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October

Grant Writing Workshop
October 20  |  $15  |  Madison, Wis.

Join us for a workshop designed to help you identify which grants or other financial options might be right for you. This workshop will address ways to plan your project and strengthen your application. Learn more.

Looking Back at the First Year of Farming with Experienced Eyes
October 21  |  Free  |  3 – 5 p.m.  | Hancock, Iowa

Join beginning farmer Jayme Fowler as she wraps up her first season at Wild Furrow Farm. During a tour of the farm, Jayme and retired CSA vegetable farmer Susan Jutz will discuss production and management, the farm’s layout, and harvesting and packing. Jayme will also share the experience of converting a tractor-based vegetable farm to draft power. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Winterizing Hives
October 22  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

Learn what it takes to prepare your hive to survive a Midwestern winter at the Women’s Environmental Institute. Learn more.

SFA Livestock Perimeter Fencing Workshop
October 23-24  |  $400  |  Rosemount, Minn.

Participants will learn the components of and and construct a 100′ x 100′ multi-wire high-tensile energized fence for livestock control. The fence will include four different corner assemblies, a gate, grounding system and energizer. Workshop will also include maintenance and troubleshooting tips. This course is designed for farm and natural resource managers interested in grazing systems. Learn more.

Fall Fling Pasture Walk
October 24  |  10:30 a.m.  |  Canton, Minn.

Review of the last 6 years of pasture management and what the future holds. Young stock heifer management and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship will be discussed. Learn more.

The Prairie Enthusiasts Talk: How to Grow Healthier Plants
October 24  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  River Falls, Wis.

Learn to use of environmentally friendly fertilizer, amendments, tools, and practices to balance the soil to produce healthy plants & nutrient dense food. Learn more.

Live Broadcast: Organic Soil Health Research Special Session at the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting
October 25  |  8:30 – 11 a.m.  |  Online

This is a live broadcast from the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting of a Special Session on Organic Soil Health Research, organized by the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Presenters will discuss effects of cover crops, compost, and rotation—to the influence of soil management practices on economic returns and best ways to disseminate information to producers. Learn more.

2017 Food Access Summit
October 25 – 27  |  $150-185  |  Duluth, Minn.

The 2017 Summit will be bigger and better than ever. It has been expanded to welcome up to 800 participants from a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to increasing healthy and equitable food access across Minnesota. Learn more.

Whole Farm/Ranch Business 
October 27 – 28, Nov 3 – 4, Nov 10 – 11  |  $300  |  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day  | Mancos, Colo.

This in-depth course is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn key business, marketing and financial planning skills. Learn more.

Guided Watershed Tour
October 28  |  Free  |  9 a.m. – 10 a.m.  | Rushford Village, Minn.

Speakers Dr. Dylan Blumentritt of Winona State and Jake Overgaard of U. of M. Extension will discuss topics like karst geology, disappearing streams, watershed basics, land use and healthy water systems. Learn more.

Graze River Country: Larson Pasture Walk
October 28  |  Free  |  10 a.m. – Noon  | Colfax, Wis.

This pasture walk will take place at the farm of Brad and Melissa Larson, N10688 County Rd M, Colfax.  For details or to RSVP, contact Deb at  715-590-2130.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House
October 29  |  Free  |  1 – 4 p.m.  | Madelia, Minn.

The U of M Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships have been working with producers and community groups throughout Minnesota to field test a prototype design of a passive solar greenhouse that enables farmers to produce crops all winter long. Learn more.

Webinar: Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools
October 31  |  Free  |  1 p.m.  | Online

This webinar will highlight resources that can aid in the identification and selection of native plant communities adapted to the ecological conditions of a restoration site. An example of how such resources were used to develop Iowa native plant community restoration planning tools will be discussed along with a cursory introduction to appropriate native plant material selection. Learn more.

Grazier Gathering
October 31 – Nov. 1  |  Free  | Cold Springs, Minn.
LSP member Bonnie Haugen is organizing a gathering of veteran and new graziers Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 in Cold Spring, Minn. Haugen, who is the Minnesota Education Coordinator for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship initiative, is using the meeting as a way to connect different generations of grass-based livestock producers. For details, contact Haugen at 507-421-7170 or bonnie.haugen@gmail.com.

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November

Organic Weed Control for Small Growers
November 1 | Free | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Yankton, S.D.

Atina Diffley will discuss weed physiology and management using rotations, seed bed reduction, fertility, stale bed-making, cover crops, habitat for biological life, and tillage equipment, in relation to the agronomic principles of an organic farming system. Additionally, she will share post-harvest techniques for small-scale growers to maintain produce quality and safety. Learn more.

Webinar: Boosting Producer Learning, Exchange and Adoption of Water Use Efficient Technologies
November 2 | Free | 2 p.m. | Online

In this joint Climate Learning Network/ANREP Climate Science Initiative webinar, Drs. Aguilar, Rudnick and West will share details and insights learned from their involvement in Kansas’s Water Technology Farms, Nebraska’s Testing Ag Performance Solutions Program, and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation demonstration project. Learn more.

WFAN Conference
November 2-4 | $$$ | Madison, Wis.

The Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN) Conference includes field tours, on-site intensives, workshops, keynotes, and 20th anniversary presentations. Workshop topics range from production and marketing to conservation and leadership development. The workshop line-up includes “Funding Your Farm: Resources and Connections For Women Farmers” with Lisa Kivirist, MOSES Rural Women’s Project, and Jan Joannides of Renewing the Countryside. Pre-conference field trips Nov. 2 include a farm tour led by MOSES board member, Dela Ends, Kivirist, and a team of farmers from the Soil Sisters network in southern Wisconsin. Learn more.

Great River Women in Sustainable & Organic Agriculture Potluck
November 5  | Free | 10 a.m. – Noon | TBD

Meeting format: the GRWSOA meet at someone’s house, do introductions, share dreams and needs, and participate in an activity. For more information, contact Nad at Learnitoday@yahoo.com or (608) 738-1321.

Hand Tools and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms
November 5  | Free | 2 – 5 p.m. | Iowa City, Iowa

At this “try before you buy” field day, Jason and Scott will show various hand tools and small implements, including wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, a BCS tiller and more. Learn more.

Smarter Season Extension: Improving Your Shoulder-Season & Root Crop Production
November 6  | $150 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | East Lansing, Mich.

learn about two key aspects of season extension: Shoulder Season Production (Oct – Dec & Feb – April) and Root Crops. In both areas you will learn about important practices and schedules for success, necessary production and storage infrastructure, proven crop types and varieties, post-harvest/storage management, and other critical elements to moving beyond summer production. Learn more.

2017 Illinois Farm Bureau Local Regional Food Conference
November 6-7  |  $50 – 100 | Bloomington, Ill.

Are you a local farmer, processor, distributer, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Give back to your community while bringing fresh food and local businesses together. Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Learn more.

Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds & Grains at the Crossroads
November 6-7  |  $499 – 650* | St. Louis, Mo.

This event brings together producers, handlers, buyers and processors to address the challenges of meeting the growing demand for organic and non-GMO products, plus emerging opportunities for specialty production. Sessions cover the latest information regarding opportunities for producers while addressing processors’ production needs.

*Tickets are $799, but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with >5,000 organic/transitional acres use the code MOSES for $650 registration; those with <5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER for $499 registration.

Webinar: Compliance Strategies – Sanitation, Contamination Prevention and Facility Pest Management for Organic Processors
November 7  |  Free  |  12 – 1 p.m.  | Online

Curious about what you can and can’t use for sanitizing equipment and food contact surfaces? Worried about whether your operation is taking the proper steps to ensure the prevention of contamination and commingling of your organic products? Confused about pest management practices within or around your organic facility? Have no fear. Oregon Tilth staff will cover all of these topics in great detail. Register here.

Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farmers Workshop
November 8   |  $90 early bird/$100 regular  | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  St. Louis, Mo.

In this workshop, farmers who are considering or just starting a transition to organic will have an opportunity to learn from key experts in the field of organics, and get to know other farmers who are transitioning to organic as well. Learn more.

Organic and Non-GMO Forum
November 6 – 7   | $499 – $650 |  St. Louis, Mo.

Attend the only event that covers both the practical and business end of the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply chain issues and addressing the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector.

Tickets are $799, but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with more than 5,000 acres under organic or transitional production use the code MOSES to reduce registration to $650; those with fewer than 5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER to reduce registration to $499. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
November 9   | $35 | 1 – 4 p.m. |  Little Falls, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Fearless Farm Finances Workshop
November 10   |  $50  |  Montour, Iowa

Learn farm financial management based on the book Fearless Farm Finances. Includes a copy of the book. Learn more.

Food Safety Workshop
November 10   |  $50  |  Montour, Iowa

You’ll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. Learn more.

New Farmer U
November 10 – 12   |  $125  |  Montour, Iowa

New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting. Learn more.

Farm Finance Boot Camp
November 11  | $30/free for veterans | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Caledonia, Ill.

Farm financials are vital to the success of your farm business, but can be difficult to tackle without the proper training. With support from a group of farmer peers and professionals, Farm Finance Boot Camp will give you the tools needed to properly assess your financial statements and connect them in way that is advantageous for your farm business. Learn more.

Field Day: Quality of Life
November 12   | $20 | 3 – 7 p.m. |  Lena, Ill.

The daily work as a farmer can sometimes tip the scales of your work-life balance more towards work than life. So how do you prioritize your work life, farming, and family? Learn more.

Pastured Pork Field Day
November 14  |  Free  |  10:30 a.m. |  Viola, Wis.

Introduction to Pasture Pork & the newly forming Pastured Pork Cooperative. Learn more.

Roundtable Discussion: Work-Life Balance for Farmers
November 14  |  Free  |  11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. |  East Lansing, Mich.

Together, farmers and others will share in discussion of successful (and unsuccessful) practices and approaches to finding balance between the work of farming and life off the farm or at least off the clock. How do passion, values, ideals, goals and financial security for the farm mesh with those of family and loved ones, and our own personal limits? A look at how and why we make the decisions we do and what we can learn from eachother and understand about the farm and family life we choose. Learn more.

Farmer Field School Gathering & Lunch
November 14  |  Free  |  2 – 4 p.m. |  East Lansing, Mich.

The Farmer Field School Gathering is for workshop attendees and other new farmers to get to know more about each other, and also provide feedback about Farmer Field School. This includes: feedback on workshops, input on workshop structure, pricing, timing & content, explore how to support dialogue & learning between workshops and among each other, and other topics around workshops as they emerge. Learn more.

Raising Dairy Replacement Heifers on Pasture and Soil Health
November 14  |  Free  | 2 – 3 p.m. |  Online

This webinar will discuss how dairy producers can incorporate rotational grazing of replacement heifers into their operations to save time and money and improve both herd and soil health. Learn more.

WEI Beekeeping: Everything Honey
November 19  |  $35  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  | North Branch, Minn.

A WEI Swarm Party! Bring a friend and come and celebrate the end of a wonderful season. Learn more.

2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference
November 28 – 29  | $  |  Madison, Wis.

The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Train the Trainer Course
November 28 – 29  | $75  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

This training is for produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
November 29 – Dec 19  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

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December

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2017
December 1 – 2   | $5  | Rochester, Minn.

The award-winning Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts over 100 exhibitors who show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Learn more.

Beginning Farmer Retreat
December 1 – 2   | Indianola, Iowa

This annual event brings beginning farmers together to network, plan and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
December 2   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. | St. Cloud, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

National Farmers Union Online Virtual Conference: Growing for the Future
December 4 – 7  | Free |  Online

The conference will highlight leaders in the field of agriculture and focus on building a network for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Poultry and Outdoor Access
December 5  |  Free |  2 – 3 p.m.  | Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. USDA Organic Regulation create new outdoor access requirements for poultry. This webinar will discuss the new requirements (once finalized), potential resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

Community Food Systems Conference
December 5 – 7  |  $50 – $275 |  Boston, Mass.

In addition to workshop presentations on community partnerships, farm-to-all, food justice, movement building, social enterprise, policy, measuring impacts, labor, and youth, there will be pre-conference sessions and field trips. Learn more.

Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns Center
December 6-8  |  $295  | Tarrytown, N.Y.

Due to high interest, registration for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference. Learn more.

Midwest CSA Conference
December 7-8  |  $135  | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

With the continued growth of the CSA movement in the Midwest comes opportunities and complexities. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions, including a keynote, will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. Learn more.

Fearless Farm Finances Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

Learn farm financial management based on the book Fearless Farm Finances. Includes a copy of the book. Learn more.

Food Safety Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. Learn more.

New Farmer U
December 8 – 10  |  $125  | Streator, Ill.

New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting. Learn more.

Organic Grower Summit
December 13-14  |  $$  | Monterey, Calif.

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. Learn more.

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January

MOFFGA Organic Intensives
January 6  |  $80 – 105  | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  East Lansing, Mich.

A full-day in-depth learning experience organized by the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance. This year’s sessions feature organic small grains with John Sherck, livestock for the diversified farm with Jeff Mattocks, and growing organic transplants with John Biernbaum and Collin Thompson. Learn more.

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference
January 14 – 18  |  $$  | San Diego, Calif.

The conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much, much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year, as well as provide attendees with important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success. Learn more.

“Bringing Livestock Back” Workshop
January 19  |  $25  | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Glenwood, Minn.

Do you want to see livestock on your farm again? Livestock and row-crop farming work extremely well together. Learn how livestock can help increase your farm’s profitability and resilience, make it possible for a family member to join the operation, increase your farm’s revenue without buying more land, and take your farm’s soil health and nutrient cycling to the next level! For more information, email Bryan: bsimon@landstewardshipproject.org.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference: “Revival”
January 19 – 20  |  $  | Ames, Iowa

The event attracts farmers of all sorts, sizes, systems and enterprises, as well as non-farmers interested in knowing more about how their food is grown and building relationships between those who work the land and those who rely on their labors. Learn more.

EcoFarm Conference
January 24 – 27  |  $$$  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

Featuring 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, farming issues, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. Learn more.

OGRAIN Winter Workshop
January 26 – 27  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

Two packed days of all things organic grain, including beginning and advanced agronomics, marketing and financials, and equipment/machinery – presented by farmers, industry, and university experts. Details TBA.

MOA Conference 2018
January 31 – Feb. 2  |  $  |  Independence, Mo.

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

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February

SFA Annual Conference
February 10  |  $50 – 70  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  St. Joseph, Minn.

The conference sessions will be tailored around the wishes of the SFA community. Click here to vote on potential session topics through Sept. 30, view the top vote-getters and enter your own ideas. Learn more.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
February 14 – 15  |  $100 – 150  |  Fergus Falls, Minn.

Speakers will include Dr. Allen Williams, SFA’s Kent Solberg, David Bartok of Quorum Labs, Cody Nelson of Prairie Creek Seed, NRCS soil health specialist Justin Morris, retired USDA soil scientist Don Riecorski, NRCS researcher Ann Marie Journey, and NDSU researcher Doug Landblom. Also returning are the popular discussion tables, loads of built-in networking time, and more. Learn more.

 

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