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September

Organic Agriculture Field Day
Sept. 2 | Arlington, Wis.

Hosted at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, topics will include pasture grass variety trial results, soil microbial community changes under organic no-till management, best management strategies for organic no-till, linkages between pasture management and quality, cowpea and radish cover crop demos, and organic agriculture’s role in greenhouse gas mitigation. Presenter will be Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute. Learn more.

Webinar: Pollinator Planting in Organic Pastures
Sept. 2 | 2 p.m.

Hosted by Oregon Tilth and NRCS, learn about pollinator plantings in pasture from Mace Vaghan, Pollinator Program Director at Xerces Society. Learn more and register.

Cowpea Evaluation Field Day
Sept. 3  |  12 p.m. Central  |  Dickinson, N.D.

The Dickinson Research Extension Center will rate cowpea accessions for seed production and cover crop appearance as part of their USDA SARE cover crop project with NDSU Research Professor Pat Carr. The center is located at State Ave and Empire Rd. Take Exit 61 off of I-94 and turn left (south) onto ND 22. Cross over I-94 and at the first lights turn right (west) onto 12th St W. After a few blocks you get to a T intersection. Do not enter the station here, but instead turn left (south) onto State Ave.  There is a stop at Empire Rd in about two blocks. Turn right and park on the street.

High Tunnel Build at Prairie Sky Farm
Sept. 3-4 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wesley, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, this two-day, hands-on workshop will teach attendees all the steps to building a high tunnel. Adam Montri, the hoophouse outreach specialist with Michigan State University, will lead the workshop, answering questions about construction, design and production along the way. Learn more.

Hudson WWSDA Sheep Dog Competition
Sept. 4-7 | $7 | Hudson, Wis.

Watch the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association’s 30th Annual Labor Day Trials. Be amazed at what these dogs can do, how they work using their own talents and in partnership with their handlers to gather sheep and move them with care and precision over hills, around gates and obstacles and into pens. Learn more.

Permaculture Skill-shares, Workshops and Networking
Sept. 4-7 | $55 | Geneva, Minn.

Organized by the Center for Deep Ecology & The Organic Compound, this community event will offer local permaculturists, farmers, gardeners, activists, and others a chance to spend a weekend sharing skills, making connections, and learning. Learn more and register.

Farm Business Management
Sept. 5 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kansas City, Mo.

This workshop is offered as part of the Growing Growers workshop series. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. Learn more.

Mid-America Homesteading Conference
Sept. 5 | Joliet, Ill.

Increase your self-reliance by learning how to raise livestock, keep bees, garden, and preserve the harvest. Attend six sessions throughout the day and choose from three different session each hour. Learn more and register.

MeadowLark Hearth Annual Seed Festival
Sept. 6-7 | Scottsbluff, Neb.

Meadowlark Hearth is throwing their Annual Seed Fest. A venerable celebration of the sacred seed. A packed Sunday and Monday full of fall harvest fun for seed enthusiastic friends and family. There’ll be seed, camping, dancing, campfires, stars, friends and beautiful W. Nebraskan skies. Learn more.

Organic Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 8 | 4-7 p.m. | Verona, Wis.

Hosted at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, this field day will focus on vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including information on agronomic performance, insect and disease management, market quality and flavor. We will tour the variety trials, present results from different organic research projects, and have a vegetable flavor evaluation. Learn more.

Organic Field Day
Sept. 9 | 9 a.m. | Atlanta, Ill.

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign will be having an organic field day at PrairiErth Farm. Tony Yannarell and Sam E. Wortman will be discussing their respective cover crop projects funded by the Ceres Trust. Learn more.

Sorghum and Cowpea Evaluation Field Day
Sept. 9  |  1 p.m.  |  Prosper, N.D.
Tour and help evaluate approximately 100 lines of cold tolerant, white-grained sorghum. We will also discuss why sorghum, and especially that with white grain, is of interest to organic and sustainable farmers in the region. White Sorghum varieties will be rated with Professor Burton Johnson of NDSU and Cowpeas will be rated with Extension Specialist Hans Kandel as part of our USDA SARE Projects.

 

MOSES Cover Crop Field Day
Sept. 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Palmyra, Wis.

Join MOSES and tour the 450-acre certified organic farm where Standard Process grows the pure ingredients for its whole food supplements. Field day topics will include: using cover crops to enhance large-scale production of vegetables, field crops and forages, on-farm composting and weed control. Learn more and register.

Fall Field Tour
Sept. 10  |  Beresford, S.D.

The SDSU Southeast Research Station will examine different radish varieties and evaluate a cowpea variety trial as part of our USDA SARE cover crop project with SDSU Associate Professor and Station Manager Peter Sexton. The SDSU Southeast Research Station is at 29974 University Rd, west of Beresford. From I-29 take the Beresford exit (47) and turn west onto SD 46. Go 5.5 miles west and turn left (south) onto University Rd. The station headquarters are about 2.7 miles south of the turn.

Trying New Things: Cover Crops, Organic and Livestock
Sept. 12 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charles City, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, Wendy Johnson will discuss her use of cover crops, how she is transitioning a portion of the crop acres to organic production, and integrating livestock into the system. Learn more.

Lake Superior Harvest Festival
Sept. 12  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Duluth, Minn.

The 22nd Annual Harvest Festival features one of the best and largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits family activities and more! It’s all locally focused, locally grown, and locally sourced. Learn about backyard composting or backyard chicken-raising. Meet your neighbors—and meet the people who grow your food. Learn more.

Polli-NATION Party
Sept. 13  |  1-6 p.m.  |  Stillwater, Minn.

Hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance, this party is fundraising money to support pollinators by improving the environment and sustain our food supply. The event includes music, food, beer, games, honey and more. Learn more and buy tickets.

Field-based Pest and Disease Management
Sept. 14  |  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  |  $150  |  Lansing, Mich.

Hosted by the Michigan Farmer Field School, participants will learn how to identify and scout for major pest and disease challenges to their farm, articulate management response to identified problems and become familiar with resources for problem-solving. Learn more and register.

Cover Crop Learning Tour
Sept. 15  |  9 a.m.  |  Lakefield, Minn.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota and local NRCS, attendees will rotate through four stations where they will be able to discuss the following: university research on early interseeding cover crops, use of perennial kura clover, and relay cropping; soil health indicators and tests; farmer experiences with cover crops and related programs; and a demonstration plot with various types of cover crops and planting dates. Learn more and register.

MOSES Vegetable Field Day
Sept. 15 | 1-4 p.m. | Free | Delano, Minn.

Join the 2015 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Greg and Mary Reynolds, to learn about fresh market organic vegetables, seed production and saving, farming efficiency, and soil health. They grow about 10 acres of vegetables in a four-year rotation with cover crops, such as mixes of oats with peas, rye with vetch, and yellow sweet clover. Learn more and register.

Minnesota Organic Dairy Farm Tour
Sept. 15  |  9 a.m.  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

Organic Valley is offering a tour of two Stearns County organic dairy farms: Neal and Karen Klaphake of Melrose and Joe and Toni Borgerding of Belgrade. The tour departs from the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud at 9 a.m. RSVP by contacting Organic Valley’s Adam Warthesen at 1-888-809-9297 or adam.warthesen@organicvalley.coop.

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Sept. 15  |  5:30-9:15 p.m.  |  Free  |  Owatonna, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

Humus Advantage Composting Workshop
Sept. 15-17 | $795 | Tampico, Ill.

Hosted by Midwest BioSystems, this workshop will provide hands-on training at a compost production site that utilizes the Aeromaster Composting System. Visits to the compost site will allow you to practice the composting methods taught in the classroom in a real work environment. Whether you’re a farmer or commercial composter, this two and a half day training course will give you the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge you need to make Humus Compost, the highest quality compost on the market. Learn more and register.

MOSA Presents: An Organic Vegetable Farm Field Day
Sept. 16  |  10-3 p.m.  |  Free – RSVP Required  |  Northfield, Minn.

Join MOSA and the staff of Gardens of Eagan for an in-depth look at a large-scale organic vegetable farm serving the Twin Cities market. Topics will include: packing shed design, greenhouse production, field equipment, weed management, irrigation, organic incubator farms, and how to prepare for your inspection. This is a free event, with lunch provided, but space is limited, so a RSVP is required. Call 608-637-2526 to reserve your spot or for more information.

National Grassfed Exchange
Sept. 16-18 | Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Hosted by the Grassfed Exchange, the three-day event is packed with stimulating tours and seminars to build on the resounding success of recent conferences. One day of pasture walk tours and two days full of presentations with information and ideas to help attendees improve their skills and operations. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Sept. 17-19 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Field Day: Integrated poultry-perennial cropping system
Sept. 17  |  1-4 p.m.  |  Northfield, Minn.

Field day at the Main Street Project’s integrated poultry-cropping farms. Main Street Project has developed a scaleable integrated whole farm system that utilizers free range chickens, perennial plantings of hazelnuts and elderberries, and annual vegetable crops. Learn more and RSVP.

Field Day: Fencing Innovations, Livestock & Cover Crops
Sept. 18  |  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  |  Marshall, Minn.

Join Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, as he installs a semi-permanent fence. Solberg will also lead a discussion of the cover crops planted and how Deutz intends to use them to build soil health and improve his farm profitability. Lunch is included; leather gloves, work boots and safety glasses are highly recommended. Learn more and RSVP.

Breeding Corn for Organic Farmers
Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | East Troy, Wis.

The Mandaamin Institute will show how they develop organic corn hybrids and varieties. The field day includes three farm stops with discussions on test plots and yields, cover crops, soil and grain quality and weed control. Learn more and register.

NDSU Specialty Crops Field Day
Sept. 18  |  1-7 p.m.  |  Fargo, N.D.

Professor Chiwon Lee will lead a tour of cucumber management options, specialty crop varieties going into fall, and we may taste carrots to highlight our specialty crops project funded by ND Department of Agriculture. From I-29, exit to 12th Ave N and go east. Cross the bridge on 12th Ave N and turn left at the first traffic light onto 18th Street N. Go north for about two blocks onto the NDSU campus. On 18th Street N and Centennial Blvd, you will see the large green-roof, AES Research Greenhouse building on the left and Walman Wellness Center on the right. The vegetable test plot is located on the west side of the large research greenhouse. You can enter the plots by turning west (left) onto Centennial Blvd or go one more block and turn west (left) onto 15th Ave N and take the driveway to the west of the greenhouse.

Aronia Berry, Hazelnuts and Hazelnut Processing
Sept. 19  |  9 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Fenton, Iowa

This Third Crop Walk-N-Talks field day will visit the hazelnut plantings of Jeff & Roger Jensen and the aronia berry plantings of a nearby neighbor. Jeff will discuss his plantings and his goals for his operation. Following the site visits, Jeff will demonstrate his on farm hazelnut processing center where he husks, cracks and separates the nut kernel from the shell and husks in preparation for sale. Learn more.

Farm Aid 2015
Sept. 19  |  Chicago, Ill.

Farm Aid 30 is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. Attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. Learn more.

Bike the Barns 2015
Sept. 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Hosted by FairShare Coaltition, Bike the Barns is a recreational bike ride touring CSA farms and the beautiful Southern WI countryside – fueled by fresh, local, delicious food. Proceeds from the event benefit FairShare which helps low-income families purchase local, organic vegetables. Learn more and register.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 21 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $60 | St. Cloud, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Sept. 21  |  5:30-9:15 p.m.  |  Free  |  Mankato, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Water Quality
Sept. 23 | 2 p.m. Central

Hosted by NRCS, this webinar will present scientific research examining the water quality benefits of organic farming practices. Organic farming practices, such as the application of composted animal manure and the use of forage legumes and green manures within extended grain cropping rotations, can optimize soil nutrient release and plant nutrient uptake, and subsequently improve water quality. Learn more and register.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 24 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |$60 | Chaska, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Sept. 24  |  Free  |  Virginia, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

Organic Processing in Minnesota
Sept. 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $60 | Rochester, Minn.

Hosted by the Organic Processing Institute and Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, instruction will cover what qualifies a product as “organic”, processing both organic and conventional in one facility, the organic certification process, organic system plans, ingredients and processing aids allowed in organic, and cleaning agents allowed. Learn more and register.

Field Day: Cover Crops & Livestock Integration
Sept. 25  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  $10  |  Verndale, Minn.

Join the Sustainable Farming Association for a tour of four central Minnesota farms and a look at the results of a three-year Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant project on various applications of cover crops in livestock operations. Learn more and register.

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative Gathering
Sept. 25-27 | Chicago, Ill.

The gathering theme this year is “H.E.A.L. Our Food System,” and features hands-on and interactive workshops and activities, showcasing the work being done locally in Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. Learn more and register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day (Basic)
Sept. 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  $20 for non-members  |  Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Organized by the Land Stewardship Project, get a basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and basic implements. Led by Rodrigo Cala, MFA graduate and owner/operator of Cala Farms in Osceola, Wis. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Tractor & Implement Field Day (Advanced)
Sept. 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | $20 for non-members  |  Marine on the St. Croix, Minn.

Join the Land Stewardship Project for a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair of basic components. This field day is for those with knowledge of basic tractor operation. Led by Joel Kellum, Markets and Production Manager at Minnesota Food Association. Contact Dori Eder (612-578-4497) for more information and to register.

Field Day
Sept. 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Fennville, Mich.

The Trevor Nichols Research Center will host a research field day and Extension event focusing on the insect and disease research and pesticide efficacy trials conducted by MSU AgBioResearch scientists. Learn more.

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October

Deep Roots Farm Skills 101
Oct. 2-18  |  Alexandria, Minn.

SFA’s farm skills fall semester provides the hands-on skills new farmers need to succeed once they’re on the land. The course teaches pasture management and grazing basics; fence construction, both permanent and temporary; compassionate animal husbandry and handling; and farm equipment maintenance and operation. Learn more.

Fall Biodynamic Weekend Overnight Intensive
Oct. 2-4 | $265 | Osceola, Wis.

Join Buttermilk Falls CSA to learn biodynamics in a weekend retreat setting on a working biodynamic farm. Topics will include an introduction to biodynamic concepts, biodynamic preparations, composting, cosmic rhythms, using a planting calendar, and garden planning. Workshop begins Friday night through Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, workshop participants will join in a Michaelmas festival (a harvest festival) which will tie into the workshop schedule. Contact Tal Simchoni to learn more.

On-Farm Energy Audit and Economics of an Organic Dairy
Oct. 3 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, join the Beard family to learn about their organic livestock operations, and also about on-farm energy audits. The Beards will show their organic dairy operation and answer questions about organic beef and dairy production. Learn more.

Webinar: Climate Change and Organic Agriculture
Oct. 6 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NCRS to learn about practices that maximize carbon fixation and how organic agriculture can sequester carbon. Dr. Kris Nichols will discuss the positive impacts of organically managed soils on climate change and address the most effective practices: conservation tillage, cover crops, enhanced crop rotations, residue retention and the use of compost. Learn more and register.

Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour
Oct. 10-11  |  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  |  Minnesota

The Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour is pleased to announce its 5th anniversary tour. There are 12 amazing farms and fiber mills on the tour. All sorts of fiber, fleece, food, demonstrations, animals, and friendly folk will be available during this self-guided, free tour. Learn more.

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Oct. 12  |  5:30-9:15 p.m.  |  Free  |  Rochester, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

Central Illinois Farm Beginnings
Oct. 17  |  Champaign, Ill.

The Land Connection is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class of its Central Illinois Farm Beginnings course. The year-long farmer training program kicks off on Oct. 17 and includes over 70 hours of farmer-led classroom instruction, access to field days and workshops, and mentorship with successful regional growers to help new farmers launch businesses that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Learn more and contact Jeff Hake at jeff@thelandconnection.org with questions about the course.

Fall Crops Without a High Tunnel
Oct. 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa, tour a 200-share CSA farm that provides food from the gardens until the end of October – and sometimes beyond – without requiring the use of a high tunnel. Learn more.

Aquaponics Master Class
Oct. 22-24 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Biodynamic Composting Class
Oct. 24  |  9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  |  $35  |  Roseville, Minn.

Biodynamic composting serves as the basis in biodynamics for creating a farm organism and for aiding nature. Through the use of special compost preparations, the soil becomes enlivened, intelligent, and healthy. Learn more by contact Tal Simchoni at tsimchoni@yahoo.com or 320-429-2145.

TOTT and Soil Health
Oct. 27  |  2-4 p.m.  |  Free  |  Granada, Minn.

This Walk-N-Talk will focus on the University research and demonstrations being done at the Roberts Research Site Two. Discuss the Tile Out-let Treatment Train [TOTT] demonstration, soil health, saturated buffers, bioreactors, root ball instream weirs and cover crops. Learn more.

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November

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Nov. 2  |  8:30-11:30 a.m.  |  Free  |  Detroit Lakes, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
Nov. 2  |  5:30-8:45 p.m.  |  Free  |  Brainerd, Minn.

The U of MN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and ClimateGen (A Will Steger Legacy) are hosting a series of climate change adaptation convenings across the state. Participants will develop an understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community through a unique combination of scientific expertise and local storytelling. Learn about local resources and organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, and other efforts to address climate change. Learn more and RSVP.

WFAN Conference
Nov. 6-7 | Davenport, Iowa

The conference theme is Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robin Kimmerer, a distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York. Other sessions will focus on creating and protecting habitat for native pollinators, as well as building robust local food systems in our communities and supporting women farmers and landowners. Learn more.

Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy
Nov. 7 | 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | $100 | Ashby, Minn.

Sustainable Farming Association hosts this hands-on workshop. Paradox Farm owners Sue Wika and Tom Prieve will provide a detailed overview of the construction and operation of their deep-winter greenhouse, which utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage. Learn more and register.

Food Access Summit 2015: Networking for Change!
Nov. 8-10 | $125 | Duluth, Minn.

Two-day conference where workshops, networking and issue area strategic discussions will be utilized to energize and connect participants so that they are ready to act, implement and operationalize strategic priorities that create an equitable food system for all, from the producer to the consumer. Build upon existing partnerships, collaborations and alliances that strengthen and expand the work of individuals and agencies. Learn more and register.

Private Label Buyers Mission
Nov. 15 | Rosemont, Ill.

The Private Label Buyers Mission is organized by the Food Export Association of the Midwest and the Wis. DATCP. The show will provide retailers and wholesalers a go-to source for private label products. Meet with pre-qualified buyers from around the world in pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings right here in the U.S., generate new sales leads, and build relationships with key industry players. Learn more and register.

Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference
Nov. 17-19  |  $300  |  Sacramento, Calif.

Hosted by the Farmer Veteran Coalition, this year’s conference will foster collaboration between all groups, public and private, that assist in the effort to help military veterans transition into agriculture. Learn more and register.

Iowa Organic Conference
Nov. 22-23  |  Iowa City, Iowa

This year’s theme is celebrating the biodiversity of organic farming: people, animals, pollinators and plants. Keynote speaker will be Klaas Martens, who farms organic grains in upstate New York and was the NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year. Learn more.

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December

Webinar: Natural Resource and Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Production
Dec. 1 | 2 p.m. Central

Join Oregon Tilth and NRCS to learn about National Organic Program (NOP) requirements and opportunities to address them with NRCS programs. The NOP will discuss the natural resource and biodiversity conservation requirements for organic producers including drafted guidance on the biodiversity. Learn more and register.

Midwest CSA Conference
Dec. 3-4 | Eau Claire, Wis.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Midwest CSA community is invited to come together to network and learn from each other to strengthen CSA farms and the local food system. Conference features practical presentations for the CSA movement regarding production, packaging and logistics, business management, community building, and more. Learn more and register.

Aquaponics Master Class
Dec. 3-5 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Montello, Wis.

Organized by Nelson and Pade, Inc., this is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. Learn more.

Feast! Festival and Tradeshow
Dec. 4-5  |  Rochester, Minn.

Organized by the FEAST Local Food Network, the two-day food event begins with a tradeshow just for food professionals and then blossoms into a festival and marketplace for the general public. Saturday will feature over 100 exhibitor booths, plus a lineup of chef demonstrations, food making mini-workshops, activities for kids, and sampling of local beer, wine, and craft spirits for adults. Learn more.

Acres U.S.A. Conference and Trade Show
Dec. 8-11 | Pittsburgh, Penn.

The annual Acres U.S.A. conference includes seminars and workshops, a trade show and optional, intensive courses prior to the conference. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Learn more.

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January

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference (ISCAOC)
Jan. 6-8  |  Springfield, Ill.

The 2016 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois. Learn more.

Minnesota Organic Conference
Jan. 8-9  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

The conference will include keynote speakers, workshops and a trade show. Learn more.

GrassWorks Grazing Conference
Jan. 14-16  |  Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

GrassWorks annual conference will include an exhibit hall and great speakers including Francis Thicke, Jerry Apps, Ray Archuletta, and many more. Learn more.

2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Jan. 20  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

The symposium takes place immediately before the Ecological Farming Association’s annual EcoFarm Conference and features researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards.  Learn more.

36th Annual EcoFarm Conference
Jan. 20-23  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

The conference is tailored to those looking for a technical edge: farmers and ranchers (large and small), handlers, marketers, students, educators, researchers, activists, consultants, and governmental agencies. Learn more.

NPSAS 37th Annual Winter Conference
Jan. 21-23  |  Aberdeen, S.D.

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture’s winter conference theme is growing for the future. Keynote speakers include Dr. Paul Dettloff and Wenonah Hauter. Learn more.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference
Jan. 22-23  |  Ames, Iowa

Annual conference open to everyone. The event attracts farmers of all sorts, sizes, systems and enterprises, as well as non-farmers interested in knowing more about how their food is grown and building relationships between those who work the land and those who rely on their labors. Event includes pre-conference short courses that run the day before and morning of the conference to in-depth workshops, roundtables, breakfast meetings and a rich array of sessions in several core tracks. Learn more.

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February

Organic Seed Growers Conference
Feb. 4-6 | Corvallis, Ore.

Join the Organic Seed Alliance for the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you grow and sell more seed. Learn more.

SFA Annual Conference
Feb. 13  |  St. Joseph, Minn.

The SFA Annual Conference, Minnesota’s farmer networking showcase includes a keynote, workshops and a trade show. Learn more and register.

SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit
Feb. 17-18 | Alexandria, Minn.

The 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 and register.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 25-27 | La Crosse, Wis.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support. Learn more.

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