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March 2021

 

Best Practices for Pollinators
March 2 – 4 |  9 a.m.  | $24 |  Online

Learn ecologically sound land management practices that promote pollinators, climate resilience, clean water and lands; practical knowledge, old world methods and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, soil health and more. Hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces Society. Learn more and register.

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative Conference
March 4,5, & 6 |  9 a.m. – Noon  | Free | Online

Hosted by the University of Minnesota, this annual conference is packed with  information on the most up-to-date hazelnut research, management, production, harvesting, processing and marketing. Separate registration is required for each day of the event. Learn more and register.

Crop Insurance Options for Organic Producers
March 4 |  Noon  | Online

Are you aware of all the crop insurance options available to you as an organic farmer? Join Kate Hansen, with the Center for Rural Affairs, and Joe Toillion, with Toillion Consulting Services Inc., to discuss CFRA’s new publication, “Conversations from the Field: Crop Insurance for Organic Operations” and to answer questions related to your specific needs. Hosted by the Iowa Organic Association. Learn more and register.

Building Habitat on Working Landscapes
March 4 |  Noon  | Online

In this webinar, Mace Vaughan, Xerces Pollinator Program Co-Director, will share whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat on farms, ranches and working forests. Specifically, he will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements and then discuss a variety of opportunities for incorporating habitat for pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects (natural enemies of crop pests) into a wide range of landscapes and conservation practices. Learn more and register.

Oh, The Places Carbon Can Go: What Do I Need to Know as a Farmer?
March 4 |  Noon  | Online

This webinar will focus on practical guidance about how to maximize carbon storage on your farm with grazing practices, and on demystifying the debate around what we know and are still learning around soil carbon sequestration. Hosted by the Pasture Project. Learn more and register.

Small Farm Webinar Series:  Grower/Business Spotlight – Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains
March 4 |  Noon  | Online

The Illinois University Extension presents these online workshops that give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Learn more and register.

Organic Apple Tree Management
March 6 |  9 a.m. – Noon  | Online

Topics will include tree planting and spacing, fertilizing, pest and disease management, pruning, and grafting. Participants will receive rootstock and scion wood in the mail, included in the price of registration. Hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Learn more and register.

Soil Health Innovations Conference
March 8 & 9 | $  | Online

The conference 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. NCAT is sponsoring the conference in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and Montana State University. Learn more and register.

Food Forests, Foodscaping, and Edible Agroforestry
March 9 | 6 – 7 p.m.  | Online

This nutshell conversation will feature Sarah Lovell, director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, and Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscaping in St. Louis, Missouri discussing ways of incorporating edible agroforestry into neighborhoods and urban areas. Hosted by the Savanna Institute. Learn more and register.

Empowered Farm Financials Workshop Series: Planning for the Road Ahead with Business and Transition Planning
March 10 |  Noon  | Free  | Online

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present this workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Register.

Small Farm Webinar Series: Containerized Production: Options When Quality Native Soil Isn’t An Option
March 11 |  Noon  | Online

The Illinois University Extension presents these online workshops that give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Learn more and register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training
March 13 | 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $20 | Online

While training is required for farms covered by the Produce Safety Ruleall growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend. Register.

Empowered Farm Financials Workshop Series: Taking Charge of Your Finances
March 17 |  Noon  | Free  | Online

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present this workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Register.

The Role of Land Trusts in Agroforestry
March 18 |  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  | Online

Prewatch the discussion between Suzan Erem- Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), Alison Volk- American Farmland Trust, Chris Gutschenritter- Tall Pines, and Erik Hagan- Savanna Institute, who will be moderating; then join this live session to ask questions and continue the conversation! Video link will be sent with your registration confirmation. Learn more and register.

Small Farm Webinar Series:  Food Desert or Food Apartheid?
March 18 |  Noon  | Online

The Illinois University Extension presents these online workshops that give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Learn more and register.

Supporting Pollinators on Rangelands in the Great Plains
March 18 |  Noon  | Online

Well managed rangelands are home for many species of wildlife, including pollinators, and management decisions play an important role in conserving their habitat. Join Xerces staff as we highlight best management practices to manage rangeland using grazing, fire, or haying to support livestock production and pollinator health. Learn more and register.

Organic Vegetable No-Till Ideas from Conference Season
March 18 |  4 – 5:30 p.m. | Online

Join Fairshare CSA Coalition for a post-conference season virtual grower gathering on the best ideas for reducing tillage in organic vegetables. Farmer presenters will talk about what they learned and how they plan to turn those ideas into reality for 2021. Also considered, will be ways to track how new methods are working out. If you are willing to share your experience, please let them know and they will get you on the lineup for March or later in year. Interpretation is available in HMoob and Spanish. Register by 11 March for interpretation.
Learn more and register.

Starting Your Own Seeds at Home
March 20 | 2 p.m. | $30 | Online

In this workshop, participants will learn about seed starting techniques, different planting media, what lights and other equipment helps produce the strongest starts, and how to successfully transition plants from inside to the field. Hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Learn more and register.

Organic Farmers Association Virtual Lobby Day
March 22 – 25 |  Noon  | Online

Join members of Organic Farmers Association as farmers across the country join together in a week of targeted advocacy in Washington, D.C. They will support you with talking points, link you with other OFA members in your same district, and provide pre- and post-training to make the most of your Capitol Hill visits. Learn more.

Empowered Farm Financials Workshop Series: Navigating Farm Financial Information
March 24 |  Noon  | Free  | Online

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present this workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Register.

Small Farm Webinar Series: Too Small for Wholesale Markets? Think Again
March 25 |  Noon  | Online

The Illinois University Extension presents these online workshops that give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Learn more and register.

Farm to Grocery Online Workshop Series
March 30 |  2 – 3:45 p.m.  | Farm to grocery legality and how-to
April 6  | 2 – 3:45 p.m.  | Building strong business relationships
April 13 |  2 – 3:45 p.m.  |  Marketing, merchandising and product handling

These three online workshops are designed to equip rural grocers and farmers with the tools necessary to make meaningful business relationships. Each interactive session will cover a specific topic related to selling/buying local foods at a grocery market level. Stipends available to Minnesota farmers and grocers. Hosted by the UMN Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, in partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association. Learn more and register.

Empowered Farm Financials Workshop Series:  Negotiating Land Rental Arrangements
March 31 |  Noon  | Free  | Online

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present this workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Register.

 

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April 2021

 

Wisconsin Women Championing Conservation
April 6 | Free  | Online

Women landowners and farmers can learn about conservation as well as Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs through  a new program led by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with MOSES, Renewing the Countryside, Wisconsin Farmers Union, and E Resources Group LLC. For more information, contact Jennifer or fill out this form.

Getting to Know the ‘Good Bugs’ – Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
April 8 |  Noon | Online

Discover the mysteries of pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests through this informative webinar. Learn how to differentiate a honey bee from a native bee and how to recognize some of our most common natural enemies of crop pests. This webinar will introduce a simple monitoring protocol designed to help farmers, land-managers and backyard gardeners assess populations of beneficial insects on their farm or in their garden. Hosted by Xerces. Register.

Whole Garden & Farm Planning: Making the Most of Your Space
April 17 |  2 p.m.  | $20 | Online

Reinvigorate your garden and growing spaces by gaining some knowledge about which crops rotate well year to year, which vegetables grow next to and complement each other well, and how to arrange plants to make sure you get the highest quality fruits and vegetables possible. Hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Register.

 

 

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May 2021

 

Supporting Pollinators over Time: How to Maintain Wildflower Diversity
May 6 |  Noon | Online

Integrating habitat onto farms and other landscapes can support pollinators and the pollination services they provide. However, flower-rich plantings often require ongoing management to maintain wildflower diversity for pollinators over time. Come learn about a framework for selecting the most appropriate management techniques, and learn how landowners we work with are managing their pollinator plantings. Hosted by Xerces. Register.

 

 

 

 

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