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September

Growing Apples for Hard Cider
Sept. 28  | 6-9 p.m.  |  $  |  Traverse City, Mich.

Learn what apples make the best ciders and the basics of growing cider apples. This workshop will also cover an overview of the fermentation process and enjoy a tour of the Horticulture Research Station’s cider apple plot. Learn more and register here.

Using Ultrasound as a Tool in Grass-Finishing Cattle
Sept. 28  |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  Maxwell, Iowa

This field day is the first in a two-part series. At the farm you will observe grass-fed cattle two weeks before they are harvest at a local locker. ou will visually inspect these cattle for finish, and compare observations to the ultrasound data. Discussion will focus on grazing management, forage quality for grass-finishing, what role cattle genetics play in grass-based production, and how ultrasound scans can help producers determine the optimal harvest window for grass-finished cattle. Learn more here.

Cider Apples 101
Sept. 28  |  6-9 p.m.  |  $  |  Traverse City, Mich.

This workshop will discuss different varieties of cider apples, apple identification, apple blending for complex cider, the fermentation process, and will include a tour of an apple plot. Register here.

Webinar: SARE Farmer Grower Grants
Sept. 28  |  11 a.m. CDT  |  Online

The goal of the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farmer Grant program is to help farmers explore sustainable and innovative production and marketing practices, often through an experiment, trial, or on-farm demonstration. This webinar will provide insight into this specific grant program including proposal guidelines, how to apply and tips on writing a good proposal. Learn more here.

LSP Cover Crop Field Tour
Sept. 28  |  2 – 5 p.m.  |  Lewiston & St. Charles, Minn.

This Land Stewardship Project tour will feature two farms that are utilizing cover crops in corn, as well as small grains and cattle grazing. There will be a presentation at each farm. Directions and details are available when you RSVP by e-mailing LSP’s Caroline van Schaik at caroline@landstewardshipproject.org or 507-523-3366 (ext. 102).

Soil Health & Grazing Field Day
Sept. 29  | 4-7 p.m.  |  $  |  Pine City, Minn.

This SFA Soil Health Network event is free, but an RSVP is requested here. The location is Pinederosa, 11131 Lakeview Heights Rd, Pine City. 

LSP Cover Crops and Grazing
Sept. 29  | 1-4 p.m.  |  $  |  Fountain, Minn.

This Land Stewardship Project tour will feature two farms that are utilizing cover crops in corn, as well as small grains and cattle grazing. There will be a presentation at each farm. Directions and details are available when you RSVP by e-mailing LSP’s Caroline van Schaik at caroline@landstewardshipproject.org or 507-523-3366 (ext. 102).

Urban Agriculture and Next Farm Bill Symposium
Sept. 29  | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Washington, D.C.

The George Washington University’s annual symposium brings together policy makers, academics and practitioners to identify current scientific findings and future research questions in the field of sustainability. This year’s conference will focus on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill. View the agenda and register here.

Fosston Fiber Festival
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3  |  Fosston, Minn.

This festival celebrates the fiber heritage of northern Minnesota while showcasing local fiber producers and artists. A range of workshops taught by fiber artists will make fiber art and craft technique accessible to anyone. This festival is part of a larger endeavor to revitalize the sheep industry in northern Minnesota. Learn more here.

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October

Fosston Fiber Festival
Oct. 1–2  |  Free  |  Fosston, Minn.

The Fosston Fiber Festival will be held at Fosston Elementary School, 700 1st St E, Fosston. There will be a range of workshops taught by fiber artists who make fiber art and craft technique accessible to everyone, as well as a showcase of local fiber producers and artists. Learn more here.

Fiber Farms Tour
Oct. 1–2  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Free  |  Twin Cities, Minn.

This is a self-guided tour of 8 regional fiber farms between Mora (about 70 miles north of the Twin Cities) to Stockholm, Wisconsin (about 60 miles west of the Twin Cities). Livestock includes yaks, alpaca, sheep and cattle. Demonstrations of fiber art or dyeing will be at a few of the farms. Fiber and meat will be for sale at many of the farms as well. Learn more here.

Organic Seed Production Class
Oct. 1–2  |  9 a.m.-noon  |  Free  |  Scottsbluff, Neb.

This course is designed for experienced growers and farmers to focus on seed production techniques and how to initiate and carry out seed contracts. Examples will be given of how to incorporate vegetable seed production into a working farm/vegetable operation. Come prepared with questions and expect many hands-on activities. Learn more here.

Growing Power Training Weekend
Oct. 1–2  |  $275  |  North Branch, Minn.

This two-day weekend training with Will Allen from Growing Power Inc. (Milwaukee) will be held at the farm campus of the Women’s Environmental Institute (15715 River Road, North Branch, Mn). The training includes practical hands-on construction of four-season hoop house, aquaponics, microgreens production, and composting and vermiculture. There will also be bonfire discussions on farming, sustainability and climate change. Registration includes meals. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register here.

Fermentation Fest
Oct. 1–9  |  Reedsburg, Wis.

Fermentation Fest celebrates live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Farmers, chefs, artists, poets and cheese makers will converge in Sauk County Sauk County with a series of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more. See here for more information. 

Women Working in the Meat Business Conference
Oct. 2-4  |  $  |  Efland, NC

The Women in the Meat Business portion is sold out, but a few tickets remain for the Amazing Grazing’s Pasture to Plate On-Farm Training. Learn more here.

Webinar: Residue & Tillage Management in Organic Systems
Oct. 4  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing tillage and residue management practices on organic farms. Learn more here.

Webinar: Biodiversity Conservation Implementation and Verification
Oct. 5  |  2 p.m.  |  Online

In this workshop organic producers will learn how to implement conservation practices, and certification personnel will become skilled on how to observe and verify organic operation’s biodiversity conservation practices. Register here.

Grant Opportunities for Farmers Workshop
Oct. 5  |  9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $15  |  Richland Center, Wis.

This workshop is designed to help you identify whether grants or other financial options might be right for you. Lunch is provided. Contact adam.hady@ces.uwex.edu or (608) 647-6148 for more information.

Urban Ag Research Workshop
Oct. 5  |  8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.  |  Minneapolis, Minn.

This workshop will identify needs, priorities, and other avenues to pursue support for research, outreach, and education in urban agriculture, and allow participants to share their knowledge and network. Learn more and register here. This event will be free and catered, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door.

Pasture Walk at Cavadini Farm
Oct. 6  |  1–3 p.m.  |  Marshfield, Wis.

This pasture walk will look at how cover crops can be used to extend your grazing season and improve your soil health. Cover crop species and variety selection, seeding methods and timing, and site preparation will be discussed. The farm is located at M431 Drake Avenue in Marshfield. Contact William Kolodziej at 715-261-6038 or email william.kolodziej@co.marathon.wi.us for more information.

Grant Opportunities for Farmers Workshop
Oct. 6 |  9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $15  |  East Troy, Wis.

This workshop is designed to help you identify whether grants or other financial options might be right for you. Lunch is provided. Contact leigh.presley@ces.uwex.edu or (262) 857-1948 for more information.

AL Cottage Food Law Training
Oct. 6 |  5-7 p.m.  |  $25  | Opelika, Ala.

Tourse includes specifics about the Alabama Cottage Food Law and teaches you to identify foods that can be sold, where foods can be sold, how to recognize labeling requirements and food safety recommendations for the cottage food operator. Learn more here.

Natural Fiber Alliance Wool Conference
Oct. 7  |  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Twin Cities, Minn.

Application of the research regarding the emerging consumer driven market for local, natural, sustainable fiber will be provided during the conference for all small and large sheep farmers, fiber business and wool advocates. Learn more here.

Webinar: All Bugs Good and Bad – Calibrating Sprays and Spreaders
Oct. 7  |  1 p.m.  |  Online

Concerns for the preservation of our environment and conservation of resources, as well as the costs associated with pesticides and fertilizers, make it imperative that pesticides and fertilizers be applied correctly. Learn practical tips for calibrating home garden sprayers and spreaders in this webinar. Learn more here.

Grant Opportunities for Farmers Workshop
Oct. 11 |  9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  $15  |  New London, Wis.

This workshop is designed to help you identify whether grants or other financial options might be right for you. Lunch is provided. Contact greg.blonde@ces.uwex.edu or (715) 258-6231 for more information.

Webinar: Targeted Sheep Grazing in Dryland Organic Systems
Oct. 11  |  1 p.m. |  Online

This webinar will discuss agronomic and economic performance, weed management challenges, and animal husbandry of integrated crop-sheep organic system. It is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Register here.

Webinar: Targeted Sheep Grazing in Dryland Organic Systems
Oct. 12  |  11 a.m. |  Online

Learn what equipment you need and the basic guidelines for sharing your interests, cause or business to a wider audience. Register here.

Grading Grass-Finished Carcasses for Meat Quality
Oct. 15  |  12-3 p.m.  |  Mingo, Iowa

This is the second field day of a two-part series. At the locker, you will inspect four grass-finished beef carcasses and discuss meat processing, meat quality, carcass grading, and grass versus grain-finished beef. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to lauren@practicalfarmers.org by October 12. See more information here.

Raising and Processing Meat Chickens
Oct. 16  |  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  Gerald, Mo.

Learn how to successfully raise and process your own meat chickens. This workshop will consist of a short lecture and farm tour followed by hands-on processing. Learn more here.

Equipment Maintenance Workshop
Oct. 17  |  9 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  $15  |  Kansas City, Kan.

This workshop is being brought to you by K-State Research and Extension, a partner of the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15. If you have questions, or for further information, contact Zac at zhoppenstedt@ksu.edu. Learn more here.

Organic Seed Webinar Series: Cleaning and Recordkeeping
Oct. 18  |  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.

Pasture Walk with Olaf Haugen
Oct. 18  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.   |   Canton, Minn.

This pasture walk will look at Sorghum Sudan versus grazed corn as a summer annual solution for both managing the summer pasture slump and paddock renovation options, as well as setting up the paddocks for fall grazing. It will also review the overall soil health after 22 years of rotational grazing. The farm is located at 12620 Deer Road in Canton.

Webinar: Viral Diseases in Cucurbits
Oct. 19  |  2 p.m.  |  Free  |   Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar about viral diseases in cucurbits and organic management strategies. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Register here.

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.

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.

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 laura@mnfoodassociation.org.

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November

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; alutzke@fortlibrary.org.

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 laura@mnfoodassociation.org.

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 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 laura@mnfoodassociation.org.

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 laura@mnfoodassociation.org.

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.

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December

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.

Strategic Business Planning and Management
Dec. 3  |  East Lansing, Mich.

This workshop is presented by the MSU Farmer Field School. See here for more information.

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.

Webinar: Managing Down 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  |  East Lansing, Mich.

This workshop is presented by the MSU Farmer Field School. 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.

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