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Western SARE Region Tag

April 18, April 25, and May 2, 2020 San Diego, California Join San Diego Seed Company for three immersion workshops on urban farming that will cover a wide range of subjects that will help you get growing successfully. Whether you are a home grower looking to grow healthy, organic food for your family or a budding market grower, this course offers all the information you need to get started. Topics include understanding seeds, vegetable production, and seed saving....

Cancelled West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District present a day-long Soil School. Soil School is tailored toward gardeners, landscape professionals, and farmers in the community, and is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees. ...

Postponed The Quivira Coalition presents a one-day workshop on the basics of collecting and using precipitation data for rangeland management. Presenters will introduce some low-cost tools and strategies (myRAINge Log and CoCoRaHS) that make collecting and monitoring precipitation easier. ...

Postponed NCAT, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, SARE, and Montana State University, is holding the first annual Soil Health Innovations conference. Join producers, educators, and students from around the region and across the country as panelists, keynotes, roundtables, and forums address the hard questions about soil health and the future of agriculture from the standpoint of researcher, industry professional, and producer. ...

Cancelled UC Extension, Fibershed, and Soil Health Institute present a free, half-day workshop, "Achieving Healthy Soils, Carbon Drawdown & Regenerative Textile Systems: Keeping California cotton alive in evolving markets." The field event takes place at Teixeira and Sons' farm and addresses soil health, cover cropping, and regional fibersheds....

Postponed to late summer The 2020 California Farm to School Conference will focus on empathy and coalition building, with an emphasis on establishing "complete" farm to school programs that coordinate student voice, local food procurement, education in classrooms and cafeterias, and experiential learning in school gardens, agriculture and culinary programs, and farms. The driving force of the conference will be participant-focused working sessions. There will be a free San Diego Farm to School Tour on March 28, 2020....

March 23, 2020 Helena, Montana NCAT offers an opportunity for 20 specialty crop producers to network and discuss all things farm to grocery. How are purchasing agreements made? How is communication maintained? Will grocery stores require specific certifications, food safety practices, levels of insurance coverage, specific packaging etc.? What strategies can producers adopt to successfully market their crops to grocery stores? Learn the answers to these questions and more from panelists, presenters, and fellow attendees....

March 17-19, 2020 Tucson, Arizona Southwest Agroforestry Action Network's (SWAAN) annual conference theme is "Southwest Agroforestry Challenges and Best Practice Solutions." SWAAN's mission is helping people integrate trees, crops, and animals to regenerate Southwest landscapes. SWAAN's scope of interest is forest-agricultural activities on tribal, state, federal, county, municipal, and private lands in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. ...

March 13, 2020 Jerome, Idaho Learn how growing organic malt barley can work for you, in this workshop organized by The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS). In 2019, Anheuser-Busch launched the Contract for Change initiative that supports Idaho barley farmers who try organic production for the first time, providing price support through transition and a reliable market for the crop. Learn about organic production, the transition process, organic barley, and how the Contract for Change program can work for you. Everyone is welcome, whether you currently grow barley or are just starting to consider adding it to your rotation....

March 12, 2020 Idaho Falls, Idaho Learn how growing organic malt barley can work for you, in this workshop organized by The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS). In 2019, Anheuser-Busch launched the Contract for Change initiative that supports Idaho barley farmers who try organic production for the first time, providing price support through transition and a reliable market for the crop. Learn about organic production, the transition process, organic barley, and how the Contract for Change program can work for you. Everyone is welcome, whether you currently grow barley or are just starting to consider adding it to your rotation....

March 7, 2020 Kalispell, Montana The 5th annual Free the Seeds! provides community-powered opportunities to build a sustainable and resilient future through real seeds, real food, and real skills. The fair will open with the seed swap and vendor booths at 9 am. The seed swap runs from 9am to noon. Workshops, booths, and kids' activities will be held 10 am–3:30 pm. Free the Seeds! is a program of Farm Hands—Nourish the Flathead....

March 4-5, 2020 West Valley, Utah Utah State University Diversified Agriculture presents the 8th annual Urban & Small Farms Conference. This conference is perfect for specialty crop producers engaged in direct marketing, including CSAs, farmers markets, and other outlets, as well as commercial growers who are seeking the most up-to-date research on crop production and pest management. There are also workshops for beginning farmers and farmers deciding what they want to grow and how to develop their own marketing strategy and business plan....

March 3-4, 2020 Helena, Montana The second biennial Montana Water Summit explores hot issues and solutions at the land and water nexus. Can we meet the needs of a growing population and adapt to climate change by more thoughtfully integrating land and water management and policy? Yes! Solutions, though complex, abound at both regional and local scales. NCAT's Dave Scott will speak on a panel at the summit....

February 27-28, 2020 Santa Fe, New Mexico The Local Food Connects Conference will bring together market managers, farmers, and local food advocates from across New Mexico for two days of information sharing, resources, and inspiration....

February 27-29, 2020 Paso Robles, California At the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference, farmers, ranchers and local food advocates will gather to explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, network and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up. Pre-conference events include intensive trainings, field days, and tours. The main conference includes educational workshops, panels, interactive forums, and networking opportunities. A Spanish-language track and a farmers market track are among the topics offered. This year's theme, "Strength through Diversity," honors the resilience of diversity in our agricultural...

February 26, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops take place simultaneously in several Montana communities. In this session, Professor Eric Belasco will talk about business risk that impacts farmers and ranchers and share his research on the value of USDA-RMA Whole Farm Revenue Protection for small farms. ...

February 26, 2020 Portland, Oregon At Farm Journal Hemp College, experts will discuss the best agronomic practices for hemp production and will also touch upon marketing, legal considerations, and policy news. ...

February 24-25, 2020 Denver, Colorado The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association's sixth annual conference is designed for all commercial produce growers in Colorado. The organization invites fruit and vegetable growers throughout Colorado of all scales, marketing channels, and production practices to attend....

February 24-26, 2020 San Diego, California The Indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference is a key touchstone in shaping the future of energy policies and utility programs for controlled environment agriculture, drawing from the lessons of early models emerging in cannabis cultivation and extending to the rapidly scaling greenhouse and vertical-farming sectors....

February 22, 2020 Meridian, Idaho Join Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and owner of Highland Lamb, for a free afternoon workshop on sheep grazing practices, integrated parasite management, and FAMACHA scoring. Dave will discuss how to deworm strategically using FAMACHA scoring, grazing properly to avoid Barber Pole worm ingestion, and mitigating the devastating effects the Barber Pole Worm can have on your flock. Attendance is limited to 25, and registration is required....

February 22, 2020 Corvallis, Oregon The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a day-long event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students, and managers of farmers markets. Twenty-seven educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to Oregon small farmers. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more....

February 21-22, 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico New Mexico Organic Farming Conference, the Southwest's largest organic gathering, is an annual opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and researchers from around the region to share their experiences and expertise. The agenda includes a large slate of speakers, demonstrations, and more....

February 20-22, 2020 Fallon, Nevada Join fellow producers and the community at this annual conference in Nevada to learn about regional, commercial agriculture and to build economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The agenda includes day-long workshops, speakers, a tour, and more....

February 20-22, 2020 Tacoma, Washington Washington State Farmers Market Association offers training and networking opportunities at its Farmers Market Conference. The agenda includes a one-day intensive Farmers Market Boot Camp and two days of farmers market-specific workshops with excellent speakers....

February 20-22, 2020 Anchorage, Alaska The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents, and others together to learn from one another and to find ways to continue to develop and improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. There is a particular emphasis on innovation and education about sustainable agricultural practices appropriate for Alaska. This 15th annual conference will feature a plenary session and technical sessions the first day, followed by two days of technical sessions and workshops....

February 19, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops take place simultaneously in several Montana communities. In this session, learn about the different types of financing that are available and the best time to access them over the establishment and growth of your business. Understand credit scores, how to improve them, and how to prepare for a meeting with a lender....

February 14, 2020 Caldwell, Idaho The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticide brings its annual Grower's Own conference to farmers in Idaho who support its mission of protecting community and environmental health through the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides. This event encourages farmer-to-farmer exchange and helps strengthen the organic, sustainable, and regenerative farming community in Idaho....

February 12, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops are presented simultaneously in several Montana communities. At this session, learn to evaluate the overall financial health of your farm or ranch and learn when and how to use partial-budgeting, break-even, and ROI to enhance decision-making....

February 12-15, 2020 Corvallis, Oregon The Organic Seed Growers Conference is the largest event focused solely on organic seed in North America, bringing together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and others. The agenda includes presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and celebration. Farm tours and short courses will be held prior to the conference....

February 11, 2020 Great Falls, Montana Montana State University Extension is offering a free, one-day hemp seminar. Topics include an overview of hemp growing in Montana, pesticides and hemp, hemp production research, and a panel of producers and processors. ...

February 7-9, 2020 Nevada City, California Sierra Harvest's 10th annual Food & Farm Conference helps build community, raise awareness, and educate. Keynote speakers for 2020 include Dr. Vandana Shiva, Jim Gerrish, and Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser. The agenda also includes 20 food and farm workshops with local and regional experts and a full day of farm tours....

February 7-8, 2020 Orcas Island, Washington The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit offers two days of inspiration, education, and community for farmers, producers and all those involved in the local and regional food system. Friday morning and afternoon will consist of several extended and hands-on workshops in a variety of locations on Orcas Island. Saturday includes 12 classroom presentations by local and regional experts, a Buyer-Producer Meetup, and Trade Show featuring presentations from 4-H youth....

February 6, 2020 Davis, California Join a free conference at UC Davis to explore ways to increase agricultural biodiversity. The conference has two online sessions and two blended sessions (with both in-person and online participation). Topics will include perennial grain polycultures, agroforestry, sheep vineyard systems, pollinator diversity, and legume-based polycultures....

February 6, 2020 Burley, Idaho Mini-Cassia Soil and Water Conservation Districts present a free soil health workshop featuring keynote speaker Dr. Christine Jones, as well as updates on the districts' direct seed and cover crop project. There will be breakout sessions on soil health basics, barn owls, and more....

February 5, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops are presented simultaneously in several Montana communities. In this session, develop an effective record-keeping system and learn how to estimate income and expenses. Learn how to prepare and use balance sheets, income and expense statements, and cash flows....

February 4, 2020 Watsonville, California CCOF presents this free morning workshop to provide agricultural professionals the current science-based information on biodegradable plastic mulch and a resource guide for reference information. Participants will consider if biodegradable plastic mulch is suitable for CA strawberry production and whether trials should be carried out to assist growers in making this decision. Participants will gain an understanding of what a biodegradable plastic mulch is, how to apply and dispose of them, their costs, and whether they can they be used in organic agriculture....

February 4-5, 2020 Billings, Montana Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana and NRCS are hosting the Montana Soil Health Symposium, "2020: Vision and Beyond." The event will feature leaders in regenerative agriculture and discussions with producers about their experience implementing soil health practices. Keynote speakers are Dr. David Montgomery and Gabe Brown....

February 2-4, 2020 San Diego, California The 4th annual InTents: The Farmers Market Conference offers three days of inspiring speakers, authors, and experts on branding and marketing, hiring and training, regulations, packaging, costing and pricing, and expanding your business to wholesale and beyond. ...

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 29, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops are presented simultaneously in several Montana communities. This session will help you think about what makes your product unique, develop marketing messages that set you apart from your competition, and develop a marketing plan....

February 22, 2020 Oroville, California This Biochar Workshop at Butte College intends to provide an opportunity to inform and inspire students, faculty, and the community about all things Biochar, including ongoing projects on the Butte College campus. The morning will focus on professional workshops and the afternoon will feature community guest and student presentations....

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 23, 2020 Silver City, New Mexico This Tier 1: Risk-Based Food Safety Workshop is hosted by The National Center for Frontier Communities and the Southwest New Mexico Food Hub. Tier 1 food safety training will improve your understanding of on-farm food safety and prepare you for Tier 2 training, where you can complete a custom Risk-Based Food Safety Plan for your farm. ...

January 22, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops are presented simultaneously in several Montana communities. This session presented by Dave Renn will help participants identify your target customer, conduct a market research trial, compare and evaluate market channels, and identify and evaluate your competition....

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 22-25, 2020 Pacific Grove, California The 40th annual Eco-Farm Conference is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world. The conference features more than 70 workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, seed swaps, mentorships, and organic culinary fare....

January 18, 2020 Elko, Nevada Join Great Basin College and WNC Specialty Crop Institute for a day of networking and learning. Topics include social media and crop production. Obtain free NevadaGrown marketing materials and attend the annual producers meeting....

January 17-18, 2020 Olympia, Washington The annual Cascadia Grains Conference focuses on revitalizing the local grain economy in the Cascadia Region. Connect, learn, and grow with educational and hands-on sessions, field trips, panels, local grain meals and more. The event features Keynote Speaker Mel Darbyshire of Grand Central Bakery and the work of many regional grain luminaries across the country....

January 17-19, 2020 Colorado Springs, Colorado Grain School at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will, for one last time, bring experts in the science and practical applications of heritage and ancient grains to campus. From farming to baking and cooking, fermenting, malting, and milling, Grain School ignites curiosity and fires the imagination to reintroduce whole and heritage grains at home, in institutions, and the community. Grain School participants learn from artisans, scientists, and indigenous people. ...

January 15, 2020 Missoula, Ronan, Havre, Hardin, Anaconda, and Forsyth, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is presenting a series of Planning for On-Farm Success evening workshops in January and February. Workshops are presented simultaneously in several Montana communities. This first session walks participants through the process of identifying goals and values for your operation, drafting a mission statement, and using your values and goals to make decisions....

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 Stockton, California California Rangeland Conservation Coalition's 2020 Summit has the theme Rangeland Health—Sustaining Ranchers, Communities, and Ecosystems. The event offers presentations and an opportunity to network with ranchers, academics, non-government and agency rangeland decision and policy makers from across California....

January 7, 2020 Denver, Colorado CSU Food Systems Initiative and Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment invite anyone connected to Colorado's food system to join some of the main players in the state to spotlight its robust agricultural economy and build linkages with growing Denver food markets. The Colorado Food Summit works to build linkages that meet diverse urban food goals while creating viable market opportunities that builds wealth for Colorado farmers and ranchers and rural communities. ...

January 7, 2020 Vacaville, California This workshop for growers on agriculture and climate will explore how your operation can adapt and thrive in a new climate reality. Get the latest information from California researchers, government agency leaders, agriculture industry professionals and innovative farmers to help you understand how climate change will affect your farming operations. Presenters will provide practical strategies for agriculture to thrive in a new climate reality and explore opportunities and resources for implementing climate strategies on farms....

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."...

December 19, 2019 Boulder, Colorado The fourth annual Soil Revolution Conference invites farmers of all scales and production systems. It includes speakers, demonstrations, and panels on soil health, restoration, and resilience....

December 11-12, 2019 Waimanalo, Hawaii This workshop is part of a November-December 2019 workshop series presented in Guam, Saipan, Pohnpei, Marshall Islands, and Hawaii by a team of experienced Hawaii-based agroforestry professionals. Workshop participants will learn the latest strategies for reaching their goals in agroforestry. Hands-on activities during the workshop will give participants experience in the planning process from open land to managing an agroforest at any scale. ...

December 10, 2019 Los Lunas, New Mexico The New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference is a single-day conference sponsored by Western SARE that aims to promote new and time-tested methods of agriculture that preserve land and water while improving the lives of farmers and the community. The focus of this year's conference will be sustainable pest and disease management and technologies to improve agriculture infrastructure. The conference is free. ...

December 8-9, 2019 Forestville, California Join Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild for the Small Farm Tech Expo, showcasing what's possible for small-acre and sustainable agriculture. It covers topics from cost-effective tools to software that streamlines direct sales, and from practical tractor implements to data management to help you better understand what's happening beneath your fields. Whether you're growing 20 acres of row crops or just tending a quarter acre market garden, managing a small-scale ranch or a family-owned vineyard, attend to learn the latest in appropriately-scaled Ag Tech, interact with innovators, and start working smarter, not harder....

December 5, 2019 Knights Landing, California Audubon California hosts this free Cover Crop Field Day at River Garden Farms for farmers and private landowners who are actively engaged in crop or livestock production. Learn about cover crops and how they can contribute to nitrogen management and pest control. ...

December 5-7, 2019 Bozeman, Montana The 17th Annual MOA Conference will be a gathering of diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to the consumer. They will come together to share their stories, learn from each other, and confront the many challenges that face them at this time. The conference keynote address will be given by Matthew Dillon, the senior director of agricultural policy and programs at Clif Bar & Company. More than 40 speakers over the three-day conference will also include a six-part workshop on "Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm"...

December 4-5, 2019 Monterey, California Launched by the Organic Produce Network and California Certified Organic Farmers, the Organic Grower Summit brings organic growers, producers, and processors together for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support-service providers....

December 3-4, 2019 Davis, California This Regional AgrAbility Event will focus on how Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and other rehabilitation professionals can collaborate with AgrAbility, working with the issues of migrant farmworkers, and collaborating with other partners such as DOR and the Centers for Agriculture, Health, and Safety. The second day will feature a tour of some local agricultural businesses, along with a migrant center. This workshop would be helpful to service providers (state agencies, governmental organizations), agricultural professionals, occupational/physical therapists, and staff from other state AgrAbility projects and those working in ag safety, health, and wellness. ...

March 30-31, 2020 Bozeman, Montana NCAT, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, SARE, and Montana State University, is holding the first annual Soil Health Innovations conference. Join producers, educators, and students from around the region and across the country as panelists, keynotes, roundtables, and forums address the hard questions about soil health and the future of agriculture from the standpoint of researcher, industry professional, and producer. Early bird registration ends November 30, 2019....

November 25, 2019 Watsonville, California At this free morning event, the Organic Strawberry Fields Forever Project will present field-trial results of organic strawberry transplants and certification requirements for planting organic transplants (planting stock)....

November 22, 2019 Albuquerque, New Mexico Following the Regenerate conference, Holistic Management International (HMI) is offering a full-day interactive working session to increase your ranching financial health. Take a deeper dive into your regenerative grazing enterprise with a full panel of experienced Holistic Management Certified Educators and practitioners to help you improve financial results. Get individualized help with your toughest financial challenges as HMI's team leads interactive and small-group sessions on: planning for profit, gross profit analysis, livestock production planning, innovative cost savings, income generation, and financially viable infrastructure to support regenerative grazing practices. ...

November 19, 2019 Puyallup, Washington Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Soceity, and Corin Pease, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, for this full-day workshop. This course will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. This course will provide an overview of the farm practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators....

November 19-22, 2019 Albuquerque, New Mexico The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association are collaborating again to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, scientists, medical professionals, nutritionists, students, teachers, and others to explore ideas of Health from the Soil Up. Regenerate 2019 offers provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and the globe. The conference will create a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown....

November 13-14, 2019 Aurora, Colorado Holistic Management International invites you to this two-day workshop to spend time both in the classroom and on the land to learn about key grazing strategies and implementation and learn all the steps necessary to create your own holistic grazing plan to achieve your goals. Instructor Kirk Gadzia will share a case study and cover the step by step biological planning procedure to produce both a dormant and growing season plan. If time allows, participants will work on biological plans for their own property. ...

November 11-13, 2019 San Luis Obispo, California The 15th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo includes three days of seminars and a full-service tradeshow and equipment showcase that provides an opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. It is being held in conjunction with the International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit, being held in the United States for the first time....

November 8-10, 2019 Yakima, Washington This year's Tilth Conference is "Growing a Resilient Future: Production & Beyond." Covering a range of scales, experience levels, and interests, knowledgeable presenters speak on topics such as crop and livestock production, pest and weed management, marketing, certifications, land access, and opportunities and challenges in sustainable and organic agriculture. An industry trade show takes place throughout the weekend as well as a farm tour, keynote speeches, and social events providing attendees with numerous networking opportunities....

November 7, 2019 Monroe, Washington The 16th annual Focus on Farming conference presented by Snohomish County, "Nurturing Your Future," will feature 24 workshops in six industry tracks, plus Focus on Forestry workshops. Tracks are Agritourism, Business of Farming, Flower Farming, Industrial Hemp Production, Livestock, and New and Beginning Farmers....

November 7-10, 2019 Idaho Falls, Idaho The Dairy Sheep Association of North America presents the 26th Annual Dairy Sheep Symposium. The event features presentation sessions focusing on Nutrition & Grazing, Milk processing & Marketing, and Labor & Farm Management (Thursday and Friday); followed by a day of farm tours (Saturday); and finishing with an optional cheese workshop held at Lark's Meadow Farms (Sunday). The presentation sessions reflect the industry's interests and challenges, as more and more producers are facing labor-supply and extreme-weather issues, feeding rations formulated specifically for higher-performance dairy animals, and choosing to process their own milk into cheese and other...

November 4-5, 2019 Pauma Valley, California The Carbon Sink Farming Convergence at Pauma Tribal Farms is a land-based mobilization to address climate change. It is an opportunity to investigate efforts at the Carbon Sink Demonstration Farm, glean useful information for your own farms or organizations, and advance collective efforts toward broader, systemic change. A convergence brings together delegations with the purpose of building power and inciting action. Attendees will be invited to join one of four delegations: Hands in the Earth, Knowledge to Share, Voices with Vision, or Movement Builders....

October 28, 2019 Kaysville, Utah Join Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and Josh Dallin, an extension agent with Utah State University (USU), for an evening workshop on grazing practices, integrated parasite management, and FAMACHA scoring. Dave and Josh will discuss how to deworm strategically using FAMACHA scoring, grazing properly to avoid Barber Pole worm ingestion, and mitigating the devastating effects the Barber Pole Worm can have on your flock. FAMACHA cards will be given out for those completing the training....

October 25-27, 2019 Bozeman, Montana Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) is partnering with MSU and community members to host the 2019 AERO Expo, "Seeding the Future: Cultivating Community Resilience." Explore new perspectives and advance efforts to build sustainable, healthful, equitable food systems across the region. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ricardo Salvador and the event features tours, workshops, and activities....

October 25-26, 2019 Santa Rosa, California The Livestock Conservancy presents this event featuring presentations on targeted grazing, holistic management, fiber production, natural wool dying, conservation breeding, and marketing sheep and sheep products. Saturday will include three interactive panel discussions with experts in a give-and-take format, on biological challenges of farming with rare breeds, a national fiber system, and getting the most out of your animals....

October 25, 2019 Stanley, New Mexico HMI's Open Gate Learning Series offers peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small-group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. This event will highlight regenerative ag practices—water distribution and erosion control, wildlife considerations, biological monitoring and holistic planned grazing—yielding successes at El Sueño Ranch. ...

October 24, 2019 Montana Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate delicious local food and National Farm to School Month this month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at 2:00 pm MST. All Montanans are encouraged to participate. This year, states throughout the Mountain Plains Region (CO, MT, MO, KS, NE, UT, ND, SD, WY) are competing to see which state can get the most "crunches." The state with the most crunches per capita wins the Crunch Off trophy! ...

October 20-25, 2019 Denver, Colorado Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance's Seed School program teaches students how to advance their seed saving knowledge through an engaging, experiential educational program rooted in traditional practices. This special offering includes Teacher Training components to build capacity for seed education and leadership, empowering students to share what they've learned in their communities and increase bioregional seed literacy....

October 12, 2019 Taos, New Mexico Holistic Management International is offering one of its Open Gate field days, focusing on "Regenerative Agricultural Practices that Restore & Revitalize Arid Lands." Learn about holistic management, hear from practitioners, participate in hands-on activities, and more....

October 10, 2019 Aurora, Oregon Oregon State University's Olea Project Team is offering an in-depth look at organic olive establishment. The event will showcase on-going research on olive propagation techniques, overwintering and transplanting practices, field management, and cultivar evaluation. It includes a research update and a tour of greenhouses and fields....

October 5, 2019 Vancouver, Washington Slow Food Cascadia hosts the Cascadia Food Festival, an annual event that seeks to build a just, craft, regenerative food movement in Cascadia and raise funds for farm-to-food bank initiatives by bringing people together to taste the region, explore food connections, and celebrate the unique ecogastronomy of the area. Cascadia Food Festival will include a Food and Cider Festival, Slow Food Summit for regional food leaders, and an evening Cascadian Luau, all centered around the unique flavors of the Cascadia region....

October 5, 2019 Guinda, California The Hoes Down Harvest Festival is dedicated to honoring and promoting the knowledge of agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through inspiration and education. The celebration features live music, food and drink, workshops, and a children's area....

October 5-6, 2019 Helmville, Montana The Quivira Coalition is hosting a free Regenerative Ranching 101 weekend in partnership with the Mannix Brothers Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley for anyone who is interested in a career in farming or ranching, anyone who works with farmers and ranchers in your job, or anyone who is interested in understanding the principles of regenerative agriculture. Learn how to put up electric fence, basic pasture and grazing management tools, demonstration of low-stress stock handling, discuss building relationships with agencies and people who share your land values, tour a fish ladder project on the ranch and so much...

October 3, 2019 Sacramento, California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature an overview of the program, a review of the concept proposal questions, a live demonstration of the online application system, and more. There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinars; however, space is limited and CDFA requests that attendees register in advance. ...

October 2-3, 2019 Bozeman, Montana The Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy, in partnership with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the Montana Grain Growers Association, presents Ensuring the Strength of Montana's Agricultural Economy. This conference is aimed at helping producers find new approaches and extend existing strategies for responding to increasing variability in Montana's weather patterns. Conference panels and guest speakers will consider our changing experience with and understanding of this variability. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the innovations being developed by entrepreneurial producers and applied researchers, enabling Montana's farmers and ranchers to succeed in increasingly competitive...

October 1, 2019 Modesto, California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature an overview of the program, a review of the concept proposal questions, a live demonstration of the online application system, and more. There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinars; however, space is limited and CDFA requests that attendees register in advance. ...

September 28, 2019 Dove Creek, Colorado Holistic Management International offers an opportunity to see how Cachuma Ranch and Fozzie's Farm are working to create a future ranching and farming in SW Colorado at this Open Gate event. Hear about Ken Lausten's vision for the 8th generation of his family ranch and Jay Loschert's passion to foster community engagement in agriculture with place based experiential learning. Hear how they are using livestock and innovative approaches restore land health and productivity, increase financial viability, and develop good working relationships with neighbors and the agricultural community....

September 25, 2019 San Luis Obispo, California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature an overview of the program, a review of the concept proposal questions, a live demonstration of the online application system, and more. There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinars; however, space is limited and CDFA requests that attendees register in advance. ...

September 24, 2019 Escondido, California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature an overview of the program, a review of the concept proposal questions, a live demonstration of the online application system, and more. There is no cost to attend the workshops or webinars; however, space is limited and CDFA requests that attendees register in advance. ...

September 17-19, 2019 Spokane, Washington Washington State University, Oregon State University, and USDA Forest Service, National Agroforestry Center present this agroforestry workshop for technical assistance providers, extension staff, and anyone else who works with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to promote agroforestry in the Pacific Northwest. The workshop on the first day will be followed by an agroforestry tour the second day and an optional training on how to become a technical service provider on the third day....

September 10, 2019 Butte, Montana This free afternoon workshop is presented by NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training project. Learn the basics of seed saving and the importance of biodiversity. Learn what you can save, how you can save it, and what to avoid when growing plants for seed. Presenters will also discuss seed libraries and how you can help share seeds for common use....

September 10-12, 2019 Santa Rosa, California Featuring the largest display of heritage produce, the National Heirloom Expo is an annual gathering of gardeners, food activists, farmers, chefs, and food organizations from around the globe who come together to share best practices, showcase products, and provide tastings. The Expo now focuses on the preservation of heirloom foods without GMOs. ...

September 9, 2019 Olympia, Washington At this Tilth Alliance afternoon Farm Walk, join farmers Rachael Taylor-Tuller and Matthew Tuller of Lost Peacock Creamery as they share their story of how they came to be farmers, why they landed on a goat dairy, and how they are working to create a sustainable business model, while sharing some of the harsh and humorous lessons they've learned along the way. ...

September 7-8, 2019 Whatcom County, Washington See, taste, feel, and learn hands-on what goes into local food production. Meet unique Whatcom County farms and experience the passion and care that goes into producing local food. At this free, family-friendly, self-guided tour, start anywhere you like and make an itinerary that works for you. Information on participating farms is available online....

August 23, 2019 Sacramento, California, and online The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has scheduled a public meeting to hear from stakeholders and the public about the Healthy Soils Program. CDFA encourages farmers, ranchers, technical assistance providers, agricultural associations, university and state university partners, commodity groups, agricultural support service organizations, and other agricultural stakeholders--including the members of the public--to engage in this opportunity for dialog about the program itself and approaches for outreach and engagement. It is also possible to attend remotely by webinar. ...

August 21-22, 2019 Davis, California The 2019 Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit will gather growers for intensive learning on strategies to create overall farm resilience, starting from the soil up. The program will consist of an optional half-day farm tour (already sold out) and one and a half days of sessions on successful farm-management strategies as well as time to engage with speakers and fellow attendees to build business relationships and peer networks....

August 20, 2019 Butte, Montana This free afternoon workshop is presented by NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) project. Gain the skills to select and source varieties of vegetables that grow well in our unique Southwest Montana climate. Learn how to time your seeding to get more bountiful harvests within a short growing season and techniques for healthier stronger plants. The workshop includes a taste test of different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more. ...

August 12, 2019 Burlington, Washington This afternoon event is part of the Farm Walks series presented by Tilth Alliance in collaboration with Washington State University. Meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino's Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm, and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms incubator. Learn from both experienced and beginning growers about their innovations for planting, production and harvesting of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Hear from WSU researchers and industry experts about best practices for post-harvest handling, shelf life, and fruit longevity. The Farm Walk will also touch on irrigation, pest and disease management,...

August 10, 2019 Ft. Shaw, Montana Join Brent Roeder, Montana State University (MSU) sheep specialist, and Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), for a workshop on grazing practices, integrated parasite management, FAMACHA scoring, and new sheep indentification and handling methods. A tour of the ranch will stimulate discussion on grazing management to control parasites and increase grass production. FAMACHA cards will be issued to all participants in the integrated parasite management training. Brent will also discuss electronic identification systems for sheep. Registration is required....

August 8, 2019 Junction City, Oregon OSU Small Farms Program's Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities during the growing season that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest. This farm tour is hosted by Barbara Talley of The Bear and the Maiden Farm and will be focused on Dairy Sheep and their NRCS Infrastructure Projects. ...

August 6, 2019 Butte, Montana NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) program presents this free afternoon workshop at the SIFT Farm. No registration is required. Learn about principles for regenerating healthy soil. Presenters will discuss methods for compost, vermicompost, cover crops, and organic soil amendments that can be done on small or large scale. There will be on-farm demonstrations on water infiltration tests, moisture monitoring, and understanding soil quality. ...

August 5-6, 2019 Chimacum, Washington Learn the fundamentals of on-farm organic plant breeding at this special two-day workshop led by the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) breeding team. The course will include classroom and field-based instruction and recommended reading materials. Prior knowledge of seed saving is recommended....

August 4, 2019 Missoula, Montana Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and Blue Mountain Montana Growers Co-op present Bike to Barns, a 15-mile round-trip ride through the Target Range and Orchard Homes neighborhoods, with stops at five farms. Guests will hear from local farmers, explore their farms, and get a taste of their products. Afterwards, the celebration of local food will continue with a tasty barbecue....

August 3-4, 2019 Albany, Oregon The Mother Earth News Fair includes speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and a product marketplace, with topics including modern homesteading, animal husbandry, real food, and natural building. ...

August 1-2, 2019 Helena, Montana You must be an Armed to Farm training alumnus to attend this event. Build on the Armed to Farm business planning training and network with participants from all four Montana-based trainings. Financial planning and marketing are on the agenda, with farm examples....

July 29, 2019 Central Point, Oregon Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center presents this evening Farm Enterprise Analysis class with Angela Boudro, Small Farms and Holistic Management International Certified Educator. Learn to identify which ideas are winners and which are losers. Learn how to conduct a Gross Profit Analysis and plan for profit as an expense, rather than taking what is left....

July 26, 2019 Placerville, California Join fellow farmers at 24 Carrot Farm for this free afternoon event, to explore direct marketing your goods, from running a farm stand to managing a CSA. The event is open to all farmers, farmworkers, farm interns, and students of Ag....

July 26 – 27, 2019 Albuquerque, New Mexico Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and several partners present Grain School, an opportunity to learn expert techniques and hands-on skills to grow, harvest, mill, market, and bake with locally adapted grains. Nutritional values of ancient grains will be presented, along with the ecological benefits of adding grains to your garden or farm portfolio. Grain collaborations will also be explored and encouraged....

July 25 - August 29, 2019 Pahoa, Hawaii Hawaiian Sanctuary's Plant Aloha sustainable farming class series presents a free, 6-part weekly series on Korean Natural Farming, taught by Eric (Drake) Weinert. Topics include soil health, nutrients, and livestock. ...

July 25, 2019 Bozeman, Montana Join agricultural experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Montana State University (MSU) for a free morning workshop on integrating livestock with produce production. Food safety considerations will be outlined and demonstrated. Registration is required....

July 23, 2019 Corvallis, Oregon Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. This farm tour is hosted by Mindi Thorton of Kiger Island Blues and will be focused on blueberry production....

July 23, 2019 Butte, Montana This free afternoon workshop at NCAT's SIFT farm will cover different designs, costs, materials, and their effectiveness as a season extension tools for Southwest Montana. Presenters will be discussing the EQIP program and how it can help farmers finance greenhouses. This workshop will include a hands on demonstration of high-tunnel construction. No registration is required....

July 19, 2019 Geraldine, Montana Northern Plains Resource Council's third annual Soil Crawl takes place at the Sandy Arrow Ranch. Join Molly Haviland and Joe Barta for a full-day tour and conversation about how they build and use compost on their cutting-edge operation near Geraldine. Space is limited....

July 19-21, 2019 Denver, Colorado Slow Food Nations is an international food festival hosted by Slow Food USA. Connect with farmers, foodies, and families over three days packed with events, pop-ups, food, and fun centered around the 2019 festival theme, "Where Tradition Meets Innovation." With free and open festival grounds full of delicious and interactive activities as well as ticketed events, there's something at Slow Food Nations for everyone. ...

July 18, 2019 Hinsdale, Montana Montana Organic Association's 2019 Farm Tour, "In It for the Long Haul," will feature multiple tours throughout the day including Hard Red Spring Wheat and oats fields, as well as variety comparisons, inter-seeding clover, airseeder and harrow discussions, and input comparisons. The tour is free and open to the public. ...

July 18, 2019 Aurora, Oregon Small Farm School is a collaboration between Oregon State University Extension, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, and Clackamas Community College. It is a full-day event with hands-on workshops and classroom sessions for beginning and small-scale commercial farmers....

July 16-18, 2019 Sacramento, California Soil Health Institute's Annual Meeting covers the topics of soil health-human health relationship, soil health indicators, policy, research updates, economics of soil health, training programs, soil health on rangelands, ecosystem services, and more....

July 12-13, 2019 Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho Cascadia Grains' Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference will bring together farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, brokers, investors, policy-makers, and others to strengthen the role of grains in the local food economy by sharing the latest science, techniques, and developments, as well as creating a space in which new business, policy, and research relationships can form and existing ones can be strengthened. ...

July 12-14, 2019 Ashland, Oregon The theme for the 2019 Western Apicultural Society Conference is "Hive Mind for the Greater Good," built on the values of persistence and authenticity and celebrating community, women in leadership and, of course, bees and their keepers. The weekend will be a mix of dynamic keynote talks, workshops built on the themes of art, beekeeping, social media and marketing, bee habitat conservation, education, native bees, and global research....

July 11, 2019 Davis, California University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT will present this evening workshop. Presentations will include an overview of pastured poultry production, a talk on management of pastured poultry flocks as well as design and material considerations for coops for small flocks raised in a free-range or pastured poultry environment, and discussion of food safety with regard to pastured poultry production, including Salmonella control and appropriate regulations. ...

July 11, 2019 Pahoa, Hawaii This free morning class is part of the weekly Plant Aloha series at Hawaiian Sanctuary. Regenerative Permaculture designer Scott Laaback is the presenter. Explore Permaculture philosophy and learn about its practical application in order to better understand how you can create a more sustainable future for yourself, others, and the Earth....

July 10-11, 2019 Monterey, California This event is dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry. The event features keynote presentations with organic consumer activist Robyn O'Brien and award-winning chef and author Dan Barber, as well as four educational sessions, a selection of field tours for retailers and buyers, and a trade show featuring 148 producers and processors of organic fresh produce. ...

July 9, 2019 Goldendale, Washington Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone's field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it....

July 9, 2019 Sweet Home, Oregon Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone's field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it! For farmers by farmers. This free evening farm tour is hosted by Sarah and Andrew at Adaptive Seeds and will be focused on seed production....

July 9, 2019 Butte, Montana This free afternoon event is part of the Summer Workshop Series at NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) site. Workshops include an informative presentation and hands-on training. No registration is required. SIFT's fruit bushes were planted in 2017 and 2018, and represent some modern varieties of bush cherries and honeyberries, alongside a control row of Nanking cherries. Also, check out the native hedgerow planted around the SIFT farm in 2014 as a wind buffer and biodiversity habitat for birds and insects. ...

July 8, 2019 Thorp, Washington Tilth Alliance, in collaboration with Washington State University, presents Farm Walks featuring farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of a farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources. Learn how the farmers at Spoon Full Farm are fulfilling their mission of being "Loyal to Soil" through their Whole Earth farming practices. They will discuss their no-till garden and pastures, carbon sequestration projects, and regenerative practices. Also, hear about their strategies for building a brand and their dedication to customer service, as well as their best practices for complying with food...

June 27, 2019 La Grande, Oregon Oregon State University and The FAB Work Group are collaborating with Union County Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, and other regional experts to present the 8th Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour. This free event will provide useful information and opportunities for discussion for decision makers, political representatives, conservationists, the agricultural industry and area farmers. The tour will visit two La Grande area farms, Nilsson's Farming Inc. and The Elmer's Farm to learn about diverse operations highlighting key conservation enhancement measures and current on-farm projects, soil building techniques, and alternative crop production practices such as...

June 26, 2019 Bozeman, Montana Join agriculture experts from Montana State University (MSU) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a free morning workshop on integrating livestock into cropping systems, held at MSU's Fort Ellis Research Farm. Learn how integrated crop-livestock production systems may provide more sustainable alternatives to traditional conventional methods and extensive tillage practices and improve soil health and quality. Registration is required....

June 26, 2019 Glasgow, Montana Valley County Conservation District presents Increase Farm Profit with Soil Health, a one-day workshop with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, Inc., New Zealand, biological education specialist....

June 24-27, 2019 Corvallis, Oregon The Association for Temperate Agroforestry will convene for the 16th AFTA Biennial Conference, "Agroforestry for Sustainable Production and Resilient Landscapes." The agenda includes multiple tours, keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and working group meetings....

July 29, 2019 Cheney and Spokane, Washington Tilth Alliance, in collaboration with Washington State University, presents Farm Walks featuring farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of a farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources. This event visits both Lazy R Ranch and LINC Foods. See how this fourth-generation family ranch has used their livestock to heal the land and how Holistic Management is the decision making tool for everything they do, from adaptive management of grazing to direct marketing to their customers. At the second session at the LINC Foods Warehouse, presenters will talk...

June 19, 2019 Newport, Oregon Gain new insights into the agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry sectors of Lincoln County through this free Farm to Forest Tour. This tour showcases the diversity of local farming and forestry operations, including their history, management philosophies, and role in the community. This will be an excellent opportunity to speak directly with local natural resources professionals who make their living through the lands and waters of Lincoln County. The tour theme is Resiliency through Diversity. Registration is required....

June 13, 2019 Winthrop, Washington Tilth Alliance in collaboration with Washington State University presents Farm Walks featuring farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of a farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources. At this event, find out how Bluebird Grain Farms uses cover crops and other soil health management practices to care for the earth they farm in the Methow Valley. Farmer Sam Lucy will discuss tools for monitoring soil health such as soil and water testing and the importance of his cover crop regimen. ...

June 13, 2019 Paso Robles, California Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project presents this free morning demonstration field day at Tablas Creek Vineyard. As a participating vineyard in the Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project, Tablas Creek is serving as a demonstration site to investigate the links between soil-building practices such as no-till and grazing of cover crops, and measures of soil carbon, water holding capacity, and greenhouse gas emissions. During this event, Tablas Creek vineyard managers will discuss their unique soil management strategy, Cal Poly researchers will discuss the preliminary findings of their field trials, and additional guest speakers will discuss approaches to...

June 12, 2019 Davis, California The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility at UC Davis hosts an annual field day to share research findings related to pressing topics in California agriculture. Field days feature tours of Russell Ranch, in-field presentations of research projects, panel discussions with growers, and a poster session to learn about the variety of research and outreach on the year's topic. This year's topic is "Beyond Yield: Getting More Out of Our Agroecosystems."...

June 12, 2019 Escondido, California University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a one-day opportunity to connect with other beginning farmers and learn from expert speakers about poultry disease, poultry nutrition, and regulations, and have a discussion with an experienced poultry producer. NCAT's Ann Baier is one of the speakers. ...

June 11, 2019 Whitehall, Montana Join agriculture experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Montana State University Extension, One Montana and Carbon 180 for a free afternoon of training on regenerative grazing. There will be classroom instruction and a tour of Montana Highland Lamb farm in Whitehall, owned and operated by NCAT specialist Dave Scott. Learn how regenerative grazing can increase soil health and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. Information on USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs will also be provided....

June 8-9, 2019 Socorro, New Mexico HMI presents a two-day workshop filled with interactive, hand-on sessions including the basic principles of Low-Stress Livestock Handling and an introduction to Holistic Planned Grazing principles and practices. Topics will include sorting techniques for alleys and pens, techniques for handling calves, and techniques for moving and gathering cow/calf pairs. Registration is limited....

June 6 or 7, 2019 Paicines, California The Paicines Ranch Learning Center is offering this one-day workshop focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils. Presenters are Dr. Christine Jones and Gerry Gillespie. The same workshop is offered on both days; registration is limited....

June 5, 2019 Los Angeles, California Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability, and equity in the food system. The event will convene some of today's top leaders in food, from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what's on our plates....

May 30, 2019 Nevada City, California This Wild Farm Alliance Field Day visits Riverhill Farm, where Alan Haight and Jo McProud transformed a dry grassland with a couple of ponds into a profitable farm and an oasis for birds and other wildlife. They have sculpted the farm using crops, native vegetation, and permeable fencing to allow for water and beneficial wildlife to flow right through, while holding the soil in place and reaping some pest control along the way. ...

May 29, 2019 San Francisco, California Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability, and equity in the food system. The event will convene some of today's top leaders in food, from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what's on our plates....

May 29-30, 2019 Hobson, Montana Judith Basin Conservation District Range School presents "Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together," Livestock Genetic Management and grazing with Johann Zietsman. Zietsman, a world-renowned speaker, will present a two-day seminar on livestock management and grazing. He will be sharing proven concepts for selecting and utilizing the best adapted genetics with ultra high density grazing, resulting in much higher profitability per acre while greatly improving the land....

May 23, 2019 Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown, and Winner, South Dakota South Dakota State University Extension is offering a free evening meal and 60-minute workshop on Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset. The primary audience for this workshop is farmers and farm families. This workshop is designed to help farmers and their families understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress for a more productive mindset on the farm....

May 20, 2019 Orting, Washington This afternoon event is part of the Farm Walk series presented by WSU Food Systems and Tilth Alliance. Meet farmers Andrew and Micha of Bright Ide Acres, a farm enterprise dedicated to the production of ethically raised meat on pasture. Explore the rotational grazing system in place for poultry, sheep, and pigs on this 30-acre farm, and see the latest no-till pasture renovation trials being conducted in collaboration with WSU researchers. View the WSDA on-farm slaughter facilities at Bright Ide Acres and learn about the regulations and food safety standards necessary for this type of operation. ...

May 20, 2019 Vancouver, Washington Join WSU Extension for this Cascadia Grains regional field day to learn more about winter grain varieties for value-added markets, and WSU and OSU efforts to support local grain economies in the western PNW. Large plots of four select wheats and barleys from WSU's Bread Lab and OSU's Barley Project and two European varieties of hybrid rye will be on display. Representatives from local grain markets will introduce growers to local market opportunities and discuss the quality of grain they're seeking....

May 18, 2019 Half Moon Bay, California This free workshop features UC Cooperative Extension and NCAT poultry specialists, offering an overview of pastured poultry production and discussing Virulent Newcastle Disease and biosecurity, regulations, housing, and equipment....

May 17, 2019 Santa Rosa, California This workshop from University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT is geared towards prospective, beginning, or intermediate farmers interested in raising broiler flocks free-ranged or on pasture. During this day-long workshop, participants will get familiarized with several aspects of pastured-poultry production. The workshop will also feature a hands-on processing workshop to teach participants how to slaughter and dress meat hens....

May 14, 2019 Corvallis, Oregon This evening event is part of the OSU Small Farms Crop Talk series of farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities. These are opportunities to get out into someone's field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers. This farm tour is hosted by Alice Fairfield of Fairfield farms and will be focused on organic strawberry production. ...

May 10, 2019 Aurora, Oregon OSU Extension Service Mid-Willamette Valley Small Farms & Berry Initiative presents an afternoon workshop on successful day-neutral production. This hands-on workshop will teach you about organic methods for extending your season--both early and late--with transplant production and low tunnels, how to use fertigation for adequate soil fertility and plant nutrition, organic pest management, and more. ...

May 10, 2019 Concord, California This one-day workshop from California Native Grasslands Association will provide a comprehensive overview of vegetation monitoring in the context of grassland habitats. The workshop will cover a variety of vegetation monitoring methods, including point-intercept sampling, line-intercept sampling, belt transect sampling, nested frequency sampling, releve, and photo point monitoring....

May 1-2, 2019 Salinas, California Hartnell College hosts the annual Western Food Safety Summit. This event brings together all levels of the agricultural workforce and support services to California's Central Coast for two days of intensive training on the most current Food Safety issues and concerns for fresh fruits and vegetables. Aligned with a theme of "Creating a Sustainable Food Safety Culture," speakers and panelists will zero in on the most immediate safety challenges and opportunities for fresh fruits and vegetables, including irrigation, regulation, and traceability. ...

April 29, 2019 Bozeman, Montana USDA Rural Development will host a series of four free Agricultural Producer workshops featuring the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program, which assists farmers and ranchers with value added products, as well as a comprehensive lineup of speakers experienced in assisting agricultural producers with projects. There will be detailed presentations and panels addressing how the program can help finance your value-added products, as well as project examples, opportunities for ag producers, and application assistance. ...

April 26, 2019 Winters, California California Native Grasslands Association offers an opportunity to participate in field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc. The agenda includes expert speakers, walking tours of the seed barn, native plant nursery, seed cleaning mill, production fields, and demonstration gardens, and driving tours in Hedgerow Farms' native grass and wildflower production fields and habitat areas....

April 24, 2019 Los Gatos, California Santa Cruz Mountains Wingrowers Association and Wild Farm Alliance present this spring meeting at Wrights Station Vineyard. Topics will focus on supporting native birds as natural pest-control agents and on promoting and supporting beneficial insects to consume winegrape pests like mealybugs, leafhoppers, sharpshooters, and tree hoppers....

April 24-26, 2019 Seattle, Washington The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. The meetings are open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments. The agenda is available online....

April 24, 2019 Helena, Montana USDA APHIS and MSU Extension present this day-long workshop to provide information on the science behind non-lethal methods and the practical applications of various non-lethal methods integrated into predator damage management strategies to protect livestock. Presenters will discuss the importance of the non-lethal component of managing predator damage as it relates to producers being able to be proactive in managing predation....

April 22, 2019 Butte, Montana The National Center for Appropriate Technology proudly presents an evening book signing with Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, authors of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short presentation, followed by a social reception and book signing. ...

April 17, 2019 Kalispell, Montana USDA Rural Development will host a series of four free Agricultural Producer workshops featuring the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program, which assists farmers and ranchers with value added products, as well as a comprehensive lineup of speakers experienced in assisting agricultural producers with projects. There will be detailed presentations and panels addressing how the program can help finance your value-added products, as well as project examples, opportunities for ag producers, and application assistance. ...

April 13, 2019 Santa Cruz, California This half-day workshop led by hops grower Jon Sattler and Orin Martin, manager of the Chadwick Garden, will discuss initial soil preparation, variety selection, planting rhyzomes, and annual fertility needs. You will also learn how to maximize your harvest using various trellis designs, and get hands on experience building a trellis system in the Chadwick Garden....

April 12, 2019 Santa Barbara, California California Native Grasslands Association presents this day-long workshop focused on giving botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners, the confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass and recognize key characteristics and groupings. ...

April 10, 2019 Arbuckle, California Join Xerces Society staff for this morning field day that will introduce participants to Bee Better Certified, a third-party-verified farm certification recognizing operations with a strong commitment to pollinator conservation. Participants will get an overview of the Bee Better Standards, including a requirement that farms have some of their land in pollinator habitat. Additional benefits of on-farm habitat and opportunities for habitat-installation cost-shares will also be discussed. The day will conclude with an opportunity explore some habitat examples at Erdman Family Farms, a Bee Better Certified almond operation....

April 10, 2019 Healdsburg, California This workshop from UC Davis and partners including NCAT is geared towards prospective, beginning, or intermediate farmers interested in raising layer hen flocks free-ranged or on pasture. During this day-long workshop, participants will get familiarized with several aspects of pastured-poultry production. The workshop's teaching approach is focused on participatory learning and will alternate between presentations, case/scenario discussion, and Q & A sessions. The day will also include networking opportunities with other beginning farmers. ...

April 6, 2019 Fallon, Nevada Join the Specialty Crop Institute at Western Nevada College for a day of education and networking to learn about recent survey findings, new models and trends, and best practices. Brainstorm with other producers to develop ideas to compete with home delivery services. ...

April 3-5, 2019 Santa Rosa, California The Grassfed Exchange 2019 conference, "Regeneration Rising," is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas to help producers and consumers grow in the knowledge of the grassfed industry. The agenda includes farm tours, speakers, a trade show, and educational sessions....

March 27, 2019 Davis, California, and online University of California Cooperative Extension and other partners including NCAT present the next in a series of pastured poultry workshops for beginning farmers. A webinar version of the course is offered for those unable to attend in person. Dr. Maurice Pitesky will focus on methods of mitigating risk in free-range and pastured poultry production with a focus on biosecurity, vaccination, and husbandry. Dr. Richard Blatchford will speak on the welfare considerations of raising poultry on pasture or free-ranged systems. ...

March 27-28, 2019 Pendleton, Oregon Roots of Resilience presents this conference with keynote speakers Temple Grandin and Gabe Brown. The program will include sessions with the keynote speakers, a panel discussion with producers and scientists, a low-stress animal-handling demonstration, and other presentations from ag professionals....

March 27-28, 2019 Fort Belknap, Montana Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training. ...

March 26-27, 2019 Chester, Montana Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training. ...

March 21, 2019 St. Helena, California This field day is part of a series showcasing innovative farmers and practices that support beneficial bird habitat. Each field day will host several speakers including avian researchers, farmers, NRCS and RCD representatives, native plant specialists, and more. This half-day event takes place at Tres Sabores....

March 21-23, 2019 Walla Walla, Washington Join Pacific Northwest farmers market managers, board members, farmers, partner organizations, market vendors, and volunteers at the Washington State Farmers Market Conference for targeted workshops and training opportunities, dynamic speakers, fun-filled social/networking events, local tours, and the Washington State Farmers Market Association's annual member meeting. In 2019, this event celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Washington State Farmers Market Association....

March 19, 2019 Woodland, California This field day is part of a series showcasing innovative farmers and practices that support beneficial bird habitat. Each field day will host several speakers including avian researchers, farmers, NRCS and RCD representatives, native plant specialists, and more. This half-day event takes place at Chamberlain Farms....

March 19, 2019 Richmond, California The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative's 7th annual Faith, Food & Farms Conference is designed for lay leaders and clergy active or interested in food projects to connect with each other as well as secular leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement. The conference emphasizes participation and problem-solving to empower congregational leaders in their own communities. Workshop topics include CSA (community supported agriculture), food policy advocacy, produce stands and mobile farmers' markets, food waste reduction, and faithlands....

March 16, 2019 Butte, Montana This statewide gathering of farmers market managers will provide an opportunity to share their best practices and learn from national farmers market experts. Topics include vendor recruitment and management, marketing your market, and fundraising for your market. The meeting is free but registration is required. Limited travel scholarship funds are available....

March 14-15, 2019 Livingston and Ronan, Montana Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Program Network is partnering with Tera Johnson of the Food Finance Institute to bring the Food Hub Boot Camp to Montana. The training will be four days of intensive training (in two consecutive locations) on food hub business modeling, financial infrastructure, and raising capital. This training is designed to help each participating food hub operator understand their own unique business model, get underneath the hood of their financial statements, and identify a pathway to raising capital and achieving a resilient, successful business....

March 14-15, 2019 Wolf Point, Montana Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training. ...

March 13-14, 2019 Culbertson, Montana Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training. ...

March 13, 2019 Chico, California Chico State Organic Dairy hosts this event at the Chico State University Farm. Featured speakers include Dr. Victor Cortese of Zoetis and Dr. Santaigo Utsumi, Professor in the Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University....

March 12-14, 2019 Pendleton, Oregon The Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop is a region-wide approach to bring together agricultural professionals and producers from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for a three-day workshop to improve awareness of existing, new, and evolving regional soil-health practices and assessment methods. The workshop will provide hands-on training on soil-health practices, improve understanding of the practical barriers producers face when implementing soil-health practices, and increase familiarity with tools that can be used by producers to make decisions related to soil health. This event will also strive to get the various groups working on soil health in the region on...

March 9, 2019 Harrisburg, Oregon If you are a small acreage/rural property owner or considering a move to the country you won't want to miss this event from Oregon State University Small Farms Program. Workshops throughout the day include Bee Keeping, Compost, Pasture Management, Well Water Management, Soils, The Basics of Functional Agricultural Diversity, Wildfires and more....

March 8-9, 2019 Homer, Alaska This event includes pre-conference Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training, two days of educational sessions, and (post-conference) the Alaska Farmers Market Association Annual Meeting. Topics include community food systems, farmers markets, food business, young farmers, and more....

March 4-5, 2019 Davis, California The California Climate & Agriculture Summit includes a farm tour on March 4 that visits three climate-friendly farms in Yolo and Solano Counties. March 5, at UC Davis, will be a full day of plenary, workshop, and poster presentations about the latest science, policy, and practice related to climate and agriculture. The event brings together a diverse group of more than 350 farmers and ranchers, researchers, agriculture professionals, agriculture and environmental nonprofit organizations, local and state policymakers, and government agencies. NCAT's Jeff Schahczenski and Rex Dufour will speak at the conference....

March 1, 2019 Twin Falls, Idaho The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is presenting its 10th annual Grower's Own: Organic Farming Conference. This year's theme is "Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going," an aim to increase the sustainability and viability of local farms. Topics include weed management, farm succession planning, organic certification, and buyer and farmer panels....

February 28, 2019 Clovis, California California Farm Link presents one-stop shopping for ag loans and resources for financing your farm or ranch. The Farm Finance Expo will be available in English, Hmong, and Spanish and will feature two workshop tracks to cater to beginning and experienced farm businesses. Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers, and trainers who will discuss agricultural loans; farm financial planning; demystifying debt; scaling up with confidence; purchasing and selling, and offer interactive activities....

February 27, 2019 Rickreall, Oregon This hands-on workshop from Oregon State University Extension will teach you about table grape training, trellising and pruning techniques, and on-site propagation from cuttings. Learn about starting and improving the fertility management and disease program for your vineyard....

February 26, 2019 Aurora, Oregon North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University, hosts a free afternoon of field tours and discussions with researchers, extension agents, seed companies, farmers, and other agriculture professionals. Crops include cabbage, cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, and radicchio....

February 26-27, 2019 Fresno, California Join CCOF and its members for Organic Generation: The Next Era. This year's event will focus on the next era of growth for organic and future generations of organic producers and consumers. The CCOF Annual Meeting and educational conference is a tradition that convenes the CCOF membership and supporters to celebrate successes and plan for the future. ...

February 24-26, 2019 San Diego, California Whether you're a farmer, artisan food maker, or farmers market manager, you'll discover smart new ways to increase your income at the InTents Conference. Take advantage of three full days of inspiring speakers, authors, and experts. Compare notes and gain new perspectives from fellow entrepreneurs. Discover new resources for the supplies and systems you need....

February 23, 2019 Corvallis, Oregon The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a day-long event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets. More than 25 educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers. Featured speakers include Josh Volk, Ellen Polishuk, and Karen "Mimo" Davis and Miranda Duschack....

February 22-23, 2019 Davis, California The California Small Farm Conference pulls together innovators, family farmers, and experts in environmentally and economically transformative practices. It's an opportunity to interact with leaders in your field, to network, and to learn about new trends and practices. The conference is developed in partnership with CAFF/Farmers Guild. It includes workshops, on-site day-long short courses and off-site day-long field courses....

February 22, 2019 Corvallis, Oregon This workshop on pastured and free-range poultry is presented by the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program led by University of California Cooperative Extension and others including NCAT. Connect with other beginning farmers and learn from expert speakers about breed selection, management and housing, and poultry nutrition basics....

February 21-23, 2019 Santa Fe, New Mexico Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is presenting its 2nd Mountain West Seed Summit at the Institute of American Indian Arts. This hallmark event will represent the vanguard of a burgeoning movement to reclaim seed sovereignty in local communities and create a sustainable food future rooted in local seeds. Seed growers, seed stewards, farmers, gardeners, and food activists will join together for three days of seed knowledge and networking. Speakers include author and gift economy proponent Charles Eisenstein (Sacred Economics), Mohawk seed steward Rowen White, head of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, and Andrew Kimbrell, Executive...

February 20-21, 2019 West Valley, Utah At this conference, learn from experts in the field about improving production practices to increase your yields and farm business profits. Topics will include beginning operations; water issues; advanced fruit, vegetable, and soil management; beginning animal operations; and cut flower operations. ...