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August 17, 2021 Online The Sustainable Southwest Beef Project is offering a free webinar on sustainability-centered programs within the beef supply chain. This webinar is intended as a learning opportunity for ranchers, feedlot operators, and consumers to gain a deeper understanding of how beef supply chains work, hear about current research regarding beef supply chains emanating from the Southwest, and learn about incentives for conservation-oriented management in the ranching links of the US beef supply chain. ...

August 17, 2021 Online Join EcoFarm, physician Rupa Marya, and bestselling author Raj Patel to mark the release of INFLAMED: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. This new book points the way toward decolonization, a deep medicine that has the potential to heal not only our bodies, but the world....

August 11-12, 2021 Online The Soil Health Institute will bring together the leading voices in soil science and the agriculture industry to share research and insights for advancing the adoption of soil health systems that are foundational for regenerative agriculture. "Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life" is designed to connect the science of soil health with the information farmers request when adopting soil health practices, and the environmental benefits that follow. The annual meeting is online this year....

August 10, 2021 Online Organic Growers School is offering this online Seed Saving 101 course. Learn why, how, and when to save seeds; with a focus on harvesting and processing for viability, good germination, and storage. This class will include demonstrations on low tech seed processing methods....

August 10, 2021 Online Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is offering access to presentations from its 2021 online conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, via OEFFA's YouTube channel. Videos will be loaded in three "bites" and will be free for viewing at anytime thereafter. This third bite focuses on Creating a More Equitable Food System. Join Bishop Marcia Dinkins and Dr. Timothy Van Meter for an open and honest conversation about the intersections of faith, food, and race in our society....

August 9, 2021 Online Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust partnered with Agrarian Trust to co-host "Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers," an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. This final session is "Land-As-Community: Equitable Farmland Tenure Models and Case Studies." This free training is meant to be for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and also is meant to be for agricultural service providers who help guide farmland owners and/or farmland seekers about different options available to them, but anyone interested may...

August 9, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this virtual event....

August 6, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm's Small Farm Education Webinar Series continues with this session. Topics include "Soil Samples: Soil Testing and Results Interpretations," "Infield Soil Diagnostics and Soil Health," and "Making Cover Crop Biomass Work for You."...

August 6, 2021 Online The Kansas Rural Center's virtual Healthy Communities from the Ground Up Conference will share stories and information from across the region about SARE Farmer/Rancher research grant reports, panel discussions on health in the environment and Kansas communities, and much more....

August 5, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky is offering this free Virtual Field Day at Sustainable Harvest Farm. Ford Waterstrat and his family began as first-generation farmers 12 years ago. Learn from Ford's initiative, creativity, and efficiencies developed along the way as he shares the production practices in place for Sustainable Harvest's 400 CSA shares, retail markets, local delivery, and wholesale customers. ...

August 4, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm continues its August Small Farm Education Webinar Series with this live, online education seminar. Topics for this session include Landscape Planning: Data and Design Strategies for the Farm, Main Areas of Focus in Social Media Marketing, and Linking Markets to Production....

August 4, 2021 Online This free webinar explains how the Generation NEXT Program developed by the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension helps landowners with the legacy planning process. Legacy planning is a way for landowners to determine the destiny of their woodlands and can help ensure they are passed on intact, in forest, and in family. Legacy planning involves landowners sharing with their heirs all that they treasure about their land and, ideally, including them in management and planning activities....

August 3, 2021 Online The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays in July and August. All sessions are free. This second session is on "Celebrating Veteran Total Farmer Health" by Linda Emanuel and Shay Foulk of the AgriSafe Network....

August 3, 2021 Online The Ecological Farming Association's free Dirt First webinar series continues with this session. Hear how hospitals in California are buying locally produced and organic foods, featuring the ins and outs of the relationship between a California regenerative grass fed beef rancher and UC Davis Medical Center. Join the speakers for a live Q&A following the presentation. This is the first installment of EcoFarm's three-part webinar series on farm to institution....

August 3, 10, 17, and 27, 2021 Online Farmers interested in adding value to their farm resources through agritourism are invited to join University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee Department of Agriculture specialists for a free online workshop in four two-hour sessions. If you are interested in inviting the public to the farm to purchase farm products, participate in educational activities, and enjoy farm fun or other agritourism opportunities, this workshop is for you. It will help farmers understand what it takes to evaluate, develop, and market an agritourism operation. Topics discussed will include an introduction to agritourism and industry trends, creating...

August 3 - August 31, 2021 Online and Beverly, Massachusetts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering its third 5-week Crop Production Workshop, taking place virtually with optional opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm. The online portion of the workshop takes place every Tuesday evening. Participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring how to harvest, wash, and pack vegetables for a variety of local market outlets. Participants have the option to work with the New Entry Food Hub to explore aggregation and distribution of local produce, in addition to working in...

August 2, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm kicks off its August Small Farm Education Webinar Series with this live, online education seminar. Topics will include Food Safety Overviews and Sanitation Standard Operation Procedures, Value-adding Business Food Safety and Cottage Food Law, and Fresh Produce Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices for Small Farms. ...

August 1-3, 2021 Online The Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Conference will be virtual this year. The organization focuses on growing and research of temperate zone nut trees. The keynote speaker is Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger....

July 29, 2021 Online This online event is part of Wisconsin Women in Conservation's Conservation Summer Camp Series. In this one-hour webinar, learn how to safely battle invasive species and nurture a healthy ecosystem. Connect with conservation experts, meet other inspiring Wisconsin women that share your love of the land, and learn about NRCS resources to support your conservation goals....

July 27 - August 24, 2021 Online The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 27, 2021. All sessions are free. The first session includes a conference introduction by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project, and Jeanette Lombardo, Farmer Veteran Coalition, plus "One Veteran's Journey from PTSD to Farmer" by Sarah Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm and Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition....

July 26, 2021 Online Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust partnered with Agrarian Trust to co-host "Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers," an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. The second session is "The Land Tenure Power Structure in America." This training is meant to be for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and also meant to be for agricultural service providers who help guide farmland owners and/or farmland seekers about different options available to them, but anyone interested may register for this...

July 26-28, 2021 Online The Soil and Water Conservation Society is presenting its Annual Conference, "One World, Connected through Conservation," online. Professionals advancing conservation solutions through research and practice in public and private sectors will present their work, including the latest in soil health, water resources, conservation management, climate change adaptation, social science, and more. Workshops, symposia sessions, and posters will showcase ideas, technologies, and practices, and foster a dialogue around their adoption....

July 26-30, 2021 Online The Kneading Conference brings together grainiacs and bread buffs from all over the country. Farmers, professional and home bakers, brewers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts gather to educate one another about the art and science of growing and milling grains, baking artisan breads, and brewing delicious beer. This year's virtual conference features more than 25 workshops, demos, panels, and discussions led by grain leaders from around the world. Attendees may watch live or view the class later (workshop recordings will be available for six months)....

July 23, 2021 Online The Organic Center presents part two of a two-part webinar series that outlines benefits and risk reduction practices when using manure, compost, and other biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO) often used on produce farms. The relationship between these BSAAO recommendations and the requirements in the National Organic Program, Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, and third-party Good Agricultural Practices audits will also be explored. Session II will highlight science-based composting practices that growers can use to minimize microbial food safety risks while reaping the soil health and production benefits from the use of BSAAO. A...

July 21, 2021 Online The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County and UC Cooperative Extension present a free virtual panel discussion on cover crops in perennial systems. From pollination to erosion control and nitrogen fixation, cover crops can boost orchard productivity. Agricultural advisors will share research on how cover crops adapt orchards to climatic conditions like heat waves and drought. NCAT's Rex Dufour will speak about Some Considerations About Planting Cover Crops in Avocados....

July 21, 2021 Online This free webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will report on The Bionutrient Institute's work aimed at understanding the connections between soil health and food nutrition. Learn more about this national project and what it's uncovered so far....

July 21, 2021 Online In this free Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Manbir Kaur Rakkar, postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, will introduce the audience to Kernza, a novel perennial grain that is showing potential to improve soil health while still producing a usable grain crop. She will discuss the soil health benefits and agronomic feasibility of using Kernza during an organic transition period....

July 20 - August 20, 2021 Online Join Des Moines Water Works, Heartland Cooperative, Peoples Company, and Practical Farmers of Iowa for a four-part virtual boot camp for landowners, designed to share the why, what, when and how of successful and intentional farmland management. In four Friday sessions, learn from landowners, farmers, and conservation professionals about successful strategies for implementing conservation and stewardship practices on rented farmland, and hear why responsible landownership is so important to building a better agriculture in Iowa and across the Midwest....

July 20, 2021 Online The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a free webinar to provide farmers and ranchers with an overview of available federal crop insurance options. Joe Toillion of Toillion Consulting Services Inc., an Iowa crop insurance agent with experience in conventional, organic, and livestock policies, will discuss Multi-Peril Crop Insurance, insuring by written agreement, options for certified organic operations, livestock coverage, and Whole Farm Revenue Protection....

July 20 - August 24, 2021 Online American Society of Agronomy announced that the Sustainable Agronomy Conference will be free in six online sessions of two hours each this year. The Sustainable Agronomy Conference will provide Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), Agri-Sales Professionals, and growers with the opportunity to more fully understand and implement sustainable agronomy in the field. Learn the drivers, economics, agronomics, environmental benefits, and implementation techniques of sustainable crop production. Economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable agronomy will be considered. This year's Sustainable Agronomy Conference includes a four-part virtual Conservation in Action Tour by the Conservation Technology Information Center...

July 20, 2021 Online Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is offering access to presentations from its 2021 online conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, via OEFFA's YouTube channel. Videos will be loaded in three "bites" and will be free for viewing at anytime thereafter. This second bite focuses on Skill Building for Farmers and Foragers....

July 19, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this online session on SNAP and EBT at farmers markets....

July 18, 2021 Online Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a two-session Season Extension course online. This first session covers High Tunnel Production & Seasion Extension. The second session takes place on October 17, 2021. Network with other new farmers and discover resources available to help you succeed. ...

July 17, 2021 Online The annual Grain Place Foundation Field Day is virtual this year. The event gives you an opportunity to tour the farm and grain processing plant and to hear David R. Montgomery in conversation with experienced local organic farmers about what's new in regenerative, organic agriculture. The two-hour Field Day tours and keynote presentation will be followed by interactive breakout sessions....

July 15, 2021 Online The Organic Center presents part one of a two-part webinar series that outlines benefits and risk reduction practices when using manure, compost, and other biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO) often used on produce farms. The relationship between these BSAAO recommendations and the requirements in the National Organic Program, Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, and third-party Good Agricultural Practices audits will also be explored. This first session will introduce how the use of BSAAO improves soil health. Research on pathogen survival in BSAAO-amended soils will be presented, as well as how growers can minimize the...

July 15, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This final session highlights water quality markets and additional potential revenue streams for ecosystem services....

July 15, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this virtual aquaponics event featuring Randolph Farm....

August 9, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm's Small Farm Education Webinar Series continues with this session. Topics include "Control of Bacterial Spot of Tomato Using Alternative Products," "Perennial Weeds and Their Management," and Small-scale Onion Production and Postharvest Handling Tips....

July 14, 2021 Online MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. Join this online session for a virtual tour of Pine Root Farm and Seek-No-Further Farmstead, two farms with dedicated models to ensure their fresh produce is accessible to Mainers of all incomes. Sliding scale CSA models, EBT processing and Senior FarmShare will be discussed. ...

July 13, 2021 Online Viticulture and enology extension programs at numerous institutions are collaborating with regional viticulture and enology specialists to present a Grower and Winemaker Town Hall virtual meeting series to give seasonal updates and answer pre-submitted and live questions from grape and wine industry stakeholders....

July 13, 2021 Online This event is part of the Council of Development Finance Agencies Food Systems Finance Webinar Series. In this session, explore how tech innovations are increasing access to financing for food-related businesses and projects, and how finance is supporting the integration of new technology in local food systems....

July 13, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This session examines market opportunities through the lens of Consumer Packaged Goods (Cargill, General Mills, and PepsiCo)....

July 12, 2021 Online Artisan Grain Collaborative presents a conversation about building trust-based supply chains, connecting pecans from Black farmers in Georgia to wholesale bakers in the Midwest. Hear from Shirley Sherrod and Paul Jones from New Communities and AGC member Rachel Bernier-Green of 'Laine's Bake Shop, who will share their personal and business journeys and discuss how food and agriculture can be used as a community catalyst. The online event is free....

July 12, 2021 Online Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust partnered with Agrarian Trust to co-host "Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers," an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. The first session is "Land-As-Commodity: History of Land Injustices." This training is meant to be for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and also meant to be for agricultural service providers who help guide farmland owners and/or farmland seekers about different options available to them, but anyone interested may register for this free training....

July 12, 2021 Sacramento, California, and Online Agri-Pulse is presenting the Food & Ag Policy Summit West: How Can California Agriculture Remain Competitive? The event will offer a full day of speeches and panel discussions, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. The event will feature engaging conversations with Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture; Assemblymember Robert Rivas, Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and Vice-Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus; Dr. Lynn Hamilton, professor, agribusiness at Cal Poly State University; Mike Way, managing partner, Prime Time International; Walt Duflock, vice president of agtech innovation at Western Growers;...

July 9, 2021 Online This free virtual field day from Organic Association of Kentucky visits Anna Raines and the crew at Rains and Sun, a 13-acre Certified Organic diversified vegetable farm. This virtual event (via Zoom) will focus on season extension / protected production (high tunnels, caterpillar tunnels, row cover); bed prep (walk-behind tractor and implements, broadfork); seeding and planting (jang and earthway seeders, dibbler for transplanting); weeding and cultivating (landscape fabric, hand tools); irrigation (drip tape, overhead sprinklers); infrastructure (greenhouse, packshed), and consumable products (seeds, amendments, potting media). ...

July 8, 2021 Online Join NCAT Livestock Specialists Margo Hale and Linda Coffey for a free, virtual workshop on small ruminant health. In this workshop, these experienced producers will share their strategies for selecting and managing healthy, profitable animals. They also will explain the impact internal parasites have on sheep and goats. Participants will leave the workshop understanding how to recognize and support healthy stock by smart buying, thoughtful pasture management, and careful monitoring. There will be plenty of time for questions, and interaction via chat is encouraged. Pre-registration is required....

July 8, 2021 Online Join NCAT's Felicia Bell and Alcorn State University's Interim Farm Manager John Coleman for Part 2 of a discussion about food safety and risk management at Alcorn's Vegetable Processing Facility. Processing vegetables, whether washing and bagging fresh greens, or shelling and packaging peas, is an excellent way to add value to a crop, but it comes with its own set of risks that need to be considered in order to ensure food safety. Join them for an in-depth discussion of how Mr. Coleman reduces risk in this type of facility. This workshop is free, but registration is required....

July 8, 2021 Online This webinar from the Center for Agricultural Profitability will focus on the growth of conservation programs and investments over time and the range of program opportunities available to producers and landowners. Experts from USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service will highlight programs and details from both agencies, helping participants to identify program opportunities and conservation practices that can work for their land and operation. ...

July 8, 2021 Online The Monthly Biochar Webinar that the Forest Service is organizing in partnership with the US Biochar Initiative and The Southern Regional Extension Forestry is "The link between woody biochar, forest industry, agriculture, and benefits for different users." The presenter is Tom R. Miles, Director of U.S. Biochar Initiative and President of TR Miles Technical Consultants, Inc....

July 7, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this evening workshop on hilling sweet potatoes at Randolph Farm in Petersburg, Virginia....

July 1, 2021 Online This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It introduces use of COMET-Farm, a tool that estimates the 'carbon footprint' for all or part of your farm/ranch operation and allows you to evaluate different options, which you select, for reducing GHG emissions and sequestering more carbon. ...

June 30, 2021 Online This free, one-hour webinar will provide information for non-operating agricultural landowners to enable better planning and coordination with their farm operators to enhance soil health, soil and water conservation, and improved crop productivity. Presenters include Sarah Everhart, Steve Groff, and Lisa Blazure....

June 29, 2021 Online Faculty and staff from Swanton Pacific Ranch's CDFA Healthy Soils Program project will be hosting a Virtual Ranch Workshop on compost application rates for degraded rangelands. Researchers are exploring whether compost from landfill waste can help to improve productivity of rangelands, while sequestering carbon. The free workshop is open to the public and no pre-registration is required....

June 28, 2021 Online This webinar concludes Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." These webinars feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures. ...

June 28 - July 2, 2021 Online The 2021 North American Agroforestry Conference will bring together farmers, landowners, researchers, climate scientists, investors, philanthropists, policymakers, and global leaders on climate change, carbon drawdown, and agroforestry. Together, participants will tackle the major barriers to scaling agroforestry, focusing on solutions and action. The conference features more than 50 speakers over five days....

June 24, 2021 Online Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free webinar regarding the status of carbon markets and implications and possibilities for agricultural producers. The webinar will specifically focus on opportunities and challenges of the carbon markets in U.S. agriculture for row crop producers....

June 24, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This second session explores innovative markets and data platforms available from CIBO, Farmers Business Network, and Land O'Lakes....

June 23, 2021 Online "Lessons learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture" will be the topic of this free Iowa Learning Farms webinar presented by Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The history of the Leopold Center illustrates that many of the issues and challenges in agriculture that were points of contention when the Leopold Center was created are still with us today....

June 22 - July 20, 2021 Online and Beverly, Massachusetts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering this 5-week online course on Tuesday evenings, with opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts, each week. In this Summer Management session, participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring the management of pests and disease, nutrients, and weeds in an organic farming operation. ...

June 22, 2021 Online This online event will offer a virtual tour showing successful projects to introduce beekeepers to the increasingly common land use of large-scale solar farms. It will also present a model contract created by the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law, for beekeepers exploring solar farm apiary agreements. The free webinar is hosted by Fresh Energy and presented in partnership with American Beekeeping Federation, American Solar Grazing Association, and Pace University's Food and Beverage Law Clinic....

June 22, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This first session features programs available from input providers (Bayer, Corteva, and Nutrien)....

June 21, 2021 Online This webinar is part of Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." Webinars will feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures. ...

June 21-25, 2021 Online Purdue University is offering Shell Egg Academy virtually this year. It includes two classes: Live Hen Production (June 21-23) and Egg Processing and Food Safety (June 21-23). Shell Egg Academy is a learning experience and education opportunity for the egg production and processing industries. Through a combination of interactive Zoom classroom experiences taught by expert speakers, and hands-on learning, participants are provided the latest information on egg quality and egg safety....

June 18, 2021 Online This free event is part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series presented by The New School at Commonweal and Real Food Media. Join Anna Lappe with award-winning journalist, Tom Philpott, and Janaki Jagannath, of the Community Alliance for Agroecology and the 11th Hour Project, to talk about the state of water in California. As record wildfires and drought plague the state, what are advocates for farmers and farmworkers advocating for? What threats do we face and how do we take them on?...

June 18-19, 2021 Online The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions presents this conference addressing the interwoven threads of soil health, nutrition, and community health. Nourishing Life will inspire and inform healthcare providers, curious farmers, and concerned community members with action steps for their personal and professional lives, their communities, and our world....

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

June 17, 2021 Online This hour-long webinar is part of the "Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises" project. The free webinar about the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems is aimed at anyone who is engaged in the food supply chain at any level. ...

June 17, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day discussing lessons learned from one of the first bioreactor installations in Iowa. The lessons learned from this site regarding the lifespan of the woodchips, depth and construction process are key to the longevity of future projects and continued nutrient reduction in Iowa....

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

June 17, 2021 Online Santa Rosa Junior College's Sustainable Agriculture program, Shone Farm, and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District invite the agriculture community to a free webinar focused on making and using compost on farms. Keynote speaker Phil Foster will share details from his many years of producing and applying significant amounts of compost on his Central Coast fruit and vegetable farms. Will Bakx of Renewable Sonoma will describe the covered aerated static pile composting system and on-farm composting education at Shone Farm. SRJC faculty member Dr. Josh Beniston will introduce the Shone Farm Healthy Soils Demonstration Project that is utilizing compost...

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

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

June 16, 2021 Online Join the National Center for Appropriate Technology for a free webinar to learn how to harness the sun and organic matter to control weeds. This webinar will cover theoretical concepts as well as results from field trials. Join hosts Martin Guerena and Dr. Jesus Fernandez-Bayo to learn more about the advantages and challenges of using different by-products in biosolarization to control weeds and soilborne pathogens....

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

June 15, 22, and 29, 2021 Online The Nebraska Extension Women in Agriculture Program is hosting a three-part online course, Dealing with Conflict Dynamics for Farm and Ranch Families. Participants will gain the skills and resources necessary to overcome the conflict that may be hampering their family and business relationships. Class size is limited. ...

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

June 14, 2021 Online This webinar is part of Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." Webinars will feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures. ...

June 14-25, 2021 Online Paicines Ranch Learning Center and #NoRegrets Initiative present Groundwork: Exploring a Regenerative and Relational Agriculture, a free, online, two-week intensive course featuring educational presentations and interactive discussions on the fundamentals of regenerative and relational agriculture. The agenda will cover a range of ecologically, economically, and socially based topics including principles, practices, monitoring, research, economics, integrated capital, policy, nutrition, health, and social, personal and community dynamics. Participants will be asked to actively engage for 90 minutes daily during the two weeks, as well engage in additional study prior to each day's topic. ...

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

June 14-25, 2021 Online The Edible Schoolyard Project is offering a free, virtual training on Zoom over the course of two weeks. This exciting series of workshops, webinars, and skill shares brings together edible educators from around the world. Choose which events to attend based on your interest and availability. Participants must complete a registration for each session they wish to attend, and some events have a limited number of spaces and may fill up....

June 11, 2021 Online The 2021 Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference​ will be held entirely online. The conference will bring together farm to school and farm to early care stakeholders from across the state. Participants will share ideas, resources, and successes to grow the farm to school and early care movement in Iowa. Conference workshops, keynotes and a virtual field trip will be offered....

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

June 10, 2021 Online Join MOFGA's Orchard Coordinator, Laura Sieger, for an online presentation about the holistic approaches to orchard care that she and others use at the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. These techniques involve the use of organic sprays and amendments, and these approaches are generally a bit more intensive than low-intervention approaches. This session is aimed at intermediate level orchardists or backyard fruit growers. ...

June 10, 2021 Online If you got a PPP loan, it is time now to consider the PPP loan forgiveness process. PPP loan forgiveness is not automatic. You must apply for it. In this webinar, experts from University of Minnesota Extension Ag Business Management and Farmers' Legal Action Group will walk you through the following topics: timelines of the PPP loan "covered period" and window to apply for loan forgiveness; PPP loan forgiveness application process; tax implications of PPP loan forgiveness; and health insurance subsidy implications of PPP loan forgiveness....

June 10, 2021 Online In part one of a free, two-part online workshop, join NCAT's Felicia Bell and owner of Reyer Farm Jody Reyer for a discussion on the different ways Mr. Reyer manages risk on his cattle operation in Mississippi. Felicia and Jody will explore how grazing management, direct marketing, and other management practices can reduce risk on a livestock farm. Pre-registration is required....

June 8, 2021 Online "Open for Business: A Nebraska Women in Agriculture Agripreneurship Series" is a monthly webcast series that highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of women in agribusiness from across Nebraska, offering creative insights and the stories behind what it takes to build a business. This session features Katie Jantzen, founder of West End Farm, who raises 47 different types of vegetables, berries, melons, and herbs, and also sells honey, jam, and baked goods through CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale....

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

June 8, 2021 Online In this free Town Hall Meeting for wine and grape industry professionals, submit your questions to a panel of Viticulture and Enology Extension specialists from several Eastern/Midwest states for open-ended discussions of timely topics in vineyard management and winemaking. ...

June 8, 2021 Online Learn more about how to apply for RFSP grant funds to support partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is hosting this webinar to help applicants understand the application process and requirements, including eligibility....

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

June 7, 2021 Online This webinar launches Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." Webinars will feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures. ...

June 7, 2021 Online North Dakota State University Extension's "Navigating Drought" monthly webinar series continues with this session providing information and guidance on FSA Drought Assistance Programs....

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

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

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

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

June 1, 2021 Online USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $76.9 million in grant funds to support the development, coordination and expansion of local and regional food markets, enterprises and producer-to-consumer marketing. AMS is hosting this webinar to help applicants understand the application process and requirements including eligibility....

June 17, 2021 Online Nebraska Extension and Panhandle Public Health District are offering an online "Question. Persuade. Refer." training. QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. ...

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

June 1, 2021 Online Virginia Women in Agriculture Network's Fostering Female Farmers program is continuing its 1st Tuesday of each Month virtual series with this News and Networking session....

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

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

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

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

May 26, 2021 Online The Society for Range Management's Targeted Grazing Committee presents a free webinar featuring Dr. An Peischel of Goats Unlimited. She is considered to be a world-renowned small ruminant expert and a foundational breeder of Kiko goats. Dr. Peischel will share stories and answer your questions about targeted grazing and kiko goats. The webinar will include updates from the Society for Range Managements Targeted Grazing Committee and an opportunity to hear and share updates from other graziers....

May 26, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms continues its free lunch-hour webinar series with this presentation by Marshall McDaniel, assistant professor in soil-plant interactions at Iowa State University, who will explore what happens to soil under and around prairie strips and how this might affect crop yield....

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

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

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

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

May 21, 2021 Online Join Mad Agriculture and Quivira Coalition for this lunchtime online workshop. Glenn Elzinga of Alderspring Ranch in North Central Idaho has had over a decade of experience collaborating with nonprofits and government organizations to improve water efficiency and wildlife habitat on his organic, grass-fed beef ranch. This has helped Glenn and his family dedicate their operation to both producing premier quality meats while improving and supporting ecological function on the land. Bring your lunch and join us for an hour of storytelling and Q&A as Glenn shares how he has used his management techniques and relationships with local...

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

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

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

May 20, 2021 Online The National Young Farmers Coalition is hosting a virtual event for folks in Michigan about how to fund your farm. This is for anyone interested in starting a farm and current farm owners. If you do not want to utilize traditional lenders or have a barrier to do so, this event will be helpful in learning about more flexible loan options, no matter your credit history. You'll hear about a new private lender for farms called Steward, as well as learn about the Michigan Good Food Fund and their personalized loan assistance for farms. After these presentations, you...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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