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February 2020

Insight Summit Conference
February 20 – 21 |  $  |  St. Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota hosts this summit that will challenge you to discover new ways to market your small, agriculture-based business in an online environment while accelerating your learning and goals for advancing your business online using the Center for Rural Enterprise EngagementLearn more.

Growing Nutrient Dense Food
February 21 – 23 |  $  |  Boone, N.C.

Dan Kittredge, Founder of Bionutrient Food Association, leads this workshop designed to help participants grasp and apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, better tasting food crops. Learn more.

Blazing Trails Workshop
February 22  |  Free  |  Isanti County

“Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations” is a project to bring a half-day training workshop about local food regulations to every county in Minnesota. Learn more and register.

LSP Farm Transition Planning Workshop
February 22  |  $ | Red Wing, Minn.

Network with other farmers and landowners grappling with generational farm transition. Hear from professionals regarding financial, tax, and legal implications of farm transitions. Meet local farmers who will tell their stories and share their farm transition experiences. Learn more and register.

Developing Your Agricultural Business Enterprise: Managing Operations
February 24  |  6 – 8 p.m.  |  Free  |  River Falls, Wis.

Hosted by SCORE, this 5 session series is an interactive program providing you, the entrepreneurs and agricultural producer with the knowledge and tools needed to analyze, assess, develop and grow your agribusiness venture. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 26 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Farmington, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Workshops
February 26 |  $20 | DePere. Wis.

This is the last of seven locations where the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension is hosting workshops providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. Learn more and register.

Economics of Soil Health & Cover Crops: What’s the Bottom Line?
February 26 |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Free |  Albert Lea, Minn.

Hear from Rick Clark and 2 local farmers, Andy Linder and Matt Alford, about how they are making cover crops work economically in their operations. RSVP by February 17th by emailing lindsey.zeitler@mn.nacdnet.net or by calling 507-373-5607 Ext. 3.

Show Me the Green! Economics of Soil Health
February 27 |  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Free |  Waseca, Minn.

Presenters Rick Clark and Matt Alford will be speaking on the benefits of farming green and the economic impact of regenerative farming, followed by a discussion with a panel of farmers who have incorporated soil health practices that are new to their operation. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 27 – 29 |  $ |  La Crosse, Wis.

This is the country’s largest educational event on organic farming. It features 60 workshops over six sessions, 10 full-day classes, a two-floor trade show, organic meals, and round-table discussions plus more opportunities to network. Whether you’re certified organic, using organic practices on your sustainable farm, or considering the switch to organic, you’ll find the latest information, the best resources, and the right connections to help you succeed. Learn more.

Annual Design with Nature Conference
February 29 |  $ |  Saint Paul, Minn.

Wild Ones, a Minnesota-based organization, hosts this event that explores what we can do in our own small corners of the world to nurture, strengthen and sustain the complex and fragile web that connects soil, plants and animals. Learn more.

 

 

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March 2020

Deep Winter Greenhouse 3.0 Design Unveiling and Open House
March 1  | 1 – 5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Lake City, Minn.

Learn how to grow crops in winter and more about this new DWG design. Potluck dinner. Register.

FACT Webinar:  The Graziers’ Toolbox – Strategies for Pasture Improvement with Sarah Flack, Part 3
March 3  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. Register.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
March 5 |  $ |  Elk River, Minn.

This summit will take place at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Past Midwest Soil Health Summits have sold out; preregistration guarantees your spot at the Summit. Walk-up registration will be available if space permits. Preregister.

Indiana Small Farm Conference
March 5 – 7 |  $ | Danville, Ind.

Purdue University Extension hosts this conference that has over 500 attendees, 50 exhibitors, and several national speakers, addressing the educational and farmer-to-farmer networking needs for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. Register.

National Good Food Network Conference
March 10 – 13 |  $ | New Orleans, La.

Winrock International hosts this event that will bring together over 400 food systems leaders from across the Good Food value chain to share expertise, strengthen organizational capacity, and offer space to connect with peers from across the country. Register.

FACT Webinar: Managing Pig-Poultry Rotational Grazing
March 12  | 1:30 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenter Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Register.

Extend Your Season With Alternative Income
March 13  | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Matteson, Ill.

Upper Midwst CRAFT host this field day in which presenters University of Illinois Extension Educator Zack Grant and Lovefood Farmer David Bachhuber will discuss ways in which you can extend your seasonal income. You will learn about microgreen production, high tunnels, and herb production and about the financial elements and feasibility of extending your season, knowing your market. Learn more.

Midwest Organic Pork Conference
March 13 & 14 |  $ | Dubuque, Iowa

The Iowa Organic association hosts this conference, presenting the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic pork production and distribution. Register.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
March 14  | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $60  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

In this class you will learn how to propagate your own apple trees. The time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks will be discussed. Class fee includes 3 grafted apple trees, with the opportunity to purchase additional rootstock. Please bring a large trash bag and bucket to take your grafts home in, and lunch or snack for yourself. Register.

Deep Winter Greenhouse 3.0 Design Unveiling and Open House
March 14  | 1 – 5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Madelia, Minn.

Learn how to grow crops in winter and more about this new DWG design at Alternative Roots Farm. Register.

LSP Farm Transition Planning Workshop
March 14  |  $ | Red Wing, Minn.

Network with other farmers and landowners grappling with generational farm transition. Hear from professionals regarding financial, tax, and legal implications of farm transitions. Meet local farmers who will tell their stories and share their farm transition experiences. Learn more and register.

FACT Webinar: Livestock Compass: A Profit Management Tool for Livestock Producers
March 18  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Presenters John Hendrickson and Jim Munsch will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool, demonstrating how it works to measure financial results for the totality of a livestock operation. Register.

Wyoming Bee College Conference
March 20 – 22 |  $ |  Cheyenne, Wyo.

All things beekeeping, beginner to advanced, starting with a pre-conference, Friday, offering 4 different workshops and the main conference Sat & Sun everything from beginning beekeeping, journeymen to gardening for bees. Learn more.

Best Practices for Pollinators Summit 2020
March 23 |  $40 with lunch |  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  St Anthony, Minn.

Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces Society host this event that provides practical knowledge and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, pollinator conservation and more. Learn more and register.

FACT Webinar: Trees for Livestock Food and Medicine
March 25  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Join presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. to learn about the medicinal and feed values these trees can offer ruminant livestock, and methods for managing them on your landscape. Register.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
March 28  | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $60  |  Mankato, Minn.

In this class you will learn how to propagate your own apple trees. The time-tested techniques of fruit tree grafting including grafting tools, timing, proper scions and rootstocks will be discussed. Class fee includes 3 grafted apple trees, with the opportunity to purchase additional rootstock. Please bring a large trash bag and bucket to take your grafts home in, and lunch or snack for yourself. Register.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
March 28  | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  $35  |  Mankato, Minn.

This workshop will cover the basic principles of pruning your fruit trees, fruit tree anatomy, timing of pruning events, pruning for consistent fruit production and different tree shaping techniques. You are invited to bring your own pruning tools if you have them, otherwise we will have tools available for you to try. Please be dressed appropriately for the outdoor session of this class. Register.

Soil Health Innovations
March 30 – 31 |  $ |  Bozeman, Mont.

NCAT, SARE, and Montana State University host this forum that will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil management, and the emerging technologies that will drive the future of sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Learn more.

Soil Health Academy School
March 31 – April 2 |  $  |  Belgium, Wis.

Instructors Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Rudy Garcia, Will Allen, and Shane New provide insights on regenerative farming practices. Scholarships available. Learn more.

 

 

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April 2020

Deep Winter Greenhouse 3.0 Design Unveiling and Open House
April 5  | 1 – 5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Pillager, Minn.

Learn how to grow crops in winter and more about this new DWG design at Grampa G’s Farm. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
April 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35 |  Winona, Minn.
April 14 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35 |  Lamberton, Minn.

These dynamic courses will be co-led by experienced fruit and vegetable farmers and staff from UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Training participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Farms covered by the rule only need to have a responsible party complete training once to meet the rule’s requirements. Fee includes training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Student Job Fair
April 14 | 3  – 5 p.m. |  Free |  Milwaukee, Wis.

Meet with 20-25 exhibitors from both dairy suppliers and processors and manufacturers. Students receive free registration to all CheeseExpo exhibits and receptions. Learn more.

 

 

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May 2020

Advancing Industrial Hemp
May 18 & 19  |   $215  |  Greeley, Colo.

Acres hosts this event focused on advancing the education of growers who are trying for market share, a higher quality product, a higher CBD percentage and to improve their soil management program. Learn more and register.

 

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