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July 21, 2020 Marietta, Oklahoma Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock. This free field day at Noble Research Institute's Coffey Ranch is focused on providing you with a hands-on experience conducting a burn. Registration will be limited to the first 40 registrants. ...

April 16, 2020 Benton, Mississippi Mississippi State University presents an opportunity to learn about earning additional income from farm or ag land, recreational property, or timber land. Learn about various types of outdoor recreation businesses, such as hunting leases, agritourism, and businesses based on harvesting the resources on your land....

Cancelled Alcorn State University presents "Creating Pathways for Farm Families through 20/20 Vision." This conference includes sessions on crop and livestock production, marketing, and business topics. Keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and on-farm educational presentations are scheduled....

April 9, 2020 Alexandria, Louisiana Join Louisiana SARE with the LSU AgCenter to learn which certifications are practical for your growing operation. Learn about different produce safety, branding, and organic certifications, including GAPs, FSMA, USDA Organic, SQF, Certified Naturally Grown, and more. The objective of this workshop is for attendees to leave understanding whether or not they need to be certified, who they need to get in touch with, and what the first steps are to get a certification....

April 9, 2020 Pikeville, Tennessee This workshop from the Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions. ...

April 9, 2020 Magnolia, Mississippi Mississippi State University offers an opportunity to learn how to earn additional income from farm or ag land recreational property or timber land. Learn about different outdoor businesses, ask questions, and talk to wildlife habitat specialists, local forest landowners, NRCS (USDA) experts, and more. Whether you have considered an outdoor business or already have a business that you wish to expand, the information at this workshop will help you....

April 4, 2020 Bluffton, Georgia In this day-long event at White Oak Pastures, hear management staff explain how they tackled the challenges of being grass farmers. Topics include cattle, soil health, marketing, poultry, and small ruminants....

Cancelled Join the National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union (NFU), Heifer International, and the Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition at Heifer Ranch for an On-Farm Produce Safety Walkthrough and Wash & Pack Station Design Workshop. Walkthrough topics will include workers, soil amendments, wildlife/domesticated animals, water sources and usage, wash/pack station, and transportation. After an introduction to FSMA's Produce Safety Rule, the workshop will dive into the Rule's requirements and suggestions related to washing and packing spaces. The session will focus on food safety but will also touch on increasing efficiency, body-saving innovations, cost-saving measures, and more....

Cancelled Sustainable Food Center and Plant to Profit are putting on two one-day trainings for specialty crop farmers in Texas, focused on strategies for growing profit. Ellen Polishuk will present on topics including pricing, pros and cons of wholesaling, what you need to know about benchmarking, efficiency, and more....

Cancelled Sustainable Food Center and Plant to Profit are putting on two one-day trainings for specialty crop farmers in Texas, focused on strategies for growing profit. Ellen Polishuk will present on topics including pricing, pros and cons of wholesaling, what you need to know about benchmarking, efficiency, and more....

Cancelled Virginia Cooperative Extension presents this three-day Agritourism Conference. Monday features on-farm tours. Tuesday and Wednesday offer tracks for beginning agritourism producers, experienced agritourism producers, and marketing programs....

Cancelled This half-day course from Noble Research Institute focuses on pest management following the integrated pest management principles and the responsible use of herbicides and insecticides. This course is designed to acquaint new producers with, and remind experienced producers about, the fundamentals of and practical approaches to pest management....

March 26, 2020 Bogue Chitto, Mississippi Mississippi State University offers an opportunity to learn how to earn additional income from farm or ag land recreational property or timber land. Learn about different outdoor businesses, ask questions, and talk to wildlife habitat specialists, local forest landowners, NRCS (USDA) experts, and more. Whether you have considered an outdoor business or already have a business that you wish to expand, the information at this workshop will help you....

March 24, 2020 Carrizo Springs, Texas Texas/Mexico Border Coalition, in partnership with USDA NRCS, will host the Greater South Texas Conference for Women in Agriculture. Women farmers and ranchers from all of South Texas are invited to learn, network, and share. Topics include conservation, financing, marketing, animal health, and personal health....

March 21, 2020 Mountain Home, Arkansas Baxter County Master Gardeners' Spring Gardening Seminar includes presentations on beneficial insects and soil health, as well as NCAT's Guy Ames speaking on Fruit Trees, Bushes and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks....

March 20, 2020 Tallahassee, Florida Florida Organic Growers is offering a one-day symposium in several Florida locations. These are one-day events including speakers, training, and workshops aimed at educating and providing resources to small business owners in direct-to-consumer agricultural and food entrepreneurship in Florida. ...

March 20-26, 2020 Greensboro, North Carolina The 34th annual Small Farms Week is presented by the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T. Small Farms Week events are designed to provide educational opportunities, as well as celebrate and recognize the contributions that small farmers make to the state of North Carolina. Events take place throughout the week, including recognition of the 2020 Small Farmer of the Year....

March 19, 2020 Frankfort, Kentucky Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension presents this monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals. This month's session covers goats. ...

March 19, 2020 Coalmont, Tennessee This free workshop from the Center for Profitable Agriculture will address Merchandising Methods to Make Money, Digital Planning Basics, Business Planning Basics, Food Product Cost and Pricing Tools and Pick Tennessee Products and Food Safety. ...

March 19, 2020 Meadville, Mississippi Mississippi State University offers an opportunity to learn how to earn additional income from farm or ag land recreational property or timber land. Learn about different outdoor businesses, ask questions, and talk to wildlife habitat specialists, local forest landowners, NRCS (USDA) experts, and more. Whether you have considered an outdoor business or already have a business that you wish to expand, the information at this workshop will help you....

March 18, 2020 Livingston, Tennessee This free workshop from the Center for Profitable Agriculture will address Merchandising Methods to Make Money, Digital Planning Basics, Business Planning Basics, Food Product Cost and Pricing Tools and Pick Tennessee Products and Food Safety. ...

March 18-21, 2020 Baton Rouge, Louisiana The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting its 10th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference. This year's theme is "Investing in Your Small Farm Success." The conference will highlight resources and opportunities with USDA and other experts that help small farmers and gardeners stay in business. Small farmers can register free until February 28, 2020....

March 17, 2020 Elizabethton, Tennessee This free workshop from the Center for Profitable Agriculture will address Merchandising Methods to Make Money, Digital Planning Basics, Business Planning Basics, Food Product Cost and Pricing Tools and Pick Tennessee Products and Food Safety. ...

March 17-18, 2020 Colonial Heights, Virginia Join military veteran farmers, landowners, and agriculture professionals for Boots to Roots, an opportunity to hear about available resources, smart business strategies, and successful production practices—especially for new and beginning veteran farmers who want to learn more about what it takes to farm profitability and sustainability....

March 13, 2020 Fort Pierce, Florida Florida Organic Growers is offering a one-day symposium in several Florida locations. These are one-day events including speakers, training, and workshops aimed at educating and providing resources to small business owners in direct-to-consumer agricultural and food entrepreneurship in Florida. ...

March 10, 2020 Wichita Falls, Texas Noble Research Institute presents this free afternoon event at Montz Pecan Orchard. This master-level workshop is for improved-cultivar pecan producers who want to learn about hedging techniques and methods for controlling tree size and alternate bearing. Join Noble Research Institute pecan specialists as they review strategies for hedging pecan trees and discuss management practices to maintain high quality pecans on a more consistent basis....

March 10-13, 2020 New Orleans, Louisiana Join the Wallace Center, New Orleans-based partner Propeller, and more than 500 food systems leaders for the National Good Food Network Conference, a chance to build skills and share expertise, engage in a dynamic conversation about the past and present of food systems work, and plot a new course for the future. The 2020 NGFN Conference is looking to take food-systems change and movement building to the next level. It offers an opportunity to move towards "A More Just Vision: Collaborating on the Future of Good Food."...

March 10-13, 2020 Ardmore, Oklahoma Noble Research Institute and King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management present this advanced-level course for experienced grazing managers. This course provides students the tools to determine correct stocking rate—the ever-changing interface between plants and herbivores. Instructors will share from their wealth of grazing system experiences and emphasize the connection between strategic natural resource stewardship and achieving ranch goals. This lectureship will start participants down the trail to developing a sustainable grazing plan for their ranch. ...

March 7, 14-21, and 28, 2020 Tahlequah, Oklahoma Northeastern State University's Center for Tribal Studies is conducting a "Restoring and Reclaiming Indigenous Agriculture" project. The project will combine mainstream permaculture design curriculum with indigenous knowledge and practice. The goal is to provide aspiring and amateur American Indian farmers training in permaculture design, with an emphasis on traditional/Indigenous practices. There is an application process for being selected as there are a limited number of spots available for the training. For the selected participants, there will be an eight-day intensive residential training that will take place at Camp Sevenstar on Lake Tenkiller (March 14-21),...

March 6-8, 2020 Mars Hill, North Carolina The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. The agenda features full-day pre-conference workshops, as well as weekend workshops in 17 themed tracks including beginning and experienced farming, livestock, poultry, and soils....

March 6, 2020 Tampa, Florida Florida Organic Growers is offering a one-day symposium in several Florida locations. These are one-day events including speakers, training, and workshops aimed at educating and providing resources to small business owners in direct-to-consumer agricultural and food entrepreneurship in Florida. ...

March 6-7, 2020 Louisville, Kentucky Organic Association of Kentucky's (OAK) annual conference is "Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics." The conference covers an array of organic production topics, regenerative agriculture, livestock management, marketing, homesteading, and food systems change making. Hear from experienced farmers and national speakers covering a range of topics in sessions, short courses, and keynotes. ...

February 29, 2020 Sneads Ferry, North Carolina In this one-day workshop from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, participants will learn about high tunnel selection and purchasing, managing the growing environment, crop selection, and varieties. This workshop will include a tour of Xanadu Farm, showcasing several types of high tunnels in production....

February 26-27, 2020 Waco, Georgia This conference is a two-day event designed for anyone who is operating a small farm. Topics include honey bee production, small business development, crop scheduling, nuisance wildlife, understanding different ag agencies, small ruminants, vegetable pests, and irrigation. The event will conclude with local farm tours. This event is free for the first 120 registrants....

February 22, 2020 Asheville, North Carolina ASAP's Business of Farming Conference brings together professional farmers from across the Southeast region to network and share resources to grow their farm businesses. Farmers will learn about marketing, business planning, branding, and management from regional experts and innovative peers. The conference is designed for beginning and established farmers as well as those seriously considering farming as a profession....

February 21, 2020 Nacogdoches, Texas This Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event will cover topics related to budgeting and financing, new farm operations and site selection, raised beds, vegetable diseases, and pest insects. The conference is filled with great information for gardeners and commercial growers of all levels of expertise. ...

February 20, 2020 Frankfort, Kentucky Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension presents this monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals. This month's session covers organic agriculture. ...

February 20-22, 2020 Franklin, Tennessee The Pick TN Conference supports farmers and farmers market managers by enhancing their access to suppliers, education, and training and by providing networking opportunities to better their farm businesses. Expect classes on vegetable production, agritourism, marketing, beekeeping, organic production, wine making, flower production, farmers market management, and more....

February 19-20, 2020 Salado, Texas Learn the principles of regenerative grazing and soil health from today's legendary leaders at the Regenerative Grazing for Restoration conference at the beautiful Tenroc Ranch in Central Texas. Speakers Gabe Brown, Dr. Richard Teague, Dr. Rick Haney, Julia and Cody Spencer, Deborah Clark, Dr. David Johnson, and Jonathan Cobb share their experiences and knowledge to give you a better understanding of regenerative grazing/agriculture practices and how to apply them your unique context. This conference is of interest to land managers, ranchers/farmers, researchers, environmentalists, consultants, agronomists, and anyone else interested in improved animal, human and soil health....

February 18, 2020 Alexander, North Carolina This one-day workshop is part of the Holistic Crop Management workshop series presented by Organic Growers School. Gain an ecological understanding of pests including their biology, how to sample for pest and beneficial insects, and their relationship to soil and nutrient management. Also, learn management strategies that are commonly used to prevent pest damage and promote beneficials and develop a plan to manage pest outbreaks effectively on your farm....

February 17, 2020 Alexander, North Carolina This event is part of a Holistic Crop Management workshop series presented by Organic Growers School. The one-day workshop takes a deep dive into ecologically based preventive, cultural, and integrated practices to reduce the impact of the disease on your farm. Gain a thorough understanding of what causes disease, identification techniques, and best management practices for reducing the damage that crop disease can cause....

February 17-22, 2020 Montgomery, Alabama The Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University is an educational forum that features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations and concurrent workshops. The theme for this year's conference is "Solving Common Problems in Uncommon Ways: Sustainable Innovation for the People." The conference sessions will address emerging issues surrounding small farmers, farm families, and rural communities....

February 15-16, 2020 Belton, Texas Mother Earth News Fairs feature presentations by expert sustainability speakers and hands-on workshops, as well as a marketplace abounding with innovative resources and products. Topics include Nature and Community, Organic Gardening, Natural Building, Modern Homesteading, and more....

February 14, 2020 Jackson, Tennessee Join University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture for an all-day educational workshop designed for current, new, or potential grape producers to learn to grow, market, and budget for grapes in Tennessee. ...

February 14, 2020 Gainesville, Florida Florida Organic Growers is offering a one-day symposium in several Florida locations. These are one-day events including speakers, training, and workshops aimed at educating and providing resources to small business owners in direct-to-consumer agricultural and food entrepreneurship in Florida....

February 13, 2020 Franklin, Tennessee Join University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture for an all-day educational workshop designed for current, new, or potential grape producers to learn to grow, market, and budget for grapes in Tennessee. ...

February 12, 2020 Clarksville, Tennessee This one-day workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions. ...

February 11, 2020 Jonesborough, Tennessee In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will cover common weed biology, ecology, and identification. Participants will also learn preventative, mechanical, and cultural practices to implement on the farm to reduce weed pressure and save time and money. ...

February 11, 2020 Raleigh, North Carolina Carolina Farm Stewardship Association presents this training event for commercial-scale growers. Learn how organic methods and markets can improve the profitability of your farm....

February 11, 2020 Jackson, Mississippi The annual Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference brings farm to school practitioners and future practitioners together from across the state and region to share, learn, and help grow the farm to school movement. Food service directors, farmers, school administration, teachers, students, and community advocates are encouraged to attend. This year's conference features the esteemed Wande Okunoren-Meadows as the keynote speaker. Conference attendees will hear from and work with Wande throughout the day, as well as participate in multiple interactive and engaging sessions and workshops specially designed for teachers, child nutrition professionals, farmers, and youth. ...

February 10-12, 2020 Edmond, Oklahoma The Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, hosts the annual Oklahoma Farmers Market and Agritourism Conference. This multi-day conference covers topics of interest for farmers market managers, producers, community support organizations, and agritourism site managers. Pre-conference workshops and post-conference tours are on the schedule. The main conference is a free event....

February 10, 2020 Jonesborough, Tennessee In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will give you an in-depth look at soil health and provide a hands-on opportunity to work with soil monitoring in the field. Participants will learn how to manage the four ecosystem processes. Presenters will introduce some simple soil tests you can use to promote soil health and productivity on your farm. A local farmer with experience in holistic management will share soil-management practices that promote soil health and...

February 8, 2020 Asheville, North Carolina Organic Growers School offers this entry-level Farm Dreams workshop with practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward....

February 7, 2020 Cat Spring, Texas The 28th annual Gulf Coast Grape Growers Field Day educational program offers both basic and applied research updates for improved vineyard and winery management. The agenda features an optional one-hour industry perspective for those new to the grape and wine industry. Other topics will include bacteriophage as an approach for managing Pierce's disease, recent updates in monitoring nutrition, improvements on vineyard management tasks and disease management, Herbemont (the grape and wine), and managing pH in the winery. ...

February 7-8, 2020 Athens, Georgia The 2020 Georgia Organics Conference will include farm tours and field trips that highlight growers, artisans, and local food champions, as well as in-depth workshops, educational sessions, and the Farmers Feast. The event will unite approximately 800 attendees to learn new skills, network with good food movement peers, feast on incredible local food, celebrate achievements, and recommit to building a better food future. ...

February 7, 2020 Jacksonville, Florida Florida Organic Growers is offering a one-day symposium in several Florida locations. These are one-day events including speakers, training, and workshops aimed at educating and providing resources to small business owners in direct-to-consumer agricultural and food entrepreneurship in Florida....

February 6, 2020 Marshall, North Carolina This 4-hour training from Organic Growers School will dig deep into enterprise development and adaptive management for beginning and experienced small farmers. Participants will learn how to understand the factors that influence farm profitability. They will also learn to assess their recordkeeping and other farm documentation and identify and practice using tools that can help enhance their farm financial picture. ...

February 6, 2020 Rosenberg, Texas The 35th annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region of Texas. Several counties, Fort Bend, and partners including NCAT put on this event focused on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiency and profitability....

February 1, 2020 Cumming, Georgia In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will cover common weed biology, ecology, and identification. Participants will also learn preventative, mechanical, and cultural practices to implement on the farm to reduce weed pressure and save time and money. ...

January 31, 2020 Cumming, Georgia In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will give you an in-depth look at soil health and provide a hands-on opportunity to work with soil monitoring in the field. Participants will learn how to manage the four ecosystem processes. Presenters will introduce some simple soil tests you can use to promote soil health and productivity on your farm. A local farmer with experience in holistic management will share soil-management practices that promote soil health and...

January 31 - February 4, 2020 Charleston, South Carolina The NAFDMA Agritourism Conference & Expo is for anyone in the agritourism industry, including operators, owners, and managers. The event features dozens of speakers and seminars, inspiring site visits and fun excursions, hands-on learning opportunities, and a trade show. Inspired farmers will discuss and share ideas about connecting their communities with agriculture....

January 30, 2020 Jackson, Tennessee This day-long workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions. ...

January 28, 2020 Chattanooga, Tennessee Join University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture for an all-day educational workshop designed for current, new, or potential grape producers. Learn to grow, market, and budget for grapes in Tennessee....

January 27, 2020 Crossville, Tennessee Join University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture for an all-day educational workshop designed for current, new, or potential grape producers to learn to grow, market, and budget for grapes in Tennessee....

January 25, 2020 Hebron, Kentucky Joel Salatin and Go Rogue present a conference featuring unique speakers including Joel Salatin, Congressman Thomas Massie, John Moody, Niti Bala, and more, sharing creative ways to circumvent regulation that inhibits small-scale food production. ...

January 24, 2020 Kenansville, North Carolina North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more....

January 24, 2020 Weyers Cave, Virginia The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander....

January 23, 2020 Staley, North Carolina North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more....

January 23, 2020 Brandy Station, Virginia The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander....

January 22, 2020 Statesville, North Carolina North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more....

January 22, 2020 Chatham, Virginia The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander....

January 22-25, 2020 Little Rock, Arkansas Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference features "field-tested" presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show. This year's special topic is "Agricultural Resilience in a Changing Climate."...

January 21, 2020 Canton, North Carolina North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more....

January 21, 2020 Wytheville, Virginia The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander....

January 18, 2020 Concord, North Carolina Organic Growers School presents this entry-level workshop for people in the exploratory phase of starting their own farm. Receive practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward....

January 17, 2020 Jackson, Mississippi Alliance of Sustainable Farms is partnering with Mynelle Gardens and the Metro Master Gardeners to conduct a very timely field day on "Seed Starting and Plant Propagation Demonstrations; Roundtable Discussions; and Tour." Other event partners: USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, and Up in Farms Food Hub. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by e-mailing AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com....

January 16-18, 2020 Temple, Texas The 2020 TOFGA Conference, "Supporting Sustainable Farmers and Ranchers in Texas," includes three days of in-depth workshops and learning sessions, plus multiple off-site intensives and farm tours. Additional highlights include a farm-to-table banquet with keynote speaker, social and networking opportunities, and an excellent trade show featuring new and innovative as well as mainstay agricultural tools, inputs, and services. Join farmers, ranchers, and agricultural professionals and advocates from all over Texas to share ideas, network, build community, and have fun! ...

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 West Columbia, South Carolina The South Carolina Association of Farmers Markets annual conference will include information about specialty crops, grants, FMNP, cottage food law, special market activities, marketing your market, funding and partnerships, paperwork, and compliance. An additional SNAP overview will be presented for those interested....

January 13, 2020 Cookeville, Tennessee This day-long workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions. ...

January 12 and 19, 2020 Alexander, North Carolina In this two-day-long interactive workshop from Organic Growers School, Improving Farm Communication, participants will address real-life situations to learn about communication styles, ways to have better conversations, and have a chance to practice new skills. This workshop will cover the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), aka, Compassionate Communication, and how it can be applied to your personal as well as your farm life and business. On-farm communication is critical for farm viability, and is one of the most common sources of conflict and frustration for farmers, family members, business partners, employees, and customers. ...

January 11-13, 2020 Roanoke, Virginia The 21st annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference is Virginia's premier organic and sustainable agricultural conference. The Conference brings together farmers, gardeners, eaters, educators, and advocates of biological and organic agriculture. The three-day conference includes full and half-day pre-conference intensive workshops, 44 sessions, presentations and panel discussions, 50 trade show exhibitors, locally sourced farm meals, and book signings. ...

January 10, 2020 Abingdon, Virginia In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will cover common weed biology, ecology, and identification. Participants will also learn preventative, mechanical, and cultural practices to implement on the farm to reduce weed pressure and save time and money. ...

January 10-11, 2020 Fredericksburg, Texas In partnership with NCAT, Soil for Water, and the Hill Country Alliance, ROAM Ranch is hosting a two-day workshop with Nicole Masters, agroecologist, soil expert, and Director at Integrity Soils. This workshop is geared towards land managers, ranchers, farmers, gardeners, environmentalists, and anyone else interested in improving the health of Texas soil and making lands more resilient to the dynamic and sometimes unforgiving climates of Texas. ...

January 10-11, 2020 Owasso, Oklahoma The theme for the 2020 Horticulture Industries Show is "PROTECTED AG: Adapting to Challenging Environments." You are invited to join with other specialty group growers, industry representatives, and educators to explore the use of technology and advanced growing practices to manage production-related risks....

January 9, 2020 Ardmore, Oklahoma This workshop from Noble Research Institute provides information on the need to plan for estate transfer, as well as laws governing estate transfer and the tools available to use in estate planning. ...

January 9, 2020 Abingdon, Virginia In the Holistic Crop Management workshop series from Organic Growers School, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. This one-day workshop will give you an in-depth look at soil health and provide a hands-on opportunity to work with soil monitoring in the field. Participants will learn how to manage the four ecosystem processes. Presenters will introduce some simple soil tests you can use to promote soil health and productivity on your farm. A local farmer with experience in holistic management will share soil-management practices that promote soil health and...

January 6-8, 2020 Greenville, South Carolina The annual conference of American Forage & Grasslands Council, "The More You Know, The More You Grow," features numerous workshops, poster presentations, and competitions. ...

January 5-7, 2020 Lexington, Kentucky The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference is presented jointly by Kentucky State Horticultural Society, Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, Organic Association of Kentucky, and Kentucky Wineries Association. The two-day meeting with pre-conference events is devoted completely to fruit, vegetable, and wine production, handling, harvesting, marketing, storage, and related topics....

December 19, 2019 Loudon, Tennessee This free, day-long workshop is offered by the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee. The workshop is designed for dairy cow, goat, and sheep producers who want to add value through processing and manufacturing dairy products. Topics include costs, marketing, lessons learned, regulations, and grant opportunities....

December 14, 2019 Prairie Grove, Arkansas Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a free hands-on orchard planting and first year care workshop by horticulturalist Guy Ames of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Guy will introduce you to the history of apples and the varieties in Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park's Borden Orchard, instruct you in proper planting, and teach you helpful techniques for first year care that can help establish your very own fruit trees! The event will cover planting, compost and fertilizing, watering, and protecting new trees from deer and borers....

December 13, 2019 Jackson, Mississippi The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents a free field day hosted by Mynelle Gardens. The Alliance, with support from Southern SARE PDP, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Produce Safety Division, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station is offering this produce safety training for AG professionals, Educators, Service Providers, Farmer Group Leaders, and fruit and vegetable growers. Participants will learn about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)....

December 10, 2019 Ardmore, Oklahoma Noble Research Institute is offering this free workshop for anyone who has agricultural income and/or expenses. Learn about recent tax-law changes related to agriculture. Topics will include how to report certain types of income and expenses, how to manage taxable income, and the new tax law's impacts on agricultural operations. ...

December 10, 2019 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi State University Extension and partners present Soil to Shelf: Connecting Local Growers to Local Grocers. At this full-day event, participants will learn how to reach new markets to increase their profits. Sessions will include retail presentations, steps for selling direct, marketing your products, and one-on-one networking with grocers and produce companies....

December 9-11, 2019 Savannah, Georgia The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and foster community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems. The conference is hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmer's Market Association. The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture, and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another's work. Workshop presentations will span the following topics: Climate, Resiliency, and the...

December 8-10, 2019 Tuskegee, Alabama The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. Anyone who is associated with the agricultural industry, whether a farmer, government representative, or land-grant college faculty or staff will want to attend to engage with others in the field and explore the latest developments in agriculture and outreach. This year's theme is "Building Resilient Communities & Families Through Integrative Partnerships, Sustainable Practices, and Agricultural Transformations."...

December 7, 2019 Ewing, Virginia The Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference will focus exclusively on gastrointestinal parasites, which are problematic on most small ruminant farms. The program will seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling parasites. It will include general sessions and a separate program for older youth. The program is a collaborative effort among Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension....

December 7-8, 2019 Harrisonburg, Virginia The Uprooting Racism training is a theory and action workshop for environmental and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society. Soul Fire Farm and Black's Run Forest Farm delve deep into the history and structural realities of racial injustice and develop an understanding of the movement strategies of frontlines communities struggling for food sovereignty. Participants will examine our personal and societal roles of complicity in and resistance to the system. Much of the time will be spent developing tangible action plans....

December 6-7, 2019 Fairhope, Alabama The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network presents the Food & Farm Forum and Youth Food & Farm Forum. The agenda includes field trips, sessions on farming and gardening, sessions on community food systems, and sessions on homesteading and green living. The event features learning, community-building, and celebration....

December 5, 2019 Dallas, Texas At the first Controlled Environment Urban Agriculture Conference, experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the city of Dallas and others will cover urban agriculture production, controlled-environment crop performance and management of temperatures, nutrients, fertilizers, light, and other factors from a grower's perspective. ...

December 5-6, 2019 Rocky Mount, North Carolina The North Carolina Food Council's "Cultivating Community Through Food" gathering features speakers and workshop sessions on food systems and farming. Topics include resiliency, preserving farmland, economics of farming, and stories of black farmers....

November 21-22, 2019 Orlando, Florida The Organic Food and Farming Summit is a statewide educational event geared toward farmers and the public (those who eat, cook, and grow good food) to come together and learn new skills and techniques on growing, processing, preparing, and selling organic and sustainable foods, on-farm and at home. Hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, students, advocates, and exhibitors will be in attendance to connect, share, and inspire one another. This two-day Summit will include in-depth educational sessions, classroom workshops, a trade show, and much more....

November 17-20, 2019 Austin, Texas "Lone Star & Stripes" is the fifth national Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference hosted by Farmer Veteran Coalition. It features two days of education, workshops, distinguished speakers, guest panels, networking, and more. On November 17, there is a farm to table dinner, and on November 20, there will be state chapter meetings....

November 15, 2019 Fayetteville, Arkansas Learn how to construct a low-cost solar-powered deer fence for your farm, garden, or food plot, plus other techniques for wildlife exclusion. This free, hands-on, afternoon workshop takes place at Cobblestone Farm....

November 13-15, 2019 Staunton, Virginia This year, the Virginia Farmers Market Conference focuses on Agritourism—an often untapped path for helping shoppers discover farms and farmers markets. Sessions will also cover other topics tailored to the needs of market managers and vendors. The agenda includes targeted workshops, dynamic speakers, and networking events. There will be concurrent sessions for beginners and experienced participants, for market vendors and market managers, along with an exhibit area packed with resources....

November 11, 2019 Arden, North Carolina This evening workshop from Organic Growers School will showcase how to structure labor on a small farm through the eyes of established regional farmers. This is a great workshop to attend if you have been farming and are looking to take your farm to the next level by bringing on additional labor support. Legal and financial considerations will be highlighted and discussed to help you understand which labor structure best fits your farming model....

January 9-12, 2020 Savannah, Georgia The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is billed as the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors, and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited. More than 80 hours of educational sessions will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies. There will also be a large trade show featuring suppliers and growers....

November 8, 2019 Ocean Springs, Mississippi The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host a free field day at Galloway Family Farm. To register, send e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com....

November 8-9, 2019 Cedar Bluff, Virginia Appalachian Sustainable Development presents an event to boost agricultural entrepreneurship by informing the public about creative farming opportunities. On November 8, explore innovative farming opportunities during four panels: livestock, medicinal herbs, marketable specialty products, and hemp. The panels will feature speakers experienced in pastured poultry, rotational grazing, goldenseal cultivation, meat processing, and the emerging hemp industry. On November 9, enjoy the opportunity to learn skills from local artisans, farmers, and the like during four different tracks of hands-on sessions. ...

November 7, 2019 Lawrenceburg, Tennessee University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions. ...

November 6, 2019 Lawrenceville, Georgia Learn more about the common natural predators and parasitoids that eat crop pests, and how improving habitat can improve production. Join Kris Braman, Department Head and Professor, University of Georgia Entomology Department; Tony Gobert, Horticulture Instructor, Gwinnett Technical College; Catherine Magee, State Biologist, Georgia Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society for morning presentations followed by a visit to the Habitat Garden at Gwinnett Technical College....

November 5, 2019 Wichita Falls, Texas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a Rolling Plains Industrial Hemp Conference to provide relevant and unbiased information for the area, so producers and potential investors can make informed decisions at the outset of a potential new ag industry. Production, regulation, and economics are all on the agenda....

November 5, 2019 Chattanooga, Tennessee University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions. ...

November 4, 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions. ...

November 3-5, 2019 Orlando, Florida The Florida Industrial Hemp Conference and Exhibition is a business conference fostering the development of the hemp industry in Florida. Topics will range from cultivation and harvest to processing, applications, research, marketing, and policy....

November 1-3, 2019 Durham, North Carolina For 34 years, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference has drawn farmers, foodies, researchers, educators, and activists for a weekend celebration of innovation in local sustainable agriculture. Educational workshops and panels, inspiring talks, and bus tours by industry leaders are interspersed with social opportunities, exhibits, and regionally sourced meals....

October 29, 2019 Burneyville, Oklahoma Noble Research Institute presents this free, one-day workshop at Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area. Find out how you can use cattle, fire, and mechanical means to make productive rangelands that will benefit your cattle and wildlife....

October 29-30, 2019 Burlington, Kentucky The 2019 Heart of America Grazing Conference has the theme "Kicking the Hay Habit: Optimizing Profitability," with keynote speaker Jim Gerrish. Additional topics will include genetics, fencing, hay storage, stockpiling, extending grazing, and more....

October 29, 2019 Piney Woods, Mississippi Join NCAT at The Piney Woods School Farm for "Profitable Grazing Management," a day of learning with Dr. Allen Williams. At this day-long workshop, you will learn grazing strategies that will allow you to increase profits while increasing soil health and animal performance. ...

October 25, 2019 Munday, Texas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a livestock guardian dog field day with a visit to a local ranch that utilizes LGDs. Topics discussed will include using GPS trackers with LGDs, feeding systems and stations, dog health and parasites, predator control and wildlife services, the legalities of using LGDs, and breeds of LGDs....

October 24, 2019 Fayetteville, Arkansas This three-hour Certified Naturally Grown Workshop at Cobblestone Farm is presented by NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman. Guy and Luke will explain how to become Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and will demonstrate what a CNG farm inspection includes. The workshop is free, but registration is required. ...

October 23-24, 2019 Austin, Texas The Food Incubation Summit will bring together shared kitchens, community builders, and service providers to celebrate the emerging food incubation industry in Austin, Texas. Each year, the Food Incubation Summit will explore a different city's food system by learning directly from local food leaders who share their unique ecosystem's strengths, challenges, and best practices. The event includes a food system bus tour, 1:1 mentoring, and an event reception to celebrate all things food incubation. ...

October 22-23, 2019 Baton Rouge, Louisiana The Louisiana Farm to School Program will host the annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference. A special Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower event will kick off the conference. The general conference will address topics such as school gardening challenges, child nutrition, produce safety, barriers of farm to school, educational resources, and sourcing local food in schools. The conference will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking. ...

October 18, 2019 Tupelo, Mississippi The Alliance of Sustainable Farms and the Mississippi Farm to School Network conduct this workshop at Native Son Farm on farm to school practices, followed by a mixer between farmers and school food-service directors. This event will highlight the work of Native Son Farm, discuss school food service needs, explore how farmers can serve the Farm to School market, and provide a networking opportunity for schools, farmers, and others. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by sending e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com. ...

October 18-19, 2019 Hunt, Texas The Soil for Water Project is hosting New Zealand agroecologist Nicole Masters for two activity-filled days exploring agricultural resilience. She will walk participants through how to take a future-focused approach to land management, growing healthy food, and creating robust ecosystems. Besides learning from Nicole, hear from land managers participating in current Soil for Water research trials, talking about regenerative methods they are trying and the results they are seeing. A panel discussion with Q & A will follow. Learn the Bullseye method of pasture monitoring from Kathy Harris of Holistic Management International (HMI), with an opportunity to...

October 15, 2019 Marietta, Oklahoma This free, half-day course from Noble Research Institute will provide you with an understanding of the principles, processes, and tools to effectively implement land-stewardship-focused management strategies on your operation. The focus will primarily be on applying Aldo Leopold's five tools—axe, cow, plow, match and gun—to meet stewardship goals and objectives....

October 12, 2019 Asheville, North Carolina Organic Growers School offers an entry-level workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale sustainability and self-sufficiency into your life. Whether you own or rent a home, or live in a rural or urban setting, you can move towards self-reliance now....

October 11-12, 2019 Crystal Springs, Mississippi Mississippi State University presents the free Fall Flower & Garden Fest at the Truck Crops Experiment Station. Topics will include specialty crops, beekeeping, composting, variety selection, and more....

October 11-13, 2019 Hendersonville, North Carolina The 15th annual Wise Women Herbal Conference features top presenters with engaging classes for every woman interested in herbal medicine, personal growth, and the Wise Woman ways, from beginning herbalists to advanced practitioners....

October 10, 2019 Memphis, Tennessee A team of investigators from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is collaborating with Agricenter International to host a half-day informational workshop on growing hops. The workshop will offer producers practical insight to a number of emerging economical and production concerns related to growing hops in Tennessee. Space is limited at the event so participants are encouraged to preregister early. ...

October 10-11, 2019 Decatur, Texas This two-day workshop from Holistic Management International, held at Leo Ranch, will be filled with interactive sessions led by experienced graziers and educators. It is designed for those who already have some experience with holistic planned grazing and want to be inspired and prepared to take their management to a higher level....

October 9, 2019 Siloam Springs, Arkansas Illinois River Watershed Partnership hosts its second annual Grazing School. This day-long program will discuss methods of management for intensive grazing and Cooperative Extension's 300 Days of Grazing Program. The morning session will begin with a field tour of a rotational grazing operation in Benton County and a fencing demonstration. The afternoon session will feature talks on topics such as the economic benefits of rotational grazing, how to set up a grazing plan, and more....

October 9-10, 2019 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Organic Oklahoma Conference will focus on cover crops and the future of organic agriculture. Speakers include Ajay Nair (Iowa State University) and Fred Kirschenmann (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University)....

October 8, 2019 Memphis, Tennessee University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions. ...

October 5-7, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference is a nationally recognized event, specifically focused on bringing together every part of the meat supply chain. Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance....

October 4, 2019 Judsonia, Arkansas Join NCAT for a free, one-day beginning livestock workshop at Wholly Cow Farms. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. Farmer Ryan Pace will lead a tour of the farm and share his experiences raising organic grass-fed beef, including his rotational grazing and forage management systems. Other topics will include hog production and an introduction to USDA programs....

October 1, 2019 Ardmore, Oklahoma Noble Research Institute offers this free evening course designed to acquaint experienced and novice growers with the many strategies available to manage weather-related risks, including too much water, too little water, wind, hail, intense sunlight, excess heat and frost/freeze events....

September 29, 2019 Roanoke, Virginia This 17-mile charity bike tour of Roanoke's urban micro-farms will visit Garden Variety Harvests sites as well as Lick Run Community Farm. All farm sites are within Roanoke City and producing biologically grown vegetables sold in Roanoke farmers markets and restaurants....

September 29, 2019 Chester, South Carolina This event includes an informative tour of Wild Hope Farm and a workshop focused around No-Till and Cover Cropping Techniques. Topics will include cover crop selection, weed-free cover crops, roller crimper 101, and extending weed suppression....

September 26, 2019 Lexington, Kentucky This Organic Association of Kentucky afternoon field day is geared toward production farmers. UK Extension Vegetable Specialist Rachel Rudolph and Sustainable Agriculture Professor Krista Jacobsen will walk producers through ongoing monitoring of soil health and composition, as well as tools and strategies for developing efficient and targeted nutrient budgets and fertility management plans for open field and high tunnel production. ...

September 26-28, 2019 Floyd, Virginia This workshop will give both beginners and experienced farmers/gardeners a solid basis for understanding the major ideas and principles of Biodynamic Agriculture. Join biodynamic practitioners and teachers Gunther Hauk and Alex Tuchman at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary as they share a combined 50 years of experience....

September 26-28, 2019 Greenville, Tennessee The 2019 Regenerative Agricultural Summit will be held at the University of Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center. It will feature Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, and Russ Wilson, along with speakers from the University of Tennessee and other experts....

September 25, 2019 Jacksonville, North Carolina Through this morning workshop, participants will learn about many conservation practices and how local organizations can assist in the implementation on-farm. This workshop is being conducted in cooperation between CFSA, NC Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Onslow County SWCD. ...

October 31, 2019 Hopkinsville, Kentucky The 2019 Western Kentucky Grazing Conference, "Reducing Hay Feeding & Optimizing Profitability" features keynote speaker Jim Gerrish....

September 25, 2019 Conway, South Carolina In this full-day workshop, Krista Morgan, Market Access Coordinator at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will share what farms should consider before scaling up business and what adjustments need to be made before entering wholesale markets. She will also address how to choose which crops to grow based on market choice, how to choose the right wholesaler for your farm, and how to develop a good working relationship with your buyers. Kim Butz, Local Produce Safety Coordinator, will provide an overview of the Harmonized GAP Food Safety Standard. Kim will provide farmers with the tools necessary to...

September 24, 2019 Richfield, North Carolina North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and others present an opportunity to get hands-on experience with caterpillar tunnel construction. Participants will also learn from season extension experts about crop management and tunnel selection....

September 24, 2019 Franklin, Tennessee University of Tennessee is offering this workshop in numerous locations during the fall and winter. This workshop is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business management decisions. ...

September 21, 2019 Graham, North Carolina Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund presents a day at Reverence Farms with Joel Salatin. Spend the day mingling with farm animals, taking a hay wagon tour to learn about farming methods, and enjoying presentations....

September 20, 2019 Gulfport, Mississippi This free field day from the Alliance of Sustainable Farms will take place at 34th Street Wholistic Gardens and Education Center. Field day activities will include a garden tour and Square Foot Gardening/Intensive Planting demonstrations. Pre-registration is required for this free event. To register, send e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com. ...

September 18, 2019 Frankfort, Kentucky Join Organic Association of Kentucky for this afternoon field day to explore the research, logistics, and production realities of growing organic hemp in Kentucky. Dr. Shawn Lucas, (Kentucky State University), Doris Hamilton (Kentucky Department of Agriculture), and Tony Silvernail (Beyond the Bridge Organics/OAK) will share legal updates, KDA and organic certification requirements, genetics, propagation, weed/pest management, fertility, cultivation, protected culture, and more....

September 17, 2019 Madill, Oklahoma Join the Noble Research Institute at McMillan Farm to see the common equipment used to prepare a pecan orchard floor and the crop management practices you can use to cover your orchard floor without decreasing harvest efficiency. This afternoon event is free....

September 12, 2019 Charlotte Court House, Virginia Brent Wills, President of Virginia Association for Biological Farming, will present this free workshop hosted by VSU Small Farm Outreach Program. The workshop will provide comprehensive information for farmers who are currently raising poultry or considering starting a heritage breed poultry enterprise. Learn the definition and types of heritage breeds and more about the advantages and disadvantages of raising heritage breeds. Wills will also provide a comparison of commercial, heritage breed and hybrid poultry for meat production and discuss poultry profits to explore the potential financial advantages of raising heritage breeds for meat or eggs....

September 10, 2019 Ardmore, Oklahoma At this free evening event, connect with Noble Research Institute consultants and Integrity Beef Alliance members to learn more about the Integrity Beef Alliance terminal calf program and replacement heifer development program. You will learn about membership benefits and advantages of being associated with a regionally and nationally recognized marketing program. ...

September 10-11, 2019 Richmond, Virginia Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach Program, in partnership with Minority Outreach Network and USDA, will host the first National Conference for Outreach and Agriculture Development. Outreach Professionals who lead or conduct activities to support farmers and agricultural production through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grass roots organizations (GROs), schools, universities, and state and federal organizations are encouraged to attend. Participants will learn ways to grow and strengthen their programs in expert educational sessions and panel discussions on the most important emerging issues for agriculture-related outreach. ...

September 10-11, 2019 Versailles, Kentucky The Fall Kentucky Grazing School offers an opportunity for new and experienced graziers to learn valuable grazing methods, with the goal of extending the grazing season and minimizing stored feed. Topics include rotational grazing, temporary fencing, portable/seasonal water systems, rejuvenating run-down pastures, and economics of grazing. ...

September 7, 2019 Collins, Mississippi Alcorn University, NCAT, and the Covington County Self-Help Project present a free, day-long beginning farmer workshop. Topics will include livestock vaccination protocols, integrated pest management, measuring profitability, marketing, biosecurity issues, and farm policy updates. This workshop is the fifth in a series of workshops titled "Farm Management Educational Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers." Lunch will be provided, and registration is required. ...

September 6, 2019 Petersburg, Virginia Virginia State University hosts this day-long Pawpaw Production and Marketing Workshop. Mr. Neal Peterson, the nationally known pawpaw plant breeder, will be the keynote speaker, presenting on basic pawpaw production. He will be joined by additional speakers who will share their experiences growing this tasty fruit....

September 6-7, 2019 Swannanoa, North Carolina The Organic Growers School Harvest Conference offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. The September 2019 conference features eight stand-alone, one-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. Topics include Wild Foods, Medicine Making, Hemp Farming, and Forest Farming. ...

September 5, 2019 Summit, Mississippi Alcorn State University Extension Program in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and The South Mississippi Grazing Land Coalition will host an informational outreach conference designed to inform existing, new, and beginning agricultural producers of the availability of State and Federal Agriculture programs designed to make family farms more profitable and sustainable. Pre-registration is required by August 28, 2019, by calling 601-833-9321 Ext. 3...

September 3, 2019 Ardmore, Oklahoma Join Noble Research Institute horticulturists for a free evening event as they review the various production and management practices required for successful pecan production. At the end of this seminar, you will have a basic understanding of the various practices used in pecan production. Pecan culture presents unique management challenges due to factors including tree size, nutrient and water requirements, and the need for specialized equipment....

August 28, 2019 Petersburg, Virginia Virginia State University College of Agriculture hosts AgFest, showcasing the diversity, complexity, and challenges of Virginia's agriculture industry and the innovative solutions VSU's agricultural researchers, Cooperative Extension specialists, and teaching faculty have developed to ensure the industry's growth and safety. Topics will include aquaculture, goat and sheep management, niche crops (like hops, hemp, berries, ginger and turmeric), sustainable and urban agriculture, and high tunnel production. ...

August 28-29, 2019 Belton, Texas USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research present the Soil Regen Forum, a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from leading farmers, ranchers, and scientists with extensive personal experience in soil health and regenerative agriculture. Registration includes two days of presentations and discussions....

August 27, 2019 Ardmore, Oklahoma This free, half-day course from the Noble Research Institute will allow you to gain a better understanding of different irrigation systems and the technologies you can use to develop irrigation scheduling. With the extreme environmental swings that we are experiencing, irrigation is critical for maximizing production and profitability in pecans....

August 23, 2019 Rosenberg, Texas This free, hands-on workshop for military veterans provides an introduction to food safety for people who grow produce, with important information to know in order to sell products safely....

August 21, 2019 Long Creek, South Carolina South Carolina Agritourism Association offers this special event with fresh tourism ideas and discussion of hot topics as well as an opportunity to network. The event is in Upstate South Carolina at Chattooga Belle Farm, a destination farm, distillery, and event venue see Chattooga Belle Farm's u-pick fruit farm, visit the farm store, learn about the event barn, visit the distillery, learn about their operation and much more. ...

August 21-23, 2019 Mobile, Alabama The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in collaboration with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 2019 Annual Risk Management and Business Development Workshop at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center. The three-day workshop will cover topics including ShipShape Urban Farm, miccroloans, crop insurance, industrial hemp, value-added products, and risk management....

August 20-21, 2019 Catawba, Virginia Virginia Association for Biological Farming is collaborating with Virginia Tech's Office of Outreach and International Affairs to bring you a low-cost opportunity to dive deep into agroforestry, regenerative whole-farm practices, and environmental services markets. Program goals are to help you learn more about these practices in a hands-on setting at Virginia Tech's Catawba Sustainability Center farm and strengthen the network of regenerative agroforestry practitioners. Participants will spend two days at the Center with the very people that have shaped its agroforestry and regenerative farming practices....

August 16-17, 2019 San Angelo, Texas Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo is hosting a free morning Sheep and Goat Field Day, followed by the two-day Sheep and Goat Expo. This year's expo will feature a special practicum session that will provide hands-on demonstrations of some production practices. Concurrent sessions in the late afternoon include business and marketing, health and management, wildlife compatibility with sheep and goats, and integrative crop and livestock systems. Concurrent session topics on day two will focus on youth, hair sheep, wool sheep, club lambs, angora goats, and meat goats....

August 16, 2019 Oxford, Mississippi Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents a free field day at Yokna Bottoms Farm. This field day/training will feature a roundtable discussion of major topics and highlight activities on the farm. Major Topics for Module #5 Farm Management will include lectures on vaccination protocols and IPM; measuring profitability; understanding how to sell; biosecurity issues; and discussion on farm policy updates. Pre-registration is required; send e-mail to AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com....

August 15, 2019 San Angelo, Texas Join Texas AgrAbility for a free one-day agriculture business workshop designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, intro to business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, funding sources for farming/ranching, marketing resources, and resources to support agriculture business operations. ...

August 11-13, 2019 San Marcos, Texas Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, partnering with Texas State University's Small Producers Initiative, hosts the 13th annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference for independent family farmers, artisan food producers, local food advocates, and others interested in sustainable agriculture, farm to table, and growing healthy foods. It includes more than 50 sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and small-group Q&A meetings....

August 10, 2019 Okolona, Mississippi Alcorn University, NCAT, and the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance (MMFA) present a free, day-long beginning farmer workshop at the North Mississippi Agribusiness Center. The following training topics are scheduled: profitable goat business, animal and crop nutrition, financial statements, branding and promotion, food safety, and challenges faced by beginning farmers. ​This workshop is the fourth in a series titled "Farm Management Educational Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers." ...

August 7, 2019 Summerton, South Carolina South Carolina Agritourism Association is hosting Summer Spotlight events to help association members and other farmers learn about opportunities in agritourism. These special events offer fresh tourism ideas and discussion of hot topics, as well as an opportunity to network. Presentation topics will include Insurance and Agritourism, Conservation & Camps, and Connecting SCDNR with Farmers. ...

August 6, 2019 Horse Ranch, Kentucky Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council's annual field day takes place at D and D Farm. Owners Bud and Lakayah Daugherty will be showcasing their success in improving a neglected farm. The tour will feature frank and open discussions on various approaches to restoring the productivity of neglected farms. Discussion and questions will be highly encouraged. The event is free....

August 6-7, 2019 Lexington, Kentucky "Protecting the Future of Agriculture" is presented by the the National Children's Center for Rural Health and Agricultural Safety and Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. This workshop is ideal for farm organizations, insurance professionals, agribusiness, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA Advisors, public health officials, and media....

August 3, 2019 Garland, Texas This free, one-day Battleground to Breaking Ground workshop is designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, funding sources, marketing resources, and resources to support agriculture business operations. ...

August 2, 2019 Dallas, Texas Join Texas AgrAbility for a free evening farm tour of Farmers Assisting Returning Military (F.A.R.M.) Urban Farm Park. Topics will include agritourism, environmental sustainability, determining your niche, specialty crop production, urban farming, veteran programs, and more....

August 2, 2019 Garland, Texas Military veterans can join Texas AgrAbility for a free, one-day, hands-on training to learn the rules, regulations, and safe practices for produce. These regulations can be overwhelming to find, learn, and put into practice. This training will break them down and teach producers how to implement produce safety into their operation....

July 30 - August 1, 2019 Lubbock, Texas Join No-till on the Plains and experts for a three-day tour of farms in the Lubbock and Amarillo areas. Participants will see how soil health practices used in a robust crop rotation can work for even the driest regions. Tour stops will feature long-term no-till fields growing cotton, corn, sorghum, cowpeas, sunflower, and more. Participants will also see effective weed suppression, moisture conservation, and livestock integration using single and multi-species cover crops. ...

July 25, 2019 Brooksville, Kentucky Open to all, this Organic Association of Kentucky Field Day is geared toward production farmers and features mid-scale, diversified vegetable production. Pre-registration is required. Join Kelly and Nick Brown at Locust Ridge Organic Farm as they discuss their challenges in high tunnel and open field growing conditions and explore the most effective strategies for control with Emily Pfeufer, UK Extension Plant Pathologist, and Ric Bessin, UK Extension Entomologist....

July 25, 2019 Goldsboro, North Carolina The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and numerous partners are presenting this day-long workshop on silvopasture, the intentional practice of integrating forages, animals, and trees. The combined workshop, field day, and on-farm instruction includes the latest silvopasture research from North Carolina and Virginia. Participants will also learn about a new NC Choices USDA project aimed at connecting beginning livestock producers with silvopasture and other land opportunities across the state....

July 23, 2019 Pickens, South Carolina In this full-day workshop from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, participants will learn about both soil health principles and high tunnel production, covering the importance of soil health and how to support it, how to use high tunnels as effective tools for increasing vegetable production, and extending the growing season. ...

July 23-25, 2019 College Station, Texas The 2019 Southern Region Water Conference will address irrigation, watershed management, crop water, incentives to growers, ecosystem services, and more aspects of water for drinking and agriculture....

July 22, 2019 Kinston, North Carolina The NC State University Organic Working Group will hold an Organic Commodities Field Day. The half-day event will include research updates, equipment demonstrations, and information sessions. Specific topics will include development of conservation tillage practices in organic tobacco and sweet potato, the emerging organic sorghum market, application of plasticulture for tobacco production, demonstration of new cultivation and no-till equipment, and more....

July 19, 2019 Weslaco, Texas Join Texas AgrAbility for a one-day hands-on training to learn the rules, regulations, and safe practices for produce. These regulations can be overwhelming to find, learn, and put into practice. This training will break them down and teach producers how to implement produce safety into their operations. The free course is open to military veterans....

July 19, 2019 Crystal Springs, Mississippi The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents Module 4 of its free farmers and ranchers training program. The session will be hosted by Mississippi State University's Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station. Major topics for the training include 1) Production: animal nutrition and crop nutrition; 2) Financial: financial statements; 3) Marketing: Branding and promotion; 4) Food Safety: Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule; and 5) Farm Policy: challenges faced by new and beginning farmers. Pre-registration is required; contact AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com....

July 18, 2019 Waynesville, North Carolina NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program at NC State University presents an Alternative Crops and Organics Day in the morning, featuring a field tour of research on hops, broccoli, black truffles, and organic vegetables, as well as soil health presentations. The afternoon Mountain Research Station Field Day includes educational sessions and tours on beef and forage production or crop production. Both events are free....

July 16, 2019 Citra, Florida UF/IFAS Extension, Central Florida Fruit Production Lake County presents this day-long event focusing on muscadines. Topics will include pruning, disease management, pest management, trellising, breeding, and more. ...

July 16-17, 2019 Auburn, Alabama The 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference will bring researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together to discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South. On the first day of the conference, speakers will cover topics related to maximizing benefits of cover cropping. The second day of the conference will take place at E.V. Smith Research Center. Field demonstrations will be used to showcase best management practices and new technology related to cover crops. ...

July 13, 2019 Poteau, Oklahoma The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host an elderberry workshop that will feature regional experts on elderberry production and marketing who will address multiple aspects of this increasingly popular perennial crop. The workshop will begin with a field tour of the Kerr Center's elderberry trial on the horticulture farm. Following the tour, the classroom portion of the workshop will begin with a presentation by Patrick Byers on varieties, disease and insect concerns, and production techniques. After lunch, participants will hear from Brent Madding of 360 Farms and Kerr Center's David Redhage....

July 11, 2019 Mission, Texas NCAT, the University of Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and PPC Farms present this free field day focused on cover cropping in vegetable production as part of the Subtropical Soil Health Initiative. This field day will be held at PPC Farms, a diversified organic vegetable farm. Dr. Alex Racelis of UTRGV will discuss how to overcome barriers to using cover crops in hot and humid climates. Stephanie Kasper will demonstrate a process for verifying that legume cover crops are nodulating: converting atmospheric nitrogen to bioavailable nitrogen in the soil. NCAT's own...

June 29, 2019 Seguin, Texas This is a free, one-day workshop designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, and an introduction to support resources. ...

June 28, 2019 Fredericksburg, Texas NCAT will be hosting an evening Monitoring Workshop at the Roam Ranch to go over monitoring techniques and get you on your way to efficiently monitoring your land. If you are interested in attending, please call or email Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger at 479-587-3479 or KaraK@NCAT.org....

June 28, 2019 Seguin, Texas BattleGround to Breaking Ground presents a free evening sheep production workshop and demonstration. Topics will include breed knowledge, predation, pasture management, nutrition, shearing and wool marketing. The demonstration portion will include basic handling, drenching, ear tagging, vaccinating, hoof trimming. Registration is limited to 30 participants....

June 27, 2019 Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Join the Organic Association of Kentucky for a Field Day at Rough Draft Farmstead, a certified organic, no-till vegetable farm in Anderson County specializing in summer lettuce, carrots, and beets. Jesse Frost and Hannah Crabtree will highlight the no-till systems they utilize for improved soil health, weed management, and water retention, as well as their methods for growing consistent summer lettuce including varieties, propagation, irrigation, and transplanting. This Field Day is geared toward production farmers and will feature mid-scale diversified vegetable production. Pre-registration is required. ...

June 26, 2019 Asheville, North Carolina Learn about the planning, implementation, and funding of on-farm conservation practices in this six-hour workshop from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC Cooperative Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Conservation Management Institute. It will cover practices that can build soil, protect water and soil quality, help beneficial insects and other wildlife, as well as the benefits and challenges of growing in high tunnels. Participants will also learn how local organizations can assist with funding and implementing conservation measures on the farm....

June 25, 2019 Crofton, Kentucky This Organic Association of Kentucky morning Field Day will visit Durham Farms' fields in production to learn their systems for organic corn, soybean, and hemp production. The event is geared towards large-scale production farmers in transition or interested in the possibility. ...

June 25, 2019 Goldsboro, North Carolina This CFSA workshop is designed with the small-scale producer in mind. What food safety risks are present on small farms? What are the most efficient ways to mitigate those risks? What is the GAP auditing process like for small-scale producers? This workshop will cover all these questions and more with a morning classroom component, followed by a hands-on demonstration of various food-safety tools in the afternoon. ...

June 23, 2019 Huntsville, Arkansas Join Heifer USA for an all-day workshop with organic gardener Mark Cain at Dripping Springs Garden. Enjoy live demonstrations, a farm tour, and a farm-raised lunch. All skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn about production techniques for cut flowers, bouquet making, harvesting tips, marketing approaches, and more. ...