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November 2020

 

Farmer Veteran Coalition Virtual Conference
November 18 – 19  | Online

A national non-profit that helps veterans pursue careers in agriculture, FVC mentors members of our Armed Forces who seek new ways to stay in communities they left in order to serve. The conference connects veterans who are geographically isolated and sometimes separated from access to services. It’s a forum for members to share their stories and also serves as an introduction to resources available to veterans. Learn more and register.

Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference:  Rising to New Challenges
November 18 – 19  | Online

This conference brings together safety and health researchers and professionals, health care providers, farmers, and rural advocates all committed to building a safer and healthier agriculture. The conference begins with a focus on pandemic challenges and the implications on agriculture and rural communities.. Learn more and register.

OGRAIN:  2020 Season Round-Up and Market Update
November 20 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Ryan Koory, Director of Economics, at Mercaris. Learn more and register.

Wills & Trusts 101 for Farmers and Ranchers
November 20 | 2 p.m. | Online

This webinar will explore the similarities and differences of  the legal tools of wills and trusts, and give farmers helpful information about how to decide which one may be right for them. Hosted by Farm Commons. Learn more and register.

Organic Farm TEAM Summit
November 20 & 21 | 8 a.m. | $65 | Platte, S.D.

This virtual event will feature a diverse program focused on industry updates and innovative practices. The organic industry has maintained rapid growth and change; and we invite you to engage with us and our presenters as we navigate these developments. Brought to you by Dakota’s Best Seed and SecurCrop Organics. Learn more and register.

Virtual Screening of  the Film “Gather”
November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Free  |Online

Gather explores the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Organized by Edible Madison. Register.

Iowa Organic Conference
November 23 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  $25  |Online

Join the Iowa Organic Association for their annual event – virtually. After you register, a link will be sent to to access conference sessions. The program includes three keynote speakers, who you will be able to interact with during that session. Learn more and register.

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December 2020

 

Iowa Organic Association Annual Meeting
December 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Online

IOA board president, Gary Huber and executive director, Roz Lehman will share highlights from IOA’s work in 2020, and an organic farmer panel will share about the impacts of the pandemic, derecho and other challenges experienced over the past year. Register.

ACRES Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show
December 1 – 4 | Online

This educational experience and trade show, now in its 45th year, unites farmers, ranchers and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. You will learn useful, practical information that they can apply to your operations. Register.

Farmer to Farmer Soil Health Discussions:  No-till Vegetables with Racing Heart Farm
December 2 |  Noon  | Online

University of Minnesota Extension and Land Stewardship Project will host four farmer to farmer gatherings to discuss soil health for vegetable growers. Each gathering will showcase an innovative farmer (or farmers), followed by Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register.

Reducing Greenhouse Gases on a 2,000 acre Regenerative Organic Grain Farm in NY
December 3 |  Noon  | Online

Join this webinar to learn about how a working farm is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon. The presentation will also address how a farm can earn income for its carbon offsets. Hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Register.

OGRAIN: Creating a profitable organic grain rotation, through transition and beyond
December 4 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Bryce Irlbeck, AgriSecure Co-Founder & Owner and B&B Irlbeck Farms, Manning, IA, and also Langmeier, Director of Cropping Systems, Purdue Univ. Learn more and register.

Perennial Farm Gathering
December 6 – 9 | Online

Connect with the Midwest agroforestry community at this annual event co-hosted by the Savanna Institute and the Association for Temperate Agroforestry. A large focus of this year’s virtual gathering will feature the 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks, which are open to all attendees, and will also feature talks from leading scientists in the field of agroforestry. Register.

Intertribal Agriculture Council Annual Conference
December 7 – 10 | Online

This years theme is Resiliency through Agriculture and will feature virtual workshops, community meetings, and a virtual trade show where you can peruse products and services online – another great way to lend support to Native businesses. Register.

Direct Marketing 101: Actionable Steps for Jumpstarting your Marketing Business
December 8 | 5 – 8 p.m. | $10 | Online

Hosted by the Land Stewardship Project. Kristin Mizner, will share specific and actionable tips for getting an effective direct marketing business off the ground. Kristin will be joined by farmer panelist, Leslie Svacina of Cylon Rolling Acres. Leslie raises goats on pasture for meat and markets to the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin through wholesale accounts and an ecommerce website. Register.

Winter Meat-ings:  Farmer & Processors Perspectives
December 10 | Noon | Online

Hosted by Wisconsin Farmers Union, this series focuses on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. It will give farmers, processors, rural leaders, and other stakeholders a chance to come together in search of creative solutions. Learn more and RSVP.

Helping Farmers Help the Land Through Climate Smart Farming
December 10 | Noon  |  Online

Participants will learn about how the climate has changed over the last 125 years and how to help farmers adapt to those changes by improving natural resources. Producers can adapt to these changes by doing four things which will be explained in this webinar: assess landscape vulnerability, improve soil health, increase the heath and diversity of biological organisms, and conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hosted by USDA NRCS. Register.

How to Acquire and Keep an Online Customer: Building a Sustainable Direct Marketing Business
December 10 | 1 – 5:30 p.m. |  $15  | Online

Seven Sons Farm will share the framework Seven Sons uses to acquire new customers online, and the techniques they use to create a convenient buying experience to inspire those customers to become lifetime customers. Our main presenters will be joined by panelist, Jack McCann, who owns and operates TC Farm, which aggregates food from local farmers and distributes meat (along with produce and ready-to-eat meals) to customers in the Twin Cities. Learn more and RSVP.

OGRAIN: Organic pea agronomy and markets
December 11 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Brent Reck, agronomist with Puris. Learn more and register.

PFI Annual Beginning Farmers Retreat
December 11 & 12 | $80 | Online

In addition to networking with other farmers, attendees will set goals and create action plans for achieving them. Programming will be offered for both aspiring and beginning farmers, with experts and peers facilitating the sessions and assisting with work time. Following the retreat, attendees will choose one of two trainings to keep the momentum toward crafting an action plan. Learn more and register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training
December 15 | 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.

Farmer to Farmer Soil Health Discussions:  Scaling-Up Soil Health with Featherstone Farm
December 16 |  7 p.m. | Online

University of Minnesota Extension and Land Stewardship Project will host four farmer to farmer gatherings to discuss soil health for vegetable growers. Each gathering will showcase an innovative farmer (or farmers), followed by Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register.

OGRAIN: Managing through tough financial times and low organic grain prices
December 18 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer with Compeer Financial. Learn more and register.

 

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January 2021

 

Farmer to Farmer Soil Health Discussions:  Building and Navigating Organic Matter in Various Soil Types with Tiffany LaShae
January 6 |  Noon  | Online

University of Minnesota Extension and Land Stewardship Project will host four farmer to farmer gatherings to discuss soil health for vegetable growers. Each gathering will showcase an innovative farmer (or farmers), followed by Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register.

OGRAIN: 60″ corn in organic systems – what are we learning?
January 8 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Sandy Syburg, White Oak Farm Organics. Learn more and register.

Savanna Institute Nutshell Series:  Climate Resilience and Justice
January 12 | 6 p.m. | Online

MN350 Climate activist, Mysti Babineau, and USDA National Agroforestry Center’s Research Landscape Planner, Gary Bentrup will discuss how their work contributes to our understanding of agroforestry’s role in climate resilience and climate change. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training
January 12 & 13 | 8:45 a.m. – 1 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.

Winter Meat-ings:  Mobile Slaughtering & Creative On-Farm Solutions
January 14 | Noon | Online

Hosted by Wisconsin Farmers Union, this series focuses on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. It will give farmers, processors, rural leaders, and other stakeholders a chance to come together in search of creative solutions. Learn more and RSVP.

OGRAIN: Harvesting and storing food-grade organic grain
January 15 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Harold Wilken, Janie’s Farm Organic, Danforth, IL, and Craig Tomera, Identity Preserved Crop Specialist with Grain Millers. Learn more and register.

Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars Webinar Series – Part 1
January 20 |  9 – 11 a.m.  | Free | Online

Learn about ways farmers like yourself can improve soil health, learn about cover crops, remain profitable—and even more marketable—by using sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from educators, researchers, experts, and local Illinois farmers on this 3 part series. Learn more and register.

Farmer to Farmer Soil Health Discussions:  Cover crops with Cala Farm
January 20 |  7 p.m.  | Online

University of Minnesota Extension and Land Stewardship Project will host four farmer to farmer gatherings to discuss soil health for vegetable growers. Each gathering will showcase an innovative farmer (or farmers), followed by Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference:  Coming Home
January 21 – 23 |  Online

This year’s conference will include practical, farmer-led sessions, roundtables and moderated panels on the issues that matter to you and your farm, plus more, all from the comfort of your home. Learn more.

OGRAIN: Variety selection and disease management in organic food-grade grain production
January 22 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Julie Dawson, WW-Madison, Darcy Telenko, Purdue University, and John Wepking, Meadowlark Organics. Learn more and register.

Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars Webinar Series – Part 2
January 28 |  9 – 11 a.m.  | Free | Online

Learn about ways farmers like yourself can improve soil health, learn about cover crops, remain profitable—and even more marketable—by using sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from educators, researchers, experts, and local Illinois farmers from this 3 part series. Learn more and register.

Winter Meat-ings:  Cooperative & Community Solutions
January 28 | Noon | Online

Hosted by Wisconsin Farmers Union, this series focuses on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. It will give farmers, processors, rural leaders, and other stakeholders a chance to come together in search of creative solutions. Learn more and RSVP.

OGRAIN: Organic sunflower production
January 29 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Presented by Josh Engel, Driftless Organics. Learn more and register.

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February 2021

 

OGRAIN: Thinking Through Return on Investment and Partial Budget Analyses
February 3 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Learn more about balancing investments in times of low prices. Presented by Bryce Irlbeck, AgriSecure Co-Founder & Owner, B&B Irlbeck Farms and Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer, Compeer Financial. Learn more and register.

Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars Webinar Series – Part 3
February 4 |  9 – 11 a.m.  | Free | Online

Learn about ways farmers like yourself can improve soil health, learn about cover crops, remain profitable—and even more marketable—by using sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from educators, researchers, experts, and local Illinois farmers from this 3 part series. Learn more and register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training
February 9 | 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.

42 nd Annual OEFFA Conference
February 10 – 15 |  Online

This years’ theme is Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain and will celebrate how we are building a more robust food system, identify challenges, and propose solutions. Learn more.

Winter Meat-ings:  State & Federal Policy Solutions
February 11 | Noon | Online

Hosted by Wisconsin Farmers Union, this series focuses on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. It will give farmers, processors, rural leaders, and other stakeholders a chance to come together in search of creative solutions. Learn more and RSVP.

OGRAIN: What is new in organic grain weed management?
February 12 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Learn more about organic herbicides, weed zappers, and other tools. Presented by
Lynn Sosknowski, Assistant Professor of Weed Science, Cornell University and Willie Hughes, Hughes Farm, Janesville, WI. Learn more and register.

OGRAIN: Reducing tillage in organic grain productions
February 19 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Online

Each week will feature a topic related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. Find out the latest in agronomics and equipment. Presented by Erin Silva, Léa Vereecke, Brian Luck, Jessica Drewry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more and register.

Growing Stronger:  Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming
February 22 – 27 |  Online

This virtual event combines the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, GrassWorks Grazing Conference, Midwest Organic Pork Conference, OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference, and Organic Vegetable Production Conference into one 6-day, multi-topic, must-see event for the organic and sustainable farming community! Learn more.

 

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