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CSA and Diversified Livestock Field Day
July 19 |  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Westboro, Wis.

Hosted by We Grow LLC, N7975 Zimmerman Rd, Westboro. WFU: 715-723-5561

University of Illinois aMAIZEing Organic Field Day
July 19 |  8:30 – 11:30 a. m. |    Free    |  Champaign, Ill.

Learn the ins and outs of the organic seed system and how scientists are teaming up with farmers across the region to develop and test new maize cultivars with the goal of bringing high-quality, diverse options to the organic marketplace.  Please register.

Marathon County Farm Tour
July 19 |  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | $25 |  Wausau, Wis.

A fun and exciting tour of Diverse Marathon County Agriculture! This year they have partnered up with farms that specialize in the unique. Tour Cattail Organics (Organic Vegetable, Herbs and Flowers including season extension),  Sunny Maple Farm (Sunflower Oil, Honey, Maple Syrup and Bee Breeding), and Halfmoon Hill (Berries, lamb, Winery with tastings)! Register here.

Wholesale Vegetables on a Small Scale
July 20 |  9 a.m. – noon  |  Balsam Lake, Wis.

Learn about wholesale production on a small- to medium-sized farm. If you are looking to transition your farm from direct-to-consumer to wholesale, or beef up your wholesale production, this field day is for you. Farm host Ariel Pressman will explain how to grow quality produce consistently for larger accounts, including supermarkets and co-ops. Learn more.

Rodale Institute Annual Field Day
July 20 |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25   |  Kutztown, Penn.

This field day will provide the opportunity for participants to interact one-on-one with Rodale Institute experts and learn about a wide variety of research and demonstration projects, all focused on organic agriculture, on the 333-acre experimental farm. Demonstration stations include: farming systems trial, vegetable systems trial, industrial hemp, high tunnels and grafted tomatoes, organic vegetable cropping, composting, pest management, no-till management, pastured hog production, honey bee conservancy and agriculture supported communities. Cost includes handout materials. Preregistration is required. Online registration closes at 2 pm EST the day prior to the event. Veterans may be eligible to attend for free. For more information, call Maria Pop at 610-683-1481 or email.

Women Caring for the Land
July 20 |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  | New London, Wis.

Learn at Rachel Bouressa’s grassfed and finished beef farm, where animals are on pasture year-round and network with other farm women. Potluck lunch. RSVP to 715-723-5561

Sheep pasture walk and FAMACHA Workshop
July 20 |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  Omega, Wis.

FAMACHA workshop (registration required – space is limited) and 4-6pm pasture walk (open to the public). Autumn Larch Farm LLC, Jane Hansen.

WEBINAR: Grazing Cover Crops: Planning and Infrastructure
July 23 |  7-8:30 p.m.  | Online

Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will share field-tested best practices for successfully integrating cover crops and adaptive grazing, including species selection, cover crop establishment, forage chain integration, temporary infrastructure, lease options, and more. Learn more.

Dual Cropping Systems:  An Introduction
July 24 |  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  Free |  Polk City, Iowa

Curious about organic transition, organic record keeping, and conservation? Aaron and Nicole Lehman have a 400-acre farm where they raise conventional and organic corn, soybeans, and hay. They will talk about the challenges and opportunities of these dual farming systems. Learn more.

DGA Summer Fling Pasture Walk @ Wagner Organic Dairy
July 25 |  10;30 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Free |  Brandon, Minn.

The main focus will be on pasture production to improve farm economics.  Kent Solberg and Jeff Duchene will help us discuss pasture production financials and forage ideas for the Wagner Farm. Learn more.

Pasture Walk:  Cylon Rolling Acres
July 24 |  6:30 p.m.  |  Free |  Deer Park, Wis.

Learn from graziers across Wisconsin! Focus on raising meat goats on pasture. RSVP with Mary@715-579-2206 or Kevin@715-314-0338.

Twilight Farm Tour:  Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers
July 25  |  6 p.m.  |  Free  |  East Jordan, Mich.

For six seasons Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers has been growing hundreds of varieties of cut flowers, herbs and edible flowers. Join Michelle Shackleford for a farm tour through the flower fields for a real hands-on visual on flower farming. See how she traverses such farming obstacles as seed starting, field prep, planting and harvesting and soil fertility. Please RSVP.

Horticulture Night
July 26 |  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  |  Free |  Morris, Minn.

Horticulture Night offers several educational sessions for home owners, gardeners, and small fruit and vegetable growers. Presentations include: The Edible Landscape, Vegetable Container Gardening, The Low Maintenance Yard, Ornamental Grasses, and much more. Demonstrations of organic weed control, including environmentally friendly mulches for strawberries and grit-weeding for perennial fruits will be held at 6 and 8 pm. Learn more.

Women Caring For The Land:  Conservations Conversations
July 26 |  3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.  |  Free |  Eden Prairie, Minn.

Do you own, did you inherit, or do you manage over 40 acres of farmland? Would you like to be up-to-date on best practices for caring for your land and protecting your investment? If your answer is “yes,” please join in conversation with other women who own or manage farmland. Learn more.

In Her Boots Workshop: Humble Hands Harvest
July 26  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  Decorah, Iowa

Farmer Hannah Breckbill explains how she manages her small, organic vegetable CSA farm in the Driftless region of Northeast Iowa. The workshop includes a formal education session, farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities, building on the philosophy that women farmers learn best from each other. Special focus:  tools and machinery suited for women. Organized by MOSES with the Iowa Organic Association.

Keeping Water in our Soil:  Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch
July 27 |  Spring Green, Wis.

Discuss practices that are useful for your farm and that help water infiltrate into your soil and conserve land!  Hear Gulf fisherman Lance Nacio explain why it matters to those facing the challenges of nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone. Learn more.

WEBINAR: Achieving Financial Success with Grazing Cover Crops
July 30  | 7-8:30 p.m.  | Online

Meghan Filbert, Livestock Program Manager at Practice Farmers of Iowa (PFI), will introduce the best management principles and practices for maximizing the economic value of cover crops. The webinar will highlight three Iowa farms who practice cover crop grazing, including multi-year net profit data. The newly released “Economics of Cover Crops” decision making tool co-developed by PFI and Iowa State University will also be shared so that webinar attendee can utilize it for their own operations. Learn more.

Food & Farming Governor Candidate Forum
July 30  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  New Hope, Minn.

All are welcome to attend! Food will be served and childcare, transportation assistance and other accommodations are available upon request. Remote access will also be available for those unable to join us in person. Learn more.

Rationally Raised-Making Small Grains Work
July 30  | 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  $40  | Mankato, Minn.

A variety of topics about growing small grains and the benefits of extended rotation. Nine breakout sessions throughout the day will include sessions on integrating animals with a small grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains and more. Learn more.

OGRAIN Organic Grain Workshop & Farm Tour: Wilson Organic Farms
July 31  |  9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Cuba City, Wis.

The Wilsons emphasize the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. Learn about the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop, soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Regenerative Grazing and Cover Your Tracks with Clover
July 31  | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Caledonia, Ill.

Hear from Tom Spaulding about Angelic Organics Learning Center’s livestock regenerative grazing practices over the past decade. After lunch visit Farmer John Peterson’s fields to learn about his cover cropping and soil fertility methods. Learn more.



MFA High Tunnel Field Day at The Good Acre
August 1 |  10:30 a.m. – noon  |  $20  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Take a walk through The Good Acre’s high tunnels to learn about their innovative “fertigation system” that allows them to analyze plant nutrients and adjust fertilizer accordingly through drip irrigation. The second half of the workshop NRCS staff will be available to help farmers apply for their own high tunnels through the EQIP program. Learn more.

Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture Field Day:  Steel in the Field for Organic Row Crops
August 2 |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Wolcott, Ind.

A field day at Living Prairie Family Farms in Wolcott, Indiana.  Jason Federer, owner of Living Prairie Family Farms, operates a split operation, managing both conventional and certified organic grain production. Learn more.

Pasture Walk:  Rosenow Farm
August 2 |  5-7 p.m.  |  New London, Wis

Learn from graziers across Wisconsin!  Focus on Silvopasture project funded through SARE Farmers Rancher grant. RSVP to Kirsten@262-593-2077.

Four Elements Herbals Workshop:  A Medicinal Herb Intensive
August 3-5|  $500  |  North Freedom, Wis.

A comprehensive, hands-on educational weekend covering all aspects of medicinal herb production from seed to product, on our certified organic herb farm. Learn more.

In Her Boots Workshop: Raleigh’s Hillside Farm
August 3  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  $25  |  Brodhead, Wis.

Farmer Lauren Rudersdorf shares how she started her organic vegetable farm. The workshop includes a formal education session, farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities, building on the philosophy that women farmers learn best from each other. This workshop kicks off the annual Soil Sisters tour of local farms.

Soil Sisters: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life
August 3 – 5 |  All day  |  Chippewa Falls, Wis.

The jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead. Learn more.

Summer Field Day: Organic Fruit Growers Association
August 5  | 12 – 6:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Hutchinson, Minn.

An action packed day is planned! Great opportunity to hear about new research in organic fruits, tour York Farm, and connect with other fruit growers. Dinner included. Learn more.

How to Conduct On-Farm Variety Trials Workshop
August 7  |  2 – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Delano, Minn.

This trial location features curly kale for mid-season palatability. Riverbend Farm is an organic vegetable farm that provides produce to a CSA, restaurants, food co-ops, and schools. Farmer Greg Reynolds also saves seed from, and works to improve, varieties of several crops. Learn more.

Webinar:  Benefits of Agroforestry in Transitioning and Organic Systems
August 7  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  | Online

Join this webinar to learn how trees and shrubs can provide benefits to organic systems! Learn more.

Johnson Farms Tour
August 9 |  8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Madison, S.D.

What does it take to grow 2,800 acres of cash crops organically? Find out at  MOSES board member Charlie Johnson’s field day. The Johnson family’s organic system features a six-year organic crop rotation (hay, hay, soy, corn, soy, oats/alfalfa). Their care for the land doesn’t stop at crops, however. They also run 200 head of Black Angus Gelbvieh, taking care to manage them in a way that prevents soil erosion and water contamination. Learn more.

Beginning Grazier Workshop Series:  Managed Grazing and Soil Health
August 9  | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  |  $40  | Fountain Prairie Farm, Fall River, Wis.

Soil health has become one of the most important issues facing agriculture today. Managed grazing is one of the best management systems to implement soil health practices on your farm…when done correctly! Learn more.

Flame Weeding Workshop
August 13  | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $  | Concord, Neb.

This workshop will teach you how to do proper flaming to control over 10 major Midwestern weeds in 7 agronomic crops (field corn, sweet corn, popcorn, soybean, sorghum, sunflower and wheat). Workshop is limited to 30 people. Learn more.

On-Farm Foodservice Field Day
August 13  | 10 a.m.  |  $  | Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, Minn.
August 23  | 10 a.m.  |  $  | Campo Di Bella, Mt. Horeb, Wis.

Are you a farmer curious about potentially diversifying into on-farm food service such as farm-to-table dinners or a pizza farm? Come and Get It: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm, supports farmers exploring such potential ventures with information, training and support. Learn more.

WCROC Organic Dairy Day
August 14  | 10 a.m.  |  Free  |  Morris, Minn.

More details coming soon!  For questions or to preregister contact Brad or call 320-589-1711, Ext. 2118.

Women Caring For The Land:  Conservations Conversations
August 14 |  3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.  |  Free |  St. Paul, Minn.
August 15 |  3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.  |  Free |  Rochester, Minn.

Do you own, did you inherit, or do you manage over 40 acres of farmland? Would you like to be up-to-date on best practices for caring for your land and protecting your investment? If your answer is “yes,” please join in conversation with other women who own or manage farmland. Click on locations to learn more!

Pollinator Habitat Planning For Farmers & Landowners
August 14  |   9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   |  $50  |  Edgerton, Wis.
August 30  |  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   |  $50  |  Evansville,Wis.

Xerces Society and NRCS present a course in basic bee field identification, pollinator biology and habitat requirements, habitat restoration, bee-friendly farm management practices, and federal programs for support. Registration required. Learn more

Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop
August 14-15  |  $  |  Marshfield, Wis.

Learn how you can help safeguard children and youth who live, work, and play on farms and ranches. The information and resources shared in this workshop can be used to develop and enhance child agricultural safety strategies for your organization. Limited to 60 participants. Learn more

Wisconsin Farmers Union Summer Conference
August 16 |  All day  |  South-Central Wisconsin

Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Ave., Chippewa Falls, stay tuned for details!

Think Outside of the CSA Box:  Growing Hemp
August 18 |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Delavan, Wis.  |   Free

Host farm Turtle Creek Gardens is currently growing hemp for Connoils. Connoils is a Licensed Ingredient and Hemp Processor in the State of Wisconsin and representatives from Connoils will be available at the field day for discussion. Includes lunch.  Mandatory RSVP by Monday, August 13, 2018. Learn more.

Pasture Walk:  Blue Ox Farm
August 22|  6:30-8:30 p.m.  | Wheeler, Wis.

See mid-scale rotational grazing in action! Take a walk around Blue Ox Farm on this evening pasture walk to see what Caleb and Lauren Langworthy are doing and how they’re doing it. They raise grass-fed sheep, sell lamb, and have a small beef herd doing restoration work on their farm. Learn more.

Farm Tour: Mouacheupao Farm – Hemp Production & Hmong Farming Culture
August 23 |  5 – 8 p.m.  | Hugo, Minn.

Learn about traditional Hmong farming culture and daily life from farmer Xong Mouacheupao, including the practices of hemp production for fiber and
clothing. Walk with Xong, cook and share a farm fresh meal together, and learn how to harvest and process hemp into fiber. Learn more.

Fencing Solutions for Graziers
August 25 |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  $20  | Coon Valley, Wis.

Landowners and farmers in Southwest Wisconsin are invited to a workshop that teaches fencing solutions for grazing livestock. please register. The host of the fencing workshop is Rod Ofte, a fourth-generation farmer and rancher who raises 30 cow-calf pairs and finishes about 50 head of cattle on his family’s 300-acre property. Learn more.

Veteran Farm Dreams Workshop and Networking Dinner
August 25 |  1 – 7 p.m.  |  Free  | Caledonia, Ill.

Angelic Organics Learning Center, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and the Illinois Farmer Veteran Alliance are hosting a workshop for veterans interested in becoming the future farmers of America! The day will include a tour of Angelic Organics farm and a panel discussion where attendees can ask esteemed veteran farmers about the development and success of their farm businesses. Space is limited so please register.

Adding Buckwheat & Sorghum Sudangrass to a Grain Rotation

August 29 |   1-5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Maple Park, Ill.

The focus of this field day will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop, including weed control strategies and harvesting methods. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduces the need for tillage, and makes a profit! In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar, sorghum sudangrass. Learn more.


Industrial Hemp Field Day
September 4  |  $  |  East Troy, Wis.

Take a tour starting at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and then on to Turtle Creek Gardens in Delavan looking at their high CBD oil organic hemp plots. Transportation is provided. Learn more.

Lean Farm Design Workshop
September 7 – 8  |  $  |  Clay Bottom Farm, Goshen, Ind.

Better design = happier farmers and more profitable farms! Course includes catered lunch on both days, and a set of plans for their barn-house, propagation house, and greenhouse. Learn more.

Compost Workshop
September 11-13  |  $  |  Tampico, Ill.

Learn composting techniques using Midwest Biosystems equipment. Learn more.

aMaizing Field Day
September 13  |  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  | Free  |  East Troy, Wis.

This workshop will showcase the network of plant breeders, farmers, and end-users that are working together to design and support plant breeding and testing efforts to serve organic farmers in the region. Attendees will learn how various breeding strategies are used to develop new maize cultivars and how cultivar performance is measured. Learn more.

Growing Food Sovereignty with Red Earth Gardens
September 13  |  4:30-7 p.m.  | Tama, Iowa

Learn from local leaders about the innovative work that is being done at Red Earth Gardens! Tour the gardens, talk about organic transition, visit a food forest, learn about the role of the gardens in the larger Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative and share an evening meal together. Learn more.

Organic Management Field Day
September 19  |  8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  | Hickory Corners, Mich.

Michigan State University is hosting an organic management field day. Farmers will have an opportunity to see equipment demonstration, hear results from current organic research, and learn about organic pest, disease, and fertility management. Learn more.

Farm Aid’s Music and Food Festival
September 22 |  All day  |  $  |  Hartford, Conn.

Farm Aid 2018 will feature performances by board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, as well as many other artists. Festival goers will experience family-farm agriculture firsthand via HOMEGROWN Concessions® and the HOMEGROWN Village, which features hands-on activities about soil, water, energy, food, and farming.. Learn more.

Women in Agribusiness Summit 2018
September 23 – 26 |  All day  |  $  |  Denver, Colo.

This is the essential conference for professional women in the agribusiness sector. Our event brings together top executives, outstanding ag students, and all types of women in between. Educate yourself on cutting-edge industry topics from our expert speaking faculty, network with professionals from all portions of the supply chain, and gain a fresh perspective on the state of ag. Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day:  Ecological Agroforestry and Pollinators
September 25  | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $20  | Jefferson, Wis.

Take a wagon ride on this field day to learn more about agroforestry and pollinator habitat; more specifically integrating wildlife habitat, with a focus on pollinator habitat, into a farm operation. Free to members. Learn more.

High Tunnel Selection, Construction, and Production
September 25 | 1 – 4 p.m.  |  Spring Valley, Wis.

If you’re interested in putting up a high tunnel and don’t know where to start, this field day is for you. Farmers, farmer resource providers, and ag technical assistance providers will benefit from this high tunnel demonstration day. Learn about high tunnel design, the building process, and crop selection. This field day will be presented primarily in Hmong, with simultaneous interpretation into English. Learn more.

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 26  | 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  |  $20  |  PrairiErth Farm, Atlanta, Ill.

From finger weeders to flex-tine harrows, come learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers, researchers, and suppliers. Learn more.

Farm Tours: HAFA, Santa Rosa, & Thao Gardens – 1st Year in a High Tunnel
September TBD  |  Time TBD

Learn from local farmers about their 1st year of experience producing a high tunnel – what lessons did they learn, and what mistakes can you avoid making! Learn more.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Fall Biodynamic Preparations
September 29  | 1:30 p.m.  |  $20  | Elkhorn, Wis.

Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. This a great opportunity to experience hands-on learning and make Biodynamic preparations. We will fill and stuff several different preparations and bury them in the soil. Potluck and bonfire at the farm after. Free to members. Learn more.



Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: Humane Animal Husbandry Practices
October 7  | 2 p.m.-5 p.m.  |  $20  | Brodhead, Wis.

Learn how to humanely care for goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Learn how to administer shots, trim hooves, use the FAMACHA method to check animals for worms, assessing body condition, prevent common ailments and more! Free to members. Learn more.

Fall Harvest Party!
October 14 |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Come celebrate the end of the season, meet your farm supporters, and party with food, music, games, and more. Learn more.

Fall Harvest Party!
October 15 |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Celebrate the end of the season, meet farm supporters, and party with food, music, games, and more. Learn more.

Organic and Non-GMO Forum
October 29 – 30 |  All day  |  $  |  St. Louis, Mo.

The 4th Annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2018 distinguishes itself from other conferences by being the only domestic conference of its kind that brings together stakeholders from across the value chain to address growing opportunities. Learn more.



2018 WFAN Annual Conference
November 2 & 3  | $ | Des Moines, Iowa

This year’s conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
November 2018  – March 2019  |  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $25  | Various Locations

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. Registration requiredSee dates and locations.

Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Day: 4-Season Production and Income
November 5  | 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  |  $20  | Caledonia, Ill.

This field day will feature a panel of farmers from four local farms who extend their production season. Find out how they do it! Space is limited for this Field Day, so RSVP soon! Free to members. Learn more.

Writing Your Annual Farm Report
November 15 |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The goal is to keep good records during the season of all your field activity and farm work. Now, what can you learn from those records? Learn how to use your records to create a helpful summary of the past season to assist with planning for next year and future years. Learn more.

MFA: CSA Contracts & Land Meeting
November 29 |  5:45 – 8 p.m.  |  $20  |  Location TBD

This meeting will be an initial discussion between staff and farmers on market contracts for the following season. We will also discuss the Farm Operations budget and any other program/policy changes for the following year. Learn more.



Acres U.S.A. 2018 Eco Ag Conference & Trade Show
December 4 – 7 |  All day  |  $  |  Louisville, Ky.

This is where farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming come together to share their experience and expertise with attendees. The Conference includes Eco-Ag intensive, day-long workshops; seminars; 1-on-1 eco-consultant opportunities; round table discussions, trade show, and film screenings geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin. Learn more.

Stone Barns Young Farmers Conference
December 5 – 6 |  All day  |  $  |  New York

Over the course of three days, attendees choose from over 60 workshops, attend keynote addresses given by agricultural luminaries, and network with peers and mentors over farm-fresh meals —building community they can work with and depend upon as they grow their farm enterprises in the seasons to come.

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