, one...

April 6, 2021 Online In this event in Eco-Farm's Dirt First! Conversation Series, learn about continued innovations in reducing/eliminating tillage in field-scale organic vegetable crops from the farmers leading the movement! Three California working farms--Phil Foster Ranches, Full Belly Farm, and Park Farming Organics--will report on their two years' of research in commercial-scale, no-till organic vegetable production under Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)-supported field experimentation. Topics covered will include cover-crop biomass digestion under plastic and weed barrier fabric, seasonal grazing trials, novel equipment, and investigation of fungal-to-bacterial ratios. ...

April 6 or 7, 2021 Online Wisconsin Women in Conservation is holding four regional Spring Into Conservation workshops over the course of two days. This free, two-hour workshop is part of a new project that brings together women who share a passion for land stewardship to network, discover new resources, and together build healthy soil for future generations. The content is designed for landowners, but all women with a curiosity about land stewardship are welcome, including beginning farmers looking for land. ...

April 5, 2021 Online Join Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and collaborating organizations for a free, three-part labor management series this spring designed to help you support a strong, safe, and equitable farming season with employees. In this first session on Communication and Delegation, Anne Devin of Chase Stream Farm will teach skills for farm managers to make sure their workers understand the overarching goal, and are given the tools to execute the task based on mission-type orders. She will introduce the topic and technique followed by break-out group practice time. Farm Coaches Polly Shyka and Karen Groat will discuss...

April 2, 2021 Online This event concludes OGRAIN's winter series of learning opportunities related to organic grain production. This session is on Prairie strips in organic grains: pollinator, pest, and water quality protection, with presenters Mark Doudlah (Doudlah Farms Organics), Matt O'Neal (Professor of Entomology, Iowa State University), and Craig Ficenec (Sand County Foundation)....

April 1, 2021 Online North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is presenting a virtual Munch on This series on three evenings in April. The first session features Kenny Miller, NDGLC member, discussing the benefits of May/June calving. There is a $30 suggested donation for the three-part series. The event begins at 7 pm Mountain....

April 1, 2021 Online In this free webinar from Illinois AgrAbility, Josie Rudolphi, University of Illinois Extension specialist, will discuss the signs and symptoms of stress and offer methods to cope with the season's stressors. Rudolphi says using the four A's: avoid, adapt, alter, and accept, may help farmers manage the stress of long hours and unpredictability of planting season....

April 1, 2021 Online Join Stephanie Frischie and Jennifer Hopwood of Xerces Society to learn more about the amazing life in our soils. This workshop will familiarize participants with common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations....

April 1, 2021 Online California Wines is celebrating "Down to Earth Month" in April with a series of free livestream events hosted by Napa Valley sommelier Amanda McCrossin, of SommVivant, and Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind Travel. In this first session, participants will learn what sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices are and get the inside story on California's sustainable certification programs, including the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) program....

April 1, 2021 Online Montana Berry Growers Association concludes its three-part Annual Growers Conference with a third half-day of presentations. This session includes an introduction to the Montana Cottage Food Law for berry growers and a roundtable discussion with MTBGA Executive Council discussing priorities of MTBGA and benefits of membership....

April 1, 2021 Online This free session from Georgia Food Oasis will feature two veteran Georgia leaders who have combined experiences of 30+ years in coalition building, Lizann Roberts at Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and Tara Gardner at Clay County Health Partnership. Attendees will gain practical wisdom from co-presenters, while collaboratively brainstorming their next move to address their local challenges in coalition building....

April 1-10, 2021 Online Organic Seed Alliance is partnering with William Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Sustainable Food Initiative at Berkeley Haas School of Business, to present the Organic Seed Entrepreneurship Intensive for California-based producers. This intensive is intended to provide tools, training, expertise, and individualized support to qualified candidates. It will be conducted virtually and culminate with a strategic planning session where individuals will have an opportunity to workshop their business plans with a skilled entrepreneurship educator. Accepted candidates can expect entrepreneurial insight, individualized support, expertise, and industry navigation. Participants must be based in California....

April 1, 8, and 15, 2021 Online The Northeast Farm to Institution Summit strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. More than 500 participants typically attend, including food service operators, producers, supply chain businesses, advocates, public officials, and others dedicated to this work. This year organizers are intentionally working to welcome Black, Indigenous and people of color, middle of the supply chain actors, and neighbors in New York. The event takes place in three full-day sessions....

March 31, 2021 Online NCAT's ongoing Weekly Wednesday Workshop series features an exciting conversation with four leaders in indigenous and traditional agriculture. Felicia Bell, NCAT Agriculture Specialist, will be hosting a conversation with Mrs. Earcine Evans, founder and owner of Francis Flowers & Herbs Farm, a biodynamic, organic farm in Mississippi; Twila Cassadore of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Traditional Western Apache Diet Project; Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott of the Intertribal Agriculture Council and DX Beef; and Milagro Berhane, Senior Research Associate with Southern University, and founder and co-owner of Greenhand Nursery. The speakers in this discussion will explore the ways indigenous,...

March 31, 2021 Online This Xerces Society webinar highlights how wetland protection and restoration can also support pollinator and other beneficial insect conservation. Join Rae Powers and Sarah Nizzi of Xerces Society to learn more about how wetlands can support pollinators, how to select native plants for pollinators on wetlands, common pollinator groups, and to see examples of successful restoration projects that incorporated pollinator habitat. ...

March 31, 2021 Online Granite State Graziers is concluding its free online Winter Learning Series (and launching a four-part series on "Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience") with this session. Elaine Enzien of the UNH Corporate Extension and Rick Kersbergen from the University of Maine will talk about the very basics of Ruminant Nutrition....

March 31, 2021 Online Wild Farm Alliance is offering this free virtual field day in which Emily Reinhart of Davis Ranches, avian ecologists, and researchers will discuss practices that support beneficial birds and manage pest birds. ...

March 31 - April 1, 2021 Online University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's Produce Safety Team is offering remote PSA Grower Training in two morning sessions. Learn about new regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans. For fresh produce farms, FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce....

March 30, 2021 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering a free, three-part webinar series with Dr. Fred Provenza. He will discuss how palates link animals with foodscapes—those parts of landscapes animals use to nourish and self-medicate—through three interrelated processes: 1) availability of foods; 2) flavor-feedback relationships; and 3) transgenerational linkages to landscapes. In this first session, Dr. Provenza will discuss the wisdom of the body focusing on livestock and how animal feed can serve a medicinal purpose....

March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a free series of three virtual Farm to Grocery workshops designed to equip rural grocers and farmers with the tools necessary to make meaningful business relationships. Each interactive session will cover a specific topic related to selling/buying local foods at a grocery market level, with guest speakers. The first session focuses on farm to grocery legality and how-to....

March 30, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology and will discuss the right nitrogen form (Ammonium vs. Nitrate), source, rate, timing, and placement of nutrients and conservation for container-grown plants. Growers practicing the Best Management Practices (BMPs) can have best finished-quality plants and higher profit margin while conserving resources. ...

March 30, 2021 Online Georgia Food Oasis, a program of Georiga Organics, presents this free, online event with the Johns Hopkins University's Center for a Livable Future's Food Policy Networks to learn more about food policy councils (FPCs), their pandemic responses, and how developing food coalitions navigate the challenges of organizational structure, priority setting, and weaving racial equity into their structure and goals. ...

March 29, 2021 Online and Piney Woods, Mississippi The Alliance of Sustainable Farms, in collaboration with Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is offering this free Virtual Field Day and Farm Tour. Topics will include, but not be limited to: Spring Preparations for Grazing; Growing Quality Hay; Cover Cropping; and Native Plants and Pollinators for farmers focusing on livestock and small ruminants. To register, send e-mail to allianceofsustainablefarms@gmail.com. ...

USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for Rural Community Development Initiative Grants. These grants are awarded to help nonprofit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. The minimum award for these matching grants is $50,000; the maximum grant award is $250,000. Electronic applications must be submitted by March 22, 2021; paper applications must be received by March 29, 2021....

March 28-29, 2021 Online The theme for the 3rd annual SC Black Farmers Conference is "Drive into Justice." This conference will address radical ways that we can sustain our foodways, reflect and act to protect our farms, and inspire a new generation of growers and food entrepreneurs. Rev. Heber Brown and Sha'Von Terrel from the Black Church Food Security Network are the Keynote Speakers. Organizers will share the results and action steps from the Black Farmer Equity Audit and will use farmer surveys to offer a series of courses to strengthen farm networks throughout the state....

March 26, 2021 Online OGRAIN continues its free weekly series of online learning opportunities related to organic grain production. In this session, New Mexico State Agronomist for NRCS, Mark Kopecky, addresses organic grain soil fertility management—strategizing approaches and amendments....

March 26, 2021 Online The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress presents a panel discussion on veterans who farm, as well as the specialized programs that support them. The panel features alumni of NCAT's Armed to Farm Program and NCAT Southeast Office Director Margo Hale will be available to answer questions....

March 25, 2021 Online University of Illinois Extension concludes its Small Farms Winter Webinar Series with this free session on when and why a small farm might benefit from selling to a wholesale market. Learn about what it takes for a small farm to access these higher volume markets and about a new wholesale market opportunity opening up for all Illinois growers due to the passing of the Good Food Purchasing Program recently enacted in Chicago and greater Cook County....

March 25, 2021 Online Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series features Douglas Poole, a dryland farmer working 15,000 acres of cropland and 14,000 acres of pasture near Mansfield, Washington, where they get about 11 inches of precipitation a year, mostly in the form of snow....

March 25, 2021 Online In this webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Gail Nickel-Kailing, an experienced food marketing professional, will give a strategic business approach to pricing new products and new variations on current products. Gail will explain how to price strategically to offer your product at a logical and competitive price point. By working through a detailed worksheet, you'll analyze all the "total cost" of producing your food product: ingredients, labor, packaging, overhead, and margins (your profit, a distributor's profit, and the retailer's profit)....

March 25, 2021 Online Montana Berry Growers Association continues its three-part Annual Growers Conference with a second half-day of presentations. The schedule for this session includes opportunities for fruit wines in Montana and partnerships between fruit growers and wineries and using social media platforms to market your products. ...

March 24, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension presents this session as part of a series of lunchtime webinars on cold-climate grape-growing practices. The average size of a vineyard in the upper Midwest is less than five acres. As new growers dive in, they should come armed with knowledge about the economics of running a vineyard this size. In this free, one-hour webinar, Miguel Gomez from Cornell University will discuss economic data including itemized costs, to help growers understand the costs and returns they can expect when starting a vineyard....

March 24, 2021 Online Granite State Graziers' Winter Learning Series continues with Leah Puro from Wolfe's Neck Center speaking about soil health. Leah will discuss the soil research at Wolfe's Neck Center to understand the impacts of grazing and haying management practices on soil health. She will also discuss and present open source and free tools to easily learn about and assess your own soils in the field....

March 24, 2021 Online As part of its Urban Green: Back 2 Basics Wednesdays webinar series, Alabama Extension will host a Zoom webinar to talk about the different plants that you can include as part of a native food forest plan in the southeastern United States, particularly in Alabama and Georgia. This series provides adult online training on basic gardening and landscaping for clients in limited-space urban areas. ...

March 24 - April 28, 2021 Online Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is focusing its annual Spring Growth Conference on food safety training this year. The event will consist of seven virtual session that are each two hours long, and it is offered free of charge. In this hands-on class, farmers are guided step-by-step through the process of writing a food safety plan. Utilizing FamilyFarmed's food safety plan templates and other free online materials, participants create farm maps and perform risk assessments, establish their policies, standard operating procedures, logs, and record keeping/traceability systems. ...

March 23, 2021 Online UW-Madison Division of Extension Livestock Program announces its free Wisconsin Beef Special Edition virtual series. This session will appeal to farms of all livestock species that direct-market meat. Learn more about how Meat Suite and similar programs can help farms direct market their product. Recently developed UW-Madison Division of Extension fact sheets on how much meat an animal should yield will also be presented....

March 23 - April 27, 2021 Online Organic Growers School is offering its six-week Holistic Crop Management training as a six-part webinar series. The curriculum includes videos, resources, and live virtual meetings in two-hour webinars. The Holistic Crop Management series focuses on the growing region of the Southern Appalachians, but farmers from any region will gain valuable knowledge and are encouraged to join. The curriculum uses Certified Naturally Grown standards as the guidelines for holistic principles, and the sessions will consist of discussion-based exploration of soil health, pest management, disease control, and weed maintenance, along with several components of the Holistic Management...

March 23, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. This concluding event will feature representatives from the Walmart Foundation, Cotton Inc., and the Soil Health Institute discussing the importance of soil health and regenerative agriculture to the future of U.S. cotton. Questions dealing with increased consumer interest in sustainably grown food and fiber, the "Cotton Trust Protocol," and the science supporting soil health principles will be covered....

March 23, 2021 Online Indiana Hort Conference and Expo and Purdue University Extension present this final session of the Fruit Management Webinar Series, covering alternative strawberry production systems in Indiana and strawberry disease management....

March 23 - April 9, 2021 Online The Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) are bringing their Grain Growers Conference to you virtually, over the course of three weeks. Three separate programs are offered for specific grain crops, through videos, presentations, and hands-on activities. March 23-26 is The Culture of Corn, March 30-31 is The Resonance of Rye, and April 8-9 is The Splendor of Spelt....

March 23, 2021 Online Join the CCOF Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and Community Alliance with Family Farmers for a free webinar that will provide updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the three legal classifications for farms: fully exempt, qualified exempt (partially exempt), and fully covered (full compliance required). Presenters from CAFF and the FDA's Division of Produce Safety will share food safety resources that are available to growers to assist them in meeting FSMA requirements. Additionally, the webinar will review the current water requirements for farms that...

March 23, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Food and Drug Administration-defined FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training course online. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate in the seven-module, day-long course. ...

March 22, 2021 Online In this free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), discover approaches to assessing the water in your pastures and methods to divert, slow, spread, and sink water into the soil. Learn when ditches, ponds, swales, and other methods are appropriate. The presenter is Steve Gabriel, farmer and author of Silvopasture. ...

March 22-26, 2021 Online Organic Seed Alliance's 7th Annual California Organic Seed Summit will be held online this year and includes two- to three- hour virtual roundtable conversations focused on a different theme each day. The summit provides a unique opportunity for California-based seed growers to network, exchange knowledge, and develop collective actions to build sustainable, profitable, and resilient seed systems....

March 22, 2021 Online The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research is presenting a free three-part Lunch-n-Learn webinar series designed to help you become acquainted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research services, understand what they do, and why they are important.This session focuses on the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the government's premier agriculture research institution. ARS addresses agricultural challenges in the areas of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; Nutrition, Food Safety, and Quality; Crop Production and Protection; and Animal Production and Protection. ...

March 20 - April 16, 2021 Online The 9th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit offers four weeks of inspiration, education, and community for farmers, producers, and all those involved in the local and regional food system. Events will be offered over a period of four weeks in March and April and will include discussion panels, multi-week study groups, a roundtable talk, keynote addresses, and a movie screening, covering a range of topics at the intersection of social justice and agriculture....

March 19, 2021 Online This event is part of a free weekly series of online learning opportunities related to organic grain production, offered by OGRAIN. This session features farmers and industry reps highlighting tillage and cultivation equipment....

March 19, 2021 Online The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress presents a panel discussion on veterans who farm in urban settings, as well as the programs that support them. The panel is moderated by NCAT's Southeast Office Director Margo Hale....

March 18 - April 29, 2021 Online The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program is offering "An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty," a weekly evening course lasting six weeks, with two Saturday labs at the Fauquier Education Farm and one farm tour. This course is intended for serious gardeners and Beginning Farmers who want to sharpen their production skills by broadening their basic level knowledge of the tools and concepts of professional crop production. ...

March 18, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day highlighting the stream stabilization efforts in the East and West Nishnabotna Watersheds to improve water quality and reduce flooding. Through the project, Iowans are working together to address factors that contribute to floods and nutrient flows and enjoy the improvements in quality of life and health resulting from upstream watershed investments. ...

March 18, 2021 Online University of Illinois Extension's free weekly educational series for the small farm community continues with this session. Many experts talk about food deserts, but many people find this term inaccurate and unhelpful in developing sustainable solutions to community food security. The presentation will explore the historical and present systems that result in an unfair distribution of food access and power as well as discuss a path to move forward....

March 18, 2021 Online The Savanna Institute offers this opportunity to pre-watch discussion between Suzan Suzan Erem, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT); Alison Volk, American Farmland Trust; Chris Gutschenritter, Tall Pines; and Erik Hagan, Savanna Institute, who will be moderating; then join this live session to ask questions and continue the conversation. ...

March 18, 2021 Online Well-managed rangelands are home for many species of wildlife, including pollinators, and management decisions play an important role in conserving their habitat. Join Xerces Society staff for this webinar as they highlight best management practices to manage rangeland using grazing, fire, or haying to support livestock production and pollinator health. ...

March 18, 2021 Online This presentation will highlight berry and small fruit varieties that are well suited for growing in the Intermountain West. Considerations for cold hardiness, soil conditions, pests, and market opportunities will be included. The presentation is part of the Cultivating Healthy Plants IPM Webinar Series from Montana State University Extension and partners. ...

March 18, 2021 Online This is the final session in the free series of farm safety webinars offered by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension this winter. Emily Krekelberg will be conducting QPR Training. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a one-hour suicide prevention program that helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. This training is tailored toward agricultural communities. ...

March 18, 2021 Online The Monthly Biochar Webinar series is an event that Forest Service is organizing in partnership with the US Biochar Initiative and The Southern Regional Extension Forestry. In this free, one-hour session, Dr. Debbie Page–Dumroese, research soil scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, will talk about forest management and woody biomass-derived biochar, its properties, and how it helps to build resilient ecosystems....

March 17, 2021 Online This event is part of University of Wisconsin--Madison's Farm Ready Research Webinar Series. "Building your brand for the future, innovative marketing" will focus on branding and marketing your farm or products and will feature Leslie Svacina from Cylon Rolling Acres. UW-Madison Extension agricultural educators Lyssa Seefeldt and Heather Schlesser will host and facilitate the discussion. ...

March 17, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Presenters will discuss the diversity of soil invertebrates, their role in soil health, ways to observe or monitor them, and farming practices that support soil life and improve production. ...

March 17, 2021 Online Granite State Graziers' Winter Learning Series continues with this episode on Grain-Free Dairy. Ben Gotschall is the owner of Holt Creek Jerseys and the Dairy and Livestock Manager at Wolfe's Neck Center in Freeport, Maine. He will discuss the challenges and opportunities of 100% grass-fed dairy production as well as share some lessons learned, mistakes made, and success stories from a lifetime of raising and grazing Jersey cattle on native rangeland and improved pastures....

March 17, 2021 Online Cheshire County Conservation District has acquired a soil steamer to make available to growers through their equipment rental program. Join the CCCD along with partners at Picadilly Farm, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a Virtual Workshop to learn more about how the Soil Steamer can serve your growing operations. Soil steaming is being utilized to manage disease, weeds, and pests in high tunnels. There is also an application for steam in sanitizing greenhouse goods and distribution containers and preparing the ground for a pollinator planting....

March 17, 2021 Online Join this webinar from Future Harvest CASA to hear from farmers who keep good soil health management records. Learn from their mistakes and successes and how the information collected helps them make smarter decisions for their farm. This workshop focuses on records associated with the Soil Health Benchmarking Study, but the session will also be relevant for those interested in applying for organic certification. ...

March 16, 2021 Online In this free Practical Farmers of Iowa farminar, learn more from Xerces Society climate change lead, Angela Laws, about how climate change impacts pollinators. Then hear from Sarah Nizzi, Xerces Society farm bill pollinator conservation planner and NRCS partner biologist, about the cost-share and technical assistance programs that can help you sustain pollinators on your farm....

March 16, 2021 Online This webinar is part of the Rural Resilience series presented by the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance. This session is "Principles for regenerative agriculture and soil health" with soil health expert Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils. Masters shares principles to find the heartbeat of your land's health. ...

March 16, 2021 Online In this Pasa Sustainable Agriculture webinar, join farmers and community gardeners as they share their first-hand experiences of finding and securing land to grow on. Learn about the opportunities and challenges of partnering with community programs for land access, navigating local municipalities, and working with private landowners. There will be time for discussion with the growers at the end of the session. This session is part of a year-long series of workshops called "Growing to the Next Level."...

March 16, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Lessons from 8 Years of Regenerative Agriculture" and focuses on the Carolinas....

March 16, 2021 Online The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research is presenting a free three-part Lunch-n-Learn webinar series designed to help you become acquainted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research services, understand what they do, and why they are important. The first webinar in this series focuses on the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the extramural research agency at USDA, which partners with land-grant institutions and non-land grant colleges of agriculture to administer federal funding to address agricultural and food issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. ...

March 16, 2021 Online Indigo Ag is presenting the Great Plains Soil Health Symposium, an afternoon of discussion with the Indigo team, regional experts, and farmers in Kansas and Nebraska. Learn about how soil health positively impacts your bottom line in this free event....

March 16, 23, and 30, 2021 Online Land for Good is offering a free Farm Succession Planning Webinar Series. It's an opportunity for farmers and farm families to learn the basics of farm succession planning, how to get started, where to find advisors and additional resources, ask questions of succession planning experts, and get support on this challenging process....

March 16, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Food and Drug Administration-defined FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training course online. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate in the seven-module, day-long course. ...

March 15-18, 2021 Online This virtual conference is designed to make your farmers market, farm, or food business stronger and more profitable, reduce stress, and expand your revenue streams. Daily themes are "Farmers Markets Are Essential," "No Farms, No Markets," "Expanding Our Reach," and "Forward to Better."...

March 15-18, 2021 Online Soil Food Web School is offering an opportunity to join some of the world's most knowledgeable experts in Regenerative Agriculture in the Soil Regen Summit, a free, virtual, four-day event. Topics will include holistic grazing, agroforestry, soil biology, market gardening, mycology, carbon sequestration, human health, ecology and more. The host for this event is Dr. Elaine Ingham....

March 13, 2021 Online Gunnison Valley Producers Guild and the Center for Cold Climate Food Security present the 7th annual Farm to Table event, "How to Be Food Independent." A line-up of amazing speakers will provide actionable information at this free online conference....

March 13-21, 2021 Online The Organic Growers School Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. Its mission is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice while remaining affordable and accessible. Attendees will learn how to farm, garden, and live organically through 11 tracks and more than 30 workshops presented virtually. The agenda features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more....

March 12, 2021 Online This event is part of a free weekly series of online learning opportunities related to organic grain production, offered by OGRAIN. Brief presentations are followed by open discussion. In this session, John Hendrickson (Outreach Specialist, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems) and Jim Munsch (Consultant) cover the OGRAIN Compass: Using a spreadsheet tool to calculate and project transitional and certified organic cost of production and profit....

March 11 and 18, 2021 Online The North American Center for Saffron Research & Development presents its 2021 workshop, "Saffron: From Start to Finish, Planting to Selling," over the course of two afternoons. This event will provide information about growing, handling, and marketing saffron. It is for those who grow, sell, or study saffron now or will in the future. ...

March 11, 2021 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding a series of "Winter Meat-ings" on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. This session focuses on labor struggles and solutions....

March 11, 2021 Online The University of Illinois Extension's free Small Farms Winter Webinar Series continues with this session. Many urban farmers find there may be limited options for growing in high quality native ag soils. Containerized production offers an alternative. Choice of alternative growing media and container are the key decisions for non-soil based production. This webinar with Zack Grant will look at container options, non-container options, growing media, and the economics of containerized production....