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November

North American Biodynamic Conference:  Transforming the Heart of Agriculture: Soil. Justice. Regeneration.
November 14-18 |  $  |  Portland, Ore.

The five days of programming will include field days at local farms and vineyards, inspiring and thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops for beginners and experienced practitioners, delicious local and Biodynamic food and wine, artistic and cultural activities, facilitated conversations, and many new connections. Learn more.

Webinar:  RUSLE2 in Organic Systems for Iowa NRCS
November 15  |  10 a.m.  |  Online

This session will help model organic systems and will focus on variations of Corn-Soy rotations (ex: additions for small grains, hay, cover crops, etc). We will look at various implements, soil amendment practices, field events (tillage, cultivation) and practices to offset erosion (strips, etc). The webinar will include a discussion of inputs commonly used in organic systems and will include resources for working with diversified vegetable operations. Log-in link.

Todd County Area Goat Workshop
November 15 |  10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Long Prairie, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Extension is excited to host this workshop intended for both dairy and meat goat producers who are interested in learning about overall goat nutrition, production, marketing, and  management of goats. 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.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar:  Troubleshooting Livestock Guardian Dog Behaviors
November 15 |  5 p.m.  |  Online

Presenter Jan Dohner, author of Livestock Guardians, will cover the adolescent behavior problems commonly exhibited by livestock guardian dogs, including tips for observing and identifying the good and bad physical signs and signals, and guidance for poultry guarding. Register.

2019 Farmer Education Program Outlook
November 15 |  5:30 p.m.  |  St Paul, Minn.

Big River Farms is hosting an information session about the upcoming 2019 season of the Farmer Education Program. The program provides primarily immigrant farmers and farmers of color with instruction in organic vegetable production and access to resources to profitably distribute those vegetables and practice business skills. Learn more.

La Noche Mexicana
November 16 |  4-9 p.m.  |  $22.85  |  Marshfield, Wis.

See the documentary “Which Way Home,” directed by Rebecca Cammisa, and enjoy a Mexican buffet and live mariachi. Proceeds go to Pastor Hector Perez, Centro Biblico Nuevo Pacto Church in Manvel, Texas, to provide housing and financial assistance to immigrants. Get tickets.

Farm Table Presents: Dessa at the Table
November 17 |  5:30 p.m.  |  $20  |  Amery, Wis.

An intimate evening featuring Dessa’s music and writing dappled with questions from the audience and a conversation with Dessa’s mother, MOSES Board Member and raiser of local grass-fed beef at Bull Brook Keep, Sylvia Burgos Toftness. VIP tickets includes exclusive cocktail hour with Dessa (beer and wine included), a copy of My Own Devices by Dessa, an autograph/photo opportunity, and reserved seating. VIP Event begins at 5:30 — General admission doors at 6:00. Farm Table will serve local cheeses, meats, and veggies. Learn more.

Field Walk- Sustainable Ag Grant Wrap-up
November 18 |  1 – 3  p.m.  |  LaCrescent, Minn.

Hoch Orchard is completing the 3-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. The purpose of this project was to test the economic potential of grazing animals in perennial fruit systems. Harry and Hoch orchard staff will share their experiences and some of the data collected for the project and discuss outcomes. *This project was partially funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program. Call 800-967-2474 to learn more.

Land Stewardship Project Youth Summit
November 18 |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  $20  |  Mound, Minn.

At this Summit, youth will have time to connect with peers and plan for how they want to be involved in LSP. The day will feature diverse workshops focusing on skill building and hands-on learning, with possible topics ranging from organizing basics to soil health and getting started farming. Registration required.

Webinar Series: Agronomy in the Field – Progress on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Edge-of-Field Practices
November 20 |  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.

Webinar: Basics of Organic Livestock Production for Minnesota NRCS
November 20  |  10 a.m.  |  Online

This session will provide a presentation of the basic organic livestock production regulations related to conservation and opportunities for NRCS support. We will also identify resources with more detailed information. When it’s time, join the meeting here.

Webinar: Impacts and Opportunities of Climate Change on Northeast Crops and Livestock
November 27  |  Noon  |  Online

This USDA Northeast Climate Hub webinar will address climate change in the Northeast U.S. Winters have been getting warmer and heavy rainstorms are becoming much more common. See what these changes mean to agriculture in the Northeast. Learn more.

2018 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference (MRASH)
November 27 – 29  |  Noon  |  Council Bluffs, Iowa

The Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference brings together diverse participants, all interested in various aspects of agricultural health and safety.
This year’s theme is “Stressing Resilience”. Stress impacts a farmer’s ability to focus and correlates with both physical health problems and higher injury rates. The keynote speaker will address how process management can help reduce stress and related injuries. Register.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
November 28,  2018   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Morris, 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.

Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan
November 29 |   2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  $   |  Bloomington, Ill.

Writing a food safety plan for your farm can help you organize and manage the task of complying with the law and managing your food safety risks. In this workshop, we will provide you with a template for crafting a food safety plan for your farm, walk you through the process of developing your plan, and provide you with access to experts who can answer your burning questions about managing food safety. The workshop will be run by Laurie George & Zach Grant, of University of Illinois Extension. Register.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar:  Tax Tips for Farmers
November 29 |   11:30 a.m.  |  Online

Are you wondering how the new tax law will impact your farm’s taxes? Learn about the updated tax code, including what it means for depreciation, capital purchases, and other deductions. Presenter Tina Salandra, CPA, is from Principal at Numerical, a tax firm based in New York. Come with your questions! Register.

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.

Raise the Bottom Line: Making More, Keeping More
November 30 & December 1 |  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Albert Lea, Minn.

Two days of highly informative discussions for all farmers, with Sunday focusing on Organic farming. Includes topics such as 2019 Corn and Soybean Line-Up, Tar Spot and other Corn Leaf Disease by Dr. Nathan Kleczewski of the University of Illinois, Hybrid Winter Rye: Grow it, Feed It, Sell It, Cover Crops in a Corn-Soybean Rotation by Dr. Abbey Wick of NDSU, and Markets for Small Grains and Specialty Crops. Learn more.

5th Annual FEAST:  Local Foods Marketplace Tradeshow and Festival
November 30 & December 1 |  8 a.m. -5 p.m.  |  $  |  Albert Lea, Minn.

The FEAST! Local Foods Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system which encourages innovation. Learn more.

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December

Growing for the Future Online Conference
December 3 – 6 |  Free  | Online

The National Farmers Union presents a virtual conference for beginning farmers and ranchers. The free, four-day event includes farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways. MOSES Organic Specialists will lead discussion about organic certification—the process and reasons to become certified. Learn more.

Crop Diversity and Profit Series:  Small Grains & Legumes Production
December 4  |  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $  |  Congerville, Ill.

Meet fellow farmers who are enhancing their crop rotation and finding higher profits by adding small grains and legumes to their rotation. Low commodity prices are driving many farmers to look for out-of-the-box solutions. Also, gain an understanding of the equipment needs for small grains and legume production as well as the agronomic requirements of buyers. Register.

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

This conference features workshops and activities geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
December 5   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Hutchinson, 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.

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.

Grampa G’s Farm Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House
December 8 |  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  Free  |  Pillager, Minn.

This greenhouse uses passive solar heat collected from a south facing glazing angle. That heat is pulled underground and stored in a rock bed designed to dramatically limit the need for fossil fuel heat and enable the farmers to grow crops all winter long.  Please register.

The Savanna Institute’s 6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering
December 7 – 8 |  All day  |  $  | Madison, WI

The Perennial Farm Gathering is the main annual event hosted by the Savanna Institute, a nonprofit organization promoting farm-scale agroforestry in the Midwest. If you’re a landowner, farmer, researcher, educator, or tree enthusiast interested in tree crops, silvopasture, perennial agriculture, or natural resource conservation, you won’t want to miss this conference. Learn more.

Ranching for Profit Workshops:  The Three Secrets for Increasing Profit
December 11   |  Redwood Falls, Minn.

SFA and multiple co-sponsors are hosting a workshop series with nationally known sustainable agriculture expert Dave Pratt. He has a tool box full of simple but effective facilitative processes that have earned him a reputation for helping people get to the heart of the problem and find win-win solutions. Learn more.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar: Direct Marketing Meat – The Logistics of Meat Processing
December 11 |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Join Rebecca Thistlethwaite of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network to discuss the ins and outs of getting your animals processed into sellable meat for different market channels, including how to prepare your animals for slaughter and the various regulations involved! Register.

Farm Finances Webinar Series: Cash Flow Statement
December 12   | 12 – 1 p.m.  |  Online

Do you have enough cash to pay your bills? The Cash Flow statement is an important tool to help you manage your money, pay your bills, and weather unexpected expenses. In this webinar, you will learn about the components of a cash flow statement, how to interpret each line, and ways that the cash flow statement is useful to your farm business. Register.

Ranching for Profit Workshops:  The In’s and Out’s of Cell Grazing
December 12   |  Staples, Minn.

SFA and multiple co-sponsors are hosting a workshop series with nationally known sustainable agriculture expert Dave Pratt. He has a tool box full of simple but effective facilitative processes that have earned him a reputation for helping people get to the heart of the problem and find win-win solutions. Learn more.

Soil Balancing Call-in Conversation
December 12   | 12:30 – 2 p.m.  |  Call – In

The Ohio State Soil Balancing team will host a public conversation about current beliefs, practices, and research efforts related to soil balancing. This is the last of three Conference Call-in events. Each call-in will bring together a panel of growers, advisers, and researchers to share a variety of perspectives and experiences. Listeners are welcome to submit questions or comments before, during, or after the event. Learn more.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
December 12, 2018   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Brooklyn Park, 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.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
December 12, 2018   |  8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  |  $25  | Saint Paul, 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.

Ranching for Profit Workshops:  The Three Secrets for Increasing Profit
December 13   |  Thief River Falls, Minn.

SFA and multiple co-sponsors are hosting a workshop series with nationally known sustainable agriculture expert Dave Pratt. He has a tool box full of simple but effective facilitative processes that have earned him a reputation for helping people get to the heart of the problem and find win-win solutions. Learn more.

Ranching for Profit Workshops:  The Three Secrets for Increasing Profit
December 14   |  Floodwood, Minn.

SFA and multiple co-sponsors are hosting a workshop series with nationally known sustainable agriculture expert Dave Pratt. He has a tool box full of simple but effective facilitative processes that have earned him a reputation for helping people get to the heart of the problem and find win-win solutions. Learn more.

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January 2019

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar:  Predator Protection for Poultry
January 7 |  5 p.m.  |  Online

Learn practical strategies for protecting your flock from predators such as raccoons, foxes, and birds of prey. Nonlethal methods for prevention and protection will be discussed. The presenter is Jan Dohner, author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators. Register.

Minnesota FSMA PSR Grower Training
January 9 |  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.

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference
January 9 –  11  |   Springfield, Ill.

This conference, which features nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, will again host four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions, and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations. Learn more.

Minnesota Organic Conference
January 10 & 11  |   Saint Cloud, Minn.

Featured keynotes are Chef Sean Sherman, Founder/CEO of The Sioux Chef and Mary Jo Forbord, Farmer and Registered Dietician. Learn more.

Gichi Manidoo Giizis Traditional Pow Wow: “Taking Care of the Land and Community,
January 12 |  10 a.m.  |  $  |  Carlton, Minn.

Info booths and displays of Tribal, State and Federal programs involved in taking care of the land and community. Learn more.

MOFFA Organic Intensives 2019
January 12 |  8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  $  |  Lansing, Mich.

MOFFA Organic Intensives is a day-long, concentrated learning experience for farmers and serious gardeners who have a desire to reach a level of deep understanding in a selected topic. For 2019, the topics addressed will be: Healthy Organic Livestock, focusing on pasturing small ruminants, with Matt Shane and Karry Trickey; Organic Mushroom Cultivation with Chris Wright; New Technology in Organic Field Crops, including precision planting, camera guided cultivation, and advanced weed management; and Advanced Organic Soil Management with Dan Kittredge and Dane Terrill. Learn more.

FACT (For Animal Concerns Trust) Webinar:  Predator Protection for Livestock
January 14 |  5 p.m.  |  Online

Learn how to keep your cattle, goats, and sheep safe from predators such as coyotes, roaming dogs and birds of prey. This webinar will help you identify threats through tracks, scat, and the damage they leave behind. The presenter is Jan Dohner, author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  |  $25  | 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.

3oth Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 22 & 23 |  All day  |  $  |  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.

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March 2019

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.

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