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Fearless Farm Finances Training
Oct. 21  |  $50  | Lanesboro, Minn.

Learn about the financial aspects of farming and business planning from experienced experts. This full-day event will help you plan for the future, prepare to access funds for farm improvements, make a farm business plan, market your farm products, and connect with other new farmers. Hosted by MOSES, this event has a reduced rate for attendees also joining the New Farmer U on October 22-23. Learn more and register here.

New Farmer U
Oct. 21–23  |  $125  | Lanesboro, Minn.

Learn from experienced organic farmers and agriculture experts about the field and financial aspects of farming. This two-day event will help you find creative options for accessing land, get funds for farm improvements, make a farm business plan, meet food safety rules, obtain organic certification, grow better using organic practices, market your farm products, and connect with other new farmers. Hosted by MOSES, Renewing the Countryside, and the Land Stewardship Program. Learn more and register here.

Farm Beginnings: Central Illinois
Oct. 22-Oct. 2017  |  Champaign, Ill.

Applications are open for this year-long farmer training program. Learn more here.

Webinar: Buying and Selling Farmland
Oct. 26  |  11 a.m.  |  Online

Learn about every aspect of a typical real estate transaction in this webinar. Learn more and register here.

Controlling Terrestrial Invasive Plants with Grazing
Oct. 26  |  10 a.m. – noon  |  Faribault, MN

This event will discuss the value of multi-species grazing, observe the ecological and habitat changes resulting from grazing, discuss the economic and business opportunities, learn of the monitoring techniques used to quantify changes, and see the effects of grazing on invasive and other plants. It will be held at 4640 230th St East Faribault, MN 55021.

Healthy Food Summit: Food, Microbes and Health
Oct. 27-28  |  8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  |  $  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

The agenda for the first, on-campus day will include cutting-edge research and policy perspectives. The second day will focus on practical applications and will be held at the Arboretum. Both days are designed for community leaders, policymakers, citizens, and stakeholders to connect with one another and today’s foremost scholars, authors, and experts.  Learn more and register here.

Land Trust Alliance Rally
Oct. 28-30  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

The Land Trust Alliance is hosting a conference for land conservation practitioners. Learn more and register here.

Promoting Your Farm Business
Oct. 29  |  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Hear from farmers and other small business owners about how they have been successful in promoting/advertising their businesses. During the second half of the workshop, you will develop your own promotional material. A lunch will follow. To register call (651) 433-3676 or email



Grazing Ambassador Presentation: Rabbits
Nov. 1  |  7–8 p.m.  |  Fort Atkinson, Wis.

The Dwight Foster Public Library at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson will be hosting a Grazing Ambassador Presentation by Julie Engel. Contact the library for more information: 920-563-7790;

Communicating With Buyers
Nov. 5  |  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Hear from a variety of produce buyers on what communication they need from farmers to make a sales relationship work — what is the best way to find buyers, how to approach them and how to maintain that relationship. Work in small groups to develop materials such as a crop calendar, price list and availability sheets. A lunch will follow. To register call (651) 433-3676 or email

Good Food is Good Medicine Symposium
Nov. 5  |  9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  |  $50  |  Chicago, Ill.

This program will teach you how you can use diet to prevent illness, the truth about environmental toxins and how they impact our diet choices, why you should consider a plant-based diet, diets for heart disease and mental health, and what specific dietary nutrients and phytochemicals are important. Learn more and register here.

Workshop: Scaling Up (or Down)
Nov. 6  |  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  $150  |  Ann Arbor, Mich.

This workshop is designed to help farmers identify and think critically and strategically about how to grow or right-size their operation for maximum success. Learn more and register here.

Webinar: Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems
Nov. 6  |  2 p.m. EST  |  Online

Participants in this webinar will learn how cover crops can be used in vegetable production systems to offset the impacts of soil disturbance. Learn more and register here.

Agrarian Trust Symposium – Land Transition, Continuity and the Commons
Nov. 9-17  |  $  |  Santa Fe/Albuquerque, N.M.

This is a symposium about land transition, continuity and commons, and will look across regional contexts at issues of water commons, farmland conservation and evolving legal notions of public trust. Learn more and register here.

The Nourishing Homestead with Ben Hewitt
Nov. 10  |  6-9 p.m.  |  $75  |  Amery, Wis.

This local food dinner invites audience participation for a unique opportunity to eat together and discuss nutrition, meaningful work, local food systems, food regulations, and life on the land. Learn more and register here.

The Change Food Fest
Nov. 11-13  |  New York, N.Y.

This year’s The Change Food Fest will explore the theme “Growing the Good Food Movement” and celebrate change happening in the food system. Rather than simply talking about problems, they will actively look at solutions that are leading to the sustainable food system they wish to see.

Local Markets Tour
Nov. 12  |  9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

What are the different market options in the Twin Cities and how do they work? Visit some of these markets and tour behind the scenes to better understand the path of produce in the wholesale market, as well as expectations of customers in direct markets. A lunch will follow. To register call (651) 433-3676 or email

Organic & Non-GMO Forum
Nov. 14-15  |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  |  $$$  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

The second annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum is the only domestic event that brings together stakeholders from across the organic and non-GMO value chain to address the growing business opportunities and significant supply chain challenges in the sector. Topics to be addressed include GMO labeling, global supply and demand trade flows, trends in the organic and non-GMO sector, and the organic certification process. Learn more and register here.

Organic Seed Webinar Series: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy
Nov. 15  |  1 p.m.  |  Free  |   Online

A new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2016 growing season (June – November). This series will cover a range of topics, from planting to harvest to the economics of seed production. The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers, interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. Learn more hereYou can register once here for all of the webinars.

Webinar: Livestock Diseases and Prevention
Nov. 15  |  Noon CDT  |  Online

This webinar will discuss what you can do to reduce the risk of disease to your livestock. Learn more and register here.

Farmer-Buyer Meet & Greet
Nov. 15  |  4:30-6:30 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Come to this farmer/buyer networking event and meet with produce buyers looking for local produce. After a celebration of your course completion, we will have a structured time of interactions with buyers. Complete the event with buyer contacts for your next growing season. To register call (651) 433-3676 or email

Pasture Walk with Herb and Nona Bechtel
Nov. 15   |  10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  |   Richland Center, Wis.

This pasture walk will discuss the changes that 19 years of grazing has done for the farm, focusing on erosion issues. It will also examine the different methods for managing fall paddocks for optimum spring production. The farm is located at 23385 Buckhorn Lane in Richland Center. For more information, contact Herb or Nona at (608) 647-3447.

The Web of Life – Three Days with Fred Provenza
Nov. 15 – 17  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  Winterset, Iowa

This field day explores how behavior links the health of soil, plants, herbivores and humans. Topics discussed include epigenetics, value of plant diversity, grazing and plant palatability, and producing nutrient-rich food. There is no fee for the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Learn more here.

Biodynamic Conference
Nov. 16-20  |  $  |   Santa Fe, N.M.

This conference for farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and stewards of the earth will feature 10 keynote speakers, more than 80 presenters, and more than 50 workshops on the principles, practices, and philosophies of biodynamis and regenerative agriculture. A full schedule of workshops for children is also available. Check out the full schedule here and register early to save.

Growing Power Pre-Conference Training
Nov. 16-18  |  $  |  Butler, Wis.

This training will take place before the Growing Power Conference on November 18–20. Learn more and register here.

Growing Power Conference
Nov. 18-20  |  $  |  Butler, Wis.

This conference includes topics such as urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. Participants include: farmers, academics, chefs, policy makers, organizers, and people from countless other walks of life. Register here.

Webinar: Women in Ag Program for 21st Century Farms & Ranches
Nov. 29  |  10 a.m. CDT  |  Online

This one-day, interactive workshop will prepare participants to deliver engaging, innovative and effective programs for beginning women farmers and ranchers. Admission is by application only. Learn more here.

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference
Nov. 29-30  |  Columbia, Mo.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Going Green with Conservation-Based Farming: Market-Based Approaches to Promote Soil Health and Water Quality.” The conference includes working sessions on cover crops, agroforestry, perennial biomass crops, perennial forage / pasture systems, and perennial grains, as well as the perennial favorite “Tour of Watersheds in the Midwest.” Learn more and register here.

United We Farm Stakeholder Conference
Nov. 30  |  $350  |  East Lansing, Mich.

The 2016 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will bring together farmer veterans from across the country with the government, agriculture, educational and nonprofit groups which support them. The conference will include tracks on livestock, cropping, bees and beneficials, business and finance, marketing, employment and training, and continuing education, as well as farm visits, networking and exciting guest speakers. Learn more and register here.



Sustainable Iowa Land Trust Celebration
Dec. 1  |  6-9 p.m.  |  Des Moines, Iowa

Join other SILT supporters for a celebration at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. Details coming soon.

Feast Local Foods Day
Dec. 2-3  |   Rochester, Minn.

A combination tradeshow and festival, the award-winning Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts more than 100 vendors from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota who show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers (Friday) and consumers (Saturday). See here for more information about attending as a consumer, an exhibitor, or food-buying professional.

Workshop: Strategic Business Planning & Management
Dec. 3  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $150  |  East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm is offering two finance workshops. This first one covers markets, finances, production, HR and more. See here for more information.

Small Dairy Intensive
Dec. 4  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  $75  |  Champaign, Ill.

Two sequential half-day workshops will lead you through legal regulations, milk handling equipment, feed formulations for milk quality, and the economics of bringing milk from the udder to the table. The content will cover information for both cow and goat operations.  Lunch is included with full-day registration. Click here to learn more.

Web Conference: Growing for the Future
Dec. 5-8  |  Free  |  Online

The conference is completely online and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways. Register here.

Transition to Organic Workshops
Dec. 5-7  | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Various Locations, Minn.

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a 2nd series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops in Lamberton, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN.  These free one-day workshops are for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and for farmers who are currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. This year’s topics include business plan development and marketing, understanding soil microbes, weed biology, and mechanical weed management. For more information, please contact Constance Carlson ( Learn more and register here. 

Webinar: Managing Downy Mildew in Cucurbits
Dec. 6  | Free  |  Rochester, Minn.

This presentation will discuss when downy mildew first arrives in an area and how the pathogen spreads. Methods for controlling cucurbit downy mildew, including resistant varieties and cultural controls, will be discussed. Register here.

Young Farmers Conference
Dec. 7–9  |  $285  |   Pocantico Hills, NY

Past workshops have included topics such as soil health, agricultural policy, and marketing. Due to high interest, registration for the conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference. Lottery registration will open at 9:00 am on September 6 and close at 5:00 pm on September 19. Learn more here.

Managing Financial Risk in Organic Grains
Dec. 8  |  $25  |   Pocantico Hills, NY

Lenders, insurers, and farmers will discuss the details of how to seek financing and insurance for your organic crop, how to manage financial risk during organic transition and beyond, and how to make the most of your organic premium. Learn more and register here.

Advanced Strategic Business Planning & Management
Dec. 10  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  $150  |  East Lansing, Mich.

This is the second finance workshop from Michigan State University’s Student Organic Farm. This one dives deeper into financial planning, strategic investments, capital access, and growth. See here for more information.

Webinar: Flooding and Farm Evacuations
Dec. 13  |  Noon CST  |  Online

Learn how to prepare for and evacuating your farm from Joan DeVries and Dr. Susan Kerr, Washington State University Extension. Learn more here.

Creating a Farm Loan Package
Dec. 14  |  11 a.m. CST  |  Online

This webinar will provide a basic overview of a farm loan package. The course is directed to those interested in borrowing money to start, grow or expand their business. Learn more here.



Minnesota Organic Conference
Jan. 12-13  |  $   |  St. Cloud, Minn.

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NPSAS Winter Conference
Jan. 26-28  |  $   |  Aberdeen, SD

This conference will include three pre-conference workshops, two keynote presentations, over thirty workshops, over fifty vendors, live entertainment, and organic and locally sourced meals. Learn more here.

MOA Organic Conference
Jan. 26–28  |  $   |  Kansas City Mo.

This conference will include informative educational sessions, hands-on workshops, a live auction, special events and great food. Learn more here.

Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention
Jan. 27-29  |  $   |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

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Feb. 2-4   |  Portland, Ore.

This conference about a sustainable food future will include a wide variety of workshops and new educational tracks, an all-day trade show, an organic seed swap and variety tasting, several keynotes, and more. Learn more here.

FSA Opportunities
Feb. 9   |  6-8 p.m.  |  East Troy, Wis.

Spend an evening with Tom Olsen of the FSA and learn about some of the conservation programs, disaster assistance, farm loan programs, and more that FSA has available. Learn more here.

SFA Annual Conference
Feb. 11   |  St. Joseph, Minn.

The topics of this conference will be determined by an online voting system where SFA members submit session topics and vote on their favorites. Learn more here.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
Feb. 15-16  |  $   |  Fergus Falls, Minn.

The SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit features soil health experts and farm leaders for two days of education and farmer networking all geared at improving the health of your soil. Learn more here.

Risk Management in the Emerging Organic Grain Industry
Feb. 16  |  $25  |  Central Ill.

This series of workshops is designed to help you manage risk in organic grain production, marketing, and financing. Learn more and register here.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 23-25  |  $   |  La Crosse, Wis.

This high-energy launch to your 2017 farming season features six workshop sessions with a total of 65 topics, 10 all-day courses, expert-led roundtables, great organic food and lively entertainment—this is the 28th annual MOSES Conference, the country’s premier event about organic and sustainable farming. Keynote speakers are Mas Masumoto, a certified organic farmer and author of Changing Seasons, A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm; and, Liz Carlisle, Stanford University lecturer and author of Lentil Underground. Registration opens Dec. 1, 2016. Learn more here.

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