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May 4, 2020 Online Penn State Extension offers a four-part webinar series addressing risk management issues that women commonly face within agritourism. Each webinar will begin with a short overview of the issues and end with a discussion of current COVID-19 challenges. The third session's topic is "Civil Liability and Zoning." ...

May 4, 2020 Online Kansas State University Extension and University of Missouri Extension are offering this free, four-hour class online. Learn requirements to get USDA GAP certified and to create a food safety plan. Templates and record examples will be shared...

May 3, 2020 Online If you are at the very beginning of exploring farm business ownership, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Explore Farming workshop is for you. The free, two-hour workshop is designed to help you identify what actions you will need to take towards a career in farming....

May 2, 2020 Online NOFA New Jersey offers a webinar with Dr. Charlie West at West Farm Nursery for learning some basic plant propagation techniques specifically applicable to the North American Pawpaw. Techniques to be demonstrated and discussed are as follows: Hand Pollination, Seed Germination, and Basic Grafting procedures....

May 1, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting virtual meet-ups every Friday for six weeks, to provide a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas, and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor, and enhanced measures for food safety....

May 1, 2020 Online This webinar from NOFA New York will talk about strategies you can use to increase your visibility (for free or affordably) and will touch on topics like search engines, social media marketing, business listings, and other aspects of Internet marketing. By the end of this webinar, you'll have an action list ready to go for your business....

April 30, 2020 Online The Paycheck Protection Program is coming back! Farms are eligible to apply and more money is soon to be available. In this webinar, Farm Commons will explain how farmers can apply and share success stories from farmers. The webinar discusses what's changed with this new round of funding and passes on tips for a successful experience, as well as some cautions from the field. Attendees will learn how to use the PPP program in combination with other support programs....

April 30, 2020 Online PASA is offering a weekly virtual forum for farmers and markets working together to adapt operations and business plans during the coronavirus pandemic. These lunchtime, one-hour forums will focus on a different theme each week while still leaving time for general updates and questions. Topics will be determined based on timely issues and frequently asked questions. ...

April 29, 2020 Online Farm Commons is making farmers aware of the EIDL program and how to apply. The EIDL program provides an emergency grant of up to $10,000 for small businesses suffering a loss of revenue because of COVID-19. This webinar will discuss the specifics of eligibility and how to submit an application through the Small Business Administration. Issues with how the program has performed over the past few weeks will also be in the discussion. This is a valuable opportunity, especially for farms unable to receive a Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan. ...

April 29, 2020 Online "Herbs: The New Commodity" is the first event in the new Weekly Wednesday Workshop series from NCAT's ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program. Learn about herb production and marketing for the small farmer with NCAT Gulf States agriculture specialist Felicia Bell, who grows herbs on her own farm in Mississippi. Bell will present for 30 minutes, allowing 30 minutes for questions from participants. ...

April 29, 2020 Online Join Emily Krekelberg, the head of University of Minnesota Extension's Rural Stress Task Force, and farmer Rick Adamski for a Q&A session following up on the third episode of the MOSES Organic Farming Podcast. Listen to the episode at https://mosesorganic.org/farming/moses-podcast/ and come prepared to ask questions and discuss with other farmers. ...

April 29, 2020 Online During the series of 30-minute "Lunch and Learn" webinars hosted by Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) and co-sponsored by Organic Consumers Association, you'll hear directly from Iowa farmers about how they're incorporating regenerative agriculture practices into their operations to build soil health, help clean up Iowa's lakes and rivers, produce nutrient-dense food—all to fight global warming. In this session, join IFU and farmer Ray Gaesser for a look at how your cover crop and no-till practices can impact soil health, the environment and climate change for the better....

April 29, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for the second webinar in a series on milk fatty acids. In this free webinar, presenter Jana Kraft of the University of Vermont will discuss the fatty acids in dairy milk and their potential health benefits. The webinar will summarize the current knowledge on the bioactivity of dairy-derived fatty acids. Additionally, the webinar will present data from a recently conducted study comparing the fatty acid composition and content, on a per serving basis, between the three types of retail milk....

April 29, 2020 Online Michigan State University Extension offers a new, in-season Zoom webinar series to help chestnut growers learn about best agronomic practices, pest management, fertility, and more. The series is free, but registration is required. This session's topics are a chestnut weevil management update and Michigan Chestnut Management Guide discussion....

April 29, 2020 Online Join Fibershed for a four-part webinar series to catalyze change in your business, supply relationships, and the broader community. Learn how we can meet urgent climate goals through regenerating relationships between production and consumption. This course is open to anyone seeking to integrate the knowledge of regenerative material systems into their practice and role in their community or organization. The first session, "Defining Regeneration for Fiber & Textile Systems," will explore the fundamental connections between atmosphere and soil and explore the practical ways to balance risk in the supply chain to meet our climate goals....

April 29-30, 2020 Online The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting will be held live online via webinar. The virtual meeting will be open to the public and the transcript will be posted online after the meeting....

April 28, 2020 Online Penn State Extension offers a four-part webinar series addressing risk management issues that women commonly face within agritourism. Each webinar will begin with a short overview of the issues and end with a discussion of current COVID-19 challenges. The second session's topic is "Managing Stress on the Farm." ...

April 28, 2020 Online The Worm Webinar Series is being conducted by Small Ruminant Extension Specialists in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia. The webinars will continue every Tuesday until June 9. ...

April 27, 2020 Online Kentucky Sheep & Goat Development Office is sponsoring a Q&A about internal parasites in small ruminants, hosted by University of Maryland Extension. Submit questions in advance and register for the Zoom meeting....

April 24, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting virtual meet-ups every Friday for six weeks, to provide a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas, and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor, and enhanced measures for food safety....

April 24, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day. The event will include video footage from the field and live interaction with Marshall County farmer Wade Dooley as he shows changes he is making within the family farming operation to adjust to changing markets and climate. For Dooley, making his family farm resilient includes moving away from row crops to CRP acres, raising cover crops for seed, extending his rotations, and growing a grass-fed cow-calf operation....

April 24, 2020 Online Cooperative Extension in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia is holding a Friday Noon Time Q&A series via Zoom. This session's topic is lamb/kid management and weaning. ...

April 23, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Livestock Webinar Series offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension. It features Lee Menius of NC Choices as the guest speaker....

April 23, 2020 Online In this free webinar from the Iowa Farm Bureau, Aaron Steele, founder of Goats On The Go (a for-hire goat grazing operation), will present four good reasons and four bad reasons to be in the goat business, revealing hidden opportunities for both upstart farmers and innovative veterans in the process. ...

April 23, 2020 Online Penn State Extension is offering a one-hour webinar on Biosecurity for Pastured Pig Farms. It provides discussion on biosecurity concepts as applied to pigs reared in pastured, outdoor, or partial outdoor conditions. Topics include lines of separation, cleaning routines, quarantine, and biosecure movements....

April 23, 2020 Online PASA is offering a weekly virtual forum for farmers and markets working together to adapt operations and business plans during the coronavirus pandemic. These lunchtime, one-hour forums will focus on a different theme each week while still leaving time for general updates and questions. Topics will be determined based on timely issues and frequently asked questions. ...

April 23, 2020 Online This Gaining Ground webinar on Food Hubs and Alternative Markets is presented by Anthony Flaccavento, author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Ground Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change. This webinar is geared towards agriculture educators, ag professionals, and Extension agents and staff. The webinar will cover what a food hub is, pros/cons and tradeoffs of food hubs, value of joining a food hub, other alternative markets, and resources. Gaining Ground is a project of Kansas State University's M.S. in Horticulture with an Emphasis in Urban Food Systems program....

April 22, 2020 Online Groundswell Center for Local Food & Agriculture offers this free webinar. Silas Conroy will share his experience connecting small and mid-size farmers' products to wholesale customers. Through examples from real producers and customers, this interactive session will describe some common misconceptions, dos, and don'ts of working with wholesale customers. Whether you grow fruits and vegetables, raise livestock, or make value-added products, this workshop can help you design and implement a wholesale marketing strategy for your farming business....

April 22, 2020 Online The Minnesota Premium Garlic Project is producing a series of live panel discussions throughout the garlic season. The first one will focus on issues around garlic emergence. Panelists are garlic growers Chris Kudrna and Paul Schmidt. Register in advance for this free event....

April 22, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for the fourth webinar in a series of presentations about organic grazing, based on research projects funded by NIFA OREI and Western SARE at Utah State University and the USDA ARS Forage and Range Lab in Logan, Utah. This free webinar will be presented by Ryan Feuz and Ryan Larsen of Utah State University. This webinar discusses what the expected net annual financial impact would be for organic replacement dairy heifer operation using high-energy grasses and the tannin-containing legume birdsfoot trefoil as its primary source of grazing forage. Advance registration is required....

April 22, 2020 Online The Market Link program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs offers farm direct outlets an opportunity to accept SNAP/EBT, debit, and credit card payments from customers via wireless technology. In this webinar, they discuss how to sign up to accept EBT at your site, using USDA's EBT Equipment Grant for farmers and farmers markets....

April 21, 2020 Online The Savanna Institute's Nutshell Webinar Series continues with this session. In this free evening webinar, Heidi Leuszler of Berries & Flour Bakery & Harvest Goods explains how a labor of love became a perennial cottage food operation and then a farm....

April 21, 2020 Online Penn State Extension offers a four-part webinar series addressing risk management issues that women commonly face within agritourism. Each webinar will begin with a short overview of the issues and end with a discussion of current COVID-19 challenges. The first session's topic is "Beyond Corn Mazes and Hayrides." ...

April 21, 2020 Online This special series of the University of Minnesota Extension's Local Foods College is in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. The free, online, distance-learning opportunity will provide a forum for the small farm and food communities to connect, network, and share information that can help us all navigate a path forward through these difficult times....

April 21, 2020 Online The Worm Webinar Series is being conducted by Small Ruminant Extension Specialists in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia. The webinars will continue every Tuesday until June 9. The topic of this first webinar in the series is the periparturient egg rise and how to deal with it. Ewes/does suffer a temporary loss of acquired immunity (to parasites) around the time of lambing/kidding....

April 21, 22, and 23, 2020 Online Penn State Extension offers a free, three-part webinar series (two hours each day) designed for small and backyard poultry flock owners of all skill levels to provide information on selecting poultry, best management practices, biosecurity and disease, and management tips for producing high-quality eggs, meat, pets, and show poultry....

April 20, 2020 Online This free workshop by Kansas State University and University of Missouri is part of the Growing Growers KC 2020 core workshop series. Everyone is welcome to attend. This training covers the basic principles of produce safety and produce safety regulatory requirements, as well as marketplace requirements, such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification. It also addresses the basics of post-harvest handling to improve produce quality and shelf-life, as well as special measures growers should consider in light of Covid-19. ...

April 20, 2020 Online Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture is hosting a free webinar, "COVID-19's Impacts on U.S. Food and Agriculture." Join Purdue ag economists Jayson Lusk, Michael Langemeier and James Mintert as they discuss what's happened to retail and wholesale food markets and how supply chain issues have produced stock-outs at retail. They'll also examine the impact demand destruction is having on corn and soybean markets, what it means for crop revenue and how it could impact program payments for producers who recently enrolled in either USDA's ARC or PLC programs. The impact on meat and livestock markets has been...

April 20, 2020 Online The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program hosts webinars that showcase important start-up topics and resources for beginning farmers and ranchers. This seminar will illustrate the relationships between stress, injury and overall health among farmers. ...

April 20, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's Hemp Webinar Series features Penn State Extension experts discussing timely hemp production and harvesting issues on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month during the growing season. This episode, "Soil and Water Testing," will cover all the ins and outs of proper soil and water testing, how to collect your sample, interpreting the results and what the numbers really mean. The webinar is free; registration is required....

April 20, 2020 Online In this webinar from Future Harvest CASA, Liz Reitzig will spend the first hour on methods for reaching potential new customers and a discussion around making decisions about how to allocate time and energy. The second hour is reserved for Q and A, so bring your farm-specific questions. The event is free, but registration is required....

April 17, 2020 Online This event is part of a free Livestock Webinar Series offered by Co-operative Feed Dealers, Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, and The Livestock Institute. The live seminars will also be recorded for viewing at a later date. ...

April 17, 2020 Online MOFGA presents a free one-hour webinar geared towards established farmers, addressing labor laws on the farm and COVID-19....

April 17, 2020 Online The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo will be presenting this free webinar for sheep and goat producers regarding COVID-19's impact on the markets....

April 17, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting virtual meet-ups every Friday for six weeks, to provide a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas, and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor, and enhanced measures for food safety....

April 17, 2020 Online This webinar from The Organic Center will look at new research on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation, and specific organic soil-building practices to illuminate strategies that have the biggest impacts on soil health....

April 17, 2020 Online Quivira Coalition is offering weekly virtual community forums on Friday mornings on topics related to resilience, whole-systems thinking, and regenerative agriculture. ...

April 16, 2020 Online In this webinar from Understanding Ag, Ray Archuleta will explain how soil functions: how plants, animals, and organisms work together as a collective to transform and extract nutrients from the soil. David Kleinschmidt will explain how farmers and ranchers can use diverse crops, cover crops, and animals to enhance that cycle. ...

April 16, 2020 Online This special series of the University of Minnesota Extension's Local Foods College is in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. The free, online, distance-learning opportunity will provide a forum for the small farm and food communities to connect, network, and share information that can help us all navigate a path forward through these difficult times....

April 16, 2020 Online The CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series is a free, exclusive online series connecting businesses and projects within the food system to development finance tools, such as bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and much more. This series showcases how development finance agencies from across the country are investing in local food systems. Each installment of this series will explore how the development finance toolbox can be used to generate investment for different focus areas, such as disaster relief, neighborhood redevelopment, entrepreneurs, and more. ...

April 16, 2020 Online The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program hosts webinars that showcase important start-up topics and resources for beginning farmers and ranchers. In this episode, learn what financing options are available through the Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs. Discussion will include types of loans, rates and terms, eligibility and feasibility requirements, and an opportunity for questions....

April 16, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is launching a new virtual free cover crop field day that will include video footage from the field. The event will allow for live interaction with Mark Licht, Iowa State University Assistant Professor & Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, and Alison Robertson, Iowa State University Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor and Extension Field Pathologist as they show their current cover crop research projects....

April 16, 2020 Online This event is part of a free Livestock Webinar Series offered by Co-operative Feed Dealers, Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, and The Livestock Institute. The live seminars will also be recorded for viewing at a later date....

April 15, 2020 Online This webinar series is an opportunity to learn from your fellow farmers and ranchers and from subject area experts about the challenges farmers are currently facing and the different strategies folks are implementing to navigate those challenges, and to inform the organizations that work to serve California small- and mid-sized farmers. This free webinar series is brought to you by the California Farmers Union, California FarmLink, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition....

April 15, 2020 Online This online discussion with Vanessa Garcia Polanco and Leah Douglas explores the implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing on the food system in the United States. It will focus on how this dynamic translates for the most vulnerable folks in the food system, including migrant workers and informal food service workers. Comments and questions from viewers throughout the session are welcome....

April 15, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for a free webinar on seed potato production and breeding in organic systems, by Rue Genger of the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Horticulture. Learn how seed potato crops are kept healthy through careful inspection and testing, what it means for seed potatoes to be "certified," and where organic certification fits into this picture. The webinar will also talk about true potato seed, potato breeding, and how true seed is developing as a possible alternative to seed potatoes. ...

April 15, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of a monthly series from Iowa Learning Farms. This presentation will explore the promise and opportunities for taking unprofitable areas out of production and converting them to native perennial vegetation. Adam Janke, an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University (ISU), will explore where these areas are found in crop fields, what to do with them once they're found, and how water and wildlife can benefit from this conservation practice. ...

April 14, 2020 Online In this Understanding Ag webinar, seasoned marketers Gabe Brown, Shane New, and Dr. Allen Williams will provide the foundational base for marketing success. Learn from their hard-earned experience and wisdom so you can build a solid marketing program of your own....

April 14, 2020 Online This special series of the University of Minnesota Extension's Local Foods College is in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. The free, online, distance-learning opportunity will provide a forum for the small farm and food communities to connect, network, and share information that can help us all navigate a path forward through these difficult times....

April 14, 2020 Online Join Delta Institute and the Pasture Project for a webinar on the state of grass-fed value chains in Illinois. This webinar will present research on current grass-fed production, processing, and end markets; showcase 11 case studies of regenerative grass-fed value chain stakeholders; and assess future growth scenarios and recommendations for growing grass-fed beef value chains in Illinois....

April 14, 2020 Online Join Rodale Institute's Organic Crop Consultants (OCCs) for a free virtual seminar on transitioning to certified organic production. Presenters will discuss a multitude of topics, from regulatory compliance to practical applications in your farming operation and recent key research findings conducted on Rodale's farms....

April 14, 2020 Online This webinar is the second presentation in an 11-part monthly webinar series created by the USDA Forest Service. It will cover information on biochar related to slash pile building, on-site conversion (including small mobile units), bioenergy facilities, saw mills, compost facilities, and more. ...

April 14, 2020 Online NCAT is creating a space for farmer-veterans to share your challenges and strategies for resiliency and connect with each other in a listening and information session. Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center, will share information on legal issues and how COVID-19 is impacting farmers. He will also take questions from participants. Agriculture specialists from each of NCAT's six regional offices will also be available to answer questions. ...

April 13, 20, 27, and May 4 and 11, 2020 Online This five-part series from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is for farmers seeking a GAP audit by the USDA Harmonized GAP Standard. The USDA HGAP Standard requires that at least one person with supervisory responsibility have formal food safety training prior to the audit. This series will fulfill the formal training requirement and get you well-prepared for audit day. ...

April 11, 2020 Online Willie Nelson, sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, and Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews will perform from their homes in a virtual show of support and solidarity for family farmers and ranchers. At Home with Farm Aid will celebrate farmers, ranchers, and those who work all along the food chain as essential workers. The event will be streamed on the Farm Aid website and on AXS TV....

April 10, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting virtual meet-ups every Friday for six weeks, to provide a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas, and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor, and enhanced measures for food safety....

April 10, 2020 Online Prescott College's "Food Systems Friday" webinar series continues with this episode. Wendy Sue Harper and Eleanor Tison explore how community and school gardens are innovating to assure they continue as important spaces for people of all ages to learn sustainable practices about and access healthy food....

April 10, 2020 Online MOFGA is offering a free webinar geared towards established farmers, surrounding labor law and communication on the farm. Steven McKinney will cover numerous aspects of farm labor, including common mistakes employers make, pay issues, overtime exemptions and times when overtime may have to be paid, child labor restrictions, record keeping, field sanitation requirements, and also special rules surrounding housing, labor contractor registration, and/or transportation that may apply under the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act and the H-2A program....

April 10, 2020 Online The Quivira Coalition is offering weekly virtual community forums on Friday mornings on topics related to resilience, whole-systems thinking, and regenerative agriculture....

April 9, 2020 Online This webinar from Understanding Ag with Dr. Allen Williams will explore how the recent coronavirus pandemic has impacted the agricultural and food markets. Potential paradigm shifts have already occurred. This webinar looks at how you can take advantage of these markets and plan for what future markets will look like....

April 9, 2020 Online In this webinar from Iowa Farm Bureau, Emily Coll, Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program Coordinator from ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead an interactive session where she will discuss the why's and how's of enterprise budgets and go through a few budgets already completed. Participants will learn about how budgets are different than whole-farm financial records and how market outlets can drastically change profitability. ...

April 9, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa and Syverson Strege present online Understanding Farm Retirement workshops that will discuss retirement in the context of farm transition and succession. Facilitated by financial planners from Syverson Strege, these workshops will discuss retirement planning and implementation strategies and will lay out a roadmap to retirement as part of a larger farm transfer or estate plan. Attendees will also hear about new legislation (the SECURE Act), effective December 2019, that includes changes to IRAs, 401(k)s, RMDs, and more....

April 8, 2020 Online This webinar series is an opportunity to learn from your fellow farmers and ranchers and from subject area experts about the challenges farmers are currently facing and the different strategies folks are implementing to navigate those challenges, and to inform the organizations that work to serve California small- and mid-sized farmers. This free webinar series is brought to you by the California Farmers Union, California FarmLink, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition....

April 8, 2020 Online In response to requests for guidance on helping food and farm businesses navigate the CARES Act financial assistance programs, the Wallace Center is hosting an informal briefing. This call is intended for Technical Assistance providers, support organizations, and other advocates who are assisting small to midsize farmers and food enterprises primarily working in local and regional value chains to access emergency assistance....

April 8, 2020 Online Join the Farmers Market Coalition for this free webinar to learn more about the world of federal and state level EBT processing and technology. Expert Peter Relich will share a short history of the development of EBT, then walk through how EBT transaction processing works within FNS, at the state agencies, and for processors. The webinar will also include information on state SNAP contracts and how to collaborate with your state agency. ...

April 8, 2020 Online Indiana University presents a webinar designed for land access service providers; farm link, farm transfer, and farm succession service providers; land access policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders. Learn about recent findings and tools from Midwestern, Plains, and national initiatives including a new national guide, Developing & Strengthening Farm Link Programs, findings from a study of farm link services, and an introduction to American Farmland Trust's Land Access Trainer Curriculum....

April 8, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms hosts a free webinar that will provide information on how to succeed with cover crops and no-till for spring 2020. Liz Ripley, Conservation & Cover Crop Outreach Specialist, and Mark Licht, Assistant Professor & Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, will share results from a variety of cover crop projects. ...

April 7, 2020 Online In this webinar, Dr. Allen Williams and the Understanding Ag team will discuss key adaptive grazing tips for a successful 2020 grazing season. Getting started right is crucial to the productivity of the entire season. Presenters will help you get started on the right foot by optimizing forage availability, biomass production, animal performance, and net profitability....

April 7, 2020 Online This free evening webinar is part of the Savanna Institute's Nutshell Series. It features Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance....

April 7, 2020 Online Join University of Minnesota Extension for this half-day workshop addressing issues in vegetable and fruit production, geared to producers who sell vegetables or fruit at local farmers markets, groceries or restaurants. Topics will include Spotted Wing Drosophila exclusion, disease prevention, and pollinator habitat....

April 7, 2020 Online USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting a webinar to share details and answer questions about the new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot. This pilot program enables farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota to receive payments for planting perennial cover for conservation use for three to five years. The signup began March 30 and ends August 21, 2020. The 30-minute webinar, hosted by South Dakota FSA, will share basic information about SHIPP benefits, eligibility, and rental rates, as well as provide time for questions and answers....

April 7, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of a series based on "Reversing the Downward Trend: Toolkit for Adapting Farmers Markets to Match Consumer Trends," presented by the Farmers Market Federation of New York. ...

April 6, 2020 Online Farmers Market Coalition shares how market operators who have actually implemented a new COVID-19 practice have operationalized those new methods. This webinar will focus ONLY on the physical redesign of market spaces. It will not cover online platforms that some market leaders are using to build new, off-site purchasing systems. ...

April 6, 2020 Online In this free webinar from PASA, professor Chris Gambino will discuss rumen development in the pre-weaned calf, and the role grain can play at this critical time of life. If a certification does not allow grain to be fed, how does the livestock manager assure good health in the calf? Chris will look at current and developing research around this important area of livestock management....

April 6, 2020 Online This PASA webinar will review financial relief available to farmers and small businesses through the CARE Act recently passed by Congress, including emergency, incentive, and investment support. Presenters will also discuss other considerations for managing financial challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. ...

April 6, 2020 Online This half-day workshop is part of Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices, a workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture....

April 3, 2020 Online To assist farmers, nutritionists, and agronomists in decisions regarding growing and feeding alternative forages, UW Madison Extension is offering a Growing and Feeding Alternative Forages webinar. Topics will include Tools for Helping to Determine On Farm Forage Inventories, Alternative Forages for Dairy, and Connecting Forage Quality to Dairy Performance....

April 3, 2020 Online Prescott College's "Food Systems Friday" Webinar Series continues with this episode. Prescott College Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems faculty from around the country will weigh in on how they see the dynamic scenario of food access during the COVID-19 era unfolding in their bioregions. They will discuss relevant issues in the food system, including access to community and school gardens, connecting farmers to their communities, and ensuring local agriculture has a place in the coming months. ...

April 3-4, 2020 Online The Alaska Farmers Market Association conference theme, "Buy Local, Grow Local," highlights how markets are a vital piece of local economies. Join market organizers and supporters, farmers and vendors, from around the state for a weekend devoted to growing your farmers market. Share ideas, develop new skills, and strengthen your support network. This conference will be presented virtually....

April 2, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the "7 $ecrets of Effective Farmers Webinar Series" presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Beginning farmers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and all farm operators are invited to participate. The series will cover a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing and planning....

April 2, 2020 Online This free Oregon Tilth webinar will feature Northwest Food Solutions' Teri Danielson and Cheryl Collins, experts in lean manufacturing tools and evaluation. They'll share techniques and answer questions to help your business operate safely during the COVID-19 crisis. Lean manufacturing tools like "Gemba Walks" and "Poka Yoke" can be used to quickly evaluate your operation, and identify the most effective ways to integrate specific practices. Learn more about using lean tools for food business safety. ...

April 2, 2020 Online The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network offers an opportunity to hear from three experienced panelists who sell their meats online and ship direct to consumers. Topics will include setting up an online store, different web platforms, accepting payments, updating inventory, meat selection, subscriptions versus a la carte orders, boxes, insulation, dry ice, maintaining cold chain, shipping carriers, costs, regulations. This will be more of an informal discussion than a formal presentation....

April 1, 2020 Online This webinar series is an opportunity to learn from your fellow farmers and ranchers and from subject area experts about the challenges farmers are currently facing and the different strategies folks are implementing to navigate those challenges, and to inform the organizations that work to serve California small and mid-sized farmers. The first webinar in the series is on Creative Solutions to Market Instability. This free webinar series is brought to you by the California Farmers Union, California FarmLink, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition....

April 1, 2020 Online This free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) features a panel of livestock farmers who are currently doing online or pre-paid sales successfully. Presenters are Hayden Holbert of Avrom Farm in Wisconsin, Sam Gasson of Bull City Farm in North Carolina, Katie Steere of Deep Roots Farm in Rhode Island, and Heather Puckett of MT Cross Farm in Montana. They will share their experiences with the various online platforms and also offer tips for navigating the logistical challenges that come with online stores....

April 1, 2020 Online Practical Farmers of Iowa and Syverson Strege present online Understanding Farm Retirement workshops that will discuss retirement in the context of farm transition and succession. Facilitated by financial planners from Syverson Strege, these workshops will discuss retirement planning and implementation strategies and will lay out a roadmap to retirement as part of a larger farm transfer or estate plan. Attendees will also hear about new legislation (the SECURE Act), effective December 2019, that includes changes to IRAs, 401(k)s, RMDs, and more....

March 30, 2020 Online The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a free webinar on How to Create a Free On-line Store for Your Farm. Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will walk participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a basic, free, on-line store through Square that will allow folks to accept pre-orders and payments for items to be picked up at the farm, farmers market, or other location. Pre-registration is required. ...

March 31, 2020 Online The Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series from University of Maryland Extension continues with a free presentation featuring Jeanette Jeffrey, Healthy Living Educator at University of Maryland Extension....

March 31, 2020 Online The Pasture Project presents this webinar with Meghan Filbert of Practical Farmers of Iowa, addressing common myths about grazing cover crops. The webinar will discuss information from recent grazing cover crop field trials and the experiences of farmers using the practice....

March 31, 2020 Online Join eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation for a free webinar about organic crop insurance options for 2021. During this webinar, attendees will learn how changes to federal crop insurance programs in the 2018 Farm Bill may impact organic and transitioning farmers. Presenters will also discuss several provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that can help organic farmers build healthy soils and thereby reduce on-farm risks including those related to climate change. ...

March 31, 2020 Online Minnesota Farmers Market Association is hosting this Zoom meeting on new modes of market operation for all Minnesota farmers market managers, staff, vendors, and other advocates. David Kotsonas from St. Paul Farmers Market, Martha Archer from Mill City Farmers Market, and Jessica Joyce from Rochester Farmers Market discuss the different alternative market formats they are currently trialing. Topics will include lessons learned; online platforms utilized; information gathered on sales, cost of operation, and other important metrics; next steps; and Q&A discussion. ...

March 30, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for a webinar on the microbiome and how it relates to organic dairy production. The webinar will be presented by a team of researchers who are currently conducting a study on the microbiome and mastitis in organic dairies, with funding from the USDA NIFA OREI. This webinar will focus on describing the microbiome and its important characteristics and discuss current research that is trying to leverage the microbiome to improve animal health, welfare, and productivity. This webinar is the first in a series on the microbiome and its potential applications to dairy production and mastitis....

March 30, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the free series "Reversing the Downward Trend: Toolkit for Adapting Farmers Markets to Match Consumer Trends" presented by the Farmers Market Federation of New York....

March 30, 2020 Online The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a free webinar on How to Create a Free On-line Store for Your Farm. Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will walk participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a basic, free, on-line store through Square that will allow folks to accept pre-orders and payments for items to be picked up at the farm, farmers market, or other location. Pre-registration is required. ...

March 30, 2020 Online Cornell Vegetable Program presents a one-day school designed for organic and conventional fresh-market growers who consider themselves beginner or intermediate skill-level cole crops producers. In addition to scouting, ID and management of common pests, diseases, and weeds, the morning includes special seminars on controlling swede midge, alternaria, and on diversifying weed-management strategies. Fertility, soil health, marketing and variety selection, grower perspectives and tips, and winter cole crops production round out the afternoon programming. ...

March 30, 2020 Online The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Virginia Association for Biological Farming want to hear from Virginia farmers during this COVID crisis and find out ways those in our network and beyond are handling these changes to our growing season, supply chain, and overall livelihood. Learn from each other and discuss the challenges you are facing, explore opportunities that are arising as a result of this crisis, and the innovative responses underway to keep our communities safe but also well nourished. Hear from Lee O'Neill, of Radical Roots Farm, and Heather Coiner, of Little Hat Creek Farm,...

March 27, 2020 Online Episode 2 of Prescott College's "Food Systems Friday" webinar series is "What Does Home Grown Food Security Look Like?—Lessons from the Silk Road." Join Dr. Robin Currey for a timely discussion about smallholder agroecosystems. Sharing research from localized food systems in Kyrgyzstan where 77% of fruits and berries and 52% of its vegetables come from gardens that average only 0.35 acres, this presentation illustrates what can be planted and raised in home gardens in the United States to meet household food security needs. ...

March 27, 2020 Online Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for a one-hour virtual meet-up to talk about the ongoing changes and challenges specific to your farms and markets due to COVID-19. This event provides a place for producers to share their insights, struggles, ideas, and strategies to manage current and anticipated changes related to consumer demand, market access, labor, and enhanced measures for food safety....

March 27, 2020 Online This discussion-based farminar from Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) will center on women's and gender-oppressed voices and welcomes all sectors of the food system. Bring your concerns, thoughts, ideas, and thinking caps and commune together to imagine solutions and coordinate action to address the challenges that we face now and will face in the future. Advanced registration is requested. ...

March 26, 2020 Online The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program hosts webinars that showcase important start-up topics and resources for beginning farmers and ranchers. In this webinar, Dr. John Munsell will briefly cover the basics of forest farming and share contemporary opportunities for farming in Virginia’s forestlands. He will also describe the remarkable rise of forest farming in the state and beyond, and discuss the development of an American Forest Farming Council to support forest farmers. Attendees will gain a better appreciation for the latest and greatest in forest farming and be able to weigh in with questions and perspectives...

March 26, 2020 Online In this webinar from Washington State University Extension, presenters will share considerations for farm operations in an emergency, tips to help plan for contingencies, and tools to develop plans with your support networks....

March 26, 2020 Online Rodale Institute presents this free webinar. It will discuss practical organic disease management for cucurbit crops (cucumbers, melons, squash) and present research data from a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture-funded project evaluating the potential of hairy vetch cover crops as a tool to suppress powdery mildew in butternut squash....

March 26, 2020 Online Chesapeake Harvest and Future Harvest present this lunchtime webinar that will explore post harvest handling and food safety practices in the time of Coronavirus. Food safety educators Lindsay Gilmour, Kimberly Raikes, Aleya Fraser, and Elizabeth Beggins present this free webinar....

March 26, 2020 Online The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a free webinar on How to Create a Free On-line Store for Your Farm. Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will walk participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a basic, free, on-line store through Square that will allow folks to accept pre-orders and payments for items to be picked up at the farm, farmers market, or other location. Pre-registration is required....

March 25, 2020 Online The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a free webinar on How to Create a Free On-line Store for Your Farm. Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will walk participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a basic, free, on-line store through Square that will allow folks to accept pre-orders and payments for items to be picked up at the farm, farmers market, or other location. Pre-registration is required....

March 25, 2020 Online This free webinar in the MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar Series focuses on smart phone movies. The presenter will review tools and techniques to produce high quality videos from your smart phone....

March 25, 2020 Online This free webinar is offered by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York, an agroforestry extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program, presents on medicinal and feed values trees can offer ruminant livestock. Tree species including willow, poplar, and black locust have been extensively researched and found to offer exciting opportunities in silvopasture systems. Learn about these trees and how to manage them in your landscape....

March 25, 2020 Online In this free eOrganic webinar, presenter Jana Kraft of the University of Vermont will discuss the fatty acids in dairy milk and their potential health benefits. The webinar will summarize the current knowledge on the bioactivity of dairy-derived fatty acids with emphasis on potential health benefits. Additionally, it will present data from a recently conducted study comparing the fatty acid composition and content, on a per serving basis, between conventional milk, organic milk, and omega-3 fortified milk in the Northeast....

March 25, 2020 Online Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture hosts this moderated call for farmers. Learn how regional organizations are banding together to meet the needs of farmers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and weigh in on where you, the farmers, need help. CASA's Executive Director will discuss a new platform to aid in direct farmer-to-consumer sales, ways to streamline communication, policies that are underway, adapting customers to social distancing, resources, and the latest news from local partner organizations and governments. Farmers Emma Jagoz of Moon Valley Farm, Mike Protas of One Acre Farm, Beckie Gurley of Calvert's Gift...

March 25, 2020 Online Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is hosting weekly webinars each Wednesday at noon to offer timely education on issues related to water, soil, wildlife, and other conservation topics. The first webinar, with Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will focus on carbonate research and the potential for carbon storage in Iowa soils....

March 25, 2020 Online This free webinar is presented by the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Learn about the biological and arboricultural basis for managing soils of community trees, including understanding spacing between trees, canopy gap openings, water harvesting into soil below pavement, protection during construction, and recommended soil volumes. The webinar will explore how aesthetic design issues affect trees and the sustainability of urban development projects and landscapes. ...

March 24, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Financial Fitness for Farmers Mini-Series offered by Cultivating Success. Free lunchtime webinars help you explore, strengthen, or expand your small farm or ranch operation. This concluding session focuses on cash flow statements....

March 23, 2020 Online This AgriSafe webinar is for agricultural producers, ranchers, farmers, farmworkers, veterinarians, Extension personnel, rural health care providers, and others who work in agriculture. This webinar is intended to share evidence-based information about COVID19 and to help agricultural producers identify strategies for responding on their farms. Participants in the webinar will learn these skills: be aware of common signs and symptoms of COVID-19; understand the transmission risk to yourself, employees, and potentially your animals; describe infection control principles and appropriate strategies for limiting disease transmission; and locate resources and training for ag producers related to infection prevention....

March 23, 2020 Online This half-day workshop is part of Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices, a workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture....

March 20, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the University of Illinois Extension Small Farms Winter Webinar Series. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. ...

March 19, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the Diversifying Production on Small Farms webinar series from Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture. In this series, experts provide overviews of diverse enterprises that might work for your business. In this concluding episode, Elisabeth Hodgdon will guide the audience through a thoughtful approach to designing diversified farming systems with food safety in mind. ...

March 19, 2020 Online The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, will present a free webinar for those interested in starting a rural natural resource-based business or wanting to supplement their farm or ranch income with an additional enterprise. Greg Clary, Ph.D., business consultant with the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, San Antonio, will present on new possible streams of income for farmers and ranchers. ...

March 19, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for the third free webinar in a series about organic pastures by Mike Peel of the USDA ARS Forage and Range Research Lab in Utah. Results from research projects conducted by USDA-ARS and Utah State University researchers will be presented demonstrating the increase in productivity and forage nutritive value from pastures that include forage legumes when compared to cool season grass monocultures. Additional results will be presented demonstrating that inter-seeding a legume into an established pasture can be successful when cool-season grasses are in their "summer slump" and the least competitive....

March 19, 2020 Online This webinar is part of a monthly series on biochar created by the USDA Forest Service. The webinar will cover basic information about biochar, types of char, biochar applications, environmental benefits, and more. There will be a brief overview of production technologies. ...

March 18, 2020 Online This free webinar on the Livestock Compass is offered by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). Join this webinar to learn about Livestock Compass, a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet tool developed by the University of Wisconsin to help livestock producers measure profitability and identify ways to improve financial outcomes. Presenters John Hendrickson and Jim Munsch will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool, demonstrating how it works to measure financial results for the totality of a livestock operation....

March 18, 2020 Online This is the second webinar in a series from USDA on Managing Mixed-Species Stands. This session discusses preliminary results from a research study in Louisiana that combines Pine-Hardwood mixes in plantations. It also provides a caution for landowners considering adopting mixed stand strategies in the Southeast. ...

March 17, 2020 Online The third webinar in Cultivating Success' Financial Fitness for Farmers Mini-Series focuses on enterprise budgets. The free, four-part series covers how to develop financial forms to assess farm enterprise profitability. ...

March 16, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of a series based on "Reversing the Downward Trend: Toolkit for Adapting Farmers Markets to Match Consumer Trends," presented by the Farmers Market Federation of New York. ...

March 12, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the Diversifying Production on Small Farms webinar series from Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture. In this series, experts provide overviews of diverse enterprises that might work for your business. During this session, Mike Basedow will provide some of the bare essentials to help you determine if growing tree fruit is right for you. ...

March 12, 2020 Online This free webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) features Lee Rinehart from the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Lee will discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals....

March 12, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Join Bronwyn Aly, Local Foods Systems and Small Farms Educator, as she discusses the basics of setting up a drip irrigation system....

March 11, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the Dairy Grazing Management series from Penn State Extension. Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm....

March 11, 2020 Online This free, one-hour webinar is part of the MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar series. This webinar will introduce the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil, and how they interact and affect soil quality and health....

March 10, 2020 Online This live, online discussion is part of the Savanna Institute's Nutshell Series. Kelleen Wiseman from the University of British Columbia is the presenter....

March 10, 2020 Online This free webinar is one session in a four-part series from Cultivating Success. The Financial Fitness for Farmers Mini-Series focuses on how to develop financial forms to assess farm enterprise profitability. The second session is on income statements....

March 9, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Small Farm & Ranch Webinar Series from Cultivating Success. This webinar with Stephanie Smith, Washington State University, discusses ways produce can become contaminated, the source and types of pathogens that often contaminate produce, and ways to prevent contamination. ...

March 6, 2020 Online This free webinar from PASA will introduce FarmOS: a free, flexible, and powerful web-based tool for managing farm records for everything from crop planning and pest management to livestock inventories. By participating in this webinar, you'll understand how to get started using FarmOS to improve whole farm management. ...

March 5, 2020 Online This webinar is part of Diversifying Production on Small Farms--A Webinar Series about Opportunities, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture. In this five-part webinar series, experts provide overviews of diverse enterprises that might work for your business. Registration is $25 for entire series, or $6 per webinar. ...

March 5, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. ...

March 5, 2020 Online In this free webinar, a farmer and two conservationists (including NCAT's Rex Dufour) will discuss conservation practices available to cotton farmers. They will address weed control benefits, increasing water-use efficiency, and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. If you are interested in reducing costs while maintaining yields, this webinar is for you. ...

March 4, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for an update on organic management of Spotted Wing Drosophila based on recent research. It will summarize findings of the research conducted by a multi-regional team funded by USDA-NIFA through OREI, on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila....

March 3, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of Cultivating Success' Small Farm & Ranch Webinar Series. This webinar will focus on Balance Sheets for small farmers and ranchers. Part 1 is the first webinar in a four-part mini-series that will focus on how to develop financial forms to assess farm enterprise profitability. The mini-series continues with sessions on March 10, 17, and 24, 2020. ...

March 3, 2020 Online Join the CCOF Foundation, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild for a free webinar that provides updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspection process in California, as well as shares resources produce farmers can use to get into FSMA compliance....

February 27, 2020 Online This webinar is part of Diversifying Production on Small Farms--A Webinar Series about Opportunities, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture. In this five-part webinar series, experts provide overviews of diverse enterprises that might work for your business. Registration is $25 for entire series, or $6 per webinar. ...

February 27, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. For decades the Saturated Media Extract (SME) test has been a routine method used for greenhouse bench crops growing in soil-less mixes and also in irrigated arid production systems. SME represents an option to monitor and manage nutrients at the...

February 26, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar Series. Attend this webinar to learn about drone and camera types, the ease of operation, and when to fly row crops. After this presentation you will be able to make an informed decision on whether drones fit your operation, and the most affordable option to buy....

February 24, 2020 Online Cultivating Success offers a free lunchtime webinar series designed to help you explore, strengthen, or expand your small farm or ranch operation. This webinar will provide insight into consumer interests and demand for local food and characteristics of local food important to restaurant and retail buyers....

February 21, 2020 Online The Weed IPM Webinar Series presented by the University of New Hampshire Extension includes a presentation from an expert in weed management, followed by a question and answer session. This session will cover an introduction to biological control of invasive weeds using insect herbivores, including the current state of invasive swallow-wort management in the northeast. This session will be appropriate for the general public, but may be of special interest to Christmas tree growers and pasture managers....

February 21, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of a free series based on "Reversing the Downward Trend: Toolkit for Adapting Farmers Markets to Match Consumer Trends," presented by the Farmers Market Federation of New York....

February 20, 2020 Online This webinar is part of Diversifying Production on Small Farms--A Webinar Series about Opportunities, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture. In this five-part webinar series, experts provide overviews of diverse enterprises that might work for your business. Registration is $25 for entire series, or $6 per webinar. ...

February 20, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This webinar will help you decide which organic matters to use, how they contribute to the soil, impact soil biology, and add to soil nutrient cycles....

February 20, 2020 Online Join eOrganic for the second webinar in a series about pasture mixes to improve the sustainability of pasture-based dairy production. Researches at Utah State University, the University of Idaho, and the USDA-ARS are working with Extension educators to determine if grass-legume mixed pastures can properly grow and develop dairy heifers. In this free webinar, Jake Hadfield, of USU Extension, will describe the effects that different organic pastures had on heifer growth and development....

February 17, 2020 Online Cornell Specialty Mushrooms project and project partner Fungi Ally present a series of three free evening webinars. The webinars will cover an introduction to mushrooms farming, including details on grow rooms, methods of cultivation and economics of mushroom growing. Through this webinar series, participants will explore how to develop a mission, goal, and strategy; a production budget; and a mushroom crop plan for the 2020 growing season....

February 14, 2020 Online The Weed IPM Webinar Series presented by the University of New Hampshire Extension includes a presentation from an expert in weed management, followed by a question and answer session. This session will be an update on recent UNH research and will cover basics of incorporating tarping and cover crops into your IPM approach. This session will be targeted to commercial vegetable producers, but should also be appropriate for beginners and home gardeners....

February 13 - March 26, 2020 Online MESA, in collaboration with CAFF and The Farmer's Guild, presents Farmers Build Fire Resilience, an interactive course that will give participants the technical and theoretical toolkit needed to reduce the human, production, financial, and legal risks from wildfires. Garner actionable solutions, co-create fire response and prevention networks, and leave with an on-farm fire resilience plan to help you and your community face a future with fire. There will be seven weekly live meetings hosted online where participants learn, discuss with peers and have Q&A with guest experts and farmers. Also, pre-recorded materials, such as podcasts...

February 13, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. ...

February 12, 2020 Online Cornell Specialty Mushrooms project and project partner Fungi Ally present a series of three free evening webinars. The webinars will cover an introduction to mushrooms farming, including details on grow rooms, methods of cultivation and economics of mushroom growing. Through this webinar series, participants will explore how to develop a mission, goal, and strategy; a production budget; and a mushroom crop plan for the 2020 growing season....

February 12, 2020 Online This free webinar is part of the Dairy Grazing Management series from Penn State Extension. Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm....

February 12, 2020 Online Join Iowa Organic Association and Katelynn McCollough, attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, for this presentation about hemp farming in Iowa. If you are considering expanding into this growing market, you are encouraged to tune in to this webinar to learn about the regulations surrounding hemp cultivation and production as well as the areas of uncertainty that create risk for farmers....

February 11, 2020 Online This evening webinar is part of the Savanna Institute's ongoing Nutshell Series. These are free, live, online discussions with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. This session is presented by Keefe Keeley....

February 11, 2020 Online Join the CCOF Foundation for a free webinar that highlights best management practices that organic livestock operations can take to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This webinar will also review USDA risk management and disaster assistance programs that aid farmers and ranchers in recovering from a disaster after it has occurred....

February 10, 2020 Online This webinar is part of the free Small Farm & Ranch Webinar Series from Cultivating Success. This webinar provides an overview of worker health and hygiene and the important role this plays in maintaining produce safety....

February 7, 2020 Online The Weed IPM Webinar Series presented by the University of New Hampshire Extension includes a presentation from an expert in weed management, followed by a question and answer session. This session will cover the basics of mechanical weed management and an introduction to weed seedbank management strategies. This session will be targeted to commercial vegetable producers, but should also be appropriate for beginners and home gardeners....

February 6, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, participants will identify the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, or distress, and evidence-based strategies to reduce stress and improve overall health....

February 5, 2020 Online Cornell Specialty Mushrooms project and project partner Fungi Ally present a series of three free evening webinars. The webinars will cover an introduction to mushrooms farming, including details on grow rooms, methods of cultivation and economics of mushroom growing. Through this webinar series, participants will explore how to develop a mission, goal, and strategy; a production budget; and a mushroom crop plan for the 2020 growing season....

January 31, 2020 Online The Weed IPM Webinar Series presented by the University of New Hampshire Extension includes a presentation from an expert in weed management, followed by a question and answer session. This session will cover the basics on herbicide modes of action, as well as an introduction to identifying herbicide damage of plants. This session will be targeted to an advanced audience, but growers of all levels are welcome to attend....

January 30, 2020 Davis, California, and Online University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this final workshop is "Egg Quality and Review of Useful Poultry Production Resources & Regulations."...

January 30, 2020 Online This event is part of the University of Illinois Extension weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. Online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This session will cover the basics of establishment, maintenance, harvest, and marketing....

January 30, 2020 Columbia, Missouri and Online The Univeristy of Missouri Center for Agroforestry presents the 11th Annual UMCA Agroforestry Symposium, focusing on "Value-Added Processing for Missouri Agriculture and Forestry." The symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested. Sessions are also available via livestream....

January 29, 2020 Online CCOF is offering a free webinar with UCSC Farm Garden Manager Christof Bernau on organic seedling production and greenhouse efficiencies for small farms. This session will focus on the management of environmental conditions to optimize germination and development of high-quality transplants, with an emphasis on system efficiencies that can improve seedling quality and your bottom line. From sowing, through germination, seedling development, to hardening off and holding strategies, all seedlings life stages will be explored. ...

January 28, 2020 Online Farm Schools For Adults is part of a free webinar series offered by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). Presenters Karen Kopf of Kopf Canyon Ranch in Idaho and Paul Dorrance of Pastured Providence Farmstead in Ohio will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons lessons they have experienced from their years running successful educational events for farmers. They will also discuss considerations for the registration process, pricing, advertising and promotion, programming, and evaluation....

January 28, 2020 Online This evening webinar is part of the Savanna Institute's ongoing Nutshell Series. These are free, live, online discussions with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture....

January 28, 2020 Online This webinar will discuss how the growing interest in milk fatty acids is relevant to organic and grass dairy producers and industry personnel. It will cover the 'basics' of how fatty acids are produced in ruminants and review recent research on the differences in milk fatty acid content of organic, grassfed, and conventional milk. Presenter Elle Andreen will also discuss the consumer perception of and demand for these products, and how this new information is relevant to farmers. The intended audience is dairy producers, consultants, and other industry personnel....

January 27, 2020 Davis, California, and Online University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this fourth workshop is "Feed and Nutrition for Pastured Poultry." ...

January 24, 2020 Online The Weed IPM Webinar Series presented by the University of New Hampshire Extension includes a presentation from an expert in weed management, followed by a question and answer session. This introductory session will cover the basic hows and whys of integrating weed management into your IPM approach. ...

January 22, 2020 Davis, California, and Online University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this third workshop is "Alternative Poultry Species and Animal Welfare Considerations."...

January 15, 2020 Online Join this free, one-hour webinar presentation from USDA Northeast Climate Hub to be introduced to OpenTEAM, or Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management. This is a farmer/rancher-driven project to provide interoperability and site-specific decision support to diverse production systems, scales, and geographies. OpenTEAM technology includes field-level carbon measurement, digital management records, remote sensing, predictive analytics, and input and economic-management decision support in a connected suite....

January 15, 2020 Gainesville, Florida and livestreamed The Future of Food Forum will be an intensive and exciting one-day event at the University of Florida. It will bring together leading experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators to take a look at the future of food with an eye toward 2050. At the forum you will hear some of the world's changemakers give their perspective on the future of food systems and what we should be doing now to embrace the innovations and challenges of the future of food. ...

January 14, 2020 Davis, California, and Online University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a weekly series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this second workshop is "Pastured Poultry Farm Economics and Marketing." ...

January 14, 2020 Online The CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) present a webinar that reviews techniques for managing soil and irrigation during times of drought. Find out how to use your water resource most efficiently and hear about managing soil for best water absorption and storage. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how to manage irrigation scheduling and system maintenance and how to manage soils for water infiltration and storage in order to use water efficiently as possible while maximizing crop yields. ...

January 14, 2020 Online Farm Camps for Kids is part of a free webinar series offered by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). Presenters Samantha Gasson of Bull City Farm in North Carolina and Ana Skemp of Deep Roots Community Farm in Wisconsin will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons lessons they have experienced from their years running successful on-farm camps for children....

January 9, 2020 Online Researchers at Utah State University, the University of Idaho, and the USDA-ARS are working with producers and extension educators to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of pasture-based organic dairies by examining the effects of grass-legume mixtures on dairy cattle performance and heifer development. Dr. Blair Waldron, one of the project leaders, will introduce the team's research objectives and give the first in a series of webinars. This first webinar will report how various grass-legume mixtures affect the herbage nutritive value and dry-matter intake by dairy heifers. ...

January 8, 2020 Online MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture continues its biweekly Wednesday Webinar Series with this free, one-hour webinar that will introduce participants to organic production methods, pricing and marketing organic products, and the organic certification process. ...

January 6, 2020 Davis, California, and Online University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a weekly series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this first workshop is "Husbandry, Pasture Management, and Rotational Systems."...