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May 2020

 

Liability for Transmission of COVID-19 for Farm and Food Businesses
May 29  |  3 p.m.  |  Online

If your actions lead to a customer (or an employee) contracting COVID-19, are you legally liable? Join Farm Commans for a webinar discussing whether, when, and how, this legal risk could befall a farm or food business, including farmers markets and food hubs and what essential steps to minimize the legal risk to the business you should take. Register.

SFA Drive-Through Farm Tour
May 31  |  2 – 4 p.m.  |  Paynseville, Minn.

Join Voss Farms for a social distancing farm tour. Participants will drive through Voss Farms to learn about animals and animal health, food from the farm, soil health. Learn more.

 

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June 2020

 

Common Noncompliances in Crop Operations and How to Avoid Them
June 1  | 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join Rodale Institute experts and their guests to find out how to avoid making the mistake on your oertified organic crop farm in the first place, and how to remediate the problem. Register.

Winter Oilseed Virtual Field Day:  Food Science and End Use Applications; Cooking Demo with Beth Dooley
June 2  |  12:30 – 2 p.m |  Online

This second webinar of a three part series will provide a 40 minute overview on food science and end use research underway at the University of Minnesota and AURI. Culinary professional, Beth Dooley, will conclude the presentation sessions with a short cooking demonstration using winter camelina oil. The presentations will be followed by a 30 minute interactive question and answer session with a team of UMN and AURI experts. Registration required.

Panel:  Ask the Experts – How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Improve Human Health
June 2  | Free  |  Online

Join Rodale Institute experts and their guests to hear the latest research on this pressing issue. Panelists include Dr. Scott Stoll, Dr. Zach Bush, Dr. Ron Weiss, Dr. Heagan Grega, and Dr. Drew Smith. Pre-registration is required.

Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demonstration – 2 Part Series
June 2   | 6 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

The Iowa State University Extension, Outreach Organic Ag Program, and PFI is planning a virtual field day to demonstrate rolling rye in an organic no-till system at the Levi Lyle Farm in Keota, Iowa, weather-permitting. Lyle expects the rye to be past anthesis at that date, which is necessary for proper termination of the rye crop where soybeans will be planted. Part 2 scheduled for July 2.  To learn more call 515-232-5661 or email info@practicalfarmers.org

Small-Scale No-Till Vegetables
June 2   | 6 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join the Land Stewardship Project for an online presentation and conversation with Les Macare and Els Dobrick of Racing Heart Farm as they share their experiences with implementing no-till practices on their farm in Western Wisconsin to increase soil health and efficiency.  Learn more and register.

So, you want to be a Farmer? Workshop
June  3  | 7 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

The Sustainable Farming Association’s Twin Cities Growers Network is partnering with U. of M. Extension to present on what it takes to get a start in farming and market gardening. Jake Jarecki, who started Feed Me Farm, will provide a (virtual) tour of his new mini farms, and Sai Thao, Compeer Financial, will discuss the availability of microloans for small, startup farms. Staff from The Good Acre (invited) will share their experiences helping farmers market successfully. Learn more and register.

Webinar: Budgeting
June 4   | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Hosted by the University of Tennessee, beginning farmers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and all farm operators are invited to participate in this webinar series. The series covers a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing, and planning. Learn more and register.

Urban Food System Symposium – POSTPONED
June 4-6  |   $215  |  Kansas City, Mo.

Hosted by Kansas State University, this symposium includes knowledge on urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, climate change, nutrition, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. Learn more and register.

Women Caring For the Land:  Weigandt Farm –CANCELED
June 6   | 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Richland Center, Wis.-

Network with other women and learn about timber stand improvement projects, harvests, tree and shrub plantings and invasive species control. Learn more and RSVP.

Farm Dreams Workshop
June 7   | 1 – 3 p.m. |  $  |  Online

This workshop is designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs and get perspective from an experienced farmer. In order to avoid a 4-hour video call they will be asking you to complete a homework module prior to the workshop. Learn more and register.

Winter Oilseed Virtual Field Day:  Supply Chain and Market Development; Industry Interest
June 9  |  12:30 – 2 p.m |  Online

This final webinar of a three part series will provide a 40 minute overview on market and supply chain development for these new oilseeds, including a panel conversation with industry representatives who are partnering with UMN and AURI to expand production and use of winter camelina and pennycress. Presentations will be followed by a 30 minute interactive question and answer session with team of UMN and AURI experts. Registration required.

Four-State Dairy Nutrition And Management Conference
June 10 |  Online

Learn about the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry including feed efficiency, calves and transition cows. This conference is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Extension. Learn more.

Pasture Project Webinar:  How to Treat Your Cover Crop Like a Cash Crop
June 10  | 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

In this nuts and bolts webinar, Dr. Andrea Basche will discuss strategies to boost cover crop benefits, such as ideas for maximizing biomass growth for grazing. Tune in to learn more about why treating your cover crop like your cash crop can pay dividends. Register.

2020 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshops – CANCELED
June 11 – 13   | $  |  Columbia, Mo.

Co-sponsored by University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry and River Hills Harvest, learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, how to propagate, and more. Learn more.

PFI Virtual Field Day:  Pasture Farrowing: Infrastructure, Scheduling, and Seeding
June 12  | Free |  Online

For experienced producers and newcomers alike, learn more about scaling up a swine enterprise to include farrowing. Jude Becker will share how he manages his organic farrow-to-finish operation. To learn more call 515-232-5661 or email info@practicalfarmers.org

Women Caring For the Land:  Amy’s Acre –CANCELED
June 17   | 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Caledonia, Wis.

Network with other women and learn about soil health improvement by transitioning long-time conventionally farmed land into organic veggie and poultry production. Learn more and RSVP.

Women Caring For the Land:  Black Brook Farm – CANCELED
June 19   | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Amery, Wis.

Network with other women and learn bout soil health and biodiversity through rotational grazing, cover cropping, oak savannah restoration, pollinator habitat, and reducing tillage. Learn more and RSVP.

Do the Numbers:  Organic Dairy
June 24  | 12:30 p.m.  |  Online

Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker from Random Lake, Wis. will be hosting this event which will focus on the economics and infrastructure of transitioning to a grass-based, organic dairy. This will be a virtual event. Learn more.

Women Caring For the Land:  Full Circle Farms –CANCELED
June 25  | 4 – 8 p.m. |  Free  | Pulaski, Wis.

Learn about practices to improve soil and water quality and network with other women. This event is for woman farmers, woman landowners and all women interested in conservation. Learn more and RSVP.

PFI Virtual Field Day:  Early Interseeding of Cover Crops for Grazing
June 26  | Free |  Online

Learn about cover crop interseeding during June cultivation in both organic and conventional crop fields and using it for fall grazing from farmer Seth Smith. To learn more call 515-232-5661 or email info@practicalfarmers.org

Annual Energy Fair-CANCELED
June 26 – 28  |   $  |  Custer, Wis.

Postponed until June 2021. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest-running event of its kind and brings over 11,500 attendees together to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connect with others, and take action toward a sustainable future. Learn more.

Women Caring For the Land:  Mulroy’s Irish Acres – CANCELED
June 28   | 2 – 8 p.m. |  Free  | New London, Wis.

Network with other women and learn about hosting an AirBNB and offering tours, classes, and crafts on your farm. Learn more and RSVP.

PFI Virtual Field Day:  Flame Weeding and Crop Rotation for Weed Control
June 30  | Free |  Online

Join farmers Caleb Akin and Noah Wendt to see how they use a flame-weeder and a small-grain crop in the rotation as some of many tools for weed management on their organic farm. To learn more call 515-232-5661 or email info@practicalfarmers.org

 

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July 2020

 

Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demonstration – 2 Part Series
July 2   | 6 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

The Iowa State University Extension, Outreach Organic Ag Program, and PFI is planning a virtual field day to demonstrate rolling rye in an organic no-till system at the Levi Lyle Farm in Keota, Iowa, weather-permitting. Come and take another look at the field with Levi and see him also demo an electric Weed Zapper. To learn more call 515-232-5661 or email info@practicalfarmers.org

Do the Numbers:  Organic Crop Transition
July 8  | 12:45 p.m. |  Online

The economics of transitioning to organic row crops, plus rotations to build soil health, will be discussed at this field day hosted by Jon and Ruth Jovaag, from Austin, Minn. This will be a virtual event. Learn more.

Rodale Institute Annual Field Day
July 13-17  | $25  |  Online

Enjoy a week of virtual on-demand, in-field presentations from Rodale Institute staff and scientists, as well as exclusive Q&A sessions with the experts, all from the comfort of your home. Learn more and register.

Kernza Trial Results
July 22  | 12:45 p.m.  |  Online

Join us for an update on this versatile perennial crop with host Carmen Fernholz of A-Frame Farm, Madison, Minn. Kernza development and the Forever Green Initiative, planting, harvesting, post-harvest storage, economics, and marketing will all be discussed. This will be a virtual event. More details coming soon.

Organic Row Crops in South Dakota
July 30  | 12:45 p.m.  |  Online

Enjoy a virtual tour of MOSES 2013 Farmer of the Year Charlie Johnson’s farm and hear from guest presenter Doug Stensland of Stensland Dairy, as he speaks about the developing local organic grain markets. In addition, South Dakota State University researchers plan on explaining the oat variety trials to be once again held on the farm. This will be a virtual event. More details coming soon.

 

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August 2020

 

Medicinal Herb Production
August 1  | 12:45 p.m.  |  Online

MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens of Four Elements Organic Herbals in North Freedom, Wis. will introduce us to the variety of herbs they grow on their farm and discuss their many medicinal uses. They’ll discuss production, harvest, and drying techniques. This will be a virtual event. More details coming soon.

2020 Midwest Berry Grower Webinar Series
August 12  |  1 p.m |  Online

Spotted Wing Drosophila; Prepping Strawberry Beds For Winter will be considered at this webinar which is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison. 30 minutes of Q & A time is scheduled after presentations. Register.

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