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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is looking for proposals for two new Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) grants that aim to increase local purchasing in Farm to School programs. School districts may apply for Farm to School Full Tray Grants intended for school districts that have some Farm to School procurement experience, or for Farm to School First Bite Mini-Grants intended for school districts that have little to no experience with local procurement as part of a Farm to School program. First Bite recipients in FY2021 will not be eligible for the First Bite grant in subsequent funding rounds....

December 15, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Sheep Association present this free online field day with Regina Frahm of Esther Purl Fibers and her shearer Emily Chamelin-Hickman. They will demonstrate how they prepare for shearing to create a smooth and safe process for everyone involved. See how a fleece is skirted and prepared before moving to the next step. ...

December 13, 2020 Online McHenry County College's Center for Agrarian Learning is presenting this session with Gabe Brown as part of its free, online Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming series. Gabe will talk about how he learned that healthy ecosystems follow six consistent principles and that those principles are the same for farms, ranches, and gardens. ...

December 10, 2020 Online The Organic Center offers an opportunity to learn about the hottest science in the field of organic food and farming from 2020. This webinar brings together leading scientists from around the world to talk about where we've been and how far we've come in this challenging year. Hear about what studies have changed the industry, how COVID has changed the research landscape, and what's in store for the scientific outlook for 2021....

December 10, 2020 Online This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Join in to learn how farmers can adapt to a changing climate by improving natural resources. Learn about how the climate has changed in your area and what that means for farmers and ranchers. This presentation focuses on the four ways producers can adapt: assess landscape vulnerability, improve soil health, increase the heath and diversity of biological organisms, and conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The USDA NRCS's resource concerns and practices that address climate smart farming will be highlighted. ...

December 10, 2020 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is planning a "Winter Meat-ings" series on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. Six total sessions will look at challenges and opportunities for Wisconsin meat supply chains and family farms. This first session focuses on farmer and processor perspectives. ...

December 10, 2020 Online Pasa Sustainable Agriculture offers a free opportunity to reflect on this extraordinary year with other experienced vegetable farmers in the region, and consider how its lessons might influence production and business models moving forward. Vegetable farmers George and Ola Brittenburg from Taproot Farm and Scott Case from Patchwork Farm will share their takeaways from the past season before participants divide into small groups for peer-to-peer discussions on topics that could potentially include markets, labor, and production. ...

December 10, 2020 Online NCAT's Sixth Annual Latino Farmer Conference will take place as a three-part webinar series over three months, with presentations, virtual farm tours, and networking opportunities. This first session covers Soil Health & Nutrient Management and introduces Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Programs and Opportunities. The webinars are presented in Spanish. ...

December 10, 2020 Online Team Agriculture Georgia (TAG) will host a free, half-day virtual workshop for new and beginning farmers. Farmers of all experience levels and product types are welcome. Representatives from USDA NRCS, USDA FSA, USDA FNS, AgSouth, and others are scheduled to speak. There will be sessions on FSA programs for new farmers, NRCS programs, crop insurance, and more....

December 9, 2020 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) offers a Humane Farming Mentorship Program. If you're thinking about participating, join in this special session to hear from mentors and mentees as they discuss their experiences with the program, some of the program perks, and how you can get involved. ...

December 9, 2020 Online USDA NRCS Science and Technology presents this free, 90-minute webinar on how a well-planned and executed Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) on Grazing Lands demonstrated innovative techniques of establishing and grazing native, warm-season grasses for combined benefits to grazing livestock and ground nesting wildlife. See how the results have been transferred and integrated for use in NRCS to help more farmers to establish and utilize native, warm-season grasses on their farms. ...

December 9, 2020 Online This free webinar from MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture will focus on the importance of good communications and strategies for success when discussing topics with family related to farm succession and estate planning. ...

December 9, 2020 Online This free event is part of a series of virtual agritourism gatherings presented by the International Workshop on Agritourism. Farm and food businesses around the world are experimenting with innovative online formats to share their agricultural experiences and products. Join this online event to learn about lambing tours in Scotland, cider tastings in Vermont, and the Terroir Symposium in Ontario. Presenters will share their challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they have transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic....

December 9, 2020 Online The Organic Grower Summit Roundtable will explore the opportunities, challenges, and issues facing producers in the organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. The moderator is Dave Puglia, President and CEO of Western Growers Association, and panelists for the event include Bruce Taylor, President, Taylor Farms/Earthbound Farm; Vic Smith, President, JV Smith Companies; and Soren Bjorn, President, Driscoll's of the Americas. The free event is designed to provide an insightful exchange of ideas and information on topics related to organic fresh produce production including labor, ag technology, regulatory challenges, supply chain issues, post-election analysis, and a look into 2021...

December 8, 2020 Online The second session in University of New Hampshire Extension's three-part High Tunnel Conference is on diseases and insects in high tunnels, addressing common and not-so-common problems and how to manage them....

December 8, 2020 Online This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Learn how to improve the design, establishment, and operation of a state-wide, on-farm research and demonstration project for education and collection of soil health data. This webinar will discuss the lessons learned by the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) in a state-wide program to establish soil health demonstration plots on farmers' fields. It will discuss some of the challenges of this project and some recommendations for future projects with similar goals. ...

December 8, 2020 Online The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance's series of "Let's Get Started" webinars identifies local resources, expertise, and technical assistance to support dairy farmers and processors who have decided to move forward on diversifying their enterprise or developing a new product but are not sure on how to get started. This webinar, the sixth in the eight-part series, focuses on food safety and includes interviews that share lessons learned....

December 8, 2020 Online The free virtual Organic Dairy Systems Summit, hosted by the Milk Quality Improvement Program at Cornell University, will assess the challenges and opportunities currently facing the organic dairy industry. Topics include organic dairy research needs, state of the organic dairy industry, market outlook for the organic dairy industry, and challenges and opportunities facing producers, processors, and retailers of organic dairy products. Attendees will hear directly from organic dairy industry stakeholders, including farmers, processors, retailers, and extension professionals....

December 8-10, 2020 Online The annual Great Lakes EXPO is touted as the premiere show for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers, and farm marketers. The program includes 84 educational sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets, and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general-interest topics, including food safety and labor....

December 6-9, 2020 Online The Savanna Institute and the Association for Temperate Agroforestry are co-hosting the 8th annual Perennial Farm Gathering, which will be virtual this year. It will feature five-minute show-and-tell nutshell talks, interactive networking opportunities, and presentations on financing agroforestry, environmental and social justice, specific agroforestry crops, and more. ...

December 5-6 and 12-13, 2020 Online Bioneers 2020 Conference, "Beyond the Great Unraveling—Weaving the World Anew," will take place on four days. Each day includes two parts: plenary sessions/panels and interactive, participatory sessions. Participants who are registered for part two will be able to sign up for one of a variety of 90-minute participatory sessions and workshops, hosted and moderated to support the community to connect directly with each other and learn together around timely and relevant topics of interest. The conference includes a food and farming track. ...

December 4, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension Educators for the Know to Grow webinar series, developed to help you grow your small farm in a variety of ways, from marketing to adapting to customer needs. This session is on Agritourism and Farm Processes—setting your farm up for success....

December 3, 2020 Online The final event in Oregon's online Small Farm School talks about the records you need to start keeping now that will help you make informed business decisions and identify a plan for your farm's environmentally and economically sustainable future. Strategies for integrating record-keeping practices into your day-to-day will be emphasized. This session is for farmers that have at least two seasons of farm management....

December 3, 2020 Online This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join in to learn about how a working farm is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon. The presentation will also address how a farm can earn income for its carbon offsets. Stone House Farm is a 2,000-acre regenerative organic grain farm in the Hudson Valley in New York. It is also home of Hudson Carbon, a non-profit that focuses on on-farm agricultural research and development of carbon measurement tools. Managing Director Matt Sheffer will present about the regenerative organic management system developed and practiced by...

December 3-4, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa is inviting you to join other row crop and livestock farmers for a free, virtual cover crop boot camp over two mornings. Hear how cover crops can improve soil health, weed suppression and opportunities for livestock grazing. Participate to advance your understanding of how cover crops can work for you. ...

December 3-5, 2020 Online For the first time, the Montana Organic Association's MOA Annual Conference and Business Meeting will be delivered online via Zoom, at no charge. The agenda includes research updates, discussions, practical workshops, Organic University, and even student sessions. Register online to participate....

December 3, 2020 Online Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research welcome new and prospective controlled-environment growers for this free online learning event covering high tunnel, greenhouse, and vertical farm systems. Controlled-environment experts will discuss organic hydroponics, the benefits of supplemental light using LED technology, optimized lighting, and the effects of rootzone chilling. Topics for growers include basic media trials with hydroponics, nutrient analysis in closed-loop systems, supplemental lighting, and microgreen production....

December 2-3, 2020 Online The Local Food Farmer Caucus is a group of farmers that believe that Illinois can feed Illinois, that farmers are the heart of the local food movement, and that when farmers come together to form a collective voice, the local food movement will be stronger. The Local Food Farmers Caucus will help develop a thriving, economically viable and just local food system in Illinois by bringing farmers together to build community, share issues, solve problems, and change policy. The Local Food Caucus Kick-Off event is open to all farmers that sell into local markets. To participate in the...

December 2, 2020 Online This third webinar in a three-part series from NRCS focused on monarchs in the Southeast is designed for NRCS conservation planners, farmers, and partners. Participants will learn some nuances of Farm Bill programs for monarch conservation, about Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides for monarch conservation, and considerations for seed mix design, site preparation, planting, short-term maintenance, and long-term habitat management using disturbances such as fire, grazing, and mowing....

December 2, 2020 Online This webinar offers training in multistory agroforestry and the use of the Agroforestry Design Tool. It will guide participants in the principles of multistory agroforestry and then demonstrate how the tool can be used to assist them in designing their own agroforestry planting. Registration is required. ...

December 2, 2020 Online Whether you are a hobby orchardist, commercial grower, or interested in starting your own orchard, University of Maine Extension wants to hear from you! Join this free webinar for a special panel discussion with Fruit Tree experts from across the state to reflect on this past growing season, share lessons and challenges from different parts of the state, and discuss plans for next year's growing season....

December 2, 2020 Online eOrganic is presenting this free webinar on organic growing media and transplants, with Wenjing Guan, Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. The webinar will share results of research comparing performance of tomato and cucurbit seedlings in commercially available organic growing media....

December 2 and 16, 2020, and January 6 and 20, 2021 Online Join innovative farmers, University of Minnesota Extension, and Land Stewardship Project for a four-part series of virtual gatherings to discuss soil-building practices with fellow vegetable farmers who are caring for their soils and their communities. Gatherings will include a short video highlighting farmers who are leading the way with innovative soil health practices, followed by Q&A, and a series of breakout discussions where participants can share their expertise and brainstorm soil health ideas with fellow farmers. This first session features no-till vegetables with Racing Heart Farm....

December 2, 2020 Online University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification presents this webinar as part of its six-part, weekly fall series. The topic is record keeping basics....

December 1, 8, and 15, 2020 Online New Hampshire Extension's High Tunnel Conference will be virtual this year, in three parts. The first session is a keynote and kickoff with Dave Chapman, from Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, Vermont, who will present: "Low-tech tunnels to high-tech greenhouses: choosing technologies that work for you," and "Important business considerations for tunnel producers."...

December 1, 2020 Online USDA Food Disclosure and Labeling Division is holding an informational webinar on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The webinar is meant to help regulated entities, including food manufacturers, importers, and certain retailers, comply with the Standard before the mandatory compliance date of January 1, 2022. The webinar will provide an overview of the Standard including bioengineered food disclosure options and guidance on compliance and enforcement. ...

December 1, 2020 Online The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance's series of "Let's Get Started" webinars identifies local resources, expertise, and technical assistance to support dairy farmers and processors who have decided to move forward on diversifying their enterprise or developing a new product but are not sure on how to get started. This webinar, the fifth in the eight-part series, focuses on training requirements, licenses, and how not to get into trouble, and offers a how-to in developing regulatory processes, as well as a real-life interview on lessons learned....

December 1, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension Educators for the Know to Grow webinar series, developed to help you grow your small farm in a variety of ways, from marketing to adapting to customer needs. This session on Knowing and Adapting to your Customer's Needs will explore how to harness consumer information to make strategic changes....

December 1, 2020 Online The Market Cities Initiative at Project for Public Spaces is presenting this webinar. This webinar will walk you through the method and free tools available to survey and map an area's public market system. Market leaders from Seattle, Washington, and Kampala, Uganda, will discuss how the process of collecting and analyzing data on their market systems has helped them hone in on their local Market City strategies and advocacy efforts. Explore how this method can help you initiate a Market City process and take your market system to the next level. ...

December 1-4, 2020 Online Acres USA is taking its annual Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show virtual this year. This educational experience and trade show, now in its 45th year, unites farmers, ranchers, and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms — as well as those in transition from conventional to organic — will learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods and walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away. ...

December 1, 2020 Online Michigan State University Extension is offering the PSA Grower Training online at no cost to growers. One-day trainings are conducted by trained members of the Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team, and a Produce Safety Alliance lead trainer is present at all events. The PSA Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule....

November 30, 2020 Online Alabama Beginning Farmer program concludes its free monthly Commercial Horticulture Team webinar series with a session on weed control in ground covers, marketing considerations for industrial hemp, and beginning farmer program resources. ...

November 30 - December 10, 2020 Online Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) is presenting its annual Expo virtually and for free over the course of 10 days. Topic sessions include a track on food systems. There will also be "chat" sessions, designed to promote opportunities for visiting, connection, and information sharing, as well as movie nights....

November 24, 2020 Online Cornell Maple Program's Fall Maple Workshop Series concludes with this session on maximizing production in your sap-collection system. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos and articles, followed by a live question-and-answer session....

November 24, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension Educators for the Know to Grow webinar series, developed to help you grow your small farm in a variety of ways, from marketing to adapting to customer needs. This session is on Minnesota-specific grant and partnership opportunities....

November 23, 2020 Online This is the second event in a two-part series that offers an opportunity to hear the stories of producers who are integrating livestock with crops and ask them questions. This second session focuses on integrating livestock with field crops and features Montana producers Korey Fauque and Tyrel Obrecht. In addition, Devon Ragen of Montana State University will be there to discuss her research on the topic....

November 23, 2020 Online This year's half-day virtual conference includes three speakers: Tom Harding, international organic trade expert; Joseph Heckman of Rutgers University; and Jordan and Whitney Clasen, of Grade A Gardens. There will also be a cooking demonstration with organic ingredients from the University of Iowa. The usual trade show of vendors will be replaced with a virtual show of exhibitors and sponsors, including organic grain buyers, organic seed purveyors, organic and local food system nonprofit organizations, and government offices working with transitioning and certified organic farmers....

November 20, 2020 Online This webinar is the conclusion of a monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, focusing on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule (PSR). In this session, learn how to turn what you have learned throughout the webinar series into a customized food safety plan for your farm....

November 20, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension Educators for the Know to Grow webinar series, developed to help you grow your small farm in a variety of ways, from marketing to adapting to customer needs. This session is on Getting into a Farmers Market and features a panel discussion with local farmers market managers. ...

November 20-21, 2020 Platte, South Dakota, and online This event, "Organic Resources for Changing Times," features 25 speakers and panelists and an exhibitor and equipment showcase. Select sessions will be available online via Zoom. Learn about the latest farm practices to produce valuable organic crops. The summit will assist growers to connect and stay ahead of changing federal policies, management protocols, market demands, and insurance coverage for organic and non-GMO crops....

November 19, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension's Biochar Webinar Series concludes with this session on landscape applications of biochar. Topics include biochar for tree growth in urban landscapes and field and landscape applications of biochar using a variety of methods....

November 19, 2020 Online This Agritourism Gathering is part of a free, monthly virtual series presented by the International Workshop on Agritourism. The series brings together farmers, researchers, service providers, tourism experts, and many others to share their knowledge and experience from around the world. At this session, presentations will explore best practices for integrating agro-biodiversity conservation in tribal communities; how culture, tradition, and history blend through the Three Sister Story; and how ancient connections apply to contemporary travel company design and marketing. ...

November 19, 2020 Online Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's ongoing Lunch with Forages webinar series continues with this session with Dr. Racheal Bryant. She will join the OFGC e-Forum from Christchurch, New Zealand. Racheal is passionate about sustainable pasture dairy systems, and an expert on pasture, endophyte, and livestock ecophysiology interactions. This session will cover topics ranging from forages for reduced nitrate leaching, to implementing forage diversity at the farm scale for both improved environmental and livestock-production performance, and next-generation dairy systems....

November 19, 2020 Online In partnership with the U.S. Biochar Initiative and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Forest Service Research and Development is hosting a monthly Biochar webinar series. The speaker in this free, one-hour session is Carlos Rodriguez Franco from the USDA Forest Service Research and Development....

November 19, 2020 Online Organic Seed Alliance, Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a listening session to hear from farmers, seed growers, seed companies, plant breeders, and other food and farming stakeholders about issues they face with intellectual property rights (IPR) on seed....

November 18, 2020 Online The National Agricultural Law Center is offering this free webinar. Join National Agricultural Law Center Director Harrison Pittman and Staff Attorney Brigit Rollins for an overview of the top ten agricultural law developments in 2020. Topics will include the latest in checkoff litigation, environmental law issues such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and "waters of the United States," noteworthy Supreme Court decisions, pesticide litigation and legislation, and issues specifically related to COVID-19....

November 18, 2020 Online This Community Prosperity workshop on Heirs Property is designed for those working with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. It introduces Heirs Property and discusses where it is, who owns it, and what the consequences of that are....

November 18, 2020 Online The Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance will hold its annual conference virtually. The event will explore organic milk, starting with on-farm requirements, and follow it through the value chain to end users. The goal is to provide insights and perspectives from those who produce, process, utilize, and consume organic milk....

November 18-19, 2020 Online The Farmer Veteran Coalition's annual stakeholder conference, "Veterans Farming through Adversity," will be available virtually this year. The agenda includes plenaries, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more....

November 18-19, 2020 Online The Sustainable Agriculture Summit is hosted jointly by five agricultural organizations representing America's commodity crop, specialty crop, beef, dairy, and pork industries. The Summit convenes leaders from across the agricultural value chain in this sustainability event for production agriculture. ...

November 18-20, 2020 Online This international conference by Frontier Exchange is going virtual, connecting delegates around the world to participate in high-level food sustainability discussions that could benefit both people and planet. ...

November 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. In this session, explore the fascinating and important world of soil biology and farm practices that can nurture it. Caring for your soil biology improves soil health and can increase crop productivity, reduce weeds, and sequester carbon. Presenter Jen Aron of Blue Raven Farm will go into great detail about the importance of nutrient cycling in the soil and will also discuss no-till methods, occultation (tarping), and the use of compost and organic matter that can improve your...

November 17 and 23, 2020 Online This two-part series offers an opportunity to hear the stories of producers who are integrating livestock with crops and ask them questions. The first session focuses on integrating livestock with specialty crops and features Corvallis, Montana, farmer Leon Stangl. In addition, Devon Ragen and Trestin Benson of Montana State University will be there to discuss their research....

November 17, 2020 Online This free, one-hour webinar presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology explores options and opportunities when planning for the winter months in a livestock grazing operation. Many times, there is more than one way to protect resources while keeping livestock healthy. This webinar will discuss options that can be planned within a total grazing management plan....

November 17, 2020 Online In this free, one-hour webinar from A Greener World, you will learn the basics of regenerative farming and gain an understanding of the life-promoting practices that improve soil health, water and air quality, biodiversity, animal welfare, and local communities....

November 17, 2020 Online This free webinar will explore various eCommerce platforms while creating a space for farmers to share their experiences and get their questions about eCommerce answered by others. This webinar is part of CSA Innovation Network's CSA Ideas Lab, a monthly discussion series focused exclusively on topics of interest to CSA farmers and farmer support providers. ...

November 17, 2020 Online This is the fourth webinar in the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance's free "Let's Get Started" Webinar Series, designed to support dairy farmers and dairy product producers who are interested in diversifying, creating new value-added products, or exporting. The series helps them identify the local and state resources available to assist them in these endeavors....

November 17, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension presents this free webinar as part of its Biochar Series. Topics include biochar as a substrate in container production, biochar nursery trials in Long Island container and field production, and biochar as a soil amendment for blueberry production. ...

November 17, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the CCOF Foundation's Farmers Marketing: Tools for Success series, providing tips and tools for farmers to strengthen their sales and income at farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer outlets. In the first half of the webinar, hear about Soil Born Farms' drive-through farm stand. In the second half of the webinar, Jamie Collins from Serendipity Farms will share how she has collaborated with local food businesses, including working with a local candymaker; provided marketing consultation to a restaurant owner friend when restaurants were shut down at the beginning of shelter-in-place orders; and diversified...

November 17, 2020 Online Join cast members from the recent hit documentary Gather, Sammy Gensaw (Yurok) and Elsie Dubray (Cheyenne River Sioux, MHA Nation), as well as the film's director, Sanjay Rawal, and Ventureño Chumash anthropologist Dayna Barrios for this sure-to-be riveting webinar. They will discuss the ramifications of the departure from the indigenous way of life on our food systems, as well as the environmental issues stemming from the erasure of California Native Peoples from forest, water, and farming ecosystems. Participants will also hear about Native-led initiatives in a variety of different bioregions designed to address some of these challenges....

November 17, 2020 Online Sustainable Farming Association's Silvopasture & Agroforestry team is holding a webinar that will cover getting started with silvopasture, planning considerations, and funding opportunities for silvopasture. A Q&A session is included. ...

November 17-20, 2020 Online This virtual conference will include live-streamed presentations every morning, pre-recorded presentations and posters online anytime, and online discussion with pre-recorded and poster presenters each day. The event also features keynote and capstone presentations and virtual sponsor exhibits. Daily themes include pandemic challenges, challenges across the lifespan, challenges for specific audiences, and the challenge of changing behaviors....

November 17, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension Educators for the Know to Grow webinar series, developed to help you grow your small farm in a variety of ways, from marketing to adapting to customer needs. This session is on Facebook Live— grow your social media following through simple, authentic-to-your-farm videos with very little equipment needed....

November 17-18, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is offering virtual food safety training to help produce farmers comply with the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). DATCP, in cooperation with the Produce Safety Alliance, is offering eight-hour, two-day online courses that meet FSMA and PSR requirements....

November 16, 2020 Online Lincoln University and MU Extension present this free online evening workshop covering grazing and forage management and parasite management....

November 16, 2020 Online The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This third session includes "Waters of the US: From Obama to Trump Understanding How the Rule Impacts Agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic" and "Developing Topics in Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Law." ...

November 16-17, 2020 Online The Ohio Food Policy Network (OFPN) and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University are hosting the 10th annual Ohio Food Policy Summit virtually. The agenda includes keynote speaker Tom Philpott, the opportunity to interact in setting statewide policy areas and priorities, and a workshop on advocacy. The Summit is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio....

November 15, 2020 Online This free event is part of the Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming series from McHenry County College's Center for Agrarian Learning. Join moderator Erin Meyer of Basil's Harvest as she sets the stage for a baker, farmer, and food-system dietitian to discuss their personal experiences working with and growing specific grains, and explore the challenges they face doing so. Plus, hear details of how each business needed to shift, due to the pandemic....

November 13, 2020 Online USDA's Office of Community Food Systems is hosting this free webinar to help Farm to School Grant applicants put together a grant package. The webinar will explore the key characteristics of a competitive Farm to School Grant application, review the required components, and provide technical assistance on how to submit a complete application. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for writing a succinct application that clearly outlines their farm to school project. ...

November 13, 2020 Online This Farm Commons webinar shares key legal tools for cultivating a healthy farm business partnership that supports a healthy relationship— whether you and your romantic partner farm together, or not. Learn how to make your business structure work for you and your partners' interests and goals now and further down the road, as well as how to proactively navigate lending when one or both partners are involved. ...

November 13-15, 2020 Online Western Landowners Alliance's Women in Ranching program is expanding its reach with a core belief that investing in women means investing in strong rural communities, improved land stewardship, and increased collaborative and creative approaches in the West. This virtual confluence event offers an opportunity to join this incredible journey, inspiring and supporting, connecting and growing an intricate network of resilient social capital....

November 12, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension presents this free evening webinar as part of its Biochar Series. Presenters will discuss properties of biochar and torrefied biomass, advances in biochar production, and Valovization of biochar....

November 12, 2020 Online Naturally Chicago presents this free webinar as part of its Navigating the New Normal series. Many Chicago-area farmers have pivoted to new ways of delivering local products straight to consumers—and companies that buy directly from farms to sell to consumers, eliminating the middleman, are playing a crucial role. This Farm-to-You webinar highlights a variety of models....

November 12, 2020 Online This Farm Commons webinar will focus on helping you determine if CFAP-2 has potential to help your operation. Presenters will also walk you through how to apply by the upcoming deadline of December 11, 2020....

November 12, 2020 Online The national Extension Risk Management Education Program and the United States Department of Agriculture are collaborating to deliver a webinar for agricultural producers and professionals focused on livestock risk management. Recent developments and attention to livestock markets, price risk, and the need for better risk management have highlighted the challenges for producers as well as improved tools and opportunities for livestock producers to manage risk. The webinar will start with an overview of current livestock market and risk management issues with two of the Under Secretaries at USDA, Greg Ibach and Bill Northey. The webinar will include a...

November 12, 2020 Online Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's ongoing Lunch with Forages webinar series continues with this session with Graeme Hand. Based in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania, Graeme has a special interest in working with family farms helping to create profitable, sustainable farm businesses that are enjoyable to work in. Graeme farms beef cattle in Tasmania and NSW and is the CEO of Stipa Native Grasses Association. Graeme will discuss how to implement practices in a planned way that is "safe to fail"—reducing risk, allowing experimentation and learning, and scaling up to the farm level....

November 12, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Biochar Series hosted by the U.S. Biochar Initiative and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Forest Service Research and Development. The Speaker is Carlos Rodriguez Franco from the USDA Forest Service Research and Development. ...

November 12-13, 2020 Online South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson Extension present this remote produce safety training. Participants are monitored in order to verify participants' attendance and engagement. Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement....

November 12-15, 2020 Online The Biodynamic Association will be hosting an online gathering with inspiring keynote speakers, interactive small-group conversations, three-day themed workshops, virtual exhibits, and updates and opportunities to engage with the unification of the Biodynamic Association and Demeter USA toward the formation of the new Biodynamic Demeter Association. You can look forward to engaging with the land where you live and connecting with fellow biodynamic community members in your local region before, during, and after the online gathering. The theme is "Seeding the Spirit of Stewardship: Climate, Agriculture, and Community."...

November 12-14, 2020 Online The 9th annual Fibershed Symposium will focus on how natural fiber and dye systems can positively impact soil and sea. In land-based fiber and dye systems, we see living examples that restore soil health and change the course of fashion and agriculture's impact on waterways. Reconnecting to bioregional and cultural models of production, we can contribute to our oceans' health and well-being, our soils, our manufacturing sector, and our fiber and dye sovereignty. Hear from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and designers. The symposium is an entirely virtual event with engaging presentations and interactive elements. ...

November 11, 2020 Online The Cornell Maple Program is offering six online maple workshops this fall. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos, and articles, followed by a live question-and-answer session. Learn at your own pace from the safety of home, then dial in for the discussion with Cornell experts and fellow sugar makers. ...

November 11, 2020 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is launching a series of winter "meat-ings" with this panel exploring challenges and opportunities for Wisconsin meat supply chains and family farms. Hear from panelists on what they are seeing in beef markets, including processing opportunities and challenges. There will be time for Q&A from participants. The session will wrap up with a look at the current Wisconsin Farmers Union policy book and how it covers the issues covered in the discussion. ...

November 11, 2020 Online In this webinar from Minnesota's Sustainable Farming Association, learn about three farmers who have gotten out of the commodity farming business and begun to become price makers rather than price takers by building their own direct-to-consumer markets. Craig Fischer of Sleepy Bison Acres, Rachelle Meyer of Wholesome Family Farms, and Dayna Burtness of Nettle Valley Farm will share how they decided what they wanted to raise, how they established their prices, and how they built relationships with consumers that allow them to do what they love....

November 10, 2020 Online In this free webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, representatives from PA Farmlink will explain how they work in Pennsylvania to connect farmers interested in land with landowners looking for farmers. Also, Pasa's executive director and Village Acres Farm co-owner, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, and Kimberton CSA co-owner Frank Kurylo will share their personal experiences navigating farm transitions....

November 10 and 12, 2020 Online Part one of this two-part webinar series from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will review permaculture basics and see how this approach to landscape design and stewardship is applied in urban and residential settings. Part two will explore how permaculture techniques—including water management, energy use, landscape diversity, and food forests—are being utilized in a variety of farm settings and community initiatives....

November 10, 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, Kellee Boyer of Blackthorn Bookkeeping will cover tips for developing a bookkeeping system, data entry and archiving, and how to use this data to make decisions on the farm. A robust record-keeping system can use data from one platform for loans, grants, tax filing, and certifications....

November 10, 2020 Online This free online discussion is part of Savanna Institute's "Nutshell" series. In this evening session, Savanna Institute's Farm Director, Erik Hagan, Farm Manager, Kaitie Adams and the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry's Outreach and Education Coordinator, Hannah Hemmelgarn will discuss their journey to careers in agroforestry, and the on- and off-farm opportunities that exist to get started and stay engaged in perennial agriculture....

November 10, 2020 Online The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is presenting a free webinar series designed to support dairy farmers and dairy product producers who are interested in diversifying, creating new value-added products or exporting by helping them identify the local and state resources available to assist them in these endeavors. This session is on "Marketing: Accessing Market Information and Developing a Plan." ...

November 10, 2020 Online This event is part of a free Biochar Webinar Series from Cornell Cooperative Extension that will provide an introduction to biochar and review some current advances in biochar science, with subsequent discussion of nursery and landscape research and applications....

November 9, 2020 Online This is the final part of a free, three-part silvopasture webinar series from Food Animal Concerns Trust. The presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. Learn some of the differences is livestock and when to leverage different types for different uses....

November 9, 2020 Online The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This second part has two sessions: "The Conowingo Dam Settlement—Litigation, Opposition and Re-Licensing" and "The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, et. al. v. EPA—A Case to Require a Watershed Wide Effort to Reach 2025 Bay Restoration Goals." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland....

November 9 and 16, 2020 Online The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food announce the 12th New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference: Marketing Your Agriculture Business in the New Normal. The conference will be held, free of charge, virtually via a Zoom meeting over two sessions. It will bring together a breadth of speakers addressing issues around the themes of innovation, trust, communication, and hope. ...

November 9-10, 2020 Online The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference is a joint effort between Farm Foundation and USDA's Economic Research Service to bring cutting-edge research on issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers to the forefront of discussion in agriculture. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to take part in the sessions, which will feature paper presentations from leading scholars in the field. Research topics such as credit and access to capital, land access, innovation, alternative markets and more will be discussed by highlighting successful programs, innovative ideas and future solutions—all with...

November 9-10, 2020 Online Over the course of two days, farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators have the opportunity at this virtual Tilth Conference to learn from one another and share best practices, catch up with old friends, and make new connections. Knowledgeable presenters will speak on topics such as crop and livestock production, pest and weed management, marketing, certifications, land access and opportunities and challenges in sustainable and organic agriculture, covering a range of scales, experience levels, and interests. An industry trade show takes place both days, along with keynote speeches and social events providing attendees with numerous networking opportunities....

November 6-7, 2020 Online Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) is holding its 2020 Annual Conference online. The theme is "Cultivating (Bio)diversity: Seeding Our stories, Growing Our power." Participants will gather with the web platform Whova in a space designed to foster connection and community. The agenda offers 17 different workshops, affinity groups, a movie night, yoga sessions, and more. The conference provides a platform to advocate and agitate for social transformation in our lives, communities, and shared work. ...

November 5, 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 is part of the Racial and Food Justice Series in partnership with Friends of Family Farmers. The focus of this session will be on how white farmers and food system members can create learning caucuses....

November 5, 2020 Online New Mexico State University Extension is hosting a free, six-part online series on sustainable agriculture topics. This session, Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm, is presented by Brad Tonnessen, NMSU Extension senior program vegetable specialist....

November 5, 2020 Online Join Dr. Gladis Zinati, Director of Rodale Institute's Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), in this free webinar to learn about the recent research findings related to the impact of management practices on vegetable nutrient quality and soil health in the long-term, side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional cropping practices in the Vegetable Systems Trial....

November 5, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with professor Derrick Moot, who will share how defining alfalfa grazing management rules increases its use on rainfed properties in summer dry regions of New Zealand, including legumes and arables. ...

November 5, 2020 Online This virtual training from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and SARE provides opportunities to build cover crop knowledge and skills. The 2020 event will feature updates to the MCCC Decision Tool specific to Indiana....

November 5, 2020 Online This online workshop from Liberty Prairie Foundation for farmers and landowners will help you understand in an in-depth way what a lease should include and how to negotiate good terms without souring the relationship. You will come away with a wide variety of resources and knowledge, including Illinois state laws you need to know and when to go right to an attorney. Rachel Armstrong, an attorney and the Director of Farm Commons, will lead this program. She will also discuss ways to integrate sustainability provision into leases as well as specific sample provisions. There will be written...

November 5, 2020 Online The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky. ...

November 5-7, 2020 Online The South Dakota Local Foods Conference provides classes and networking for producers, chefs, and anyone with an interest in local foods. The event will be held online, and features keynote speakers David Montgomery and Charlotte Smith. The agenda also includes chef demos, breakout sessions, and livestream classes, tours, and interactive events....

November 4, 2020 Online During this webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Eric Burkhart from Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will discuss one of Pennsylvania's most valuable woodland crops: ginseng. Basic horticultural aspects of the crop will be discussed, as will economic considerations for the crop. ...

November 4-8, 2020 Online The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network NIFTI & AgALN Field School, now known as the National FIELD School, will be held virtually, in partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The National FIELD School "Track" features eight to 10 incubator and apprenticeship training program-focused workshops throughout the multi-day conference, "meetups" or facilitated discussion sessions, virtual farm tours, and a virtual "trade show" table. ...

November 4, 2020 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In this second webinar in a three-part series focused on monarchs in the southeast, NRCS planners and community conservationists will learn about specific habitat needs of larvae and adults. Presenters will highlight monarch ecology in terms of the habitats that best support them in the region, and the host plants and nectar plants that they prefer to use. The webinar will also discuss resources to help you select and find plant materials for restoring monarch habitat. ...

November 4, 2020 Online NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshop series continues with this event. NCAT Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell will be joined by Vicki Morrone, Organic Farming Specialist at Michigan State University and member of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. They will go over some things you need to consider when deciding to farm organically: What are your goals? What will your markets be? What is your knowledge of organic production systems? Join us for this conversation, and bring your questions! Please register in advance to join the workshop online or by phone....

November 4, 2020 Online Last year, The Organic Center partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to hold a convening examining research areas that would have the most impact on advancing the organic sector, explore avenues for private-public partnerships, and identify areas where industry is interested in investing in research. This webinar will present the outcomes from that convening, share information about FFAR funding, and gather your input on research needs that are critical for advancing the organic sector. ...

November 4-8, 2020 Online The 35th Sustainable Agriculture Conference is a virtual event featuring more than 50 live-streamed workshops, 155 speakers, interactive networking opportunities, product demos, an exhibit hall, and ask-the-expert breaks. Fun events and prizes are also offered. The agenda includes a wide range of sessions on how to adapt your marketing, distribution, production, and food safety practices to the current crisis, and build a more resilient operation in the process....

November 3, 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 evening course will discuss effective, efficient strategies for managing weeds on your farm. From tractor cultivation to custom-designed, scale-appropriate hand tools, and everything in-between. This presentation and discussion comes from many years of experience and experiments. ...

November 2, 2020 Online The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops in the Northeast. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and northeast grain experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session three is on processing (dehulling) and marketing....

November 2, 2020 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering part 2 of its three-part silvopasture webinar series with presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. This session looks at why trees die in silvopasture and how you can help save them....

November 2, 4, and 6, 2020 Online MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. This year's conference goes virtual, bringing together presentations, panels, and breakout groups mixed with farmer-led discussion groups and one-on-one farmer connection opportunities. The conference will be run through a platform that will allow you to engage with other participants in private or group chats, creating your own discussion topics or meetings throughout the conference week. The event includes keynote speaker Laura Lengnick and pre-recorded farm tours available throughout the conference....

November 2, 2020 Online The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This first part has two sessions: "Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland's Dairy Farms" and "A Fresh Look at Clean Air: Maryland Ambient Air Quality Study Roundtable." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland....

November 2-16, 2020 Online Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering this online beekeeping course designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. Participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested. Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14-15 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open....

November 2-6, 2020 Online The Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference unites leaders from across the global textile and apparel industry to tackle urgent climate action on fiber and materials. Attendees will be able to participate virtually in vital conversations around climate change, transparency, and COVID-19 impacts. Networking is a cornerstone of this annual event and attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through a new dynamic virtual conference platform....

October 30, 2020 Online Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is hosting a free online discussion exploring some of the persistent obstacles small meat farmers are facing in getting their products to market. Pasa is inviting meat processors, farmers, and agency and nonprofit staff to share your experiences and suggested solutions for alleviating problems in the current supply chain....

October 29, 2020 Online The free, three-part American Small Farm Webinar Series is brought to you by the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, University of Missouri Extension, and Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture. This final session will address Value Added Opportunities for Fruit Crops and offer a virtual tour of Three Oaks Farm Certified Kitchen....

October 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 flower farmers and designers Leah Rodgers at Indigo Gardens and Lindsay Goldberg at Fawn Lily Farm about the benefits and challenges of adding floral design work to your farming; the trends in colors, varieties, etc; and how to fit weddings and special events into your business plan....

October 29, 2020 Online This free webinar is the last in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. Learn basic information about beef cattle nutrition, from grazing to ration formulation....

October 29, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with Daniel Olsen. Discussion will center on the concepts of planting warm and cool-season forages together to reduce seeding costs, ways to improve feed efficiency, and some thoughts on annual versus perennial forages....

October 29, 2020 Online Join NCAT for this free webinar and learn how integrated crop-livestock systems may provide sustainable alternatives to terminate cover crops, reduce fertilizer, and improve the water cycle. It features thought-provoking research by MSU's Devon Ragen and Trestin Benson concerning integrating sheep on dryland cropping systems and vegetable specialty crops and their novel Feedlot on Fields livestock integration system. No sheep? Cows will work, too. ...

October 29, 2020 Online The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky....

October 28, 2020 Online This live discussion session is part of the six-part Virtual Fall Maple Workshop Series offered by Cornell Maple Program. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos, and articles, followed by a live question-and-answer session. Learn at your own pace from the safety of home, then dial in for the discussion with Cornell experts and fellow sugar makers. Upon registering, you will be directed to a website for downloading course materials. ...

October 28, 2020 Online MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture's free, biweekly Wednesday Webinar series continues with this session. Landlords and tenants both benefit from having a great landlord-tenant relationship and it all begins with communication. Learn the many means of communication, resources for contracts, budgets, grain marketing, and much more....

October 27, 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 tips and tricks about how to manage a successful CSA program, including crop planning, member outreach and retention, setting up shares, determining pricing and payment, current CSA trends, and much more....

October 27, 2020 Online This webinar is the fifth in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. In this session, join Dan Macon and a panel of targeted grazing contractors to learn about the ins and outs of building a targeted grazing business....

October 27-29, 2020 Online This year's Kentucky Grazing Conference will be held virtually in three evening sessions. The theme is Adapting to Change: Designing Resilient Forage-Livestock Systems. Topics include managing soil fertility, forages, livestock, and risk....

October 27, 2020 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In this second part of a two-part series on pollinator habitat design and planning, learn what to consider in planning and contracting to help ensure the success of habitat plantings. In this webinar, planners will learn how to plan and contract pollinator habitat plantings. Guidance will help planners improve the success of habitat restoration plantings with adequate site preparation, implementation, and periodic maintenance during the plant establishment period. We also will discuss how to assemble a suite of practices to make the process...

October 27, 2020 Online This free virtual field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa is part of a series on Raising Sheep for Wool. It features Regina Frahm of Esther Purl Fibers, who will talk about how she and her family have adapted the infrastructure of their farm to fit their needs....

October 27, 2020 Online The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is presenting a free webinar series designed to support dairy farmers and dairy product producers who are interested in diversifying, creating new value-added products or exporting by helping them identify the local and state resources available to assist them in these endeavors. The second event in the series is "Getting Set Up as a Business"....

October 27, 2020 Online The Ecological Farming Association is offering this Dirt First! Conversation Series webinar that will explore both "good" fire and approaches for recovery. Hear perspectives from members of prescribed-burn associations on the application of prescribed burning on private land, farmers dealing with fire-borne toxins and utilizing mycoremediation to aid in recovery, and Native Californians on fire ecology and their long-standing relationship with using fire to tend to the land....

October 27, 2020 Online This webinar is a special session of the UN-Habitat "Strengthening Communities for the Future we Want: urban-rural linkages policy, legislation and governance" webinar series, broadcast in partnership with Slow Food International, as part of the Terra Madre 2020 Worldwide Slow Food Festival. Barcelona and London are two high-profile cities whose public market successes represent an emerging ecosystems approach called Market Cities. The concept is this: As municipalities become increasingly important for regional food systems to flourish, public markets are uniquely positioned to play positive roles if they are supported....

October 26, 2020 Online The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and NE Grain Experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session Two is on cleaning and storing. ...

October 26, November 9, and November 23, 2020 Online UCANR is offering this free, three-part series on nitrogen management for Central Valley organic growers. Participants must enroll in all three sessions. Participants will learn how to estimate nitrogen release from diverse organic sources and translate that knowledge to nitrogen fertilization plans and regulatory reporting requirements. The three sessions will cover all of the most common sources of nitrogen and complete a full nitrogen budget. Sessions will have group instruction followed by small-group breakouts to allow participants the opportunity to utilize information from their own farm in the nitrogen budget worksheet. ...

October 26, 2020 Online The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project offers a free monthly webinar from the Commercial Horticulture Team at Alabama Extension. This session focuses on diseases of ornamentals and a diagnostic lab update....

October 26-27, 2020 Online This virtual version of the annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference is presented by the Small Producers Initiative, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and the Council for Healthy Food Systems. It will feature keynote speakers Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) discussing the federal-level focus on small farmers and sustainable agriculture, as well as two days of timely sessions on crop and livestock production, ag policy, farm business and marketing, and other special topics like cooperatives and racial justice in agriculture. ...

October 23 and 30, and November 6 and 13, 2020 Online Western Sustainability Exchange and producer Steve Kenyon are offering a four-part webinar series called "All About the GRAS*" that covers soil building, water management, grazing plans, bale grazing, and economic viability. Steve will give new graziers a sound foundation for a successful operation. In addition, long-time graziers will enjoy a fresh look at the finance and economic sections. Registering gives you full access to the complete series through December so you can watch or listen at your own pace. ...

October 22, 2020 Online The free, three-part American Small Farm Webinar Series is brought to you by the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, University of Missouri Extension, and Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture. This session will address protected growing for specialty crops, a fixed-spray system, high-tunnel compost, and IPM....

October 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. This session will explore practical examples of financially sustainable ways to make locally farmed food more accessible in your community, this season and next. Learn from the farmers and organizations on the ground what actionable steps you can take to further build capacity to achieve a more Equitable Food Economy. ...

October 22, 2020 Online This free webinar is the fourth in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. Well-managed grazing can improve pasture productivity and cattle health. Learn the basics of grazing management and hear from ranchers who use these practices every day. ...

October 22, 2020 Online New Mexico State University Extension is hosting a free, six-part online series on sustainable agriculture topics. This session, "Growing Vegetables in New Mexico — Managing challenges for an abundant harvest," is presented by Stephanie Walker, NMSU Extension vegetable specialist....

October 22, 2020 Online NCAT is presenting an online Integrated Parasite Management training for sheep on irrigated pastures in the Intermountain West. Livestock and Sheep Specialists from Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho will cover how to deworm strategically using FAMACHA scoring, grazing properly to avoid Barber Pole worm ingestion, and using genetic selection to mitigate the devastating influence the Barber Pole Worm can have on your flock. FAMACHA cards will be given out for those completing the training, including a video of yourself demonstrating the FAMACHA technique....

October 22, 2020 Online This webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will discuss the results of a summer annual forage trial conducted by organic dairy farmer Matt Bomgardner and Penn State agronomist Dave Wilson. They will share lessons learned and plans for moving forward. Graziers interested in potentially including a summer annual in their grazing rotation will learn what worked best for Matt, both in terms of species selection and tillage treatment....

October 22, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with John Fike. This session will discuss the science and practice of managing silvopasture—the intentional integration of forages and tree crops for improved production, diversified income streams, and enhanced ecosystem services....

October 22, 2020 Online The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky....

October 21, 2020 Online NCAT presents this free virtual workshop with master beekeeper Ed Levi. In this introduction to beekeeping, he will discuss the importance of honeybees and how to protect them, how bees work, how beekeepers facilitate bees' work, and how to get started as a beekeeper. Pre-registration is required. ...

October 21, 2020 Online In this edition of NCAT's free Weekly Wednesday Workshop, Felicia Bell will sit down with NCAT Southwest Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell. Colin is a Permaculture Research Institute certified Permaculture Designer, and he and Felicia will discuss the basics of permaculture. They will touch on the design principles of permaculture, permaculture's origins in indigenous and traditional genius, the ethics and techniques associated with permaculture, and more. Join us for this workshop via Zoom, either online or by phone. ...

October 21, 2020 Online Join Pasa Sustainable Agriculture for this free listening session for farmers, solar industry professionals, and solar energy advocates, facilitated by Pasa’s Policy Strategist Sara Nicholas, solar developer Doug Neidich (Greenworks), sheep farmer and solar grazier Caroline Owens (Owens Farm), and environmental advocate David Masur (PennEnvironment). The discussion will consider: Where is solar most compatible with commercial farming? What types of financing and technical development are available? And what policy changes need to happen to accelerate solar development, while balancing the interests of farmers, citizens, and energy companies?...

October 20, 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 workshop will talk about the records you need to start keeping now that will help you make informed business decisions and identify a plan for your farm's environmentally and economically sustainable future. Strategies for integrating record-keeping practices into your day-to-day routine will be emphasized. This session is for farmers that have at least two seasons of farm management....

October 20, 2020 Online This webinar is the third in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. This free webinar will focus on basic economic analysis for new and existing ranching businesses. A rancher panel will share their experiences operating successful foothill ranching enterprises. ...

October 20, 2020 Online The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is presenting a free webinar series designed to support dairy farmers and dairy product producers who are interested in diversifying, creating new value-added products or exporting by helping them identify the local and state resources available to assist them in these endeavors. The first session is An Introduction to DBIA and How It Can Help You Realize Your Ideas....

October 20, 2020 Online Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar that highlights how to create beautiful displays with pre-packed produce that draw in customers and keep them moving through your farm stand or farmers market stall. Then learn about various sustainable packaging options for produce growers that sell directly to consumers....

October 20, 2020 Online The Montana Organic Association is hosting Rebecca Thistlethwaite from the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Foundation for the fifth in a series of discussions about Resilient Montana Meat Processing. The virtual event is free....

October 19, 2020 Online The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and NE Grain Experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session One is on production with a focus on harvesting....

October 16, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the Food Safety Fridays monthly webinar series hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network. 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 session, learn how to determine if your soil amendment is treated or untreated, establish composting protocols, and safely apply untreated amendments....

October 15, 2020 Online The free, three-part American Small Farm Webinar Series is brought to you by the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, University of Missouri Extension, and Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture. In this first session, learn about specialty crops and fall gardening....

October 15, 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 provide a broad overview of hemp production in Oregon, while introducing practices that enhance environmental sustainability. Presenters will introduce nutrient and irrigation management, weed control options, cover crops, and soil management considerations. ...

October 15, 2020 Online This webinar is the second in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. At this free webinar, learn about controlling external and internal parasites, developing a vaccination program for your herd, and the importance of establishing a working relationship with your veterinarian....

October 15, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of a sustainable agriculture webinar series offered by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. It is presented by Amanda Skidmore, NMSU Extension integrated pest management specialist, and Miranda Kersten, NMSU senior program specialist....

October 15, 2020 Online Independent Processor is offering this free webinar covering alternative meat sale channels, expanding a producer customer base, and finding a new consumer base. Presenters include Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Patrick Robinette, and Brad Turasky....

October 15, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with John Andrae and Pete Wahl. Discussion will focus on managing pastures for productivity versus longevity and the pros and cons of planting annuals versus perennials....

October 14, 2020 Online In this Pasa Sustainable Agriculture webinar, Dr. Eric Burkhart from Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will discuss one of Pennsylvania's most valuable woodland crops: goldenseal. Basic economics of goldenseal as an agroforestry crop, and essential horticultural aspects of the plant will be covered. ...

October 14, 2020 Online This live discussion session is part of the six-part Virtual Fall Maple Workshop Series offered by Cornell Maple Program. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos and articles, followed by a live question and answer session. Learn at your own pace from the safety of home, then dial in for the discussion with Cornell experts and fellow sugar makers. Upon registering, you will be directed to a website for downloading course materials. ...

October 14, 2020 Online Penn State Extension is presenting a free virtual tour and conversation with a fellow Farm-Her Megan Burley during the Women Rooted in Agriculture: Virtual Farm Experience webinar. Megan and her husband Ryan have a grass-fed dairy operation in Western New York. Megan is a full-time Ag Teacher who not only helps Ryan with the dairy but also runs a Berry/Fresh-Cut Flower business and is raising two young children. Megan will discuss the challenges of starting up a new business, working full-time, helping Ryan, and raising their children....

October 14, 2020 Online Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. Connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone. No prior knowledge of farm to school is needed....

October 14, 2020 Online Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and AgBioResearch are partnering with the Washtenaw County Conservation District and Baseline Farm in Dexter, Michigan, for a virtual field day focusing on grazing management, soil health, and environmental issues. Beef producers in Michigan are encouraged to attend this online event to learn more about the ins and outs of practicing a grazing rotation....

October 13, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Sheep Industry Association present this opportunity to learn from Randall Vos about the marketing opportunities fall lambing provides and the management considerations for this type of system. This is a free virtual field day. ...

October 13, 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 practices that support dry farming vegetables in our region, hear about some of the results from recent research projects, and find out how to get involved with the Dry Farming Collaborative....

October 13, 2020 Online Join Pasa Sustainable Agriculture and Trellis Legal for a webinar guiding you through how to conduct a legal audit of your farm business. Understanding relevant liability, insurance, and employment laws will help minimize risk in an inherently risky profession, and enable you to operate your business with more confidence....

October 12, 2020 Online At the MarketMaker Annual Meeting, learn what's new with MarketMaker, with an update on all the new technology under development, social media strategies, and some of the MarketMaker-connected programs that are happening among program partners. The afternoon will feature the Farm Credit-sponsored MarketMaker Innovation Award Presentations. ...

October 9, 2020 Online This free webinar will introduce the new AgEvidence data visualization platform. AgEvidence shows the impact of regenerative agriculture on the environmental and crop health in the US Corn Belt....

October 8, 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 "Farm to School." ...

October 8, 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 is geared for small farm business owners who want to develop a solid brand identity as well as those considering a re-brand. Participants will receive examples and tools to help you identify your value proposition, your "story," and your own brand identity. Presenters will also provide tips and tricks to easily utilize social media for marketing....

October 8, 2020 Online Join the Soil Health is Wealth Washington Conservation District in Minnesota for a virtual field day with local farmer Pam Arnold, learning how Salt-n-Pepper Farm LLC applies its cover crop mix for greatest success. Additionally, hear from local experts at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, and the Carnelian Marine St. Croix Watershed District, who will share the benefits of soil health practices, how to take advantage of the cropland grazing exchange program, and what financial resources are available to help you apply these conservation practices to your own farm....

October 8, 2020 Online This free webinar is the final episode in 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 final webinar will build on the previous two by taking a deeper look at the science behind CART and the methodology the ranking tool uses to rank different applications across multiple ranking pools for funding consideration....

October 8, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with Jon Bansen, the co-owner of Double J Jerseys in Monmouth, Oregon. Double J Jerseys is an organic dairy and part of the Organic Valley Coop. Bansen will be discussing a multitude of species that have been utilized as a part of the diverse pasture mixes on his farm and the resulting performance of those forages....

October 7, 2020 Online Join NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman for a free virtual workshop to learn about the principles of organic pest management for fruit and vegetable crops, in addition to some timely advice for ending the season strong. Guy and Luke will discuss the following topics: Principles of organic pest management, what is integrated pest management (IPM), seasonal tips for managing fruit pests in your orchard, and seasonal tips for managing vegetable pests in your garden. ...

October 7, 2020 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. Join FACT for an interactive webinar that will provide you with the tools necessary to make informed, farm-scale decisions based on both financial viability and quality-of-life goals. Topics will include cost-benefit analysis, cash flow analysis, and holistic decision-making. The presenter is Bruce Hennessey, co-owner/operator of Maple Wind Farm in Richmond, Vermont....

October 7, 2020 Online NCAT's ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program is hosting another virtual workshop in our free Weekly Wednesday Workshop series. Felicia Bell of the NCAT Gulf States Regional office will be joined by Mr. James Burch, a military veteran and farmer in Mississippi, who is also an NCAT Armed to Farm alumnus. They will be discussing the USDA Veteran Assistance Portal, NRCS programs, and veteran groups in Mississippi. ...