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

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

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

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

March 11, 2021 Online Future Harvest presents an opportunity to join your fellow non-profit farmers (and managers) for a collective discussion about the unique challenges and benefits to farming as a 501c3....

March 11, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension presents a two-and-a-half-hour program designed for small and beginning farmers. It focuses on a variety of topics related to post-harvest sanitation. There will be hands on demonstrations and lots of practical information shared from On Farm Food Safety experts from all around Michigan. Program topics include hygienic design of packhouse equipment; picking the better post-harvest equipment option; cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces; and practical pointers when using sanitizers. ...

March 11-12, 2021 Online New Hampshire Food Alliance presents the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, "Harvesting the Momentum: The Power of Local in Building a Reliable Food System." The goal for this year's gathering is to identify, share, and build on the innovative responses to COVID-19 that have developed in the network and the food system at large. Participants will network, discuss, and explore these responses and other opportunities to keep emphasizing the power of local in creating a resilient and vibrant future for the NH food system....

March 10, 2021 Online ASAP's CSA Fair, offered virtually this year, is an opportunity to meet local farmers face-to-face and learn more about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. Attendees can sign up for a CSA during the fair or follow up with farmers later. Participating farms include traditional produce CSAs as well as meat and flowers CSAs. All farms have pickup locations in Buncombe County and the surrounding region. ...

March 10, 2021 Online This online workshop presented by Elaina Enzien is part of the Granite State Graziers Winter Learning Series. How you handle your livestock has a direct impact on your production, and therefore your profit. This session will discuss the basic techniques behind low-stress livestock handling, a method used to improve the efficiency, welfare, and profitability of your livestock herd. ...

March 10, 2021 Online Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) and Margaret Krome, an experienced grant writer with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, to learn how to succeed at using federal programs to support your farm or sustainable agriculture initiatives. This workshop will introduce participants to designing projects; finding federal grant opportunities to support them; and basic grant-writing do's and don'ts. It's designed to maximize audience engagement and help people unfamiliar with grant-writing realize how many important skills they already have that will help them write successful grant proposals, its participants will receive clearly-written and practical handouts, including the Guide to Federal...

March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2021 Online The University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present a free workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Session topics are Planning for the road ahead: business and transition planning, Taking charge of your finances, Negotiating land rental arrangements, and Navigating farm financial information....

March 9, 2021 Online In this installment of Practical Farmers of Iowa's free Winter Farminar Series, hear from Kelsey Fleming, a private lands biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, about how programs like EQIP can provide landowners with financial assistance for wildlife conservation on their farms. Also hear about other technical and financial assistance opportunities available to farmers and landowners. ...

March 9, 2021 Online This free, live webinar from the Savanna Institute will feature Sarah Lovell, director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, and Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscaping in St. Louis, Missouri, discussing ways of incorporating edible agroforestry into neighborhoods and urban areas....

March 9, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health: View from the Cotton Gin" and focuses on North Carolina/Virginia. ...

March 9, 10, and 11, 2021 Online The Farm Labor Dashboard presents a free online seminar series on Labor Management on Small and Medium-Sized Farms. This interactive series will present highlights from recent research and extension projects focusing on labor management and decision-making on small and mid-sized produce and livestock farms. Each session will include ample time for questions and discussion, providing multiple opportunities to connect and share with other session attendees. ...

March 9, 2021 Online The free, monthly New York Certified Organic (NYCO) meetings feature a speaker for half the time and discussion between organic farmers in attendance for the other half....

March 9, 2021 Online Join eOrganic for a new, free webinar on the latest updates on organic management of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). A multi-regional team was funded by USDA-NIFA to develop, evaluate, and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD. This webinar will provide a comprehensive update on organic management of spotted-wing drosophila. It will summarize findings of the research conducted by the project team on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics to manage SWD....

March 9, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Food and Drug Administration-defined FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training course online. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate in the seven-module, day-long course. ...

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

March 5, 2021 Online This free one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Researchers from the University of Maine will explain how to quantify the benefits and costs of different natural climate solutions that can be applied to forestry in the northeast, the opportunities and barriers to implementation, and how forests could help achieve Maine's climate change mitigation goals....

March 5, 2021 Online OGRAIN is presenting free, weekly, online learning opportunities that include brief presentations followed by open discussion. This session focuses on adapting intercropping grain systems for organic systems....

March 5, 2021 Online This event is part of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Extension's free ongoing Farm Management Fridays series. "Building a Positive Farm Business Culture, with employee safety & health" will explore how farms can become positive places to work during covid19, which will help attract and retain good employees. Join Extension Specialist John Shutske, UW Center for Agriculture Safety & Health and Extension educators Jim Versweyveld, Walworth County Extension, Maria Jose Fuenzalida, Dane County Extension, and Liz Binversie, Brown County Extension, with a panel of experts in exploring ways to create a culture on your farm that promotes safety...

March 5, 6, 9, and 11, 2021 Online The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference, hosted by the Urban Farming Institute in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, is designed to advance opportunities and address barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The virtual event convenes local and regional experts, advocates, and innovators to support and promote urban farming enterprises across Massachusetts. The local urban farming community, along with cross-sector partners, will address challenges, highlight successes, and share resources at one of the best educational and networking events for this thriving sector....

March 4, 2021 Online This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Participate to better understand the economic and environmental benefits, costs, and mitigation potential of implementing various agricultural natural climate solutions. Researchers from the University of Maine will explain how to quantify the benefits and costs of different natural climate solutions for the agriculture sector, opportunities and barriers to implementation, and how it could help achieve state-level climate change mitigation goals....

March 4, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day featuring the efforts in the Clear Creek Watershed to improve water quality and quantity issues. The event features a live discussion with John Rathbun, Clear Creek Watershed Coordinator, and Johnson County landowners Pat and Burne Sippy. One unique project in the watershed being highlighted during the virtual field day is the construction of a fringe wetland along the edges of a revitalized pond owned by the Sippy family. ...

March 4, 2021 Online This event is part of the free, weekly Small Farms Winter Webinar Series from University of Illinois Extension. Farmers Katie Funk, Jeff Hake, and Jonathan Funk have developed a value-added product line using fruits and grains from their own farm just south of Bloomington. The farm is just a few years old, but is built off the tradition and resources of the family's long-standing business, Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. Jeff Hake will discuss those efforts and the next plans for the farm, including how they tie into opportunities and issues created by policy, regulations, larger markets, the...

March 4, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension are offering a series of free Farm Safety Webinars. For this session the topic is Livestock Safety. UMN Extension Cattle Production Extension Educator Joe Armstrong, DVM will discuss and demonstrate proper animal handling in both confinement and pasture systems....

March 4, 2021 Online In this webinar from the Xerces Society, Mace Vaughan, Xerces Pollinator Program Co-Director, will share whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat on farms, ranches, and working forests. Specifically, he will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements 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 conservation practices....

March 4, 2021 Online The Northeast Cover Crops Council annual conference is an opportunity for farmers, researchers, and the general public to connect and exchange information and inspiration. Join your fellow cover crop enthusiasts for a day of interactive online presentations, posters, panels, and training sessions....

March 4-6, 2021 Online The ninth Indiana Small Farm Conference will be held online, with keynote, breakout, and networking sessions (and more) held on the Microsoft Teams platform. The Indiana Small Farm Conference serves as the annual educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. ...

March 3, 2021 Online The fifth installment of Granite State Graziers' Winter Learning Series features Rick Kersbergen and Gabe Clark discussing the 2020 Grazing season and management options heading into 2021. ...

March 3, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, offered by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This session on Farm Finance is presented by Craig Chase, Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach....

March 3, 10, and 17, 2021 Online The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is presenting the 20th annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course online via Zoom over three days. Get your questions answered and increase your knowledge in Controlled Environment Agriculture and hydroponic growing through lectures presented by leaders in academia and in the CEA industry. ...

March 3 - April 7, 2021 Online The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP), UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County, the UC Hopland REC, and other local partners invite Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma County, California, farmers, ranchers, and others involved in agritourism to participate in a series of six Zoom meetings, taking place every Wednesday for two hours. Local agritourism operators will share their own experiences and will be part of a supportive network of advisors as class participants plan and start new enterprises. Participants will learn from experts in business planning, regulatory compliance, risk management, hospitality and cost-effective marketing,...

March 2, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health in a Cotton and Peanut Rotation: Spotlight on Georgia."...

March 2 and April 6, 2021, or March 3 and April 7, 2021 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding regional virtual events as the kickoff for Wisconsin Women in Conservation, a multi-year program offering local network building, resource connections, workshops/learning circles, field days, and other opportunities. Wisconsin woman farmers or landowners can join these free virtual events to learn more about implementing conservation practices on your land....

March 2-3, 2021 Online The 2021 Mid-America Organic Conference consists of two days filled with national speakers, educational workshops, and networking opportunities to connect farmers across the state. The goal of the conference is to help educate farmers and producers on the value and importance of learning organic principles of production for specialty crops that preserve natural resources and add value to their farming operations. It also strives to educate beginning and existing farmers on successful business practices, including methods of direct marketing, wholesale marketing, and value-added marketing of organic and sustainably grown specialty crops. Farmers and growers of all experience levels...

March 1, 2021 Online Join eOrganic for a free webinar about biological control of spider mites on tomatoes, and how to raise your own beneficial mites. The webinar will be presented by Tom Bilbo and Jim Walgenbach of North Carolina State University who are part of a team of researchers on a NIFA OREI project about biological control. In this webinar you will learn about how to manage spider mites in tomatoes and other vegetables using biological control, with an emphasis on the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis. Presenters will review the various natural enemies attacking spider mites and factors impacting their efficacy....

March 1, 2021 Online Missouri's Show Me Hemp Conference will consist of programming focused on opportunities for growers and businesses in the hemp industry to network and share ideas. Monday evening will also feature a special "One Voice 4 Ag" reception with Missouri state legislators so that you can share what policy matters most to you as an organic or specialty producer. ...

March 1-31, 2021 Online Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and North Carolina State University present the virtual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference, with six live sessions to speak with workshop presenters and other farmers and 14 recorded sessions to watch on your own time. Topics include hemp production, organic certification, meat processing, pastured poultry, sweet potato pest management, and more....

February 27, 2021 Online Organic Growers School's day-long Homestead Dreams is an entry-level workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale sustainability and self-sufficiency into your life. Whether you own or rent a home, or live in a rural or urban setting, you can move towards self-reliance now. ...

March 10, 2021 Online This session concludes the 10-part series of free webinars for specialty crop producers presented by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach FFED Small Farms Team. This episode on Risk Management for Organic Production is by Kathleen Delate, Extension Organic Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach....

February 26, 2021 Online The Alliance of Sustainable Farms' first "Virtual Field Day and Farm Tour" will be hosted by the Alliance Demonstration Farm at Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. Topics will include Crop/Variety Selection and Seed Acquisition, Spring Field Preparation, Seed Starting Demonstration, and a Farm Tour. To register for this free event, send e-mail to allianceofsustainablefarms@gmail.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the agenda and details on how to join this Zoom event. This event was rescheduled from February 19, 2021, due to inclement weather....

February 25, 2021 Online This evening session concludes the series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes offered by the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food. The series will continue with in-person and outdoor events monthly from April through October. ...

February 25, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) concludes its two-month-long virtual conference with this evening session, "Are Certifications Right for You?"...

February 25, 2021 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) presents this free webinar with Paul Dorrance from Pastured Providence. No matter your lens—climate-change mitigation, return-on-investment, or farmer mental health—pastured livestock offers an array of exciting opportunities and solutions. Learn how to leverage grazing ruminants to advance resilience within your operation. ...

February 25, 2021 Online This event is part of the weekly Small Farms Winter Webinar Series from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn the basics of regenerative grazing, a livestock and land management system that helps improve soil health and reduces farm production costs, and see how it is being done in Illinois....

February 25, 2021 Online Join NCAT's Jeff Schahczenski for this free, one-hour webinar on climate disruption, agriculture, and crop insurance. The webinar will explore crop insurance basics, explain how to assess price and yield risks in your location, and outline important benefits and limitations of the array of crop insurance products that are available. In this hour session, time will be available for participants to ask questions about their issues in confronting increasing price and yield risks. ...

February 25-27, 2021 Online ASAP's annual business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers will be held virtually, with workshops, networking events, and consulting opportunities. Choose from workshops on business planning, farm financials, direct and wholesale marketing, legal considerations, and much more, led by regional business and marketing professionals and innovative farmers. ASAP is offering a limited number of New and Beginning Farmer and Racial Equity scholarships to growers in the Appalachian Grown region. ...

February 24-26, 2021 Online The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is offering free virtual workshops in lieu of its annual organic farming conference. The agenda includes a workshop for farmers interested in transitioning to organic, a social hour to connect with other organic farmers in the Northwest, and an update on the state of organics in Idaho....

February 24, 2021 Online The fourth installment of Granite State Graziers' Winter Learning Series tackles the somewhat controversial topic of Solar panel arrays on agricultural land. Some feel it is an inappropriate use of farmland, and others contend it can fit well, providing the farm with multiple crops from the same parcel of land—electricity, meat from grazing animals, vegetables and/or pollinator-friendly plants. This presentation looks at what's involved in this multi-use of the land and what needs to be considered as the number of these enterprises continues to grow....

February 24, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, offered by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This session on Weather Patterns and Management Tools features Justin Glisan, State Climatologist of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Joe Hannan, Commercial Horticulture Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach....

February 24, 2021 Online eOrganic is presenting a free, one-hour webinar on biological control of whiteflies in squash. Oscar Lilburd will introduce the topic of biological control in vegetable crops using predators and parasitoids, including predatory mites and insect predators. Lorena Lopez will then discuss the use of companion plants in organic vegetables, focusing on enhancing and conserving biological control. She will also discuss predatory mites behavior in organic squash planted adjacent to sweet alyssum (companion plant). Then, Dr. Lilburd will talk about the effect of using pesticides labeled for organic use on these predators and how long after plots have...

February 24, 2021 Online Silvopasture management is the topic of this free Iowa Learning Farms webinar. Ashley Conway, PhD, PAS, assistant research professor at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, will provide a brief introduction to silvopasture management. Conway is working to develop a research program investigating the logistical, economic, environmental, and social dynamics of silvopasture systems in Missouri and the Midwest through the lens of efficient and responsible animal production. ...

February 24-25, 2021 Online The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is New England's premier agricultural marketing conference, sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture. Farmers of all types and sizes, new and established, from throughout New England, attend to enhance their marketing and business skills. This year the conference will be free and virtual and offer six workshops and keynote speaker Forrest Pritchard....

February 23, 2021 Online During this free Practical Farmers of Iowa farminar, Adam Montri will draw on his experience building hundreds of high tunnels to share tips for building a strong tunnel, and routine tasks farmers should do to keep their tunnels performing as expected....

February 23, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. This session features a virtual tour of Coyote Creek Pastured Poultry Farm....

February 23, 2021 Online Ruby Valley Conservation District, MSU Extension, Madison Valley Ranchlands Group, and the Madison Conservation District are presenting a free Rancher Roundtable with Dave Scott of Montana Highland Lamb. Follow an irrigated pasture operation's seven-year journey into regenerative grazing. See the transition from an intensively grazed, intensively fertilized set-up to a more regenerative style with the same production but $300 per acre less expense. ...

February 23, 2021 Online A large part of being a successful farm is knowing your market options, choosing which ones you want to pursue, and knowing what they require. Join Lauren Cox, of Georgia Organics for this strategy-focused session that compares farm systems to pie! Learn how to think explicitly about how you slice your farm's pie by analyzing different revenue streams of your farm business, what that means for your annual workflow, and how to pinpoint opportunities for expanding markets or tightening them up. This session is best for diversified producers, beginning, intermediate, or advanced farmers, and growers interested in diversifying revenue...

February 23, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Improving Soil Health in a Dry Climate: Spotlight on California."...

February 23-25, 2021 Online The University of Guelph is hosting the Midwest Cover Crops Council Virtual Conference and Annual Meeting, "Making Connections: Cover Crops, Soil Health, People." The first day of the conference is the annual meeting and the next two days feature panel discussions and session presentations....

February 23, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers. ...

February 22, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Food Justice: Equity & Inclusion....

February 22-25, 2021 Online This virtual conference features three days of presentations and panel discussions with speakers from across the globe, along with virtual exhibitor booths, networking, and more. The agenda offers more than 25 hours of scheduled presentations and panel discussions....

February 22-27, 2021 Online Growing Stronger is a major virtual event that combines the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, GrassWorks, OGRAIN, the Midwest Organic Pork Conference, and the Organic Vegetable Production Conference. The event features more than 90 workshops and roundtables, as well as farmer speed presentations highlighting new practices, innovative ideas, and farm showcases. There will also be more than 100 exhibitors, keynote presentations, and evening gatherings. Recorded content will be available online for 90 days....

February 22-23, 2021 Online New or experienced farmers market managers can virtually join peers from across the region for workshops and discussions designed specifically for those managing farmers markets. Topics include community engagement, preventing conflict, inclusion, and more....

February 20, 2021 Online If you're in the exploratory stages of starting your own farm, this half-day, entry-level Farm Dreams workshop from Organic Growers School is designed just for you. You will receive practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. Learn about sustainable farming careers and hear from experienced farmers in Western North Carolina. Discover and assess your resources, skills, and farming intentions and begin to develop an educational plan toward farming. Additionally, connect with regional training opportunities and support networks....

February 19, 2021 Online OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on reducing tillage in organic grain production, including the latest in agronomics and equipment....

February 19, 2021 Online University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension's Farm Ready Research Webinar Series continues with this free session. The idea that in order to be fair, owners need to transfer everything equally among all the children challenges the ability to continue the farm business. In this webinar, Extension educators Kaitlyn Davis, La Cross County; Heather Schlesser, Marathon County; Steph Plaster, Ozaukee and Washington Counties; and Joy Kirkpatrick UW Center for Dairy Profitability will discuss the considerations based on goals you may have for the future of the business and strategies for success....

February 18, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Understanding Farm Credit. ...

February 18, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. This session features the Texas Network of Farmers Market Managers Roundtable and a presentation on Sustainable Ag and The Texas Legislature. ...

February 18, 2021 Online With CSA membership on the rise, the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition is actively considering how the region can build upon emerging opportunities to ensure successful CSA seasons for years to come. Hudson Valley CSA Coalition will be hosting a virtual CSA Summit, a time to take a collective breath, reconnect, and identify solutions and collaborations to make CSA in the region as successful as possible....

February 18, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms is hosting a free virtual field day discussing the utilization of perennial biomass and prairie for renewable natural gas generation using digesters. This virtual field day will provide an introduction for growing perennial vegetation and prairie and how anaerobic digesters produce renewable natural gas. This field day will help you envision what a biogas digester might look like on your farm....

February 18, 2021 Online This event is part of the weekly Small Farms Winter Webinar Series from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn the easiest ways to grow plants from bulbs and other fleshy underground structures and hear tips and tricks for getting them to survive from year to year. ...

February 18, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension are offering a series of free farm safety webinars this winter. This webinar will feature a panel discussion moderated by Emily Krekelberg, Farm Safety & Health Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension. The panelists include Marsha Salzwedel with the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Jana Davidson with Progressive Agriculture Foundation, and Diane Rohlman with University of Iowa College of Public Health. They will cover various resources and programs available for families with young farmers....

February 18-19, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension will teach lessons on the ABCs of growing berries as a profitable niche crop in this two-day online course. Berry experts from Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio will teach online sessions and give demonstrations on soil preparation, planting, selecting the best varieties, pruning, pest and disease management, and harvesting. Participants will learn about the production processes, associated costs, varieties of berries, potential challenges, and marketing strategies. ...

February 17, 2021 Online Join Georgia Organics for a free panel discussion about the history and future of cooperative agriculture models in Georgia and the Southeast. Attendees will hear from Eric Simpson of the West Georgia Farmers' Cooperative, Terence Courtney of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, and Matthew Epperson of the Georgia Cooperative Development Center as each shares about their respective organizations and knowledge gleaned from their experiences in working to develop and manage cooperatives focusing on agriculture, land ownership, and small businesses. The presentations will be followed by a conversation between the panelists, moderated by Ahzjah Simons of Sevananda Natural Foods Market, and include...

February 17, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, offered by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This session on Ag Decision Maker Resources and How to Access Them will be presented by Ann Johanns, Economics Extension Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach....

February 17, 2021 Online In the third installment of Granite State Graziers' free Winter Learning Series of webinars, Ben Notterman will describe his experience raising and finishing 100% grass-fed beef all year long in Vermont's cold climate. In the winter he utilizes stored forage, but no grain....

February 17, 2021 Online In this free webinar, join The Organic Center and Iowa State's Kathleen Delate, PhD, for a discussion of the scientifically backed, full system ecological benefits of organic cotton, from farm to fashion. Also, hear from the Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council on the group's work to advance organic cotton and other textiles....

February 17, 2021 Online The International Workshop on Agritourism is presenting a free series of Agritourism Gatherings: A virtual series for farm, food, and travel communities. The series will bring together farmers, researchers, service providers, tourism experts and many others to share their knowledge and experience from around the world. This gathering focuses on the role of agritourism within the racial justice movement in the United States. Panelists from both urban and rural perspectives will discuss the potential for farm-based education and sales of local products to serve as tools in the pursuit of racial equity and social justice in food systems....

February 16, 2021 Online This online event is part of Practical Farmers of Iowa's Winter Farminar Series. In this session, father and son team Jon and Jared Luhman of Dry Creek Red Angus in Goodhue, Minnesota, will discuss their winter grazing arrangements and how they work out the finances to benefit both the landowner and themselves. ...

February 16, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Access to Land....

February 16, 2021 Online The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help retiring farmers and non-operating landowners act on their conservation and social values. This evening session is on Financial Considerations, with Extension Educator Megan Roberts. ...

February 16, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Topic-based Farm Tours: Composting....

February 16, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health in Arkansas: Is it Profitable?"...

February 16, 2021 Online In this three-hour virtual program, the Iowa Organic Association (IOA) and regional partners provide the information, tools, and resources needed for agriculture service providers and consultants to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification, and expansion. IOA will provide information from organic experts and resources about the National Organic Program, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices, and insight into current organic market trends and demands. The target audience for the workshop includes NRCS, Extension, IDALS, FSA, SWCD, RC&D, County Conservation, crop insurance agents, farm lenders, farming organizations, farmers, agriculture educators and students, and others interested...

February 16, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers. ...

February 15 - March 11, 2021 Online A number of Maine partners are convening organizations, networks, groups, and individuals to catalyze collective action towards a thriving Maine food system that is equitable, just, and regenerative. Through information and story sharing, convergence participants will work more collaboratively to strengthen a food system that meets the needs of all Mainers. All are invited to take part. There are three main tracks: From Farm & Sea, Expanding Local Markets; Farming & Fishing, Abundance, Equity, and Resiliency; and Healthy Food, Breaking Down the Barriers. Each track will meet for three sessions: Identifying Priorities, Developing Priorities, and...

February 13 - March 13, 2021 Online A virtual MarketReady workshop series will be provided by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in seven self-paced online modules and three live virtual discussions presented over three Saturdays. The training is designed to provide producers with the skills and knowledge needed to make sound decisions about diversifying their operations into wholesale, retail, and institutional market outlets....

February 13-14, 2021 Online Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire is holding its 19th annual Winter Conference virtually. The theme is "Cultivating Stewardship: Health, Harmony, and Resilience." Workshops will address topics including Healing the Land, Soil Health, Ecosystem Balance, Food Justice, Creating a Fair Farm, Herbalism and Immune Health, Farmland Access and Social Justice, Organic Seeds, and more....

February 12, 2021 Online OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on what's new in organic grain weed management: organic herbicides, weed zappers, and other tools....

February 12-13, 2021 Online Great Plains Growers Conference (GPGC) is for commercial fruit and vegetable producers from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and other Midwest states. It provides research-based information, from both vegetable research specialists and local growers, to help your farms grow and thrive. Track Topics include Marketing in the New Normalcy, Tree Fruits, Small Fruits, Vegetable Production, Vegetable Integrated Pest Management, Controlled Environment Production, and the North-Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Forum. There is also a virtual trade show....

February 11, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Hemp Production in Texas, preceded by the TOFGA Member Meeting....

February 11, 2021 Online In this free Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) webinar, join FACT and panelists from the American Solar Grazing Association to discuss new trends in solar grazing, best practices for shepherds and solar developers, and how you can get started....

February 11, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Markets & Marketing....

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

February 11, 2021 Online The 5th annual NC Agritunity is free and virtual. This agricultural conference was designed to meet the economic and environmental needs of small farmers and beginning gardeners, as well as generate a positive impact by building connections between farmers, educators, and agriculture-related businesses. NC Agritunity is a collaborative effort between Cooperative Extension agents in six counties. The conference features two educational tracks: Market & Market Garden Focus and Animal Production Focus....

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

February 11, 2021 Online NCAT's 6th annual Latino Farmer Conference concludes with Part 3 of the monthly series. Topics will include Farm Business Management and Marketing. Sessions are presented as virtual webinars, in Spanish....

February 10, 2021 Online Join Karin Jokela, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Planner, and Megan Benage, MN Department of Natural Resources Regional Ecologist, for a webinar training about how to design prairie seed mixes for pollinator conservation. Presenters will discuss how to evaluate site conditions, select species, and choose seeding rates to maximize establishment and long-term resilience. Learn how to adjust seed mixes to achieve diversity goals while also balancing cost. This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Prairie Reconstruction Initiative. ...

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

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

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

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

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

February 9-11, 2021 Online This three-night National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) Virtual Workshop is designed for sheep and goat producers living in or marketing to the Northeast. This live Zoom series will include interactive break-out sessions providing the opportunity to use real-world data to practice application of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other tools for genetic selection for economically important traits including parasite resistance. ...

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

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

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

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

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

February 9, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health in Texas: Lessons from Long-term Study Sites."...

February 9, 2021 Online This is the second of four webinars in the 2021 Woodland Stewards Webinar Series from Southern Regional Extension Forestry. There are many tools available to help you manage your land. Map, assess, and understand your land's potential. Join this webinar to learn more about what tools are available and how they can be used to get you started managing your land....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 4 - September 16, 2021 Online The 10th annual Soil & Nutrition Conference will take place virtually, with weekly sessions over the course of eight months. This will total more than 30 workshops in four tracks: Agronomy, Nutrition, Mycelial Culture, and the Real Food Campaign, Exploring principles, techniques and practices at the intersection of farm and human ecosystems that can be applied to improve environmental sustainability, food quality, and overall well-being. This conference is the nexus of information and networking for all interested in coming together around soil and nutrition, and around the collective health and well-being of people and planet....

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

February 4, 2021 Online UMass Dartmouth and Farm to Institution New England welcome you to attend the free, virtual 2021 New England Sea Summit, focused on leveraging institutions to support local seafood producers, kelp, and underutilized species. A full day of programming will include presentations from regional seafood experts, an engaging panel, and stakeholder dialogue.T he goal of the Sea Summit is to educate and unite anyone who is interested in local and sustainable purchasing, procurement, food service operations, supply chains, and sustainable seafood....

February 4, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of a series of farm safety webinars offered by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension to empower communities and individuals to prioritize safety on the farm. This session will cover PTO use and safety, roadway safety, and have a conversation with North Dakota farmers Scott and Elizabeth Huso and their employee Chase Frederick, who was in an accident on their farm in the past. They will be joined by David Kraft, safety consultant for North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance. ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 3, 2021 Online This Iowa Learning Farms webinar features farmer Levi Lyle, who will explain how electricity can be used as an effective weed management tool against herbicide-resistant weeds. With thousands of acres logged behind the wheel of his Weed Zapper implement, Lyle will share how electricity performs in crops, such as soybean, potatoes, flax, sunflowers, and more. Participants will learn of how effectively electricity can terminate waterhemp, giant ragweed, marestail, burdock, foxtail, velvetleaf, thistle, bindweed, and even alfalfa and CRP brome. ...

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

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

February 2, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topics on this date are mob-tilling with swine and anti-racist action in the food movement....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 26 - February 18, 2021 Online North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is offering "Munch on This," a twice-weekly virtual series on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It will feature 45-minute presentations from NDGLC mentors and stakeholders on holistic management practices and ways to support these practices, followed by a discussion. Sessions include partner and lender panels, producer experiences, and business management....

January 26, 2021 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa kicks off its Winter Farminar Series with this free, online event. In this session, Eric Miller discusses his own on-farm research project planting 60" corn with a cover crop mix seeded in between the rows in June. ...

January 26, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Recordkeeping Systems: Production & Business....

January 26, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Farm Tours: Urban Farming....

January 26, 2021 Online This webinar featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Linda Coffey is part of Food Animals Concerns Trust's free webinar series. Sheep and goat producer Linda Coffey will discuss some of the problems farmers might encounter while grazing their livestock, such as bloat, toxic plants, fescue toxicity, predator control, parasite management, and more....

January 26, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Presenter Alina Harris and coordinator Nancy Lee Adamson will discuss which cover crops, herbs, and cut flowers best support pollinators, predators, parasitoids, and have extra value for culinary or ornamental use. ...

January 26-30, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will hold its 2021 Annual Conference, "Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics," virtually. Conference sessions cover an array of production topics, regenerative organic agriculture, livestock management, marketing, systems thinking, and food systems change-making. Hear from experienced farmers and national speakers in live sessions and keynotes, and join in the conversation via live Q&A and Farmer Roundtables. A Virtual Trade Show is also included. Speakers include Leah Penniman, Jean-Martin Fortier, Will Harris, and Dr. Daphne Miller, as well as NCAT Program Specialist Justin Duncan....

January 26, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers. ...

January 25, 2021 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and online The Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference is holding in-person event that will be completely streamed online live. The agenda includes educational programming for fresh produce growers: apples, berries, grapes, and vegetables, as well as agri-tourism and winery operators. Three different tracks will run concurrently....

January 24, 2021 Online This virtual short course is a free event that is part of the 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Learn how to grow your market and grow your individual sales. Sessions will include updates from the KY Department of Ag, informative sessions, and an open round table where you can ask questions and learn from others....

January 22, 2021 Online OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on variety selection and disease management in organic food-grade grain production....

January 21 and 28, 2021 Online The Purdue Extension Land Lease Team invites those who have inherited or might inherit farmland soon to attend "So You've Inherited a Farm, Now What?" a two-session virtual workshop. Anyone that owns farmland may want to participate in this seminar to be provided information and education about proper ownership considerations and trends. This workshop will help owners consider keeping or selling the farm, lease provisions, farm management, family communications, and legal considerations....

January 21, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is the first of several on Sustainable Crop Production. It focuses on Nutrient and Water Management....

January 21, 2021 Online The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help farmland owners and retiring farmers act on their conservation and social values. LSP has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health. This session is "Renting it Out Right—Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources."...

January 21, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Pest and Beneficial CSI: Organic Approaches....

January 21, 2021 Online This webinar is part of a free series from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). In this webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger will discuss how you can manage your pastures with regenerative methods to beneficially influence the health of your livestock and the ecosystem by fostering biodiversity both above and below ground....

January 21, 2021 Online The Minnesota Organic Conference is going virtual, with afternoon sessions on four Thursdays in January. The third session is on "The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability," and it features NCAT Agriculture Specialist Andy Pressman as one of the panelists....

January 21, 2021 Online The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking certified organic producers to participate in a virtual focus group. This is an opportunity to describe the biggest agronomic, economic, and social challenges you are facing. In particular, we would like to understand what kinds of research, information, and technical assistance programs are needed to support your organic production practices. Your views will be used to help build a comprehensive roadmap for future research investments to advance organic agriculture. After attending the virtual focus groups and completing the survey, participants will receive a $25 VISA gift card. Participants will...

January 21, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn from current research evaluating how we can include cover crops in bareground, plasticulture, and no-till production systems for tomatoes and bell peppers....

January 21-23, 2021 Online "Building Success Through Partnerships" is the theme this year. NPSAS Annual Winter Conference is your opportunity to nurture your network of friends among other farmers who share your goals. Keynote speakers are Walter Goldstein, Dan Barber, and Daryl Ritchison. The agenda includes pre-conference workshops, breakout sessions, and a virtual exhibit hall. ...

January 21-23, 2021 Online Gather on Practical Farmers of Iowa's (PFI) virtual conference platform to engage with old friends and new, invited speakers and exhibitors. The "Coming Home" Annual Conference brings you practical, farmer-led sessions, roundtables, and moderated panels on the issues that matter to you and your farms. There will also be new offerings, including youth sessions, lightning talks, farmer-to-farmer conversations, a night of storytelling and PFI's first feature-length film, "Livestock on the Land." There's even a virtual potluck....

January 20, 2021 Online Sustainable Farming Association's Minnesota Premium Garlic Project is presenting a free, three-part course on marketing garlic. This final session addresses farmers markets, online sales, and sales direct from the farm....

January 20, 2021 Online Join innovative farmers, University of Minnesota Extension, and Land Stewardship Project for a 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. In this session: Cover crops with Cala Farm....

January 20, 2021 Online The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a series of free webinars for specialty crop producers. They will feature new tools and resources on how to manage risk. The webinars will take place on consecutive Wednesdays over the noon hour. This session is on "Whole Farm Revenue Protection."...

January 20-23, 2021 Online The 41st EcoFarm Conference, "ReImagining Our Future," will feature inspiring keynotes, educational workshops, skill-building pre-conferences, extensive networking, a virtual trade show, and more. The event will be presented on a virtual platform called Hopin, which emulates an in-person conference experience that allows attendees to "hop in" to events throughout each day....

January 19, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. The topic for this session is Soil Health, and the presenter is NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Nina Prater....

January 19, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. Topics on this date include Opression and Equity and Wash and Pack Station Tours....

January 19, 2021 Online This free webinar completes the "Let's Get Started" series offered by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance. The webinars in this eight-part series identify 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 session addresses opportunities, resources, and regulations related to exporting dairy products....

January 19, 2021 Online Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), Friends of Family Farmers, Cultivate Oregon, Our Family Farms, 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 GMO contamination. Listening session hosts invite participants to answer the following questions: How important is non-GE seed to your market and success as a grower? Do you routinely test non-GMO seed for detectable levels of GE traits? Have you been financially harmed by GMO contamination? What questions do you have about GMO contamination...

January 19, 2021 Online The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help farmland owners and retiring farmers act on their conservation and social values. LSP has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health. This session is "Farm Transitions Introductory Overview."...

January 19, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers. ...

January 19-20, 2021 Online The second annual Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is a partnership between the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association, made possible through grant funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). The virtual conference features two full days of amazing speakers and sessions geared toward a variety of topics in key tracks: fruit, vegetable, viticulture, enology, and other specialty crops, as well as business and marketing sessions to kick off each day. ...

January 19 - February 5, 2021 Online PASA's Sustainable Agriculture Conference is one of the largest gatherings of sustainable farmers, food system professionals, and changemakers in the nation. The 2021 conference features more than 90 sessions and more than 100 speakers. The keynote speaker is Robin Wall Kimmerer. The pre-conference over the course of two weeks includes more than 30 live sessions on production-focused topics.The main conference includes 50 live and on-demand sessions, social and networking events, and virtual exhibits....

January 16-23, 2021 Online Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's virtual winter conference, "Rooted in Resilience," features more than 90 workshops and events over the course of eight days. It is held in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Seed Conference and includes a special, two-day Organic Dairy Track, as well as sessions on business and marketing, fruit, hemp, livestock, policy, soil health, urban farming, value-added, and more. Content will be available online for a month following the conference....

January 15, 2021 Online OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session features Harold Wilken (Farmer, Janie's Farm Organic) and Craig Tomera (Identity Preserved Crop Specialist, Grain Millers)....