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March 2020

 

eOrganic Webinar: Updates on Organic Crop Insurance Options for 2020-2021
March 31  | 1 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

During this webinar, attendees will learn how changes to federal crop insurance programs in the 2018 Farm Bill may impact organic and transitioning farmers. Presenters will also discuss several provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that can help organic farmers build healthy soils and thereby reduce on-farm risks including those related to climate change. Register.

Webinar:  New Market Drive-Thrus and Alternative Market Formats
March 31  | 11 a.m.  |  Free |  Online

Join David Kotsonas from St. Paul Farmers Market, Martha Archer from Mill City Farmers Market, and Jessica Joyce from Rochester Farmers Market discuss the different alternative market formats they are currently trialing. All Minnesota farmers market managers, staff, vendors, and other advocates invited. Join Zoom meeting.

Pasture Project Webinar: Mythbusters-Grazing Cover Crops with Meghan Filbert (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
March 31  | 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

This webinar will address common myths about grazing cover crops. Learn about information from recent grazing cover crop field trials and the experiences of farmers using the practice. Does grazing cover crops cause soil compaction? Can you terminate cover crops with livestock impact? Register.

Soil Health Academy School-CANCELED
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

Webinar:  Strategies for Online Farm Sales
April 1  | 2 p.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) hosts a panel of farmers who have experience with various online platforms. They’ll offer tips for navigating the logistical challenges that come with the territory. Learn more and register.

Webinar:  Farm Tax Filing Tips
April 2  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Hosted by the University of Tennessee, beginning farmers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and all farm operators are invited to participate in this webinar series. The series covers a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing and planning. Learn more and register.

Aging on the Farm Community Forum-POSTPONED
April 2  | 1 – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Durand, Wis.

Learn from community members and experts how you can prepare and plan for aging on the farm to keep farmers and their families safe and healthy. Hosted by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). Register.

Deep Winter Greenhouse 3.0 Design Unveiling and Open House-CANCELED
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.

eOrganic Webinar:  Seed Potato Production and Breeding in Organic Systems
April 8  | 4 p.m.   |  Online

Rue Genger from UW-Madison will be delivering a webinar for all interested in seed potato production. They will also touch on potato breeding and true potato seed production. This webinar is part of a collaboration between Organic Seed Alliance, North Circle Seeds and SARE. Register.

Fruit and Vegetable Production Workshop
April 7  | 1 – 4:30 p.m.   |  NOW ONLINE

Join University of Minnesota Extension ONLINE for this half-day workshop addressing issues in vegetable and fruit production, geared to producers who sell vegetables or fruit at local farmers markets, groceries or restaurants. Topics will include Spotted Wing Drosophila exclusion, disease prevention, and pollinator habitat. Note: This event was previously scheduled for four in-person events. Those events, which had been scheduled for April 7 and 8, have been canceled. Register.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
April 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  $35 |  NOW ONLINE

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. Registration deadline is 1 week before each class.

Soil Health Economics Forum-POSTPONED
April 14 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free |  St. Paul, Minn.

The Minnesota Office for Soil Health presents a Forum to examine the financial side of building soil health, identify gaps in knowledge, and plan next steps for research and building partnerships. Learn more and pre-register.

Webinar: The State of Grass-Fed Value Chains in Illinois
April 14  | 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

Join Delta Institute and the Pasture Project for a webinar on the state of grass-fed value chains in Illinois. This webinar will present our research on current grass-fed production, processing, and end markets, showcase 11 case studies of regenerative grass-fed value chain stakeholders, and assess future growth scenarios and recommendations for growing grass-fed beef value chains in Illinois. Register.

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Student Job Fair-POSTPONED
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.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training- In Spanish
Sesión de capacitación para agricultores – La inocuidad (seguridad) de productos agrícolas frescos (Grower Training)
Fecha: sábado 18 de abril (8:00am – 17:30pm)
Lugar: The Good Acre, Falcon Heights, Minnesota (en la frontera norte de San Pablo)
Inscripción: psp.tix.com
Costo del curso: $35 (incluye su constancia de finalización del curso, materiales impresos y almuerzo)

Temas del curso: Ud. desarrollará una mejor comprensión de la inocuidad [seguridad] de productos agrícolas frescas y como implementar Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas en su propia granja. Temas del curso incluyen: el riesgo de microorganismos en la granja, métodos para minimizar el riesgo de contaminación en la granja, requisitos de la Ley de Modernización en la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA) y la Norma de la inocuidad de productos agrícolas frescos y cómo se puede cumplir en su granja. Preguntas: Alejandra Cortés, Departamento de Agricultura de Minnesota, 651-895-0315, producesafety.mda@state.mn.us

Produce Safety Alliance Train-the-Trainer Course – In Spanish
Curso Capacitando al instructor de la Alianza para la inocuidad de los productos agrícolas frescos-PSA (Train-the-Trainer)
Fecha: sábado 18 & domingo 19 de abril (8:00am – 17:30pm (sábado) y 16:30pm (domingo))
Lugar: The Good Acre, Falcon Heights, Minnesota (en la frontera norte de San Pablo)
Inscripción: psp.tix.com
Costo del curso: $70 (incluye su constancia de finalización del curso, materiales impresos y almuerzo)

Temas del curo: Este curso de dos días proporcionará información detallada sobre las Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas (BPA), los requisitos de la Norma de inocuidad de los productos agrícolas frescos de la Ley de Modernización en la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA), y una revisión de los siete módulos del currículo de capacitación para productores de la Alianza. También abarca los principios de la educación para el adulto, el desarrollo de relaciones de colaboración y expectativas de los capacitadores. Preguntas: Alejandra Cortés, Departamento de Agricultura de Minnesota, 651-895-0315, producesafety.mda@state.mn.us

eOrganic Webinar: Economics of Grazing Organic Replacement Dairy Heifers
April 22  | 1 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

In this webinar learn what the expected net annual financial impact would be for organic replacement dairy heifer operation using high-energy grasses and the tannin-containing legume birdsfoot trefoil as its primary source of grazing forage. Register.

Pasture Project Webinar:   Grazing Cover Crops for Resilience – How Grazing Cover Crops Builds Resilience through Stimulating Soil Biology
April 22  | 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

Join Pasture Project and Dr. Kris Nichols for a webinar on cover crops and grazing as ways to stimulate carbon flow to soil biology, and how using these practices can build resilience to weather, pest and disease issues, and increase overall profitability. Register.

In Her Boots:  Women Caring for the Land-CANCELED
April 24  | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Prairie du Chien, Wis.

This workshop connects women who own farmland-whether it’s inherited or an investment rented to a farmer-with resources and programs for land conservation to keep the land in healthy agricultural production. Includes lunch. Learn more.

 

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May 2020

 

Webinar: Business Planning and Recordkeeping
May 7  | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Hosted by the University of Tennessee, beginning farmers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and all farm operators are invited to participate in this webinar series. The series covers a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing and planning. Learn more and register.

In Her Boots:  Women Caring for the Land-CANCELED
May 8  | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Onalaska, Wis.

This workshop connects women who own farmland-whether it’s inherited or an investment rented to a farmer-with resources and programs for land conservation to keep the land in healthy agricultural production. Includes lunch. Learn more.

Move Some Earth Day
May 9  | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Custer, Wis

Join MREA for this all-day event as they work to transform their demonstration site at the ReNew the Earth Institute in scenic Custer, WI. Typical volunteer tasks include landscaping, clearing brush, painting picnic tables, preparing the MREA garden, assisting with office work and Energy Fair promotion, and more. Coffee, light breakfast, and an energizing lunch will be provided. Bring gloves, tools, and outdoor work clothing. Learn more and RSVP.

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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June 2020

 

Webinar: Budgeting
June 4   | 11 a.m.  |  Free  |  Online

Hosted by the University of Tennessee, beginning farmers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and all farm operators are invited to participate in this webinar series. The series covers a variety of topics related to effective farm business management, marketing and planning. Learn more and register.

Urban Food System Symposium
June 4-6  |   $215  |  Kansas City, Mo.

Hosted by Kansas State University, this symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, climate change, nutrition, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. Learn more and register.

Women Caring For the Land:  Weigandt Farm
June 6   | 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Richland Center, Wis.

Network with other woman and learn about timber stand improvement projects, harvests, tree and shrub plantings and invasive species control. Contact Kirsten at 608-514-2031 or learn more and RSVP.

Pasture Project Webinar:  How to Treat Your Cover Crop Like a Cash Crop
June 10  | 2 – 3 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

In this nuts and bolts webinar, Dr. Andrea Basche will discuss strategies to boost cover crop benefits, such as ideas for maximizing biomass growth for grazing. Tune in to learn more about why treating your cover crop like your cash crop can pay dividends. Register.

2020 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshops
June 11 – 13   | $  |  Columbia, Mo.

Co-sponsored by University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry and River Hills Harvest, learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, how to propagate, and more. Learn more.

Women Caring For the Land:  Amy’s Acre
June 17   | 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Caledonia, Wis.

Network with other woman and learn about soil health improvement by transitioning long-time conventionally farmed land into organic veggie and poultry production. Contact Kirsten at 608-514-2031 or learn more and RSVP.

Women Caring For the Land:  Black Brook Farm
June 19   | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free  |  Amery, Wis.

Network with other woman and learn bout soil health and biodiversity through rotational grazing, cover cropping, oak savannah restoration, pollinator habitat, and reducing tillage. Contact Kirsten at 608-514-2031 or learn more and RSVP.

Women Caring For the Land:  Full Circle Farms
June 25  | 4 – 8 p.m. |  Free  | Pulaski, Wis.

Come learn about practices to improve soil and water quality and and network with other woman. This event is for woman farmers, woman landowners and all woman interested in conservation. Learn more and RSVP.

31 Annual Energy Fair-CANCELED
June 26 – 28  |   $  |  Custer, Wis.

Postponed until June 2021. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest-running event of its kind and brings over 11,500 attendees together to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connect with others, and take action toward a sustainable future. Learn more.

Women Caring For the Land:  Mulroy’s Irish Acres
June 28   | 2 – 8 p.m. |  Free  | New London, Wis.

Network with other woman and learn about hosting an AirBNB and offering tours, classes and crafts on your farm. Contact Kirsten at 608-514-2031 or learn more and RSVP.

 

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