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January 2019

National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17 |  $  |  San Diego, CA

The theme of the 2019 NFU Women’s Conference is “Farming in Community.” It takes a village to run a successful operation, so this conference focuses on concepts of agricultural community building, networking, and tools to reach out to other women farmers throughout the year. Learn more and register online.

PFI  Farminar – Diversifying Rations for Pastured Pigs
January 15  |  7 p.m.  |  Online

John Arbuckle conducted on-farm trials in northern Missouri that he hopes will show farmers the potential of reducing grain rations and grazing pigs on forage. Learn more.

Crop Diversity and Profit Series:  Small Grains and Legumes Storage & Handling
January 15 |   Congerville, Ill.

Accessing higher profits from diversified crop rotations can require a new outlook on crop storage and handling. Visit local farmer Pete Wettstein’s organic elevator and learn what buyers require to store and handle food-grade small grains and legumes. Register.

eOrganic Webinar:  Identifying Birds on the Farm
January 15 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Participants will learn how to identify common farmland birds, their primary diets, and what their habitat requirements are. Learning to identify and attract beneficial insectivores and identify and discourage pests can help to maximize the benefits of wild birds while minimizing risks. Register.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
January 16  |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Saint Cloud, Minn.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. See dates and locations.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Hail Can Happen! Insurance Options for Organic Farms
January 16 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the first of a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

eOrganic Webinar: Lowering Financial Risk By Increasing Soil Health
January 16  |  1 p.m. |  Online

Lower your financial risk by increasing soil health. Webinar by Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Register.

Webinar: Cultivating Motivated and Reliable Farm Employees
January 16  |  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. |  Online  |  Free

The Land Connection presents Rachel Armstrong, from Farm Commons, in this webinar where she will discuss the process of legally hiring employees and explore strategies for building a motivated and reliable farm workforce. Register.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference:  Cultivating Connections
January 17 – 19  | $ |  Ame, Iowa

At this year’s conference you’ll have a chance to reconnect with old friends, cultivate new relationships, and learn from a community that believes in sharing knowledge to benefit everyone. Register.

UCCS Annual Grain School
January 18 – 22  | $ |  Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is teaming up with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on its UCCS Annual Grain School. The Grain School is a concentrated weekend of learning about ancient grains and how not only to produce it but how these crops are amazing alternatives for production systems, consumers, bakers, and brewers. The conference has experts attend from all over the world to talk about how they use ancient grains and what the benefits are. Register.

Hemp for the Future Meeting
January 19  | 2 – 4 p.m. |  Madison , Wis.

Hemp for the Future connects the Hemp industry experts with the interests of traditional farmers and communities. For questions and to RSVP contact Stephen.

LSP – Soil Health & Profit Workshops
January 22 |  5:30 p.m.  |  Alexandria, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a series of winter workshops across Minnesota on ways to integrate profit-producing enterprises and the building of soil health. Today’s:  Grazing, Soil Health & Improving a Farm’s Financial Picture, with Joshua Dukart & a farmer panel discussion. Contact Bryan or call 320-492-2526.

PFI  Farminar – Electric Fence and Stockwater Systems for Permanent or Temporary Pasture
January 22  |  7 p.m.  |  Online

Galen Gerrish grew up learning about pasture and livestock on the Gerrish farm in Missouri, where the family took a worn-out, marginal crop farm and converted it to a highly productive grass farm. As part of handling product sales for Idaho-based American GrazingLands Services LLC, Galen regularly provides advice on grazing cell design, product use and selection. Learn more.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar: Creative Leasing for Livestock Farmers
January 23 |  5:30 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will delve into creative leases and the types of creative leasing arrangements that livestock farmers can explore. It will also cover resources and tips for livestock farmers working with lawyers around leases. The presenter is Esther Akwii from the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. Register.

LSP – Soil Health & Profit Workshops
January 23 |  5:30 p.m.  |  Faribault, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a series of winter workshops across Minnesota on ways to integrate profit-producing enterprises and the building of soil health. Today’s:  Financial Decision Making for Building Profits & Soil Health, with Joshua Dukart. Contact Bryan or call 320-492-2526.

39th Annual EcoFarm Conference
January 23 – 26 |  All day  |  $  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

This conference will feature over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, social justice, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems
January 23 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the first of a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition-TSP
January 23   |  10 a.m.- 3 p.m.  |   Free  |  Tomah, Wis.

Technical service providers (TSPs) can provide services to farmers transitioning to organic production on behalf of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS provides financial assistance to farmers in developing an organic transition plan. The plan must be written by a technical service provider. This training will discuss the process in becoming a technical service provider and how to write a conservation plan supporting the organic transition, including the technical requirements, planning resources, and format.  Current TSPs, those interested in becoming a TSP, those interested in working with organic producers as a TSP are all invited to attend. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
January 23   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Mankato, Minn.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. See dates and locations.

LSP – Soil Health & Profit Workshops
January 24 |  5:30 p.m.  |  Lewiston, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a series of winter workshops across Minnesota on ways to integrate profit-producing enterprises and the building of soil health. Today’s:  Financial Decision Making for Building Profits & Soil Health, with Joshua Dukart. Contact Bryan or call 320-492-2526.

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24 – 26  |  $  | Madison, Wis.

OGRAIN is a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison/UWEX Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems lab, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). This annual two-day conference features workshops taught by experienced organic producers and university researchers. This year’s keynote speaker is Jeff Moyer from Rodale Institute and there will also be a special Thursday evening organic no-till discussion (limited space!)  Learn more.

Annual MOA Conference – Cultivating Resilence
January 24 – 26  |  $  | Independeance, Mo.

Learn about organic, sustainable, and alternative agricultural crops and systems. This event is for farmers, gardeners, retailers, distributors, consumers, and more. Learn more.

2019 Northern Plains Food & Farming Conference
January 24 – 26  |  $  | Fargo, N.D.

Join NPSAS for their 40th annual conference! NPSAS is creating a sustainable food system that brings together farmers, gardeners, educators, and local food lovers, as all have a stake in ensuring agriculture has a healthy future. Learn more.

Crosshatch Michigan Farm School
January 25  |  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $  | Williamsburg, Mich.

This year’s classes:  Flower School with Gretel and Steve Adams of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm; Hoophouse School with Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook and The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution; and Permaculture School with Richard Perkins, author of Making Small Farms Work. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
January 25  |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Cloquet, Minn.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. See dates and locations.

Farmland Access Seminar
January 25  |  10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  Free  | Falcon Heights, Minn.

This day-long session, offered alongside the Emerging Farmers Conference, is designed for farmers with 10 or less years of experience, who are ready to begin or are actively searching for land. Farmers will learn about resources for finding and assessing land, owning vs. leasing, and key considerations for planning their financing and structuring their business plan. Interpretation services will be available and lunch will be provided. Register.

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 25 & 26  |  $  | Saint Paul, Minn.

Formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference, this event serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color. Learn more.

88th Annual Farmers Union State Convention
January 25- 27 |   Appleton, Wis.

Event Contact:  Deb Jakubek. Contact Organization:  Wisconsin Farmers Union – 715.590.2130

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
January 26  |  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $  | Williamsburg, Mich.

Choose from over 35 sessions covering specific crop and animal cultivation techniques, farm-wide management and production strategies, and business and marketing savvy. Learn more.

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
January 27 – 29  |   $  | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

A three-day conference that provides educational programming for growers of fresh produce including apples, berries, grapes and vegetables; agri-tourism and winery operators as well as farmers market vendors and managers. Learn more.

PFI  Farminar – Regenerative Grazing Technology
January 29  |  7 p.m.  |  Online

Erin Kiley will discuss what information graziers should be tracking, and how the app PastureMap is addressing these needs. Grazier Andy Welch will join Erin to share his limited experience with PastureMap and learn from Erin how it can benefit his operation. Learn more.

Webinar Series: Agronomy in the Field – Recognizing and Managing Farm Family Stress
January 29 |  6-7:30 p.m. |  Online

Women landowners, farmers, and Ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions. All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions. Any interested women who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz or call 515-231-2830; Anderson or call 319-331-0058; or Vittetoe or call 319-653-4811, so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar:  Sheep Shearing – The New Zealand Method
January 29 |  4 p.m.  |  Online

The New Zealand method is an efficient and low-stress way to shear sheep. Join us to learn an overview of the technique, the tools, and the importance of shearing in the humane treatment of fiber bearing animals. The presenter, Amber Van Hove, is the owner of Barnhart Fields Farm in Washington State. Amber is a certified national sheep shearer. Register.

Farm Enterprise Budgeting
January 29 |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Stevens Point, Wis.

A simple enterprise budget is extremely beneficial to help producers assess the financial viability of their cropping systems. The goal is not to perform an all-inclusive financial plan for the farm; it is to help make basic, simple decisions regarding various farm enterprises. The focus will be on a using a corn budget and grass-fed beef budget. This workshop counts for 5 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Learn more.

Whole Farm Planning:  Making Your Farm Work for You
January 29 |  All day |  Urbana, Ill.

The Land Connection presents this all-day workshop, were you will begin the business planning process, explore your goals, beliefs, and values; craft your mission and vision statements; and analyze your resources, products, and markets. Learn more.

Grassworks Grazing Conference
January 31 – February 2 |  $ |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Attend this conference to learn from grazing experts! Learn more.

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February 2019

Grassworks Grazing Conference
January 31 – February 2 |  $ |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Attend this conference to learn from grazing experts! Learn more.

2019 Organic Vegetable Production Conference
February 1 & 2   |  $  | Madison, WI

This producer-initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and attracts growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and beyond. Learn more.

Happy Dancing Turtle: 13th Annual Back to Basics
February  2   |  $  |  Pine River, Minn.

This is a full day sustainable/resilient living conference which includes a keynote speaker (Kent Solberg of SFA this year), around 40 different workshops, and 50+ vendors.  In recent years, the event has brought together nearly 400 participants, presenters, and vendors from all over Minnesota and beyond! Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health
February 6 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the first of a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
February 6   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Saint Charles, Minn.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. See dates and locations.

Farm Resiliency Workshop: Empowerment During Financially Stressful Time
February 7  |  12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  |  Free  | Rochester, Minn.

LSP is bringing together a resource panel to address topics farmers are currently facing: financial difficulties and how to deal with them; farmers’ rights; who is out there to help; and the organizations, publications and programs that are available. Farmers Martin Larsen and Mary Jore will share their experiences farming during stressful times and what they have learned in the process. Please Register. Call Karen @ 507-523-3366 to learn more.

Annual Healthy Farms Conference
February 8 & 9  |  9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  |  $  | Grand Island, Neb.

This year is focused on revitalizing communities, landscapes and food systems, and bringing new life to the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. The conference facilitates farmer-to-farmer training and support with five breakout sessions, two keynote presentations, ample time for meaningful conversation, a fun dinner on Friday night, and the annual NSAS membership meeting. Register.

Farmland Access Bootcamp
February 9  |  $  | Newton, Iowa

This day-long session will provide beginning farmers with a comprehensive overview of land access strategies, tools and resources and help them plan their next steps towards land tenure. Participants will also be introduced to the Land Access Hub, an initiative created to help new farmers navigate the increasingly difficult process of finding affordable land to farm in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Please register.

Farmshed’s Local Food Fair
February 9  |  11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  | Stevens Point, Wis.

This premier outreach event, brings together producers, consumers, local businesses, and educators to celebrate community and the food that’s grown within it. Local Chefs try their hand at creating a one of a kind potato dish unique to their style along with a friendly competition to see whose dish is best with more points for using local ingredients. Over 70 exhibitors from local farms, businesses, and educational organizations sell their goods or share about their programs at this event. It is also the release of the 2019 Farm Fresh Atlas of Central Wisconsin. Learn more.

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota Annual Conference
February 9  |  8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | St. Joesph, Minn.

It’s time to guarantee your space at Minnesota’s farmer networking showcase – registration is now open. Early registration discount.

Webinar Series: Agronomy in the Field – Energy and Perennial Crops in Iowa
February 12 |  6-7:30 p.m. |  Online

Women landowners, farmers, and Ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions. All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions. Any interested women who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz or call 515-231-2830; Anderson or call 319-331-0058; or Vittetoe or call 319-653-4811, so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.

SFA Grazing Workshop at Society for Range Management Conference
February 13  |   $  | Minneapolis, Minn.

SFA is hosting a workshop, “Integrating Managed Grazing for Soil Health,” featuring Dr. Allen Williams, Dr. Brad Heins, Kent Solberg and farmers Tom Cotter, Dawn Breitkreutz, Dana Didrikson and Doug Voss as part of the larger Society for Range Management Conference coming to Minneapolis. Learn more.

Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show
February 13 & 14  |   $  | Champaign, Ill.

The Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show is the largest event in Illinois dedicated solely to organic grain education, research, and networking! The 2019 conference will build upon the first two amazing years by increasing the number of break out sessions from two to four and growing the trade show to 25+ vendors. The first day will also be a special break-out track devoted to transitioning to organic grain production. Learn more.

OEFFA’s 40th Annual Conference: Just Farming: The Path Before Us
February 14 – 16  |   $  |  Dayton, Ohio

Celebrate OEFFA’s 40th anniversary during Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features nearly 80 educational and inspiring workshops; a three-day trade show; in-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes; engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham; made-from-scratch, local, organic meals; Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions; a kids’ conference, child care, and more! Learn more.

LSP – Soil Health & Profit Workshops
February 15 |   Preston, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a series of winter workshops across Minnesota on ways to integrate profit-producing enterprises and the building of soil health. Today’s: Building Soil Health, with farmers Dawn & Grant Breutkreutz & Tom Cotter. Contact Bryan or call 320-492-2526.

Pencil and Paper Series-Food Forest and Polyculture Design
February 16 & 17  |  All Day  |  $  | Minneapolis, Minn.

Lead by Dan Halsey of PRI-USA, this two-day course will focus on the permaculture design process and drawing skills within that context. We will be looking at cold climate strategies as solutions and use the pencil process to develop professional level presentations of designs. Certificate of Completion available for those holding a Permaculture Design Certificate. Early registration discount available.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series: Breaking Bad Habits: Integrating Crop Diversity into High Tunnel Production Systems
February 19 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the first of a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
February 20  |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Andover, Minn.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is a part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires fruit and vegetable farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. See dates and locations.

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 20  |  9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Stevens Point, Wis.

This conference helps Wisconsin farmers more successfully use cover crops in their own conservation cropping systems. Topics will include dealing with manure, reducing tillage, termination of covers, and “doing it on the cheap” Many of the presenters will be Wisconsin grain and livestock farmers speaking from experience about what has worked and hasn’t worked in their Wisconsin conservation cropping systems. Learn more..

MOSES Organic University
February 21 |  All day  |  $  |  La Crosse, Wis.

These in-depth courses take place the day before the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Dig into a topic at Organic University, then stay on for all the activities of the MOSES Conference. Registration for both events (separate tickets) opens Nov. 29. Learn more.

30th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 21 –  23  | $  |  La Crosse, Wis.

Join us at the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors! Learn more.

Farm Transition and Estate Planning
February 22 & 23  |  &  |  Willmar, Minn.

The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence are proud to partner with Minnesota Farm Business Management, Minnesota Agricultural Educators leadership Council, Minnesota Dairy Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to present retreats on Farm Transition. Other times and locations:  Rochester, Minn., March 8 &9; and Crookston, Minn., March 22 & 23. The retreat is about farm business succession and family estate planning. It is intended to be useful for established farm owners and their successors. An emphasis will be on not only how to transfer the ‘financial business’ but how to transfer the ‘management and responsibility’ of the farm.  Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region
February 27 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the second of a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

Indiana Small Farm Conference
February 28 – March 3   |  $  |   Danville, Indiana

This conference begins with a series of daylong workshops on Thursday, Feb. 28. Topics include vegetable crop planning, mushroom cultivation and biological orcharding. Also offering two tours in the metro-Indianapolis area on the subjects of agri-tourism and livestock processing. Students, farmers, extension educators and researchers are all invited to share their work on local foods, diversified agriculture, or small farm production and education and the exhibit hall features more than 50 vendors.  Register.

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March 2019

Indiana Small Farm Conference
February 28 – March 3   |  $  |   Danville, Indiana

The conference begins with a series of daylong workshops on Thursday, Feb. 28. Topics include vegetable crop planning, mushroom cultivation and biological orcharding. Also offering two tours in the metro-Indianapolis area on the subjects of agri-tourism and livestock processing. Students, farmers, extension educators and researchers are all invited to share their work on local foods, diversified agriculture, or small farm production and education and the exhibit hall features more than 50 vendors.  Register.

Food Leader Certificate Program:  Relationship Building & Leadership Identity | Crafting Your Vision
March 2 & 3 |   $  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

This is the first weekend of a 3 part program from Victory Garden Initiative that creates food system changers equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. Participants learn about growing food, food justice, community organizing, and leadership. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader Certificate. Learn more.

2019 Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting
March 6 & 7 |   $  |  West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue University Extension has expanded this annual meeting to a two-day conference with additional education and networking for organic grain farmers, ag professionals, and those considering a transition to organic grain. Learn more.

LSP – Soil Health & Profit Workshops
March 7 |   Rushford, Minn.

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding a series of winter workshops across Minnesota on ways to integrate profit-producing enterprises and the building of soil health. Today’s: Roller crimper, weed control & soil health, with the University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Erin Silva. Contact Bryan or call 320-492-2526.

2019 Midwest Organic Pork Conference
March 8 & 9 |   $  |  Waterloo, Iowa

This is the first conference of its kind to bring together a diverse group of expert organic and niche hog farmers, organic researchers, industry experts and others who will share available research, best production practices and technical assistance for organic hog production. Learn more.

Farm Transition and Estate Planning
March 8 & 9  |  $ |   Rochester, Minn.

The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence are proud to partner with Minnesota Farm Business Management, Minnesota Agricultural Educators leadership Council, Minnesota Dairy Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to present retreats on Farm Transition. Other times and locations:  Crookston, Minn., March 22 & 23. The retreat is about farm business succession and family estate planning. It is intended to be useful for established farm owners and their successors. An emphasis will be on not only how to transfer the ‘financial business’ but how to transfer the ‘management and responsibility’ of the farm.  Learn more.

2019 Midwest Soil Health Summit
March 12 |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $  |  St. Peter, Minn.

Featuring Dr. Montgomery, a soil scientist, MacArthur fellow and author of books such as “Growing a Revolution,” which makes the case for agriculture that is profitable and productive that cools the planet and restores life to the land. Other speakers include farmer and soil health expert Grant Breitkreutz, NRCS state conservationist Troy Daniels, Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes, state soil scientist Kristin Brennan, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, and more. Learn more.

Grow Your Profits Workshop
March 18 & 19 |  $  |  St. Louis, Mo.

Learn how to grow your profits and make your vegetable farm a success with limited time and a modest budget (AKA, market gardening success)! This two-day, hands-on workshop will focus on Midwest farming enterprises, led by successful female farmers Liz Graznak of Happy Hollow Farm, Mallory Krieger of The Land Connection, and Kaitie Adams of EarthDance Organic Farm School. Scholarships available, contact ChelesaLearn more.

Farm Transition and Estate Planning
March 22 & 23  |  $ |   Crookston, Minn.

The Minnesota State Centers of Excellence are proud to partner with Minnesota Farm Business Management, Minnesota Agricultural Educators leadership Council, Minnesota Dairy Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to present retreats on Farm Transition. The retreat is about farm business succession and family estate planning. It is intended to be useful for established farm owners and their successors. An emphasis will be on not only how to transfer the ‘financial business’ but how to transfer the ‘management and responsibility’ of the farm.  Learn more.

Wyoming Bee College Bee-Keeping Conference
March 22 – 24 |  $  |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

Attend pre-conference courses from 4 different topics, and follow with the 2 day conference to learn about everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. Learn more.

Food Leader Certificate Program:  Equity & The Food System | Project Management
March 23 & 24 |   $  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

This is the second weekend of a 3 part program from Victory Garden Initiative that creates food system changers equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. Participants learn about growing food, food justice, community organizing, and leadership. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader Certificate. Learn more.

Webinar Series: Agronomy in the Field – The Nitrogen Cycle, Nitrogen Sources, Application Methods and Timing
March 26 |  6-7:30 p.m. |  Online

Women landowners, farmers, and Ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions. All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions. Any interested women who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz or call 515-231-2830; Anderson or call 319-331-0058; or Vittetoe or call 319-653-4811, so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region
March  27 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the third in a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

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April 2019

Food Leader Certificate Program:  The Food System | Project P
April 13 & 14  |   $  |  Milwaukee, Wis.

This is the last weekend of a 3 part program from Victory Garden Initiative that creates food system changers equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. Participants learn about growing food, food justice, community organizing, and leadership. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader Certificate. Learn more.

OFRF and eOrganic Webinar Series:  Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic
April 17  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for the fourth in a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. Register just once for the entire series. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish using the same link.  Register.

 

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