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January 2020

FACT Webinar:  Adventures in Farm Camps for Kids
January 14  |  11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenters Samantha Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC and Ana Skemp of Deep Roots Community Farm in WI. will discuss considerations for the registration process, pricing, advertising and promotion, camp administration and programming, and liability. Register.

Webinar: Pastured Poultry Farm Economics and Marketing
January 14  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $5   |  Online

Hosted by University of California for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, these courses aim to provide beginning poultry farmers in California and Oregon essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 15  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Minnesota Dairy Initiative Succession Workshop
January 15  |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Albany, Minn.

Presenter Jolene Brown, who has been called “The Dr. Phil of Agriculture,” is a farmer whose presentations focus on solutions to family business challenges. This event will focus on ways farm businesses can build a solid foundation to weather challenges and surprises that surface during the succession process. Learn more.

Webinar:  OpenTEAM –  Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management
January 15  |  Noon |  Online

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub presents this webinar about OpenTEAM field tools, remote sensing, agroecosystem models and decision support tools. Learn more.

Northern Growers & Marketers Conference
January 16 – 17  |  $ | St Cloud, Minn.

MN Farmers’ Market Association, MN Apple Growers Association, and MN Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association host this joint conference. Learn more.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Seeds
January 18  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

NFU Women’s Conference
January 19 – 21  |  $ | San Diego, Cali.

Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more. Many local Farmers Union organizations provide scholarships to attend the conference. Learn more and register.

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Workshops
January 21 |  $20 | Elkhorn. Wis.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension is hosting workshops in seven locations providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Alternative Poultry Species & Animal Welfare Considerations
January 22  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $5   |  Online

Hosted by University of California for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, these courses aim to provide beginning poultry farmers in California and Oregon essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. Register.

Eco-Farm Conference
January 22 – 25  |  $ | Pacific Grove, Cali.

20/20 Vision is the theme for the 40th annual west coast Eco-Conference. Learn more and register.

Organic Agriculture Research Forum
January 23  |  $ | Little Rock, Ark.

Presented by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Tuskegee University in partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, this day-long forum will bring together scientists, organic farmers and ranchers, extension agents, non-profit organizations, and more to explore the latest research and science-based grower education, particularly as it relates to production in the southeast. Learn more .

Grassworks Grazing Conference
January 23 – 25  |  $ | Wisconsin Dells

The GrassWorks Grazing Conference provides an amazing lineup of speakers and sessions. Keynote Speakers include Fred Provenza, Jasmine Dillon and Peter Ballerstedt. Learn more .

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 23 – 25  |  $ | St. Paul, Minn.

This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. Learn more .

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24 & 25  |  $  | Madison, Wis.

The annual organic grain production conference includes keynotes from New York farmer Thor Oechsner and and Iowa farmer and philosopher Fred Kirschemann. OGRAIN is a project of UW-Madison Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab, CIAS and MOSES. Learn more.

Blazing Trails Workshop
January 24  |  Free  |  Grand Marais, Minn.
January 27  |  Free | Sartell, Minn.
January 28  |  Free | Cold Spring, Minn.

“Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations” is a project to bring a half-day training workshop about local food regulations to every county in Minnesota. Learn more and register.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Cuttings
January 25  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Workshops
January 27 |  $20 | Dodgeville, Wis.
January 28 |  $20 | Marshfield, Wis.
January 29 |  $20 | Menomonie, Wis.
January 29 |  $20 | Kewaskum, Wis.
January 29 |  $20 | La Crosse, Wis.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension is hosting workshops in seven locations providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Feed and Nutrition for Pastured Poultry
January 27  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $5   |  Online

Hosted by University of California for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, these courses aim to provide beginning poultry farmers in California and Oregon essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. Register.

FACT Webinar:  Host a Farm School for Adults
January 28  | 6 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenters will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons lessons they have experienced from their years running successful educational events for farmers. They will also discuss considerations for the registration process, pricing, advertising and promotion, programming, and evaluation. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 30 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Rogers, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Webinar: Egg Quality and Review of Useful Poultry Production
January 27  |  6:30 p.m.  |  $5   |  Online

Hosted by University of California for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, these courses aim to provide beginning poultry farmers in California and Oregon essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. Register.

Fellowship of Preparation Makers Gathering
Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 |  $  |  East Troy, Wis.

Hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The mission of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers is to ensure that good quality biodynamic preparations are available now and into the future throughout North America. Learn more.

 

 

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February 2020

LSP Farm Transition Planning Workshop
February 1  |  $ | Red Wing, Minn.

Network with other farmers and landowners grappling with generational farm transition. Hear from professionals regarding financial, tax, and legal implications of farm transitions. Meet local farmers who will tell their stories and share their farm transition experiences. Learn more and register.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Grafting
February 1  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

FACT Webinar:  Pasture Management with Sarah Flack – Soil and Plants, Part 1
February 4  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the soil and plant perspective. Register.

Blazing Trails Workshop
February 5  |  Free  |  Eagan, Minn.
February 5 |  Free |  Little Falls, Minn.
February 18  |  Free | Detroit Lakes, Minn.
February 22  |  Free  |  Isanti County

“Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations” is a project to bring a half-day training workshop about local food regulations to every county in Minnesota. Learn more and register.

10th Annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
February 7 – 9 |  $ |  Grass Valley, Cali.

Food producers come to learn first-hand from local and international experts in the sustainable food and farming movement and make connections to strengthen their agricultural business, upgrade their home garden practices and enhance their organic and ecological food production. Learn more.

Science of Plant Propagation Workshop Series:  Soils
February 8  |  $ | Chaska, Minn.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts these workshops that are a combination of hands-on lab, classroom presentation, and take-home experiments, and are designed to make college-level plant science accessible to all. Learn more and register.

Sustainable Farming Annual Conference
February 8 |  $ |  St. Joesph, Minn.

In celebration of SFA’s 30th anniversary, reduced registration is available for members until December 31. Learn more.

2020 Local Food Fair
February 8 |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Stevens Point, Wis.

The Local Food Fair is Farmshed’s premier outreach event, bringing together producers, consumers, local businesses, and educators to celebrate community and the food that’s grown within it. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 11  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Grand Rapids, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Soil Health Academy School
February 11-13 |  $  |  Los Lunas, N.M.

Join instructors Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Rudy Garcia, and Shane New to learn about regenerative farming practices, this location focusing on irrigated orchard and vegetable crop production. Scholarships available. Learn more.

LSP Farm Crisis Workshop
February 12 | 6 – 8 p.m. |  Free | Goodhue, Minn.

LSP brings together farmers, community members, and a resource panel to help identify potential opportunities to come together and create a vision for their communities during this economic farm crisis. Light meal provided. To learn more call 507-523-3366 or contact Karen.

10th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 12 – 15 |  $ |  Corvallis, Ore.

The 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 from across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more.

Farm to School Workshop
February 13 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free | Grand Rapids, Minn.

MISA, the Good Acre, U of M Extension, and other partner organizations host this workshop covering farm to school concepts, food safety, culinary skills, schoolyard garden best practices, Grand Rapids Area Farmers Market aggregation program, education on innovative resources and models available in Minnesota. Learn more.

LSP Farm Crisis Workshop
February 13 | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. |  Free | Preston, Minn.

LSP brings together farmers, community members, and a resource panel to help identify potential opportunities to come together and create a vision for their communities during this economic farm crisis. Hear from special guest Dr. Richard Levins on addressing the price crisis in dairy farming and Dr. Joe Neaten speak on the National Farmers Organization’s response to the crisis in dairy farming. Light meal provided. To learn more call 507-995-3541 or contact Tom.

OEFFA’s 41st Annual Conference: A Climate for Change
February 13 – 15 |  $ |  Dayton, Ohio

Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference.  Learn more and register.

OFA Webinar: How Corn and Soy Imports Impact US Production
February 13 | 1 p.m. |  Online

Fraudulent imports have been undercutting our U.S. organic farmers. U.S. organic farmers and consumers deserve better protection from our government. Join us for an overview of  US organic corn and soy production and how imports affect these crops, along with insight on fraudulent imports over the last 5-years. Register.

Northeast Minnesota Farmer-to-Farmer Gathering
February 14 | 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. |  Fleetwood, Minn.

Come and connect with fellow fruit and vegetable growers to build relationships, reflect on the 2019 growing season, share insights and new ideas, learn about ongoing research in fruit and vegetables, and build future collaborations. Hosted by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Extension. Register.

FACT Webinar:  Pasture Management From the Livestock Perspective with Sarah Flack, Part 2
February 18  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. Register.

Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting
February 19 & 20 |  $ |  Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue Extension hosts this annual educational and networking event that brings together the growing organic grain farming community in Indiana. Learn more.

Insight Summit Conference
February 20 – 21 |  $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota hosts this summit that will challenge you to discover new ways to market your small, agriculture-based business in an online environment while accelerating your learning and goals for advancing your business online using the Center for Rural Enterprise EngagementLearn more.

Growing Nutrient Dense Food
February 21 – 23 |  $  |  Boone, N.C.

Dan Kittredge, Founder of Bionutrient Food Association, leads this workshop designed to help participants grasp and apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, better tasting food crops. Learn more.

LSP Farm Transition Planning Workshop
February 22  |  $ | Red Wing, Minn.

Network with other farmers and landowners grappling with generational farm transition. Hear from professionals regarding financial, tax, and legal implications of farm transitions. Meet local farmers who will tell their stories and share their farm transition experiences. Learn more and register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 26 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Farmington, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Workshops
February 26 |  $20 | DePere. Wis.

This is the last of seven locations where the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension is hosting workshops providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. Learn more and register.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 27 – 29 |  $ |  La Crosse, Wis.

This is the country’s largest educational event on organic farming. It features 60 workshops over six sessions, 10 full-day classes, a two-floor trade show, organic meals, and round-table discussions plus more opportunities to network. Whether you’re certified organic, using organic practices on your sustainable farm, or considering the switch to organic, you’ll find the latest information, the best resources, and the right connections to help you succeed. Learn more.

Annual Design with Nature Conference
February 29 |  $ |  Saint Paul, Minn.

Wild Ones, a Minnesota-based organization, hosts this event that explores what we can do in our own small corners of the world to nurture, strengthen and sustain the complex and fragile web that connects soil, plants and animals. Learn more.

 

 

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March 2020

FACT Webinar:  The Graziers’ Toolbox – Strategies for Pasture Improvement with Sarah Flack, Part 3
March 3  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. Register.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
March 5 |  $ |  Elk River, Minn.

This summit will take place at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Past Midwest Soil Health Summits have sold out; preregistration guarantees your spot at the Summit. Walk-up registration will be available if space permits. Preregister.

Indiana Small Farm Conference
March 5 – 7 |  $ | Danville, Ind.

Purdue University Extension hosts this conference that has over 500 attendees, 50 exhibitors, and several national speakers, addressing the educational and farmer-to-farmer networking needs for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. Register.

National Good Food Network Conference
March 10 – 13 |  $ | New Orleans, La.

Winrock International hosts this event that will bring together over 400 food systems leaders from across the Good Food value chain to share expertise, strengthen organizational capacity, and offer space to connect with peers from across the country. Register.

FACT Webinar: Managing Pig-Poultry Rotational Grazing
March 12  | 1:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenter Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Register.

Midwest Organic Pork Conference
March 13 & 14 |  $ | Dubuque, Iowa

The Iowa Organic association hosts this conference, presenting the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic pork production and distribution. Register.

LSP Farm Transition Planning Workshop
March 14  |  $ | Red Wing, Minn.

Network with other farmers and landowners grappling with generational farm transition. Hear from professionals regarding financial, tax, and legal implications of farm transitions. Meet local farmers who will tell their stories and share their farm transition experiences. Learn more and register.

FACT Webinar: Livestock Compass: A Profit Management Tool for Livestock Producers
March 18  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenters John Hendrickson and Jim Munsch will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool, demonstrating how it works to measure financial results for the totality of a livestock operation. Register.

Wyoming Bee College Conference
March 20 – 22 |  $ |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

All things beekeeping, beginner to advanced, starting with a pre-conference, Friday, offering 4 different workshops and the main conference Sat & Sun everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. Learn more.

Best Practices for Pollinators Summit 2020
March 23 |  $40 with lunch |  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  St Anthony, Minn.

Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces Society host this event that provides practical knowledge and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, pollinator conservation and more. Learn more and register.

FACT Webinar: Trees for Livestock Food and Medicine
March 25  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. to learn about the medicinal and feed values these trees can offer ruminant livestock, and methods for managing them on your landscape. Register.

Soil Health Innovations
March 30 – 31 |  $ |  Bozeman, Mont.

NCAT, SARE, and Montana State University host this forum that will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil management, and the emerging technologies that will drive the future of sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Learn more.

Soil Health Academy School
March 31 – April 2 |  $  |  Belgium, Wis.

Instructors Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Rudy Garcia, Will Allen, and Shane New provide insights on regenerative farming practices. Scholarships available. Learn more.

 

 

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April 2020

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
April 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35 |  Winona, Minn.
April 14 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35 |  Lamberton, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

 

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