Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show (Kentucky)
Dec
4
to Dec 7

Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show (Kentucky)

The 43rd annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show will be in Louisville, KY from Dec 4 – 7, 2018. https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference

The Conference includes Eco-Ag intensive, day-long workshops; seminars; 1-on-1 eco-consultant opportunities; round table discussions, an eco-ag trade show, and film screenings geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin.

Registration is now open https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/registration-19

Volunteer opportunities include a waived registration fee ($200) for a total of 4-6 volunteer hours during the event https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/volunteer

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Young Farmers Conference
Dec
5
to Dec 7

Young Farmers Conference

Our 11th Annual Young Farmers Conference will take place December 5-7. It is open to farmers with 1-10 years of farming experience. Interested farmers can submit an application to our lottery here: https://www.stonebarnscenter.org/engage/for-farmers/yfc/2018-young-farmers-conference/. A limited number of scholarships are available for the cost of conference admission.

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Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00

Marketing Tools and Resources Workshop - Little Rock, AR

Marketing Tools and Resources Workshop
Cooperative Extension Office, Little Rock Arkansas
Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:45 PM

This workshop is designed to help farmers, ranchers and agricultural industry stakeholders understand tools and resources to assist with marketing agricultural products.  This workshop will give you knowledge on marketing trends, strategic steps and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers enhance their marketing practices:

* Trends in Agricultural Marketing

* Arkansas Food Cottage Law

* Food Safety Training Update

* Value Added Processing Resources and Technical Assistance

* Specialty Crop & Farm Budgets

* USDA Financial &Technical Assistance

Workshop will give producers a better understanding of the different resources available from University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and industry stakeholders.  Topics will emphasis helping farmers move from a commodity focus to a differentiated marketing strategy.  In addition, producers will be able to take home invaluable contact information and reference material to aid their business decisions with specific resources addressing different marketing options.    Click title for more info.

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2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
Jan
23
to Jan 26

2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

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Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference will be January 23-26, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 28th annual conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm to school participants, urban farmers or those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems in the South. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking and a trade show. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations.

Full schedule available October 1st: https://www.ssawg.org/conference

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Beginning Farming Training Program (in Spanish) -  Purcellville, VA
Nov
12
2:30 PM14:30

Beginning Farming Training Program (in Spanish) - Purcellville, VA

Organizer Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Organizer of Manejo de Plagas y Salud del Suelo (Programa en Español / Spanish Language Only)

Future Harvest CASA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities. Learn more at www.futureharvestcasa.org. 

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Sustainable Agriculture Conference (Durham, NC)
Nov
9
to Nov 11

Sustainable Agriculture Conference (Durham, NC)

THE FARM & FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR!

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together farmers, foodies, ag-tivists, and experts for a weekend of celebration of innovation in local, sustainable agriculture.

Attendees will experience a supportive and interactive event featuring local farmer-mentors as well as experts from various sectors of our agricultural system. (Click title for more details)

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Nov
5
8:30 AM08:30

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Networking Meeting (Naples, FL)

WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120

 WHAT: The SWFL Small Farmers Network is a resource-network focused on diversified and sustainable farming systems.

 This event is open to established and beginning farmers from Hillsborough County south to Collier County.

 Connect with growers and food entrepreneurs in the region.

 We’ll take a farmer-led tour of Oakes Demo operations.

 UF/IFAS Extension presentations on member-selected topics that include, but are not limited to: food safety, direct marketing strategies, regulation and policy issues, aquaculture, diversified farming systems, and more!  

 We’ll host a Pot-luck lunch, so please bring something to share! Click title for more details.

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A Brief Exploration of the Brand New Livestock Compass - Webinar
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

A Brief Exploration of the Brand New Livestock Compass - Webinar

Are you a livestock producer who is struggling with profitability and determining your true cost of production?  Join Southern SAWG’s Growing Farm Profits team on Thursday October 18th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, 2:00 p.m. Central for a one hour webinar introducing the new Livestock Compass tool that will help lead you to profitable decision making on your farm or ranch.  While this tool will be valuable to all livestock producers, those who raise multiple species of livestock and sell through multiple markets stand to gain the most. Our webinar leaders Jim Munsch and John Hendrickson have extensive experience helping farmers of all kinds improve their profit management decisions. Click title to learn more or here to register.

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NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
Oct
11
2:00 PM14:00

NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey findings and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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Youth Council 2018 Youth Food & Farm Forum - Nauvoo, AL
Oct
10
3:00 PM15:00

Youth Council 2018 Youth Food & Farm Forum - Nauvoo, AL

Apply to join the Youth Council to plan the 2018 Youth Food & Farm Forum!

For many years, the (adult) Food & Farm Forum has been the primary annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good food advocates.  In 2018, approximately 200 diverse participants from across the state will convene for a weekend of community-building and fellowship combined with peer-to-peer, hands-on learning in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations.

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Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)  Part 2: Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest  Handling for Intermediated Markets
Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR) Part 2: Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest Handling for Intermediated Markets

Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest

Handling for Intermediated Markets

October 10th | 9am-4pm | Registration $10 (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop will focus on harvest and postharvest operations for fruit and vegetable growers to be able to scale up into wholesale and intermediated markets. Intermediated markets are non-direct-to-consumer markets and include sales directly to restaurants, grocers, schools, universities and other institutions, as well as sales to food hubs and other aggregators and distributors dedicated to local food sourcing.

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Organic Oklahoma Conference (OK City)
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Organic Oklahoma Conference (OK City)

New and experienced growers and gardeners who want to learn more about organic and sustainable production practices are invited to attend the 2018 Organic Oklahoma Conference Oct. 10-11 in Oklahoma City.

This annual fall workshop, which will be held at the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Student Center, 900 N. Portland Avenue, is proof of the strong interest in organic farming and gardening across the state.

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Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)-- Part One: PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER COURSE
Oct
8
8:00 AM08:00

Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR)-- Part One: PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER COURSE

Produce Safety Grower Course

October 9th | 8am-5pm | Registration $35 (includes lunch)

For fresh produce farms, FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule. This training will help growers understand the new requirements and will provide the information needed to comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

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Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program (Western NC)
Oct
3
to Oct 31

Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program (Western NC)

Looking to launch or expand your farming business?

Join this 210+ hour Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program!

www.organicgrowersschool.org/farm-beginnings

 Many skills are required to start a successful farm: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network. Farm Beginnings® is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. Students do not need to currently own land, but some farming or production experience is helpful to get the most out of the class.

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NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Month Proclamations
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Month Proclamations

In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (Virginia)
Sep
15
to Sep 18

2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit (Virginia)

The goal of the summit is to improve understanding, capacity and performance of farms and businesses that participate in direct to consumer markets. Summit will feature new resources—intended to assist farmers, market managers and direct marketing farmers—as well as research and data on direct to consumer markets.

National leaders and experts from industry and the public sector will participate in plenary sessions and break-out trainings. Technical assistance will include workshops for Farmers Market Promotion Program grant participants and MarketMaker stakeholders. (Click title for more details)

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Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities For Our Region's Future (MS)
Sep
12
to Sep 14

Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunities For Our Region's Future (MS)

Countdown to Tupelo!

 Plenary Speakers Announced!

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Chief of Staff Molly Conway will be joining ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas for the opening plenary discussion at Appalachia Works: Expanding Opportunity for Our Region’s Future in Tupelo, Mississippi, September 12–14, 2018. 

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Aug
30
3:30 PM15:30

Value Chain Coordination: Bringing People Together - an NGFN webinar

Value Chain Coordination (VCC) is the "soft infrastructure" that supports the success of Good Food enterprises. VCC often requires organizing events and opportunities for key relationships across the food value chain to flourish by engaging the right stakeholders, maintaining communication channels, and fostering a trusting environment. Examples include organizing stakeholder meetings, forming working groups, and bringing potential partners together.

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Raising Cattle in NW Arkansas (Webinar)
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Raising Cattle in NW Arkansas (Webinar)

Benton County Extension is hosting a webinar featuring Dr. Allen Williams on August 29 from 6:30-8:30pm for those raising cattle in Northwest Arkansas, registration is free. 

Please share widely with your cattle networks in Northwest Arkansas.

Please register for Soil Health & Adaptive Grazing on Aug 29, 2018 6:30 PM CDT at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6651757668791943683

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Arkansas ​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)
Aug
21
8:00 AM08:00

Arkansas ​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)

Upcoming Grower Training

All Farms Growing, Harvesting, Packing, or Holding Produce for Any Market Should be Trained in PRODUCE SAFETY. 

Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has developed a national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers with the information needed to be in compliance.

Training locations and dates are listed below. You must register to be able to attend.

Upcoming training dates and locations (click title for more details):

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Soil Health on the Farm: Concepts & Techniques to Assess & Maintain Healthy Soil (Clemson, SC)
Aug
17
8:30 AM08:30

Soil Health on the Farm: Concepts & Techniques to Assess & Maintain Healthy Soil (Clemson, SC)

Come learn about how to assess soil health on the farm, the practices that support it, and why it’s important. We’ll cover the basics of how soil fertility, physical properties, and soil biology are related, and discuss a variety of management strategies that promote soil health, including what researchers at Clemson have learned from years of no-till research. We’ll tour research plots at Clemson’s Student Organic Farm, and demo soil sampling techniques and key organic no-till equipment. We’ll also cover different soil testing methods, and discuss which might be right for your farm. Click title for more details.

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Annual Meeting Federation of Southern Cooperatives (Alabama)
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Annual Meeting Federation of Southern Cooperatives (Alabama)

Join us for our 51st Annual Meeting and Estelle Witherspoon Award ceremony in Birmingham and Epes Alabama in August. The event is celebrating a great half-century of work, memories, and progress in the development of the Federation as the foremost organization serving Black Farmers, co-op members and low income people in rural and urban communities. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/360866671087412/

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​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)
Aug
14
8:00 AM08:00

​​​​​​​Upcoming Grower Training (Various Locations in AR)

Upcoming Grower Training

All Farms Growing, Harvesting, Packing, or Holding Produce for Any Market Should be Trained in PRODUCE SAFETY. 

Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has developed a national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers with the information needed to be in compliance.

Training locations and dates are listed below. You must register to be able to attend.

Upcoming training dates and locations (click title for more details):

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Food Hub Benchmarking Study 2018 (Webinar)
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Food Hub Benchmarking Study 2018 (Webinar)

We have learned from the Michigan State / Wallace Center 2017 National Food Hub Survey that food hubs are maturing as businesses. This Farm Credit East / Wallace Center 2018 Food Hub Benchmark Study dives deep into the business fundamentals that illuminate just how this development is progressing. Click title for more details.

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Organic Food & Farming Summit 2018: Nature’s Garden Express (Florida)
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Organic Food & Farming Summit 2018: Nature’s Garden Express (Florida)

The Summit is a statewide educational event (the only of its kind in Florida) geared toward farmers and the public (those who eat, cook, and grow good food) to come together and learn new skills and techniques on growing, processing, preparing and selling organic and sustainable foods, on farm and at home. (Click on title for more details)

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Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.
Jul
13
6:00 AM06:00

Military Veterans: Apply Now for Urban Farm Training in Washington, D.C.

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to Washington, D.C., for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a viable career.

ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, urban soils, land access, vegetable production, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors. Click on title for more details.

https://www.ncat.org/atf_DC/

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Exploring Our Living Streams - (Alabama)
Jul
13
to Jul 15

Exploring Our Living Streams - (Alabama)

The Exploring Our Living Streams Curriculum provides hands-on activities for teaching students about watershed science and water monitoring. The 4-H AWW Program provides support to clubs and classrooms as they use the curriculum and collect water data.  During the 2 day EOLS workshop, participants are certified as water monitors (water chemistry and stream biomonitoring) and  learn how their students can be certified as 4-H AWW Water Monitors. (Click on title for more details)

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8th Annual Whippoorwill Festival Teaches Skills for Earth-Friendly Living!
Jul
13
to Jul 15

8th Annual Whippoorwill Festival Teaches Skills for Earth-Friendly Living!

For the 8th year in a row, Kentucky’s own Whippoorwill Festival invites students of all ages and experiences to learn sustainable living skills in the heart of Appalachia, July 13-15, 2018.  The Festival hosts over 50 workshops geared toward enhancing our relationship with the earth and each other, such as herbalism, homesteading, primitive skills, political action, energy and healing, yoga, healthy food and food preserving techniques, natural building, and so much more!

In addition to workshops, the Festival includes live evening music and acoustic jam sessions.  This year’s performers include the Chelsea Nolan, Brett Ratliff, Senora May, Seth Murphy and Nick Penn  Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in open mic and campfire jam sessions. 

A family-friendly event, Whippoorwill has countless activities pop up throughout the weekend, including: Field Trips, Kids Clothing Swap, Trade Bizarre, Flutist Circle, multiple Affinity Group Meet n Greets, Kids Activities, and co-parenting scheduling for parents to trade kid-watching.  Kids have as much fun as parents and elders at this festival. Click title to learn more.

 

 

 

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Webinar:  NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to Summer
Jul
12
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar: NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to Summer

The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) anticipates providing more than 200 million free meals to children across the U.S. when school is out of session this summer. The seasonality and flexibility of SFSP create a perfect opportunity to highlight local products and incorporate food education. Join this webinar to learn about USDA farm to summer resources and hear from NFSN Core Partners about innovative farm to summer initiatives taking place across the country. Register here.

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VEGETABLE PRODUCTION COURSE - FREE (Registration Requested)
Jul
2
8:00 AM08:00

VEGETABLE PRODUCTION COURSE - FREE (Registration Requested)

Vegetable Production Workshop

JULY 2, 2018

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

MAIN CAMPUS

250 E M NORRIS STREET

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX 77446

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 PRE-REGISTER

FOR MEAL COUNT:

Online At:

https://pvcahsfarmfieldevent.eventbrite.com

Or By Phone: (936) 261-5002

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 Rafash Brew, Program Specialist, (936) 261-5149, Email: rebrew@pvamu.edu

 OR

 Angela Moore, (936) 261-5002, Email: almoore@pvamu.edu

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Webinar: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

This webinar is ideal for those involved or interested in the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant Program.

This webinar provides information to develop a useful evaluation plan for both your organization's own use, as well as for a BFRDP proposal. We’ll be taking a deeper dive into creating outcomes and indicators. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic steps, and will have a list of resources to use in developing future plans. Click title for more information.

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