Workshop Descriptions

Friday I  |  Friday II  |  Friday III

Saturday I  | Saturday II  | Saturday III

 

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2020 Conference Workshops

Certified Crop Advisors:  Available CEU list

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Friday Session I (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

 

Consumer-Producer Alignment
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Melissa Weyland, Organic Valley
Consumer-producer alignment is becoming more and more critical to farmers’ survival. Are we as food producers and agriculture professionals really prepared for the realities of what this alignment means? We’ll discuss the current state of our food system, current consumer trends, and the challenges we could face.

Cropping System Solutions
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
Innovative farms and research farms in the Midwest are using a variety of cropping system strategies to improve nutrient availability and weed control, as well as crop and soil health in organic systems. We’ll look at these strategies, including crop and cover crop rotation/sequencing, cover crop interseeding, alternative row spacing (e.g., solar corridors), and rotational no-till.

Digging Deep on Dahlias View PDF
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Tania Cubberly, Skyfall Flowers
Dahlias, one of the most popular and profitable flowers, are also one of the most labor-intensive to grow. Learn about different bloom styles, streamlined planting, easy trellising, when to dig, and how to process tubers properly for successful winter storage. Dahlias are an investment, so let’s keep them and your business blooming!

Farmland Leasing: Best Practices for Landowners & Land Seekers View PDF
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Edward Cox, Craver, Grothe & Cox, LLP
Kate Edwards, Renewing the Countryside
Leases provide a pathway to farmland transfer and can be ideal for beginning farmers to access land without taking on debt. For farmland owners, a formal lease offers long-term stability and incentives for tenants to invest in the infrastructure and health of a farm. Learn how to structure a lease to encourage good farm management practices and a strong relationship between owner and renter.

Leverage Farm Bill Programs on Your Farm View PDF
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Michael Happ, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The 2018 Farm Bill funds programs that offer technical and financial support for farmers to reduce pollution, promote biodiversity, rebuild the soil, and address climate change. Learn how to leverage these programs while maximizing productivity in your operation. You’ll learn about the conservation opportunities available, as well as the challenges facing these programs in years to come.

Multi-Species Grazing on Savanna
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Peter Allen, Mastodon Valley Farm
Learn what it takes to integrate cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry in ways that are ecologically regenerative and economically profitable. You’ll learn about the best ecosystems for integrated grazing, livestock genetics, fencing, and meat marketing so you’ll be able to custom tailor the right mix of livestock to boost your land’s regenerative potential and increase your farm’s revenue.

The Most Organic Path to Local Food Sovereignty View PDF
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Kelsey Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council
Explore how Indigenous food systems can encourage not only sustainable production, but also community health and economic growth. Learn about efficient, diverse food systems that were in place on this continent prior to European contact and how some of these concepts could be revitalized for today. We’ll also map effective ways to collaborate with minorities, youth, and underserved communities.

The Value of Soil Health
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Julie Grossman, University of Minnesota
Hikaru Hanawa Peterson, University of Minnesota
We are constantly hearing that soils are valuable to our organic farming operations. But, what does this really mean? Learn about the services that a healthy soil can provide to your farm, different ways that soil health is measured, and how the value of soil can be assessed. We will then have some fun by playing an interactive game to determine the value that soils have to you.

Vegetable & Fruit Challenges in a Changing Climate, View PDF
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Natalie Hoidal, University of Minnesota Extension
Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension
Excessive rain, drought, extreme temperatures, and late and early frosts—these kinds of weather conditions make it challenging to grow vegetable and fruit crops. We’ll outline how climate change may impact specialty crop pest and disease management and give examples of ways market farmers in the Midwest are adapting to a less predictable climate.

Wild Plants as Economic Opportunities
Friday I | 8:30 a.m.
Samuel Thayer, Forager’s Harvest
Wild-harvested plants can provide sustainable economic opportunities for small farmers and food for the homesteading family. Learn how to identify edible wild plants, how they are used for food, practical limitations to getting them to market, and sustainable management of plants in natural settings.

 

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Friday Session II (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 

2, 4, 6, 8—How do We Cooperate? View PDF
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Kelly Maynard, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Elizabeth Rosa, Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative
Cooperatives are all around us in agriculture. What makes a co-op different from other business structures? We’ll explain the fundamentals of cooperative principles, structure, governance, and finance. We’ll also provide an overview of the steps to start a new cooperative, including key questions to ask, common stumbling blocks, and decision-making points.

Creative Marketing for Vegetable Farms View PDF
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
Claire Strader, FairShare CSA Coalition, Dane County Extension
Consumer demand for local and organic vegetables has never been stronger. But, with more places offering these products, it’s challenging to get consumers to buy directly from the farmer. We’ll explore creative ways to reach consumers through CSA and farmers markets, looking closely at CSA customization systems and software plus tactics to stand out at farmers markets and build a loyal base of shoppers.

Farmstead Cheesemaking Today View PDF
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farm
The cheese world is evolving rapidly, with growth and consolidation of artisans of all sizes as well as the loss of many tiny producers. This session explores the current landscape of farmstead, artisan cheesemaking in the U.S., with a big picture look at changes in the distribution model, regulatory pressures from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and secession issues.

Hemp: Grain, Fiber, or CBD?
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Leah Sandler, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
The emerging market for hemp products is booming. Learn about the differences among production systems for CBD, grain, and fiber hemp and how each might fit into your system and rotation. We’ll share lessons learned from this past growing season and provide a space for other growers to share their experiences as well as offer ideas for improvements as hemp production expands and becomes a major crop.

Minimize Tillage on Organic Row Crops
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Luke Peterson, A-Frame Farm
Intense tillage can compact soil, cause erosion, and deplete nutrients. Hear how a Minnesota organic grain farmer has used a diverse crop rotation, cover cropping, and a creative mind for problem solving to eliminate fall tillage on his annual crops. He’ll explain the pros and cons of no fall tillage, equipment to use, the timing of each practice, and how to manage crop residue and weed pressure.

Perfect Pears for the Upper Midwest
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
David Sliwa, Plum Ridge
Hardy pears can be a good choice as an additional crop for your diversified market farm. This workshop will help you decide if you want to add pear trees, which take 4-5 years to bear fruit. Learn about varieties and rootstocks that do well in the Upper Midwest as well as orchard layout and how to train, prune, harvest, and manage the orchard floor for soil and tree health. Take home a cutting of Lucious or Gourmet pear trees!

Profitable Pastured Pig Enterprises View PDF
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Celize Christy, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Rhyne Cureton, Southern SAWG
Explore factors that contribute to the long-term success of a pastured pig operation. We’ll share key findings from on-farm pig feeding trials and discuss the benefits of feeding pigs small grains and forages, looking at ways Iowa farmers are creating diverse and nutritious feed rations. Then we’ll look at the business side of raising pork, sharing pointers from Rhyne’s work as a swine educator in East Africa and with the National Pork Board.

Resilient Soils View PDF 1, View PDF 2
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Lauren Snyder, Organic Farming Research Foundation
Jessica Gutknecht, University of Minnesota
Coming off a year with rainfall amounts more than double the norm, the need to build healthy soils that can withstand weather extremes is clear. We’ll look at research-based guidance on practices that can improve overall soil structure and water-holding capacity—characteristics critical to dealing with extreme precipitation events. Then, we’ll break into small groups to dive deeper into relevant examples and get input on the research needed to design more resilient organic farming systems, particularly in a changing climate.

Vegetable Seed Enterprise View PDF
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Erica Kempter, Nature and Nurture Seeds
Looking for a way to diversify your market farm? Take what you already know how to grow—vegetables—and add a new dimension by growing for seed. This workshop will cover the basics of what you need to know to add a vegetable seed enterprise to your current operation. You’ll learn about the technical aspects of seed production and the business aspects of seeds as an enterprise.

Walk the Talk: Food Justice Certification
Friday II | 10:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project
This workshop introduces Food Justice Certification, a label that builds on organic certification to show your farm practices respectful treatment of farmworkers, living wages, and safe working conditions. Explore what it means to provide a workplace with a comprehensive approach to justice and equity. Learn about food justice standards and the certification steps so you can show your workers and customers that you run a fair, safe business.

 

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Friday Session III ( 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

 

Caring for Perennial Fruits on Your Farm or Homestead
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Rami Aburomia, Atoms to Apples
Peter Werts, IPM Institute of North America
Not only do we love fresh raspberries in the summer or a tree-ripened apple in the fall, but so do dozens of pests. Learn about the common pests of apples and raspberries, their biology and life cycles, and how you can protect your sweet-tasting fruit using organic-management practices in your backyard or commercial farm.

Farmers for Food Justice
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm Institute
The U.S. food system is built upon racism, injustice, and exploitation of the Earth and her peoples. In this heart-centered and action-oriented workshop, we’ll explore strategies used at Soul Fire Farm and other frontline formations to dismantle inequity and restore ancestral farming and food systems. You will learn five strategies to work toward food justice. Another world is not just possible, it’s on the way.

Livestock & Cover Crops: A Winning Combination
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Brian Pillsbury, USDA-NRCS and Panel
Cover crops improve soil health and increase soil organic matter. Grazing livestock on cover crops has been shown to accelerate soil-building benefits while providing fertility for the next cash crop. We’ll look at the benefits of this winning combination, and dig into the nuts and bolts of grazing cover crops, especially multi-species mixes.

Minerals in a Carbon/Biological Cycle
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Sandy Syburg, Purple Cow Organics
An essential part of input management starts with an appreciation of the roles of both minerals and microbes, managing your system to put plant nutrients in a carbon/biological cycle. The inputs you select have a critical impact on soil fertility management. Learn ways to leverage your fertility investment with cultural practices, timing, crop rotations and mindset, with the goal of building short- and long-term farm profitability.

Niche Markets for Artisanal Grains
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Patrick McHugh, McHugh Farms
Halee Wepking, Meadowlark Organics
Nicholas Weber, La Crosse Distilling Company
Brewers and bakers are creating niche markets for artisanal and heirloom grains. We’ll discuss how these crops can fit into rotations, and a variety of market options for specialty grains. Be inspired for your own operation as we share how La Crosse Distilling partners with local organic farmers for the synergistic benefit of all.

Practical Agroforestry for Working Farms View PDF
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Kaitie Adams, Savanna Institute
Hannah Hemmelgarn, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
Learn how agroforestry practices, such as alley cropping, buffers, and forest farming, can build your farm’s income and resiliency through biodiversity, soil carbon storage, water holding and filtration, input reduction, erosion prevention, and wildlife habitat. We’ll cover the most promising perennial crops for the Upper Midwest, including chestnut, hazelnut, pawpaw, elderberry and other shrub fruits. Hear suggestions for design, establishment, management, and marketing, as well as findings from on-farm research trials and testimonials from growers.

Pricing Strategies
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Julia Shanks, The Farmer’s Office
What’s the right price for your products? Many times, farmers just look at what others are charging and copy it. But the right price for someone else isn’t necessarily the right price for you. Learn how to price your products based on a true understanding of your costs, the competition, and what makes your products special. We’ll also discuss the opportunities and costs associated with selling wholesale vs. retail.

Soil Health & Human Health
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Andrew Smith, Rodale Institute
Curious about the connection between soil health and the nutritional value of your food? Looking for science-based evidence on the benefits of an organic diet? This workshop explores current research comparing nutrient quality in organic and conventional farming systems and explains how production systems can improve food nutrient density.

Systems for your Organic System Plan View PDF
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Tigan, Nature’s International Certification Services
On the fence about getting certified because of “burdensome” paperwork? See what’s involved in an organic system plan, the cornerstone of a certification application—you’ll be surprised at how much of the certification work you’re already doing. Learn how to develop or enhance systems for easy paperwork submission and readiness for inspection.
Already certified? This workshop will help you improve your OSP.

The Perfect Packing Shed View PDF
Friday III | 3:30 p.m.
Sarah Bostick, University of Florida
Tay Fatke, Mighty Wind Farms
Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to improve your existing pack shed, you’ll get ideas to increase efficiency, improve ergonomics, maximize shelf-life, and minimize food safety risks on your farm. We’ll break down costs, discuss recordkeeping and go over techniques to retrofit and repurpose equipment. If you want to expand into wholesale markets or improve CSA packing productivity, this is the workshop for you.

 

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Saturday Session I (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

 

Attract Local Customers Online View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Janelle Maiocco, Barn2Door
Learn how to attract buyers across the web, mobile, and social channels, and build your farm brand. See real-life examples that have worked to attract local customers and increases sales. Come away with tactical next steps and resources to develop a loyal base of customers so your farm can thrive online. Free Coronavirus Resources for Farmers.

System-Level Strategy to Decolonize Agriculture View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Regenerative Agricultural Alliance
The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance supports solutions for a stronger regenerative agriculture supply chain and marketplace.  Central to the alliance’s strategy is the acceleration of production models designed for scale across five emerging sectors. Hear about this whole-system approach that builds on Indigenous wisdom and traditions as a foundation to deliver what the market needs while decolonizing the methodology of systems change.

How Management Choices Impact Soil Function
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.

Francisco Arriaga, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Management choices that work for one farm might not be suitable for another farming operation, and sometimes, not even for another field on the same farm. Learn why this is true, what’s happening at the biological, physical, and chemical levels, and how you can use this knowledge to make management decisions that are more likely to achieve your goals.

Introduction to Pastured Hens View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Jennifer Riemer, Riemer Family Farm
Learn the basics of raising hens on pasture as part of a diversified farming system. This high-level look at laying hens will cover brooding, buying pullets, housing, feed, watering systems, and bird health. We’ll also talk about movement on pasture, livestock guard dog protection, egg washing, licensing, profitability of the enterprise, and more.

Medicinal Herbs: Natural Remedies View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Jane Hawley Stevens, Four Elements Herbals
When you’re feeling stressed, running out of steam, can’t sleep, or have muscle pain, don’t pop a pill—pick a plant! Medicinal herbs have been used for centuries to treat common ailments. Learn how to grow these plants and make simple remedies right in your kitchen. Discover how easy it can be to improve your wellness naturally.

Mid-Winter Vegetable Production View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Brooke Knisley, Alternative Roots Farm
Bill Warner, Snug Haven Farm
Even in the dead of winter, you can grow high quality greens and vegetables to create an income stream when the competition is scarce. We’ll talk about fast-growing crops, like baby greens, shoots, and microgreens, that excel in a passive solar deep winter greenhouse. We’ll discuss crops, varieties, and successes and failures in this unique growing environment. Then we’ll look at a winter rotation for hoop houses—the sweetness of most winter crops can’t be beat!

Perennial Future: Kernza®, View PDF
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Carmen Fernholz, A Frame Farms
Constance Carlson, University of Minnesota
Colin Cureton, University of Minnesota
Jacob Jungers, University of Minnesota
Intermediate wheatgrass, better known by its trademark name, Kernza, is the first perennial grain to be released for commercial production. It establishes quickly and can produce a marketable yield for several years. Learn about this hardy crop’s potential in organic rotations and fields transitioning to organic. We’ll cover the latest agronomic and economic information to help you decide if Kernza could be a good crop to add to your rotation in the coming years.

Silvopasture Principles & Practices
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Peter Allen, Mastodon Valley Farm
Keefe Keeley, Savanna Institute
Silvopasture—livestock, forages, and tree crops carefully integrated—can generate multiple high-value products with minimal off-farm input while enhancing ecological functions. Learn how to convert degraded woodlands or add trees to open pastures to create productive and ecologically valuable silvopasture systems. We’ll cover techniques, timelines, costs, and risks and uncertainties as well as potential benefits, plus research and on-farm experiences with this valuable system.

Specialty Mushrooms for Fun & Profit
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Mary Kozak, Field and Forest Products
Joseph Krawczyk, Field and Forest Products
Cultivate mushrooms for yourself or your business by starting with these five foolproof mushrooms in a basic, year-round indoor grow space, plus seven more to grow seasonally outdoors. We’ll cover materials selection, handling, grow space construction, harvest tips, yield estimation, and pricing, using realistic production goals based on our working organic mushroom farm.

The Future of Organic: Common Ground
Saturday I | 8:30 a.m.
Lauren Langworthy, MOSES, Moderator
Panelists from National Organic Standards
Board, Organic Trade Association, Real Organic
Project, Rodale Institute

MOSES convenes a handful of perspectives on the Organic label and the future of the organic movement. Together, we look at the strength of the label, barriers and opportunities for improving it, the new add-on labels, and our shared goals for supporting the broader organic, sustainable, and regenerative farmer community as we look toward the future of food and farming.

 

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Saturday Session II (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 

A Neighborly Approach to Control Pesticide Drift
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Denise O’Brien, Rolling Acres Farm
Carmen Black, Pesticide Action Network North America
Pesticide drift incidents reached all-time highs in 2019, impacting conventional and organic growers alike. While dicamba is the worst offender, fungicides and other chemicals can have unintentional effects on neighboring fields, homes, and people. Hear from Pesticide Action Network-affiliated farmers on how they’ve coped with chemical incursions and worked with their neighbors to help control the risk of pesticide drift.

Beginning Beekeeping
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Beatrice Kamau, African Women in Bee Keeping
This introductory workshop covers the history of beekeeping, hive types, and the equipment you need to start beekeeping. Learn how to inspect and maintain your hives and manage pests and other problems. You’ll learn why honey bees are dying and how to help them. You’ll also get ideas for value-added products made from honey and beeswax.

Cover Crops in Organic Row Crops View PDF 1, View PDF 2
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Ruth McCabe, Blue River Organic Seed
Cover crops can help build soil health, mitigate erosion, suppress weeds, and provide other benefits in an organic rotation. We’ll look at the factors you should consider in selecting cover crops and sourcing seed. We’ll briefly touch on current research in the Midwest specifically for organic production. We’ll also talk about the successes and pitfalls of cover crops in an organic row crop rotation, offering tips and advice from personal experience.

Garlic Marketing, Seed Stock, & Diseases
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Jerry Ford, Sustainable Farming Association
Ryan Pesch, Lida Farm
Before you launch or expand a garlic enterprise, you must understand the market as well as your production costs. We’ll use research from Minnesota commercial garlic operations as benchmarks to help you analyze your situation and chart your strategies for pricing and marketing. You’ll also get tips on selecting seed stock and the latest information on garlic diseases and pests and what can or cannot be done about them.

Meet your Lender with Confidence, View PDF
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Kevin Klair, University of Minnesota Extension
Rachel Purdy, Center for Farm Financial Management
Meeting with a lender can be overwhelming. When you feel confident and prepared, you’re much more likely to obtain the financing you need. We’ll discuss what lenders look for in your financial statements to evaluate your farm. Learn how a business plan can help you grow your business and how AgPlan can help you develop your plan. We’ll also introduce AgTransitions, a farm-succession planning tool.

Organic Options to Manage SWD, View PDF
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Annie Klodd, University of Minnesota Extension
Andy Petran, Twin Cities Berry Company
Spotted wing drosophila is a challenging berry pest in the Midwest. While organic sprays are approved for SWD control, an effective long-term strategy requires more innovative solutions such as exclusion netting. We’ll discuss good crop management and harvest practices as well as organic options for managing SWD, and how the use of exclusion netting may change the way we grow berries in the Midwest.

Practical On-Farm Pollinator Habitat, View PDF
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Society
Joan Olson, Prairie Drifter Farm
On-farm pollinator habitat has many benefits, but deciding how and where to add that habitat can be daunting. This workshop will help you determine which habitat projects—insectary strips, pollinator-friendly cover crops, native wildflower meadows, hedgerows—make the most sense for your goals, resource concerns, space, capacity, equipment, weed pressure, and other factors. You’ll also learn about planting methods, design, and weed control options, including several effective organic site preparation methods.

Producer Perspective: Organic Grain Marketing
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Jessie Bovay, Mercaris
Charlie Johnson, Johnson Farms
Jonathan Olson, Olson Organics
Steve Boyda, E & V Peeks Family Farm
If you’re thinking of transitioning to organic or want to expand your organic production, get perspective first by hearing from experienced organic farmers. We’ll start with a market update from Mercaris and then dive into recommendations for marketing organic grain and oilseed crops. We’ll cover the pros and cons of using a marketing agent, selling direct to the buyer, joining cooperatives, bushel contracts versus acreage contracts, and more.

Small-Farm Hacks: Repurpose, Reuse, Reinvent
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Josh Reinitz, East Henderson Farm
Daniel Zetah, New Story Farm
Save yourself time and money by repurposing materials and equipment on your farm. We’ll share tried-and-true tips and tricks for creating tools, livestock shelters, and more, and show pictures of hacks that work and a few that didn’t. We’ll also help you decide when it’s better to buy new and when it makes sense to salvage, invent, or fix up what you already own.

Tips on Finishing Grass-Fed Beef in the Upper Midwest
Saturday II | 10:30 a.m.
Rod Ofte, Wisconsin Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative
If you’ve struggled to get cattle to gain weight and finish with good fat/meat marbling ratio, you are not alone. Learn about simple, low-cost management changes you can implement to offset the weather challenges that make it difficult to finish grass-fed cattle in the Upper Midwest. We’ll cover how to make quality winter hay, critical body temperature, use of flex-pastures, and grazing of stockpiled forage.

 

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Saturday Session III (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

 

Cordwood Construction for Farm Outbuildings, View PDF 1, View PDF 2
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Richard Flatau, Cordwood Construction
Discover how to use cordwood to build energy-efficient cabins, chicken coops, tool sheds, barns, and garages, plus fun structures like saunas, dog houses, and children’s playhouses. Learn how to plan the building process, estimate and gather the materials, and build walls using cordwood log ends or bottle bricks. Find out the pros and cons of building with cordwood to see if it’s a good fit for your next project.

Federal & State Support for Organic Dairy
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Megan DeBates, Organic Trade Association
Meg Plucinski, D & M Family Farm
Adam Warthesen, Organic Valley
Perry Clutts, Dairy Farmer
Organic dairy, along with the broader dairy economy, has faced financial strain in recent years. We’ll explore programs offered at the federal and state levels for organic dairy and encourage producers to share suggestions to make federal and state program offerings more useful for them. Our conversation will focus primarily on commodity, risk management, data collection, and cropping safeguards that organic dairy farmers might use.

Flame Weeding in Row Crops
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
George Gogos, University of Nebraska
Stevan Knezevic, University of Nebraska
Derek Shrock, Sandy Ridge Farms
Cultivation and hoeing don’t control weeds within the row where they compete most with the crop for nutrients. Flaming with well-designed equipment can eliminate all weeds—even those within the row. This can mean major yield increases compared to mechanized weed control alone. We’ll look at the features common to well-designed flamers plus flaming recipes for corn, soybeans, sorghum, and sunflower, plus hear from a farmer who uses both a flame weeder and The Weed Zapper.

Grassroots Rising: The Power of Regenerative Ag
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Wondering what you can do to help address the global climate crisis? Come learn about the Regeneration Revolution and how farmers and ranchers can help reverse global warming, increase yields, improve profitability, and contribute to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of their communities. We’ll review the latest science on the potential of regenerative farming and ranching practices to draw down and sequester carbon.

‘Intermediate’ Farmer Challenges
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Greg Padget, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Jennifer Nelson, Humble Pie Farm
Are you a beginning farmer who has farmed 5 to 10 years? Farmers like you are finding they face unique hurdles. At this stage, you might be growing your business and need more capital, land, and labor. Join us for a working session as we share both the challenges and the resources for “intermediate” farmers to help build resilient farming operations.

No-Till for Small-Scale Vegetable Farms, View PDF
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Les Macare, Racing Heart Farm
No-till, which has been growing in popularity for row crops, is gaining traction now on vegetable farms. Learn about the environmental and soil health benefits of this practice and how no-till can help you work around extreme weather conditions and “lean” your operation. This workshop covers basic no-till implementation and tools, tips and tricks for Midwest veggie farms, fun soil facts, and more.

On-Farm Composting: Separate “Feel Good” from “Real Good”
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Rick Carr, The Rodale Institute
Composting can satisfy two needs in agriculture: managing waste and improving soil health for crop production. This workshop offers an overview of on-farm compost production, including mortality composting. Learn about logistics, economics, feedstock management, compost utilization and benefits, as well as the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of finished compost. We’ll also review the organic standards related to composting.

The One Health Approach for Agritourism View PDF 
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Carrie Klumb, Minnesota Department of Health
While agritourism is an increasingly popular way to supplement farm income, opening your farm to the public brings the risk of injury or illness. Learn how to mitigate these risks through the One Health model, which recognizes the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. You’ll learn about food safety and employee health, as well as best practices for allowing the public to interact with your livestock and poultry.

Use Ruminants to Control Invasive Plants
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Allysse Sorensen, The Munch Bunch
Browsing ruminants are a natural alternative to chemicals for eliminating invasive plants, such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, and exotic honeysuckle. Learn about the biology of these invaders and which ruminants, or even other livestock, to use to control them. We’ll cover stocking density, containment options for your livestock in challenging settings, and how to care for your animals away from the barn. Learn what it would take to add a targeted grazing service to your operation.

What FSMA Means for Your Produce Farm
Saturday III | 3:30 p.m.
Alexandra Cortes, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Do you know your produce farm’s status per the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule? This workshop will help you decide if your operation is covered by the rule, eligible for an exemption, or excluded. You’ll also hear from produce farmers on steps they’ve taken to implement good food safety practices on their farm, regardless of their farm’s FSMA status.

 

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