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November

 

“Farminar”: Achieving Profitability with Fruits and Vegetables
November 21  |  Free  | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

Experienced farmer and educator Ryan Pesch will share some tips for evaluating your farm’s market channels, and he’ll help beginning farmer Natasha Hegmann think about her sales outlets after her first two growing seasons. Learn more.

Greater Mille Lacs SFA Potluck
November 26  |  Free  | 6 – 8 p.m.  |  Palisade, Minn.

Potluck dinner, 6 p.m., Waukenabo Town Hall, 36797 Grove St, Palisade. This will be purely a social get-together. Sit down and visit with other farmers. Share farm stories and catch up on what’s happening with family and friends.

Webinar: Rotational Intensification and Diversification
November 27  |  Free  | 10 – 11 a.m.  |  Online

The third in the REACCH Advances Webinar Series, a collaboration between REACCH and the Climate Learning Network, this webinar provides an overview of rotational Intensification and diversification used in dryland farming in the inland Pacific Northwest. Learn more.

West Central Minnesota Food Charter in Action Event
November 28  | Free  |  11 a.m.  |  Morris, Minn.

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events. These events will bring community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to: build and strengthen relationships, recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access, identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities, and build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action. Learn more.

 

Webinar: Working with Producers to Apply Intensive Grazing Management
November 28  |  Free  |  1 – 2 p.m.  |  Online

Participants will learn strategies for explaining intensive grazing management to help producers make decisions about application. Learn more.

Farmer Education Program Info Session
November 28  |  Free  |  6 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

The Minnesota Food Association Farmer Education Program is designed to meet the needs of immigrants, people of color, and other individuals who are historically underrepresented in farming. Learn about the services MFA offers, including classes, technical assistance, land, infrastructure, and access to markets for people interested in farming organic vegetables as a business. For more information, contact Laura: 651-433-3676 or laura@mnfoodassociation.org.

Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Workshop
November 28  |  Free  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Winona, Minn.

The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Incentive Tax Credit provides an incentive to sell or rent land or other agricultural assets to a beginning farmer. The state tax credit will become available for the first time in January. Learn more.

“Farminar”: Three Experiences with Roller-Crimping Cover Crops
November 28  |  Free  | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

In this farminar, three Iowa farmers will share their experiences using a roller crimper in their respective organic operations. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Rule Train the Trainers Workshop
November 28 – 29  | $75  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

This is an important opportunity for trainers and educators to receive information about farm food safety and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Note this training is for TRAINERS. Learn more.

2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference
November 28 – 29  | $  |  Madison, Wis.

The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond. Learn more.

FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Train the Trainer Course
November 28 – 29  | $75  |  Saint Paul, Minn.

This training is for produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers. Learn more.

Twin Cities Food Charter in Action Event
November 29  | Free  |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events. These events will bring community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to: build and strengthen relationships, recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access, identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities, and build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action. Learn more.

GAPs Online Course
November 29 – Dec 19  | $190  |  Online

This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Learn more.

Perennial Farm Gathering
November 29 – 30  | $40-95  |  Madison, Wis.

The 5th annual Perennial Farm Gathering has expanded to a multi-day event, and has teamed up with the Green Lands Blue Waters annual conference. The Perennial Farm Gathering provides a way for farmers, scientists, and people with a general interest in perennial crops and pastured livestock to build a collaborative community working to make ecological agriculture thrive.

Southeast Minnesota Food Charter in Action Greet and Eat
November 30  | Free  |  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  Red Wing, Minn.

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events. These events will bring community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to: build and strengthen relationships, recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access, identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities, and build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action. Learn more.

Unci Maka: Our Relationship with Mother Earth
November 30  | Free  |  5 – 8 p.m.  |  St. Paul, Minn.

Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, Coordinator of Native American Medicine Gardens will discuss our connection with Grandmother Earth and how our and our other relatives existence depends on her. From microbes to earthworms to mammals, Cante Sute will discuss how indigenous cultural practices help create healthy soils which leads to a healthy environment. Learn more.
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December

Northeast Minnesota Food Charter in Action Event
December 1  | Free  |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Mountain Iron, Minn.

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events. These events will bring community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to: build and strengthen relationships, recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access, identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities, and build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action. Learn more.

Minnesota and North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers’ Annual Convention
December 1 – 2   | $75  | West Fargo, Minn.

Your chance to join the sheep industry’s professional organization, and be an integral part of Lamb and Wool production; Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers 1-year family registration is $40. Learn more.

Beginning Farmer Retreat
December 1 – 2   | Indianola, Iowa

This annual event brings beginning farmers together to network, plan and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic. Learn more.

Cottage Food Producer Advanced Food Safety Training
December 2   | $35 | 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. | St. Cloud, Minn.

By attending this session, you will meet the training requirement to register as a Minnesota cottage food producer with annual sales over $5000 per year. You will learn how to produce, package and label a safe food product. Learn more.

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace 2017
December 2   | $5  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Rochester, Minn.

The award-winning Feast! Local Foods Marketplace hosts over 100 exhibitors who show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Learn more.

Webinar: Nutrient Management and Precision Application Technology
December 4   | Free  |  10 – 11 a.m.  |  Online

A collaboration between the Climate Learning Network and Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) – Pacific Northwest Agriculture, this webinar will be the fourth installment of a six-part series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more.

National Farmers Union Online Virtual Conference: Growing for the Future
December 4 – 7  | Free |  Online

The conference will highlight leaders in the field of agriculture and focus on building a network for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Learn more.

Webinar: Organic Poultry and Outdoor Access
December 5  |  Free |  2 – 3 p.m.  | Online

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)- Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. USDA Organic Regulation create new outdoor access requirements for poultry. This webinar will discuss the new requirements (once finalized), potential resource concerns and opportunities for conservation. Learn more.

“Farminar”: Grow Flowers that Sell: Top 10 Sellers at Brightflower Farm
December 5  |  Free  | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

Growing specialty cut flowers can be profitable in wholesale markets. Learn some of the most profitable varieties and products sold at Brightflower Farm, a small cut flower farm in Stockton, IL. Learn more.

Conservation Tillage Conference
December 5 – 6  |  $140 – $180 |  Willmar, Minn.

Conserve soil, time and fuel with conservation tillage. This conference will send you home with hands-on, how-to information in nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Learn more.

Community Food Systems Conference
December 5 – 7  |  $50 – $275 |  Boston, Mass.

In addition to workshop presentations on community partnerships, farm-to-all, food justice, movement building, social enterprise, policy, measuring impacts, labor, and youth, there will be pre-conference sessions and field trips. Learn more.

Acres U.S.A. Conference and Trade Show
December 5 – 8  |  $$$ |  Columbus, Ohio

The annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show sets the standard for innovation and learning. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be. Learn more.

Northeast Minnesota Food Charter in Action Event
December 6  | Free  |  10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Marshall, Minn.

As lead partner of engagement of the Minnesota Food Charter Network, University of Minnesota Extension is supporting nine “Minnesota Food Charter in Action” events. These events will bring community members, elected officials, and food access leaders together over food to: build and strengthen relationships, recognize and share local efforts around healthy food access, identify challenges, community-driven solutions, and policy priorities, and build momentum for inclusive collaboration and next steps for action. Learn more.

Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns Center
December 6-8  |  $295  | Tarrytown, N.Y.

Due to high interest, registration for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference. Learn more.

Webinar: The CONSERVE Program: Transdisciplinary Research, Extension, and Education at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health
December 7  |  Free  |  2 – 3 p.m.  |  Online

A collaboration between ANREP and the Climate Learning Network (CLN), this webinar will provide an overview of CONSERVE, a USDA-NIFA-funded project tasked with facilitating the adoption of on-farm solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops, effectively reducing the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change, as well as examples of its year one achievements. Learn more.

Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health
December 7-8  |  $$  | Indianapolis, Ind.

This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists. Learn more.

Midwest CSA Conference
December 7-8  |  $135  | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

With the continued growth of the CSA movement in the Midwest comes opportunities and complexities. The conference will provide a forum for CSA farmers and advocates to come together for deliberative discussion and peer-to-peer learning. Full-group sessions, including a keynote, will discuss shared values of the movement and strategies for promoting cooperation and shared risk among farms and communities. Learn more.

Fearless Farm Finances Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

Learn farm financial management based on the book Fearless Farm Finances. Includes a copy of the book. Learn more.

Food Safety Workshop
December 8   |  $50  |  Streator, Ill.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules. Learn more.

New Farmer U
December 8 – 10  |  $125  | Streator, Ill.

New Farmer U will help you learn the latest field and financial aspects of farming. Learn from experts, ask all your burning questions and network with peers in a small and supportive setting. Learn more.

Webinar: Tillage and Residue Management Systems and Impacts on Soil Health in Drylands
December 11  |  Free  | 10 – 11 a.m.  |  Online

The 4th installment in the REACCH Advances webinar series hosted by the Climate Learning Network covers sustainability challenges posed by conventional tillage, different conservation tillage approaches to overcome these challenges, and tillage and residue management effects on soil health in dryland farming. Learn more.

Webinar: Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know
December 12  |  Free  | 1 – 2 p.m.  |  Online

This webinar will focus on the challenges and benefits of managing soil biology rather than relying only on chemically based systems, along with the key roles that soil microbes play in agroecosystems. Learn more.

“Farminar”: Integrating Livestock and Cover Crops for Profit in Kansas
December 12  |  Free  | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

John Stigge, a farmer from northeastern Kansas, owns Stigge and Sons farm, a 2000-acre no-till, cover crop and beef cattle operation. John and his son Ian will discuss how his integrated crop and cattle system has improved soil health, productivity and profitability. Learn more.

Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms 2017 Conference
December 12-13  |  $$  | Harrisburg, Pa.

The GPOF Conference supports Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farmers by presenting information on the best organic farming practices currently available. Attendees include beginning and existing organic farmers, conventional farmers, and those transitioning from conventional farming practices to organic. Learn more.

Organic Grower Summit
December 13-14  |  $$  | Monterey, Calif.

Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers. Learn more.

2017 Bi-National Domestic Fair Trade Association Conference
December 14-16  |  $$  | Atlanta, Ga.

This year, the Domestic Fair Trade Association is hosting a conference with the theme Linking Up: Creating Fair and Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains in order to remind us that there are alternatives to our current food system and to inspire us to truly believe that these alternatives can become the norm. Experts will gather to share concrete strategies and best practices for how all the sectors in our food system can work together to develop a vision for agricultural production that is based on health, sustainability, and justice. Learn more.

Webinar: Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems
December 18  |  Free  | 10 – 11 a.m.  |  Online

The sixth and last in the REACCH Advances Webinar Series, a collaboration between REACCH and the Climate Learning Network, this webinar provides an overview of integrated weed management and insect pests in dryland cereal systems in the inland Pacific Northwest. Learn more.

“Farminar”: Integrating Livestock and Cover Crops for Profit in Nebraska
December 19  |  Free  | 7 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Online

Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Systems Specialist, and Nebraska farmer Lane Meyer will discuss on-farm research results of grazing cover crops. Learn more.

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January

Farm Law 101 Workshop
January 5 – 6  |  $15 – 25  |  East Troy, Wis.

Farm Law 101 is not a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and 1 or 2 farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Expect a compelling, informative, and engaging workshop that will inspire you to take action to build a stronger, more resilient farm! Learn more.

MOFFA Organic Intensives
January 6  |  $80 – 105  | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  East Lansing, Mich.

A full-day in-depth learning experience organized by the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance. This year’s sessions feature organic small grains with John Sherck, livestock for the diversified farm with Jeff Mattocks, and growing organic transplants with John Biernbaum and Collin Thompson. Learn more.

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agrotourism, and Organic Conference
January 10-12  |  $  |  Springfield, Ill.

The 2018 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 10-12, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois. Learn more.

Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Workshop
January 11  |  Free  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Northfield, Minn.

The Minnesota Beginning Farmer Incentive Tax Credit provides an incentive to sell or rent land or other agricultural assets to a beginning farmer. The state tax credit will become available for the first time in January. Learn more.

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference
January 14 – 18  |  $$  | San Diego, Calif.

The conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much, much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year, as well as provide attendees with important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success. Learn more.

FSMA Grower Training
January 17  |  $25  | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  St. Cloud, Minn.

After attending the entire day-long course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. This is a great opportunity to get a valuable credential, as the training credential belongs to the participant who attended and is good for life. Learning about GAPs and food safety is beneficial to all produce farms, no matter what size or type of operation, and can help prepare for a GAP audit if desired. Learn more.

“Bringing Livestock Back” Workshop
January 19  |  $25  | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Glenwood, Minn.

Do you want to see livestock on your farm again? Livestock and row-crop farming work extremely well together. Learn how livestock can help increase your farm’s profitability and resilience, make it possible for a family member to join the operation, increase your farm’s revenue without buying more land, and take your farm’s soil health and nutrient cycling to the next level! For more information, email Bryan: bsimon@landstewardshipproject.org.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference: “Revival”
January 19 – 20  |  $  | Ames, Iowa

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. Learn more.

EcoFarm Conference
January 24 – 27  |  $$$  |  Pacific Grove, Calif.

Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, farming issues, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. Learn more.

Organic Farming Research Conference
January 26  |  $  |  Rutgers University, N.J.

The symposium will feature talks from researchers, farmer and rancher researchers, students, and other agriculture specialists on topics related to organic farming and food systems, as well as from other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards. Learn more.

OGRAIN Winter Workshop
January 26 – 27  |  $  |  Madison, Wis.

Two packed days of all things organic grain, including beginning and advanced agronomics, marketing and financials, and equipment/machinery – presented by farmers, industry, and university experts. Details TBA.

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 26 – 28  |  Free  |  St. Paul, Minn.

The 13th annual Emerging Farmers Conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers. Learn more.

MOA Conference 2018
January 31 – Feb. 2  |  $  |  Independence, Mo.

Learn about organic, sustainable, and alternative agricultural crops and systems. This event is for farmers, gardeners, retailers, distributors, consumers, and more. Learn more.

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February

SFA Annual Conference
February 10  |  $50 – 70  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  St. Joseph, Minn.

The conference sessions will be tailored around the wishes of the SFA community. Click here to vote on potential session topics through Sept. 30, view the top vote-getters and enter your own ideas. Learn more.

Midwest Soil Health Summit
February 14 – 15  |  $100 – 150  |  Fergus Falls, Minn.

Speakers will include Dr. Allen Williams, SFA’s Kent Solberg, David Bartok of Quorum Labs, Cody Nelson of Prairie Creek Seed, NRCS soil health specialist Justin Morris, retired USDA soil scientist Don Riecorski, NRCS researcher Ann Marie Journey, and NDSU researcher Doug Landblom. Also returning are the popular discussion tables, loads of built-in networking time, and more. Learn more.

Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 14 – 17  |  $$  |  Corvallis, Ore.

The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference is the largest organic seed event in the U.S. You’ll hear the latest in cutting-edge research and policy advocacy, and trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas with other seedheads from around the world. The conference provides a full agenda of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. Learn more.

Local Food Fair
February 17  |  Free  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  |  Stevens Point, Wis.

The Local Food Fair has been Farmshed’s premier outreach event, bringing together producers, consumers, local businesses, and educators to celebrate community and the food that’s grown within it. Over 40 exhibitors from local farms, businesses, and educational organizations sell their goods or share about their programs at this event. Learn more.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 22-24  |  $120-300  | La Crosse, Wis.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 66 workshops over 6 sessions, 11 all-day course, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Learn more.

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March

Annual Organic Farming Research Foundation’s Benefit Luncheon
March 8  |  $$  |  Anaheim, Calif.

The Annual OFRF Luncheon is a long-standing tradition that kicks off the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Learn more.

FSMA Grower Training
March 20  |  $25  | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Monticello, Minn.

After attending the entire day-long course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. This is a great opportunity to get a valuable credential, as the training credential belongs to the participant who attended and is good for life. Learning about GAPs and food safety is beneficial to all produce farms, no matter what size or type of operation, and can help prepare for a GAP audit if desired. Learn more.

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