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August 2020

 

Organic Field Day:  Organic Corn, Soybeans, and More
August 11 | 8 a.m. | Online
August 11 | 7 p.m. | Online

Join AgriSecure for field day focused on organic corn, soybeans, and insights from the 2020 crop year. You’ll see organic and transition crops, hear about boundary-pushing new approaches, and learn how to take control of your profits with organic farming. Register.

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Silvopasture & Supply Chain Food Safety for Beginning and ESL Farmers
August 11 | 6 p.m. | Online

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, will present on how to safely incorporate livestock and tree crop production, food safety best practices and common questions for beginning and ESL farmers, and how we can work towards a justice oriented, safer food system. Register.

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.

UMASH Online Expo:  A 20/20 Look at Ag Health, Safety, and Wellness
August 10 – 13  |  Free |  Online

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Farmers and family members (who often share the work) are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. This online event will feature exhibitors, safety demonstrations and speakers on a number of health and safety topics. Learn more.

Measures of Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage
August 13 | 11 a.m. | Online

Measuring and assessing soil health are critical for understanding how changes in agronomic management practices affect the capability of soil to support cropping systems. In this presentation, the Soil Health Institute will focus on explaining measurements and assessments of soil health associated with soil-carbon dynamics. Learn more and register.

LSP Workshop:  No-Till and Cover Crops with Farmer Rod Nelson
August 14 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Online

This spring Rod no-tilled corn into standing rye with success and will share his learning experiences and techniques over Zoom video conference. Join 10 minutes early for music and social time. Register.

Immigrant Farmer to Share Her Journey at TC Growers Meeting
August 14 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Online

Hear the story of Somali-American organic farmer Naima Dhore and her journey toward owning her own farm. The TC Growers Network is a partnership between SFA and U. of M. Extension. Learn more and register.

In Her Boots:  Resilience Boot Camp – She’s Got Your Back: Tap into a Support Network
August 18  | 1  – 2:15 p.m.  |  Online

What’s the key ingredient that fuels our growing organic women farmer movement? The support of other women farmers! Join us for a conversation with pioneering organic farmer Denise O’Brien and harvest ideas for your resilience toolkit. Learn more and register.

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Exploring Elderberry Benefits
August 19 | 1 p.m. | Online

Presenters Terry Durham and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, will talk about elderberry history, medicinal uses, nutrition benefits, and the ecological benefits of incorporating elderberries on your farm. Register.

 

 

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September 2020

 

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Elderberry Harvest
September 7 | 5 p.m. | Online

Presenters Terry Durham and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, will talk about proper harvesting techniques for elderberries, the de-stemming process and equipment needed, and roper storage techniques for small scale and commercial elderberry production. Register.

LSP Workshop: Inter-seeding Covers, Grazing, and 60” Corn
September 10 | 10 -11:30 a.m. | Online

Aaron Gillespie farms near Fountain, MN and raises conventional/organic row crops, small grains, cover crops, hay, canning peas and rotationally grazes beef. Aaron built his own inter-seeder to incorporate cover into his 30” and 60” corn and will share his learning experiences. Join 10 minutes early for music and social time. Register.

4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day – Part 1:  Drone Wars
September 11  | 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Online

Watch the set-up of a camera-guided cultivator with finger weeders in corn and beans. See which field conditions need to be entered into the computer for a camera-guided cultivator as well as how the tools are calibrated for field conditions and run in crops.  They will also look at conventional front-mount cultivation. This will be streamed live on The Land Connection’s and Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Facebook pages. Learn more.

Livestock Expert Curt Pate Leading Forage Council Stockmanship Workshops
September 14 | 8:30 a.m. | Badger, Minn.
September 15 | 10 a.m. | Floodwood, Minn.
September 16 | 10:30 a.m. | Brainerd, Minn.
September 17 | 10:30 a.m. | Little Falls, Minn. (dairy cattle focus)
September 18 | 9 a.m. | Starbuck, Minn

Hosted by SFA, Pate’s stockmanship workshops are known for sharing effective demonstrations that focus on the economic benefits of correctly handling livestock. He will also discuss the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the cattle industry. Learn more.

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Silvopasture Food Safety
September 15 | 6 p.m. | Online

Presenter Steve Gabriel, Wellspring Forest Farm, will talk about incorporating animals and food production safely, and share common questions and answers for producers. Register.

4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day – Part 2:  The Awakening
September 18  | 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Online

Watch preliminary Tool Set-up in the shop – starting with a bare toolbar, see the measurements and progression of adding parallelogram units and tools to exactly match a crop spacing. Then watch all of the preliminary adjustments that can be made more accurately in the shop so that by the time you arrive at the field your machine only needs limited adjusting. This will be streamed live on The Land Connection’s and Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Facebook pages. Learn more.

LSP Workshop: Compost Check-In Call
September 24 | 7 – 8 p.m. | Online

This will be a group discussion format. Share if you built a composter, what model you used (Johnson-Su or turned pile), and what it looks like before we head into fall/winter. This is a great opportunity to learn more about composts, ask questions and to share your composting experience. Register.

4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day – Part 3:  The First Encounter
September 25  | 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Online

Learn about precision cultivation of direct-seeded vegetables. Once the weeding tool has been mounted and adjusted in the shop (episode 2) watch the first run in the field and see how results are judged and adjustments are made to correct issues in order to quickly achieve accurate weeding in direct-seeded crops. This will be streamed live on The Land Connection’s and Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Facebook pages. Learn more.

Savanna Institute Webinar:  Elderberry Processing and Market Opportunities
September 29 | 12 p.m. | Online

Presenters Terry Durham and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, will talk about processing for commercial and small scale use, food safety compliance with GAP and FSMA, retail direct marketing opportunities for new and existing growers, wholesale/contracted berry and/or flower sales opportunities, River Hills Elderberry Producers, and the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative. Register.

 

 

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October 2020

 

Urban Food Systems Symposium
October 7 | 10 a.m. | Online

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.

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