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October 7, 2020 Phone Cascadia Grains, which is re-vitalizing a culturally relevant, environmentally sound, regional grain movement in the Cascadia bioregion that is focused on equitable access, health and nutrition, and taste and flavor, is hosting an open source group phone call. All are welcome. Announce your latest project, upcoming event, or next greatest idea....

October 7, 2020 Online Pennsylvania's Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) allows farmers and businesses to earn tradable tax credits for implementing management practices that will enhance production and protect natural resources. In this free webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, join REAP program manager Joel Semke, Pasa's Policy Strategist Sara Nicholas, and Pasa's Education Director Franklin Egan to learn more about this valuable opportunity, as well as Lamont Garber from Stroud Water Research Center who started the program. ...

October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020 Online The 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium, hosted by Kansas State University, will be held virtually on Wednesdays in October. Its goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium addresses urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, climate change, nutrition, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty....

October 7, 2020 Online The Northern Plains Resource Council presents the 2020 Soil Summit, virtually bringing together farmers and ranchers, nonprofits, agency officials, and legislators from Montana and beyond. In this free half-day event, explore together how policy and financing tools can promote soil health and the adoption of soil health practices....

October 6, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. In this session, a farm business expert will go over what you need to know when starting a farm business. This will be followed by practical experience from two beginning farmers. Topics will include financing, business structure, leasing land, selecting markets, and farming with a partner....

October 5, 2020 Online Acres USA presents an industrial hemp event focused on advancing the education of growers who are trying for market share, a higher quality product, a higher CBD percentage, and improved soil management. Gain in-depth information on soil analysis, fertilizer and crop nutrition, and pest and weed management from hemp industry innovators and soil health experts. The event features five hours of educational presentations....

October 1, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. This session will cover the biology of the pasture growth cycle, ways to improve pastures, management of winter pastures, supplemental feeding to extend pasture value in the summer, and weed-control choices....

October 1, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care. ...

October 1, 2020 Online This webinar concludes a three-part series with ZeaKal on rejuvenating the ag ecosystem. The series closes with an open dialogue about how to create a better innovation system through the lens of a startup and industry-leading CEO, Paul Schickler, Owner, III Ag, LLC, and former president, DuPont Pioneer. ...

September 30 - November 18, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program, is offering a seven-week workshop series on farm financial management for livestock producers. This workshop series will help you better understand the financial position of your livestock business so that you can make your business thrive. Each Wednesday evening, CAAHP CCE educators will host a webinar covering a specific topic, featuring guest speakers with firsthand experience. Participants will be able to ask any questions they may have....

September 30, 2020 Online University of Minnesota Extension is hosting a free webinar on the different factors and steps to connect goat and sheep producers with consumers. Discussion will center around the different types of processing and direct marketing, animal ID and record keeping, factors affecting the marketing of sheep/goats, cuts of meat, profit calculators, outlets for direct marketing, and how to tell your story. Additional topics include direct marketing and regulations regarding meat processing, managing costs and customer expectations, and growing specialty meat-marketing opportunites in Minnesota....

September 29, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. In this session, hear from Black, Indigenous, and Farmers of Color who've come up with creative and successful solutions to both make a livable wage while also ensuring they can support and feed their community. What have been their challenges, successes, and failures? This is an opportunity for the farm community at large to listen to the needs of the BIPOC farmer community and leverage their resources to support these creative solutions. ...

September 29, 2020 Online The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free, online series connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more, to create equitable local and regional food systems. This fourth and final session focuses on Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs....

September 29, 2020 Online This free webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. It's intended for technicians and educators who are looking to assist landowners in navigating options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from soil through soil carbon and nitrogen management. Presenter Peter Woodbury of Cornell University will also address other social, environmental, or economic considerations....

September 29, 2020 Online Savanna Institute is presenting this Elderberry Processing and Market Opportunities webinar with Terry Durham of River Hills Harvest and Chris Patton from Midwest Elderberry Cooperative. Topics will include processing for commercial and small-scale use, food safety compliance with GAP and FSMA, retail direct-marketing opportunities for new and existing growers, and wholesale/contracted berry and/or flower sales opportunities....

September 28, 2020 Online The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project continues its monthly webinar series with this free session addressing trellising for specialty crops, cover crops for weed suppression, and row cover use in strawberry....

September 25, 2020 Online NCAT is co-sponsoring this poultry webinar with University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medicine; Modoc Harvest, and University of California Cooperative Extension. This two-hour evening webinar is on keeping chickens happy and healthy and navigating poultry sales. Learn about direct-to-consumer sales, preventing poultry diseases, and husbandry for healthy birds....

September 25, 2020 Online The 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is being presented as a three-part virtual series. Field day organizer Sam Hitchcock Tilton and farmer-friend Peter Seeley will discuss new and old weed control equipment, including set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables. This session focuses on "Precision Cultivation in Direct-Seeded Vegetables."...

September 25-27, 2020 Online This year, MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair features three days of live programming online, with livestreaming video workshops, talks, and demonstrations. There will also be online educational offerings available via a content library and a marketplace for vendors. Keynote speakers are Leah Penniman, Barbara Damrosch, and Winona LaDuke. ...

September 24, 2020 Online Kansans are invited to attend the Kansas Rural Center's four "Future of Farming and Food" Town Hall virtual meetings. The Town Halls will offer opportunities to share information and community dialogue on the unique challenges or opportunities communities face in each topic area, within the context of an election year and the new realities of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus for this session is "Climate and Energy."...

September 24, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. Join this session to learn about growing and marketing winter vegetable west of the Cascades. Heidi Noordijk, OSU Extension, will share field management, harvest, and handling techniques for field-grown winter vegetables, including information from experienced growers. ...

September 24, 2020 Online This forum from Organic Seed Alliance and North Circle Seeds is designed to provide beginning or intermediate seed growers with a foundation in how to pursue, negotiate, and deliver on seed contracts. The conversation is targeted toward growers in the Midwest region, but will be useful to growers in other regions as well....

September 24, 2020 Online To introduce CFAP 2, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct a producer webinar to discuss the expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply. CFAP 2 provides direct support for producers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since April 2020. USDA listened to producer feedback during the first round of CFAP, and CFAP 2 has been adapted to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers of non-specialty and specialty crops, livestock, dairy, eggs, aquaculture, nursery...

September 24, 2020 Online Join USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center for this free webinar to discover highlights in water quality innovations from two recent Conservation Innovation Grants recipients. Presenters will describe their projects, the lessons learned about the various technologies demonstrated, and provide suggestions for how NRCS can use the information learned to assist livestock producers with water quality issues. ...

September 24, 2020 Online This webinar continues a three-part series with ZeaKal on rejuvenating the ag ecosystem. This second session focuses on "Fresh Looks: Integrating New DNA into Agriculture," by looking at how agriculture can draw from other sectors for inspiration....

September 24, 2020 Online "The CART before the Horse: Understanding Access to Federal Assistance for Natural Resource Conservation on Working Lands" is a three-part webinar series from NCAT and NRCS to provide interested farmers and ranchers with an overview of the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART), as well as a deeper look into how it works. This second webinar will walk through an example of a farmer or rancher who is interested in applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with NRCS. It will start with completing a CART assessment on the client's operation and then explain how that application is considered...

September 24, 2020 Online Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is inviting farm employees and employers, as well as farm worker advocates, to join a free listening session on farm worker needs. In addition to sharing their perspectives on this topic, attendees will learn about recent policy ideas and initiatives for farm workers in Pennsylvania, including the Movement of Immigrant Leaders' "Driving Forward" driver's license campaign....

September 24, 2020 Online This free webinar is made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Biochar Initiative, the Southern Regional Extension Forestry, and USDA Forest Service Research and Development. Presenter Kamalakanta Sahoo will report on his research on bio-based products system analysis including techno-economic analysis (TEA), lifecycle assessment (LCA), machine learning and big data, and design and simulation of the sustainable bioenergy/bioproduct supply chain. ...

September 24, 2020 Online Noble Research Institute is presenting this free evening course that covers all of the necessary details to prepare you to start your own pecan orchard. It is crucial to select the right soil type, to know your irrigation requirements, to select varieties for proper pollination, and to design the orchard layout to accommodate operational equipment and future tree removal....

September 23, 2020 Online This free online program is organized in partnership with Granite State Graziers and UNH Cooperative Extension. COVID-19 created a challenging situation for conventional livestock markets and processors. Along with this challenge, farms are presented a unique opportunity to market meat directly to the consumer. This workshop is designed to equip the producer with clear and simple steps towards making bulk meat sales, such as quarters, halves, and mixed-cut bundles. Join Ag Marketing Consultant Matt LeRoux, formerly of Cornell Cooperative Extension, for this workshop that covers understanding the consumer, pricing, product formats, reaching consumers, and "how to" tips to...

September 23, 2020 Online In this webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, join Philadelphia textile artist Heidi Barr and Chester County farmer Emma Cunniff to learn about their collaborative 2020 pilot project at Kneehigh Farm: growing and harvesting flax for making fine linen. Topics covered will include the horticultural aspects of growing flax, from seed to harvest, as well as post-harvest processing into linen....

September 23, 2020 Online Join NCAT Soil Specialist Nina Prater and Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman for a free virtual workshop to learn about soil health practices for the fall and winter seasons on produce farms and market gardens. Topics include soil health principles, winter-season practices to build soil health on produce farms, winter cover-crop species for Arkansas and the Mid-South, and management of winter cover crops....

September 23, 2020 Online In this follow up to its Heirs Property: Standing on a Lot of Love webinar, North Carolina State University Extension Forestry will take a look at one family's journey with their heirs property to get much needed forestry and legal services for their land. Based on a fictional case study, this free one-hour webinar will give participants a deeper understanding of the issues involved with heirs property such as owner conflicts and requirements to access services from government agencies and third parties. After the presentation of the case study, participants will be able to ask questions. ...

September 22, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. In this session, learn about food-safe harvest and post-harvest handling practices, best practices for post-harvest storage of fruit and vegetable crops, farm direct exemptions for value-added products, and how to safely produce a value-added product in your home/farm kitchen....

September 22, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day continues the series "Keeping Up With the Johnsons at Buffalo Ridge Orchard." See how Emma and Marcus Johnson test and determine when different apple varieties are ready to be picked. Topics will include apple varieties, the iodine test, the Brix test, and the pressure test. ...

September 21, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care. ...

September 21, 2020 Online Women Caring for the Land is inviting women landowners to join a virtual learning circle discussion to learn more about ways you can make changes to improve the long-term value of your farm while maintaining short-term profitability for your farm tenant. A panel of Iowa women landowners will tell their stories and answer questions about how they have helped their tenant transition to using cover crops and no-till/strip-till, pollinator plantings, Prairie Strips, CRP and more. Also included in the presentation portion will be short videos, slides with pictures, and the speakers on camera. Additionally, there will be...

September 18, 2020 Online In this year's version of the Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day, organizer Sam Hitchcock Tilton and farmer-friend Peter Seeley will host a series of virtual field days. See and discuss new and old weed control equipment, including set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables. This session will feature a demonstration of tool set-up and in-shop adjustments....

September 18, 2020 Online This monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, focuses on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule. This series is recommended for operators who have attended a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training and want more information on how to apply what they learned and what records they need to keep to be in compliance with the PSR. In this month's session, learn how to create and implement clean and sanitize (C/S) schedules and how to deal with tough areas such as transportation and equipment....

September 18, 2020 Online This is the sixth and final webinar in a six-part series covering several strategies for grazing season extension and alternative forage production. The series is a collaboration among UMass Extension, UVM Extension, and UMaine Extension. Learning how to grow and graze with alternative forage methods is just one piece of the forage puzzle. How these forage production methods affect animal performance and product quality is arguably even more important. Dr. Kathy Soder, an animal scientist with USDA-ARS, will discuss how to integrate these forages into your ration plan during this free webinar. She will discuss what changes you...

September 18, 2020 Online Join Becca Clay, Practical Farmers of Iowa's (PFI) strategic initiatives agronomy coordinator, to hear results from a partial budget analysis of cover crop costs and revenues among cost-share participants. Learn about cost-cutting measures farmers are taking to make cover crops break even or better. Hear about income-generating opportunities from cover crops. Lastly, learn more about PFI's privately funded cost-share programs. ...

September 17, 2020 Online This third and final webinar in the Fall Pasture Management Webinar Series from Cornell Cooperative Extension's Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program is on Interpreting Your Soil Test Report and Adjusting Fertility. Learn how to interpret a soil test report and calculate calcium needs and fertilizer blends. Presenters will also review the nutrient values for commonly available manures, and discuss how and when to apply fertilizer or manure for optimal returns. ...

September 17, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. The series launches with this session on Poultry for Beginners that covers the basics of raising poultry for eggs and meat. Start-up, brooders, feeding, healthcare, production, marketing, and regulatory issues will all be discussed....

September 17, 2020 Online Noble Research Institute is offering this introductory evening seminar for individuals interested in specialty crop agriculture as a potential means to supplement income. Join Steve Upson, Noble Research Institute senior soils and crops consultant, as he reviews the various practices that growers need to master to be successful in growing vegetable crops. During this course, you will learn about the many factors involved in the enterprise decision-making process. By the end of the program, you will have an understanding of the basic practices utilized in the production of vegetable crops....

September 17, 2020 Online This webinar is part 1 in "The CART before the Horse: Understanding Access to Federal Assistance for Natural Resource Conservation on Working Lands." This three-part series is supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Center for Appropriate Technology. This webinar is intended to give farmers and ranchers a basic understanding and familiarity with the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART), including how CART can be used to evaluate their operations for conservation assistance and funding consideration, and how they can request an assessment. ...

September 17, 2020 Online This webinar launches a three-part series with ZeaKal on rejuvenating the ag ecosystem. The series begins with a recount of how we built one of the most successful supply chains in the world and how ultimately this success led to the challenges we face today, in Bridging the Links: Decommoditizing Our Food from Farm to Plate....

September 17, 2020 Online UC Cooperative Extension is working with a team of soil health and fiber sustainability experts to offer an online workshop that will explore ways to increase cotton's value. Speakers will share new soil-building practices and ideas for marketing the crop's sustainable production system to make California cotton more valuable to consumers. Registration for the general public is $10; registration is free for farmers....

September 16, 2020 Online In this continuing field day series from Practical Farmers of Iowa, check in with Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice of Red Fern Farm to learn about harvesting Cornelian cherries and Asian pears....

September 16-17, 2020 Online The Greater South Texas Women in Agriculture virtual conference presented by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (CBO) provides a platform for women landowners to learn about the resources available to help them manage and sustain their agricultural business. NCAT's Kara Kroeger will be one of the presenters....

September 15, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's Pasture and Grazing Management webinars will focus on pasture and grazing management practices for sheep and goat producers. The webinars will help you address soil fertility, select pasture forage species, develop good grazing and pasture management skills, and keep your animals healthy throughout the grazing season....

September 15-17, 2020 Online For the Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum, hundreds of people from across the global regenerative food systems and investing communities will gather virtually to learn, build connections, and move investment in this space forward. The program is designed to equip participants for successful participation in this investment space, as well as provide ample time to develop strategic business relationships. ...

September 14-18, 2020 Online Organic Seed Alliance is offering a week's worth of opportunities via Instagram Live to join its Washington-based research team on their morning field walk and learn about the current projects OSA is working on with partners throughout the country. Monday will focus on sweet corn and flour corn, Tuesday on buckwheat and quinoa, Wednesday on tomatoes, Thursday on cabbage and collards, and Friday on carrots. ...

September 11, 2020 Online The 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day begins with this virtual episode, Drone Wars. In this three-part series, MMWC field day organizer Sam Hitchcock Tilton and farmer-friend Hans Bishop will host a series of virtual mechanical weed control field days at Hans' farm. Join the pair to see and discuss new and old weed control equipment, including set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables....

September 11-12, 2020 Online The 7th annual Harvest Conference will take place in a livestream via Zoom Webinar. It features six different day-long workshops, with one each day in the three tracks Cherokee Foods, Farm Business, and Herbal Tonics....

September 10, 2020 Online The Fall Pasture Management webinar series from Cornell Cooperative Extension Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program continues with this session that explores the steps of soil testing, including soil sampling techniques, sample preparation, and how to fill out a soil test submission form. ...

September 10, 2020 Online Kansans are invited to attend the Kansas Rural Center's four "Future of Farming and Food" Town Hall virtual meetings. The Town Halls will offer opportunities to share information and community dialogue on the unique challenges or opportunities communities face in each topic area, within the context of an election year and the new realities of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This second session focuses on Rural Revitalization. ...

September 10, 2020 Online This online course from Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program focuses on how to monitor, treat, and prevent parasites in your flock, herd, or flerd. This online course will discuss the lifecycle and biology of parasites affecting small ruminants, how to use the 5-point check, FAMACHA, and fecal testing to monitor your flock health and provide best practice procedures for treating your animals with dewormers to avoid parasite resistance. ...

September 10, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms presents this free virtual field day focused on redefining the field edge with the use of perennial vegetation....

September 10, 2020 Online The purpose of this web seminar is to support investment-oriented actions promoting soil health and carbon storage by improving the accounting of soil carbon sequestration. The event will bring together multilateral development banks, private banks, and other investors, donors, and implementing organizations with developers/providers of tools and project standards, to share experiences and develop solution pathways for enhanced investment and SOC accounting. The web seminar is open to the public. This event is co-organized by CCAFS-CGIAR, The Nature Conservancy, 4 per 1000 Executive Secretariat, World Bank, and the Meridian Institute....

September 10, 2020 Online This half-day workshop explores how to integrate solar photovoltaic energy facilities, pollinator and bird habitat, and grazing and crop production within the Vermont landscape. The workshop brings together experts and stakeholders to assess the scope and integration of existing practices and address barriers to adoption as well as requirements for long-term success. ...

September 10, 2020 Online This free online discussion and networking session is an opportunity to have conversations with others involved in increasing the production of chestnuts across the United States and beyond. This is intended as an advanced discussion of lessons learned and next steps, open to anyone involved in the chestnut supply chain or interested in supporting this work. ...

September 10, 2020 Online Small-acreage landowners and small to large agricultural operations are encouraged to register for this free webinar to learn about fire impacts on oak woodlands, rangelands, orchards, and vineyards, in addition to restoration and erosion control options and financial assistance programs. Priority will be given to those in counties affected by the LNU fire....

September 9, 2020 Online NOFA-NY presents this virtual field day at Fruition Seeds in Naples, New York. Whether you have a greenhouse, high tunnel, raised bed, or a few feet of empty garden space, there are a surprising number of seeds you can sow this September to surround yourself with abundance for months to come. With the right seeds, tools, and timing the seeds you sow will feed you for seasons to come. Join life-long grower and co-founder of Fruition Seeds, Petra Page-Mann, to explore the possibilities. ...

September 9, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care. ...

September 9, 2020 Online The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics invite you to attend a webinar series to learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on the food supply chain. This includes beef cattle, tree nuts, farm workers, and fresh produce. You will hear from ARE faculty who will deepen the conversation about the teaching, research, and outreach activities surrounding COVID-19. ...

September 9, 2020 Online MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture continues its free biweekly Wednesday Webinar Series with this session. This webinar will cover three topic areas around farm animal welfare: the influential factors involved in the transformation of animal agriculture and animal welfare assurance, the fundamentals of animal welfare science and the role of animal welfare science in animal welfare assessments and audits; and discussion on current regional, national, and international animal welfare assurance programs and how they may change in the future....

September 8, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's free Pasture and Grazing Management webinars will focus on pasture and grazing management practices for sheep and goat producers. The webinars will help you address soil fertility, select pasture forage species, develop good grazing and pasture management skills, and keep your animals healthy throughout the grazing season....

September 8, 2020 Online This webinar will explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small-scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. Learn about the decades-long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Following discussion about this conservation work, listen to experiences of several rare-breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds. ...

September 7, 2020 Online This Savanna Institute webinar features Terry Durham and Chris Patton of Midwest Elderberry Cooperative on elderberry harvest. Topics will include proper harvesting techniques, the de-stemming process and equipment needed, and proper storage techniques for small-scale and commercial elderberry production. ...

September 5, 2020 Online In this Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day, Jamie Hostetler of Rolling Meadows Farm will walk through the dos and don'ts of finishing; discuss how to optimize cattle gain; and explain the key visuals to look for on a grass-finished animal. Jamie will also discuss grass-finished markets and economic opportunities, sharing how he profited $500 per acre from selling his cattle to an out-of-state market....

September 3, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension's Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program is offering a three-part weekly webinar series on pasture management. In this first session, learn to identify common pasture weeds, why they may be in your pasture, and how to manage them....

September 3, 2020 Online In this online event, Noble Research Institute horticulturists will review the various production and management practices required for successful pecan production. Pecan culture presents unique management challenges due to factors including tree size, nutrient and water requirements, and the need for specialized equipment. ...

September 2, 2020 Online In this Zoom meeting from MOFGA's Farm Training Project, Abby Sadauckas, Field Agent for Land For Good and farmer of Apple Creek Farm, will talk through how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you'll need, and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream. If you're considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation....

September 2, 2020 Online USDA NRCS Science and Technology presents this free, one-hour webinar about general organic management practices in high tunnel systems. This first session in a three-part series focused on organic management of high tunnels will provide a general introduction, covering various high tunnel structures. Participants will learn the differences between open field and high tunnel production and then hear an overview of general management practices, including nutrients, weeds, insect pests, and irrigation. The webinar will conclude with a summary of the challenges in these systems and a preview of the two future webinars in the series. ...

September 2, 2020 Online The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics invite you to attend a webinar series to learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on the food supply chain. This includes beef cattle, tree nuts, farm workers, and fresh produce. You will hear from ARE faculty who will deepen the conversation about the teaching, research, and outreach activities surrounding COVID-19. ...

September 1, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day with Regina Frahm of Esther Purl Fibers is the first in a three-part series. Part 1 explores the facilities needed to raise sheep for wool. Topics will include sheep fencing and buildings, as well as raising wool sheep breeds....

September 1, 2020 Online This free online discussion and networking session is an opportunity to have conversations with others involved in increasing the production of chestnuts across the United States and beyond. This is intended as an advanced discussion of lessons learned and next steps, open to anyone involved in the chestnut supply chain or interested in supporting this work....

August 31, 2020 Online The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project continues its monthly series of training webinars with this session, covering insect pests of turfgrass, pesticide training program updates, and insect pest updates for vegetable producers....

August 29, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day features Nathan Anderson of Bobolink Prairie Farms, talking about conservation he’s using on his farm to increase profitability. Nathan will discuss edge-of-field conservation and how his family has created wildlife habitat on the farm while increasing overall farm profitability....

August 29, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers. ...

August 28, 2020 Online This free webinar in the series from UMass Extension, UVM Extension, and UMaine Extension will discuss how you can harvest your overwintering cover crops as forage by grazing in the fall and grazing or harvesting in the spring. This includes fall planting dates, species-specific information, and other management considerations. The speaker for this webinar is Sam Corcoran, agronomy researcher, of UMass Extension....

August 27, 2020 Online Kansans are invited to attend the Kansas Rural Center's four "Future of Farming and Food" Town Hall virtual meetings. The Town Halls will offer opportunities to share information and community dialogue on the unique challenges or opportunities communities face in each topic area, within the context of an election year and the new realities of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first session focuses on Local and Regional Food System Resilience....

August 27, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care....

August 27, 2020 Online This free, 45-minute webinar will provide an overview for external customers and partners of the new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The office's mission and vision will be shared, along with structure and technical and financial assistance opportunities. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center....

August 27, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 27, 2020 Online This is the final webinar in a free three-part series on cash benefits for improved ecosystem services. Hosted by NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell, this webinar will feature Brian Brandt and Mark Kieser, two experts who are currently working on water quality trading programs for farmers and ranchers. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Registration is required....

August 27, 2020 Online The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics invite you to attend a webinar series to learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on the food supply chain. This includes beef cattle, tree nuts, farm workers, and fresh produce. You will hear from ARE faculty who will deepen the conversation about the teaching, research, and outreach activities surrounding COVID-19. ...

August 26, 2020 Online University of Minnesota Extension is offering a free webinar where participants can learn more about the management of forages to meet the nutritional requirements of small ruminants during the winter months. The webinar will discuss ways for sheep and goat farmers to improve forage efficiency on sheep and goat farms....

August 26, 2020 Online In this event in the MOFGA Farm Training Project series, Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds, who operates Seven Tree Farm, will address Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well....

August 26, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 26, 2020 Online Join Jessa Kay-Cruz, Senior Pollinator Ecologist for the Xerces Society and NRCS Partner Biologist, as she reviews the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practice standards that can be adapted to support the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. ...

August 26, 2020 Online Michigan State University's monthly Chestnut Lunch Webinar Series continues with this free webinar. Dan Guyer, Michigan State University, will provide a chestnut heat treatment update and Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension, will offer a chestnut IPM update....

August 26-27, 2020 Online Conference Series LLC Ltd. is presenting this online event focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on food and agriculture. The conference offers keynote presentations, oral talks, poster presentations, delegate views, board talks, workshops, and exhibitions. Presentations from scholars from around the world are organized into 13 tracks....

August 25, 2020 Online Xerces specialists Ray Moranz (Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist) and Stephanie McKnight (Endangered Species Conservation Biologist) present a free webinar that's part of the Monarch Conservation Webinar Series sponsored by Monarch Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. Stephanie will speak on managing rangelands west of the Rockies, whereas Ray will focus on the rangelands in central North America. ...

August 25, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual no-till field day. Join in for live conversation as the field day visits long-time no-tiller Doug Gronau's farm in Crawford County and discusses the benefits of no-tillage, including soil moisture retention during dry conditions, with Jodi DeJong-Hughes, University of Minnesota Regional Extension Educator....

August 25-26, 2020 Online The 2020 Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit will gather growers for intensive learning on strategies to create overall farm resilience, starting from the soil up. Instructors are real farmers who practice what they teach, such as tactics to build soil resilience, increase water storage capacity, and decrease costly inputs and programs. Online event attendees will have unique opportunities to meet fellow attendees through networking, breakout discussions, and Soil Innovation Hours. Plus, the keynote address and session speakers will be even more accessible to answer your individual questions via this online event format....

August 24, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 24, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is the third in a three-part series on Integrating Cover Crops on a Vegetable and Poultry Farm at Genuine Faux Farm. Join Rob to learn about the different ways he integrates cover crops throughout his vegetable and poultry farm. From spring-seeded and fall-seeded cover crops to interseeded, quick-turnaround covers in the summer and fallow beds for running poultry, Rob has tried almost everything and will show a good mix (and single-species stand!) during these virtual field days....

August 24, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's Hemp Webinar Series: Planning for CBD Harvest live webinar will demonstrate how to plan for this year's CBD harvest and get your questions answered. The free Hemp Webinar Series features Penn State Extension experts discussing timely hemp production and harvesting issues on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month during the growing season....

August 24, 2020 Online In this Future Harvest CASA webinar, join farmer Becky Seward, Red Tree Farmstead, to learn more about her decision-making process, why the farm switched from vegetables to cut flowers in 2019, how she balances the farm with family, and more....

August 22, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers. ...

August 21, 2020 Online This monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, will focus on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The webinars will include experts demonstrating how to perform risk assessments, implement practices, and keep records to comply with the PSR. This series is recommended for operators who have attended a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training and want more information on how to apply what they learned and what records they need to keep to be in compliance with the PSR. ...

August 21, 2020 Online Seed Savers Exchange will offer its annual conference virtually this year. Some sessions will be pre-recorded for watching anytime; others have a live Q&A portion. The schedule offers virtual tours, presentations, workshops, panels, and keynote speakers. Pre-registration is required; donations are encouraged....

August 20, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 20, 2020 Online The USDA Forest Service's monthly biochar webinar series in partnership with the U.S. Biochar Initiative and Southern Regional Extension Forestry continues with this session. Presenter Kathleen Draper, from the U.S. Biochar Initiative, will address the use of biochar beyond agricultural soil uses (e.g. animal feed, building materials & composites, etc.). ...

August 20, 2020 Online The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics invite you to attend a webinar series to learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on the food supply chain. This includes beef cattle, tree nuts, farm workers, and fresh produce. You will hear from ARE faculty who will deepen the conversation about the teaching, research, and outreach activities surrounding COVID-19. This first webinar in the series addresses cattle processing....

August 19, 2020 Online NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshop series continues as host Felicia Bell talks with Barbara Shipman of Cottage House, Inc. on Farming Cooperatively. From 2 pm - 3 pm CST, Ms. Shipman will share the history of the cooperative and its non-profit component that assists South Alabama farmers. We will also be discussing the work done with youth and how the organization pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist adults and youth. Participate online or by phone at 872-240-3311, Access Code: 881-172-909....

August 19, 2020 Online This Savanna Institute webinar features Terry Durham and Chris Patton of the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, discussing elderberry history, medicinal uses, nutrition benefits, and ecological benefits of incorporating elderberries on your farm. ...

August 18, 2020 Online Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is offering a free series of webinars that address the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), providing you with the information you need to start or enhance your IPM practices today. The speaker is Abby Seaman, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University, who promotes and supports the adoption and use of IPM practices among conventional and organic vegetable farmers through a combination of applied research, demonstration projects, educational programs, and networking....

August 18, 2020 Online In this NOFA New York virtual field day, the farmers and storytellers at Hudson Valley Seed Company invite you to tour Four Fold Farm, where they grow open pollinated seed and preserve crop diversity by selecting unique, hard-to-find varieties and sharing the stories that come with those seeds. Learn how a seed farm is different from (and similar to) other farms and why seed keeping is crucial now more than ever. This field day will cover organic seed production and includes seed saving demonstrations with Farmer Katie Wong and Field Manager Steven Crist....

August 18, 2020 Online In the concluding episode of the three-part Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series, Ellen Polishuk addresses "Equipment and Infrastructure Upgrading: When will it Pay Off?"...

August 18, 2020 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is the first in a two-part series presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Planners will learn about inventory tools and whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat. Presenters will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements and tools available to help planners evaluate current conditions, and then discuss a variety of opportunities for incorporating habitat for pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects (natural enemies of crop pests) into a wide range of landscapes and practices....

August 18, 2020 Online MOSES continues its In Her Boots Resilience Boot Camp with this webinar. What's the key ingredient that fuels our growing organic women farmer movement? The support of other women farmers! Join a conversation with pioneering organic farmer Denise O'Brien and harvest ideas for your resilience toolkit. This webinar will talk about the movement and how it's changing to bring in a diversity of women's voices and share ideas to help you build your own legacy in sustainable agriculture. ...

August 18, 2020 Online This free virtual event is a webinar offered by Tri-State SARE, featuring a tour of the silvopasture work at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center in Amherst. Participants will have an online tour of UMass Extension silvopasture with Nikki Burton. This silvopasture includes sheep within a chestnut grove. The tour will be followed with questions and discussion....

August 17, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 17, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's free Hemp Field Day—Managing Marketing Risks is a virtual field session that will discuss marketing tactics to reduce your risk in an ever-changing business environment. Ben Davies, owner of Wild Fox Farm, will provide insight and a virtual tour of his diversified hemp farm in Barto, Pennsylvania. ...

August 17, 2020 Online Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts presents an interactive webinar on soil health challenges on all types of farms. Shannon Zezula with Indiana State Resource Conservation will be speaking on "The Process of Finding Soil Health Solutions."...

August 17 - November 8, 2020 Online Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for new landowners, whether they are inheriting or purchasing land. Participants will work towards developing a business plan with plenty of support from professionals who specialize in each field and topic. Participants will be introduced to land management tools and techniques and will also learn about starting a new agriculture business or enterprise, including tax implications, insurance needs, developing grazing or wildlife leases, finance management, direct-marketing, and goal-setting. Through this course, participants will have the opportunity...

August 17-19, 2020 Online This free, online International Quinoa Research Symposium will include live keynotes, recorded field walks, interactive poster sessions, and online discussion forums. It is produced by the Washington State University Sustainable Seed Systems Lab in collaboration with the WSU Food Systems Program and the support of many partnering organizations. ...

August 15, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers. ...

August 14, 2020 Online The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management will offer preliminary results from its three-year study on healthy soils. In this virtual field day, learn about the experiment, which includes compost application, interseeding using a NoTill Drill, and Holistic Planned Grazing....

August 14-15, 2020 San Angelo, Texas, and online This unique sheep and goat event provides producers and other interested persons the opportunity to attend educational presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The speakers are experts in the industry. This program meets the needs of a very diverse sheep and goat industry. The field day on the morning of August 14 is free. The Expo on the afternoon of August 14 will be held both live and online, and the August 15 events take place online. The expo will cover many different segments of the industry and address the concerns and challenges facing...

August 13, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 13, 2020 Online This webinar is one in a five-part series in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and UVM Extension. The material presented in these sessions is intended for swine producers interested in starting their own breeding program or improving their existing program. This session, Swine Breeding Stock Care—Nutrition with Dr. Elizabeth Hines of Penn State, will review basic dietary recommendations for boars and sows, and how to make the most of feedstuffs available to you....

August 13, 2020 Online This virtual event from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture, and Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will explore the farm-management and economic implications of wheat and all its opportunities. Adding wheat (or other small grains) into crop rotations opens the door to possibility. Not only do these crops invite you to plant a diverse cover crop and graze it, adding a small-grain crop can lay the foundation for a transition to organic. Managed properly, these possibilities can result in net profit. ...

August 12, 2020 Online MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. This session is on Farming and Marketing Cooperatively. Join in electronically to learn about New Roots Cooperative Farm, a New American-owned cooperative in practice and learn about worker co-op farms, farmland co-ops, marketing co-ops, labor co-ops, and equipment-sharing co-ops. You'll learn about cooperative economic structure, democratic decision-making, and distribution of the surplus farmers collectively generate. ...

August 12, 2020 Online NCAT's Weekly Wednesday Workshop series continues with a discussion with Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger on Soil Health. Effective land management is the art of capturing sunlight and water while recycling the aboveground parts of the plant through management practices such as the five soil health principles. Through application of these principles, you can lay the foundation for improved ecosystem health and store more moisture in your soil. We will walk you through applicable approaches you can put in place to improve soil microbiology and thus soil health, including how soil testing can be used to monitor soil...

August 12, 2020 Online MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture's biweekly webinar series continues with "Marketing Campaigns—Start Small to Grow Tall." Prioritize you marketing efforts to be most efficient and effective for where you are in your business's development. You don't have to do every marketing strategy all the time or even some of the time if it's just not something you can get done well. Consider the marketing activities that will result in recurring sales and those you can master well....

August 12, 2020 Online The IPM Hour is a monthly online seminar covering a variety of IPM-related topics and research, from the Western IPM Center. It features two 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion each....

August 11-13, 2020 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners present three consecutive nights of free educational workshops on pasture-finished beef. This workshop on forage finishing features expertise from Greg Halich (UKY ag economics) and Ed Rayburn (WVU forage specialist), long-time producers and marketers of forage finished beef. In addition to these guests, a producer panel will offer insights from the full-time producers' perspective. ...

August 11, 2020 Online AgriSecure presents an online Organic Field Day focused on organic corn, soybeans, and insights from the 2020 crop year. See organic and transition crops, hear about boundary-pushing new approaches, and learn how to take control of your profits with organic farming. ...

August 11, 2020 Online Savanna Institute presents this free webinar with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Topics include how to safely incorporate livestock and tree crop production, food safety best practices and common questions for beginning and ESL farmers, and how we can work towards a justice-oriented, safer food system. ...

August 11, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 11, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care. ...

August 11, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day visits A.J. Blair, who will share insights from two years of adding food-grade oats to a corn-soy rotation. He'll discuss variety selection and seeding; cover crops; making decisions about herbicides and fungicides; harvest and storage of grain and straw; and benefits and challenges he's experienced. A.J. will also discuss on-farm research he has conducted aimed at optimizing fertilizer rates in corn following oats and a green manure, and in oats to maximize oat yield and minimize lodging....

August 11-13, 2020 Online The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is hosting the Online Expo, a free, multi-day event designed to keep the Upper Midwest agricultural community informed, connected, and safe. Attendees can drop in and visit virtual exhibitor booths, watch live safety demos, and participate in talks on a range of farm safety and health issues. There are activities for the whole family, including Jeopardy for kids and a webinar on cultivating resiliency for women in agriculture. ...

August 10, 2020 Online At this Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day, host Rob Faux will talk about the different ways he integrates cover crops throughout his vegetable and poultry farm. From spring-seeded and fall-seeded cover crops to interseeded, quick-turnaround covers in the summer and fallow beds for running poultry, Rob has tried almost everything and will show a good mix (and single-species stand!) during these virtual field days. This is the second session in the three-part series, focusing on interseeded and quick-turnaround covers....

August 10, 2020 Online In this free episode of Penn State Extension's Hemp Webinar Series, Penn State Extension educators and specialists will host a mid-season question and answer session....

August 10, 2020 Online This is the second webinar in a free, two-part series hosted by The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Barbara Ingham, Food Safety Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, will answer basic questions about types of licenses a business may need, standards for a food production facility, and provide tips on locating rental space, developing food safety plans, and identifying resources to help small-scale food entrepreneurs acquire the appropriate licenses in Wisconsin to get their businesses up and running....

August 8, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers. ...

August 7, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa's free Next Generation Summit brings together aspiring farmers and farmland owners in a way that allows for education and networking help to overcome the challenge of farmland access. This year the summit is offered virtually, in three parts. This final session will be filled with networking opportunities to meet aspiring farmers and landowners. Farming takes a community of many individuals. All are invited to come and learn about the issues facing transitioning farmers and land. Connect all the generations that make farming possible and support those coming into the next generation....

August 6, 2020 Online Organic Association of Kentucky offers an opportunity to join Bryce Baumann as he walks through operations on his Lazy Eight Stock Farm, in Paint Lick, Kentucky. See prerecorded video footage from his 420-acre, certified organic, diverse vegetable production and broaden the context in a live conversation with Bryce and your questions. This event is free....

August 6, 2020 Online At this Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day, Martha McFarland of Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch will share the benefits of and considerations for raising and selling bison. She'll discuss bison behavior (they are not cattle!), her fencing infrastructure and handling facilities, markets selling bison products, and state regulations related to bison. Martha will also walk participants through on-farm videos as part of a live Q&A session....

August 6, 2020 Online The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's free monthly 7 $ecrets of Effective Farmers webinar series continues with this session on Risk Management....

August 6, 2020 Online This webinar will discuss housing options for sows and boars and how to design those systems to improve flow and handling of large breeding stock in your system. This free webinar is one in a five-part series in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and UVM Extension. The material presented in these sessions is intended for swine producers interested in starting their own breeding program or improving their existing program. ...

August 6, 2020 Online New programs "stack" payments for ecosystem services such as water quality, water quantity, and biodiversity. This free webinar hosted by NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell will feature two experts who are currently developing carbon markets and credit bundling programs for farmers and ranchers. This webinar is Part Two of a three-part series on payments for ecosystem services....

August 5, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa's Next Generation Summit brings together aspiring farmers and farmland owners in a way that allows for education and networking help to overcome the challenge of farmland access. This year the summit is offered virtually, in three parts. In this second session, aspiring and beginning farmers will talk through the process of determining their farming purpose and planning the next steps to acquiring farm land....

August 5, 2020 Online MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. This session on Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy will take place at Grace Pond Farm via Zoom. Come electronically meet Rhiannon and Gregg of Grace Pond Farm who raise cows, distribute milk, and grow turkeys. Rhiannon will also discuss agricultural policy and her work with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. ...

August 5, 2020 Online In this installment of NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshop series, Guy Ames and Felicia Bell will be discussing different marketing avenues for fruit and nut crops, including value-added products. They will also discuss ways to adapt to the changing marketplace due to the current pandemic. You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 881-172-909. ...

August 4, 2020 Online Farm Dreams is a 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. Land Stewardship Project is now offering Farm Dreams as an online workshop with a homework module to complete prior to the workshop....

August 4, 2020 Online In Part 2 of a three-part series on Restoring Rare Habitats for Wildlife and Water Quality from Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn about work to return beavers to the landscape and improve water quality in the North Raccoon River watershed. Landowners Jeff and Nancy will share their vision for their land and discuss the work they are doing on their property to restore rare and declining habitats, including fens, oxbows, beaver habitat, oak savanna, and more. Also hear about Jeff's ongoing partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and learn about financial and technical assistance opportunities from...

August 4, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

August 4, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa's Next Generation Summit brings together aspiring farmers and farmland owners in a way that allows for education and networking help to overcome the challenge of farmland access. This year the summit is offered virtually, in three parts. In this session, farmland owners will work on setting goals to work toward a farmland legacy that reflects their values. They will also learn about how to take the next steps to begin the transition period when the time is right....

August 4, 2020 Online This free online conference will provide farmers with access to the best practices, minds, and insights to build a direct-to-market business. Learn how quality, brand, price, and convenience provide four levers for your farm to succeed selling direct....

August 1, 2020 Online At this free MOSES Organic Field Day, MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens, will introduce participants to the variety of herbs they grow on their farm and discuss their many medicinal uses, especially focusing on immunity boosting herbs and ones that can help with COVID-19 symptoms. They'll discuss production, harvest, drying techniques, and hand tools to use for small farming....

August 1, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers. ...

July 31, 2020 Online This webinar in Cornell Cooperative Extension's Grazing & Forage Season Extension Webinar Series will discuss brassicas and other cool-season annuals for grazing or stored feed. This includes species-specific information, planting and management, and feeding considerations. Heather Darby, agronomy specialist of UVM Extension, will be the speaker....

July 31, 2020 Online In this free virtual field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa, join landowner Eric Hoien, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and the ISU STRIPS team to learn more about designing establishing and managing prairie strips and how to work with land tenants to achieve conservation goals. Part 2 of the series will discuss prairie strips generally, as well as how landowners like Eric and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation are working with farmland tenants to design, install, and manage prairie strips for water quality and wildlife. ...

July 30, 2020 Online This free online event is the first part in a two-part series from Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team, "Managing Forages Through a Season of Drought." ...

July 30, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

July 30, 2020 Online This event is part of the Council of Development Finance Agencies' Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, a free, exclusive online series connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more, to create equitable local and regional food systems....

July 30-31, 2020 Online The 5th annual meeting of the Soil Health Institute is a free virtual event. This year's theme is Soil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture, advancing the opportunity we have to address climate change, water quality, food production, biodiversity, and many other pressing issues by improving soil health. There will be virtual presentations by some of the world's most progressive farmers, scientists, educators, conservationists, and agricultural industry leaders engaged in soil health/regenerative agriculture. Another 80 video poster presentations will offer opportunities for interacting with the authors in real time....

July 29, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care....

July 29, 2020 Online Kansas State University Extension Food Safety offers this online workshop. This training should help your farm successfully complete a USDA GAP audit and will assist you in creating a food safety plan. The session will cover the GAP audit process (costs, who to contact, what to expect), how to create a farm map, keeping practical records from existing templates, and reviewing the core aspects of a food safety plan. Note that the workshop will focus on the GAP/GHP audit, and will also provide information on the Harmonized GAP and the Harmonized GAP Plus+ audit. ...

July 29, 2020 Online In this installment of NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshop series, Guy Ames and Felicia Bell will be discussing the benefits of having fruit and nut enterprises as part of a diverse farm. They will discuss how tree crops can benefit the landscape as well as farm profitability. You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 881-172-909...

July 29, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the Berry Grower Webinar Series jointly hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension. This webinar will cover tasks that should be done during and after veraison (grapes beginning to ripen), including spotted wing drosophila management, fruit sampling, bird control, and vine nutrition. ...

July 29, 2020 Online Michigan State University Extension's monthly Chestnut Lunch Webinar Series offers an opportunity to learn about best agronomic practices, pest management, and fertility from MSU experts and veteran chestnut growers. This session addresses preparing for harvest and offers a chestnut IPM update....

July 28, 2020 Online NOFA New York offers the opportunity to take a virtual tour through Lovin' Mama Farm, where owners Corinne and Matthew produce flowers, vegetables, eggs, and microgreens in an intensive no-till system for CSA, wholesale, farmers markets, and events. These community-driven farmers will explain how they build rich topsoil with compost and mulching, and discuss other benefits of no-till methods including weed suppression, improved water infiltration, and carbon sequestration. This field day will include a demonstration on how you can assess signs of health within your own soils....

July 28, 2020 Online In this three-part webinar series from Practical Farmers of Iowa and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, landowners Jeff and Nancy Pudenz will share their vision for their land and discuss the work they are doing on their property to restore rare and declining habitats, including fens, oxbows, beaver habitat, oak savanna and more. Also hear about Jeff's ongoing partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and learn about financial and technical assistance opportunities from USFWS biologist Darrick Weissenfluh....

July 28, 2020 Online This free USDA webinar will offer an overview of Rural Development and Food Safety and Inspection Service program opportunities and assistance. Join Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand to learn how these opportunities and programs work together to support small scale meat processing. Topics include funding for small-scale processing, how to get a Federal grant of inspection, and state and custom-exempt inspection programs. ...

July 28, 2020 Online In this webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell will guide you through the history of payments for ecosystem service programs and discuss different types of payments farmers and ranchers can receive for improving or maintaining ecosystem services, including: Direct Payments, Certification Programs, Tax Incentives, and Ecosystem Service Markets. Colin will also provide a set of factors farmers and ranchers should consider before participating in any type of payment for an ecosystem service program. This webinar is part one of a three-part series focused on payments for ecosystem services. ...

July 28, 2020 Online In this free Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day, Emma Johnson will show Buffalo Ridge Orchard's new packhouse procedures for food and employee safety with vegetable crops. Join Emma on a virtual tour of the farm's cherry tomatoes growing in the high tunnel. Finally, see how the Johnsons test and determine when different apple varieties are ready to be picked. This is the second session in a three-part series....

July 28, 2020 Online During the pandemic, USDA and state agencies have supported the purchase of food from farmers as a way to reduce food waste and to feed the millions of newly unemployed. Prior to the pandemic, various food banks were already buying food from farmers. In this moderated discussion presented by the Ecological Farming Association, the conversation will explore these new and old programs and how farmers are participating in them. Participants will also address the implications of these efforts for USDA nutrition policy and programs. ...

July 27, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

July 27, 2020 Online In this three-part virtual field day series from Practical Farmers of Iowa, you will meet three farmers who have spent their beginning farming years creating processes to make a regenerative pasture system work for their farms. In this third part, Adam Ledvina from Iowa Kiko Goats will show how he uses temporary electric netting to rotate his Kiko goats through new pastures. He will also demonstrate how he plans a paddock move and show some easy steps to setting up temporary fencing....

July 27, 2020 Online The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project presents monthly webinars with Commercial Horticulture Regional Extension Agents, Extension Coordinators, and Specialists. In July, topics include professional licensing in the landscape, preparing for fall vegetable crops, and top 10 diseases of ornamentals....

July 27-29, 2020 Online This year's conference theme is "Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation." The conference will feature the latest ideas, technologies, and practices and foster a dialogue around their adoption. Through virtual workshops, sessions, symposia, exhibits, and galleries, cutting-edge research and practice developments in soil health, water quality, and resource management will be shared. Scientists and practitioners will present their work at the field, farm, and watershed scale across an array of private and public arenas. Researchers and conservationists will team up with farmers to share lessons learned and the environmental outcomes of on-farm trials, monitoring, and state-of-the-art precision agricultural...

July 24, 2020 Online In this event in Prescott College's "Food Systems Friday" Webinar Series, Drs. Kim Greeson and Emily Affolter explore the notion of food systems as fundamentally racialized. This will kick off a mini-series of Food Systems Fridays webinars on the theme of "The Human Right to Food" that can increase attendees' literacy on equity and justice in the food system. ...

July 23, 2020 Online Join Pasture Project and Keith Berns of Green Cover Seed for a webinar on cover crop seed mix design from beginning to end. The webinar will include a discussion of cover crop management goals, creating a mix that will achieve management goals, and a walk-through of Green Cover Seed's SmartMix calculator....

July 23, 2020 Online Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) presents a virtual tour and interactive discussion with the staff at the Berea College Farm in Berea, Kentucky. Both in recorded video and live for your questions, Farm Horticulture Manager Janet Meyer will share details on seeding and transplanting, bed design and formation, high tunnel management, irrigation, amendments and fertility, harvest, washing, and storage, record-keeping and planning, and food / staff safety protocols. The event is free for producers....

July 23, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm. ...

July 22, 2020 Online NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshops continue with Livestock: Tools of the Trade. NCAT Gulf States specialist Felicia Bell will be talking with NCAT Southeast specialist Linda Coffey about livestock management. They will discuss management intensive grazing, multispecies grazing, regenerative agriculture practices, and more. There will be time for questions. Join online, or by phone at (872) 240-3311 Access Code: 881-172-909....

July 22, 2020 Online This MOSES Virtual Field Day will offer an update on perennial kernza with host Carmen Fernholz. Kernza development and the Forever Green Initiative, planting, harvesting, post-harvest storage, economics, and marketing will all be discussed in this free, online event featuring A-Frame Farm....

July 8, 15, and 22, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp where ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops. The series is designed to efficiently provide actionable agronomic information that can help independent and retail agronomists and crop consultants build their businesses through recommending and implementing cover crops. In this final session, topics include managing pests, residuals and herbicides; nitrogen management; and agronomics of cover crop advising....