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November 2019

Green Lands Blue Water Conference
November 19 & 20  |  $ |  Minneapolis, Minn.

2019 Theme: Over, Under, and Through to CLC – strong partners, new allies, and fresh perspectives moving continuous living cover (CLC) farming forward. Conference sessions are grounded in the latest crop research, field data, farmer perspectives, and market and policy efforts related to continuous living cover farming. Learn more.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
November 20  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Faribault, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
November 21  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Austin, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisors, businesspeople, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

2019 Albert Lea Seed Annual Farm Conference:  Is This the ‘New Normal’ for Farmers?
November 21 & 22 |  Free |  Albert Lea, Minn.

Focus will be on adapting the farm to the changing realities of weather, markets, and agronomic. Friday’s session has an organic focus and includes a farmer panel on growing organic small grains with farmers Parker Beard, Jonathan Olson, and John Wepking at 10:30 a.m.  Learn more.

78th Annual Minnesota Farmers Convention
November 22-24  |  $ |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Come together with Minnesota Farmers Union members to debate and pass policy, elect delegates to the NFU Convention and enjoy local food. Learn more.

Marketing Specialty and Organic Grains Workshop
November 23  |  $5 |  Woodstock, Ill.

Learn about everything from direct marketing and cooperatives to selling to grain buyers and grain transformers (bakers, distilleries, etc.) This event is also being held to help get a practical learning hub going in northeast Illinois under the IDEA Farm Network umbrella, calling on farmers who are making the leap into more soil-friendly practices and even going full organic. Hosted by Liberty Prairie Foundation. Register.

19th Annual Iowa Organic Conference
November 25  |  $ |  Iowa City, Iowa

The Conference is a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations. Learn more.

 

 

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December 2019

NFU Growing for the Future Beginning Farmer & Rancher Conference
December 2 – 5  |  Free  |  Online

Learn from farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways. Topics ranging from cooperatives to insurance, business planning, energy efficiency, accounting and more will be covered. Register.

Oregon Tilth Webinar:  Organic Hop Production
December 3  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Hops production will be examined through the lens of conservation, offering insight into producing hops that also preserve soil and water health, while increasing biodiversity. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
December 3  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Crookston, 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.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
December 3  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Marshall, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisers, business people, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

safeTALK – Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities
December 4 |  8:30 a.m.  |  Free |  Waite Park, Minn.

Minnesota Dept. of Ag hosts this evidence-based training will include a unit specially designed to address the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. Farmers, lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, health care and social service providers, agricultural advisers, business people, and anyone else who interacts with people who farm. Register.

2019 Industrial Hemp End of Season Educational & Networking Meeting
December 5 |  $ |  De Pere, Wis.

The focus will be on CBD production, but grain and fiber will also be discussed. It will also be an opportunity for growers, processors, buyers and others in the hemp industry to network face-to-face and establish new connections. Hosted by Extension of Brown County. Learn more.

Perennial Farm Gathering
December 6 & 7 |  $ |  Dubuque, Iowa

The Savanna Institute hosts this 2-day conference which features keynote speaker Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín, President and CEO of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, panels and workshops with Midwest agroforestry experts, and the ever-popular 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks, which are open to all attendees. Session topics will include chestnut, hazelnut, and elderberry production, silvopasture, financing perennial agriculture, land access and land tenure agreements, online marketing, beneficial insects, and more. Register.

2019  Acres Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show
December 9 – 12  |  $ |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Attend Acres 44th annual conference and find farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Learn more.

Regenerative Agriculture Alliance Launch
December 10  | 6 – 7 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Leading regenerative farmers and ranchers will share how they are involved in the development of the regenerative foods market and announce the launch of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Takes place during the Acres Eco-Ag Conference (admission required) at the Hyatt Regency.

Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal
December 11  | 6 – 11 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

Learn about the campaign as well as regenerative agriculture policy developments at the state and national levels. Takes place during the Acres Eco-Ag Conference (admission required) at the Hyatt Regency.

Food Security Roundtable
December 10  | 1 – 3 p.m.  |  Holt, Mich.

MSU Student Organic Farm is hosting this event about food security. Register

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
December 18  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Waseca, 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.

 

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January 2019

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference
January 8 – 10  |  $  |  Springfield, Ill.

Participate in this annual event and find the educational programs, trade show exhibits, and networking to benefit your business and future success in the specialty crop industry. Learn more.

Minnesota Organic Conference
January 9-10  |  $  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Ag hosts this conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. Come for two days of networking, learning, and great food. Learn more.

Great Plains Growers Conference
January 9-11  |  $  |  St. Joesph, Mo.

Learn about all there is to know about fruit and veggie farming from researchers, farmers, and ag professionals from a five state area. Hosted by Missouri Western State University. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 15  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  St. Cloud, 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.

Eco-Farm Conference
January 22 – 25  |  $ | Pacific Grove, Cali.

20/20 Vision is the theme for the 40th annual west coast Eco-Conference. Learn more and register.

Organic Agriculture Research Forum
January 23  |  $ | Little Rock, Ark.

Presented by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Tuskegee University in partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, this day-long forum will bring together scientists, organic farmers and ranchers, extension agents, non-profit organizations, and more to explore the latest research and science-based grower education, particularly as it relates to production in the southeast. Learn more .

OGRAIN Conference
January 24 & 25  |  $ | Madison, Wis.

Join the University of Wisconsin at this great event covering all things about organic grain! Details coming soon.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
January 30 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Rogers, 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.

 

 

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February 2019

Sustainable Farming Annual Conference
February 8 |  $ |  St. Joesph, Minn.

In celebration of SFA’s 30th anniversary, reduced registration is available for members until December 31. Learn more.

2020 Local Food Fair
February 8 |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Stevens Point, Wis.

The Local Food Fair is Farmshed’s premier outreach event, bringing together producers, consumers, local businesses, and educators to celebrate community and the food that’s grown within it. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
February 11  |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35  |  Grand Rapids, 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.

10th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 12 – 15 |  $ |  Corvallis, Ore.

The conference is the largest event focused solely on organic seed in North America, bringing together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and others from across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more.

Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting
February 19 & 20 |  $ |  Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue Extension hosts this annual educational and networking event that brings together the growing organic grain farming community in Indiana. Learn more.

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.

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

Join us for our 31st annual conference to be educated, inspired, and empowered to be the best organic and sustainable farmer you can. Save the date! Learn more.

 

 

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March 2019

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.

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

NCAT, SARE, and and the Montana State University are hosting 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.

 

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