The Professional Development Program is a “train the trainer” program, providing funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in areas of sustainable agriculture production practices. Training activities may include seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or the marketing and distributing of training materials. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states, or throughout the entire Southern region.
PSA Grower Training
August 27, 2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: U of A Cooperative Extension Services - Education Wing
Join us to learn about new regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans.
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.
Food Incubation Summit will explore a different city’s food system by learning directly from local food leaders who share their unique ecosystem’s strengths, challenges, and best practices. We hope this approach will inspire leaders to learn from the best and bring back new ideas that could contribute to a more vibrant food system in their community. The summit will explore the burgeoning CPG scene in Austin, Texas to learn how this city is uniquely positioned to support a new era of food entrepreneurs by focusing on infrastructure, investment, ecosystem services, business execution, and community.
Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference will be January 22-25, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 29th 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.
The Wallace Center is excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our 2020 National Good Food Network Conference in New Orleans, March 10-13, 2020.
At the 2020 NGFN Conference they are looking to take food systems change and movement building to the next level. Check here for news and updates on the conference. https://www.winrock.org/ms/2020-ngfn-conference/
U of A Fruit Research Station
1749 State Hwy 818
Clarksville, AR 72830
Phone: (479) 754-2406
August 15, 2019
2:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration Deadline: August 12, 2019
Registration Fee (includes dinner):
$20 early bird registration
$30 at door (must register before Aug. 13th)
Please fill out your information below to register for this event.
Keeping up with regulations to ensure your farm is using best practices can be daunting. Extension can provide fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers, regulatory personnel and others interested in the safety of fresh produce in Arkansas. Click here to sign up and learn more.
The 2019 Farm & Food Leadership Conference offers the most speakers, topics, networking opportunities, pre-conference workshops, and exhibitors in the 13-year history of this event!
Whether you are a farmer, rancher, homesteader, home gardener, cottage food producer, local foods activist, or just someone interested in nutritious, sustainably grown foods, you’ll want to be in San Marcos, Texas, Aug. 11-13!
Produce Safety Alliance Grower (PSA) Training
This event is being hosted by the McComb Veazey Community Coterie.
August 10th 8:00 am 5:00 pm
McComb Veazey Community House
421 12th Street , Lafayette, LA 70501
If time/weather permits we will conduct a brief risk assessment of the operation after the training at the McComb Veazey Community Farm, 332 Geauthier Rd., Laffayette, LA 70501.
Mississippi State University’s Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station will host the July 19th field day/training. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's Truck Crops Branch is one of 16 branch stations, located just south of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station focuses on horticulture. The station, which was established in 1938, encompasses 175 acres, the most acreage dedicated to horticulture in the MSU system. There are two laboratories, shop facilities, nine greenhouses and seven high tunnels on-site. Download PDF for more info.
The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources.
The Kerr Center is evaluating several American elderberry varieties under eastern Oklahoma growing conditions. The workshop will feature regional experts on elderberry production and marketing who will address multiple aspects of this increasingly popular perennial crop.
The workshop will begin with a field tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry trial on the horticulture farm.
Following the tour, the classroom portion of the workshop will begin with a presentation by Patrick Byers. Byers is part of an ongoing University of Missouri Extension project to evaluate elderberries and encourage their production in North America. He will give an overview of varieties, disease and insect concerns, and production techniques.
NC Choices Presents 2019 CAROLINA MEAT CONFERENCE: The Future of Local Meats
October 6 & 7, 2019
Downtown Charlotte Marriott City Center, Charlotte, NC
Conference Registration Includes:
Admittance to two full days of conference programming including 25+ sessions featuring hands-on butchery, cooking demos, and compelling topics.
Locally sourced meals from Stoke Kitchen's Chef Chris Coleman.
One (non-transferable) ticket and transportation to the Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden ($85 value).
Access to sponsor and exhibitor tradeshow area.
There is growing momentum to pass a new Child Nutrition Act this legislative session. Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks project for a panel discussion with policy experts on the process for reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. This important act legislates school meal and child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and was last reauthorized in 2010 in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Learn about the process for reauthorization, what is to come in the next few months, and how food policy councils can engage in the reauthorization process. Submit your questions for the presenters when you register or bring them with you to the conversation.
Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM PST
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE FORUM- Celebrating the 25th Annual Unifest Concert in Lauderdale Lakes with Mayor Hazelle Rogers. Please join us at the first CANNURBAN UNIFEST AGRICULTURAL SYMPOSIUM. The theme is "Growing Agricultural Diversity for the Future". Proceeds will go to the Caribbean- American Scholarship Fund.
Ole Brooke Organics (Buie Family Farm) will host this event at their farm in Brookhaven, Miss. Ole Brook Organics is a certified organic farm, with more than 15 years of experience. They provide the highest quality foods grown under strict regulations such as turmeric and ginger. TOUR AND LEARN FROM THIS SUSTAINABLE FARMING OPERATION!
FACT and the American Solar Grazing Association are teaming up to offer a free hour-long webinar on Solar Grazing. Solar arrays need vegetation management, and solar grazing is the practice of using livestock (primarily sheep) to manage this vegetation. This webinar will cover the research done to date on this innovative approach, and how sheep producers and solar site operators can put solar grazing system in place. Join us to learn to find out more about the animal welfare, economic, and environmental benefits of this practice!
Interested in learning more about the Community Food Projects grant program, or finding out whether your organization is ready to apply? This webinar presents a dialogue with CFP grantees from across the country with diverse projects about their lessons learned and tips for CFP applicants. We will cover such topics as finding and documenting matching funds; gaining community involvement in your project; building evaluation into the outset of the project; what does a food system orientation look like in your work; how important is economic development to your efforts; and how have you made your project more financially sustainable to honor the one time infusion of federal dollars.
Highlights Include: Visits to regenerative farms, eco-forestry projects, a transformative women’s empowerment social enterprise, a community land trust. Homestays with local families. Meet changemakers in an Appalachian coal mining community. Visit and stay at the historic Highlander Folk School!
Internships, mentoring, and apprenticeships are valuable resources for both parties involved but there's more to it than just getting someone to do your work in exchange for housing and food, or a small stipend. Learn how Annie Warmke, owner of Blue Rock Station has developed an annual summer intern program over the past 13 years.
The New Food Economy visits Texas A&M, where experts will discuss the most pressing issues, practices, and priorities that affect the meat production sector, from markets and genetics to emerging technologies and how meat is being talked about in the media. This event will expand the conversation about what it means to produce and to eat meat in America today–and what it may mean tomorrow.
2019 OAK Conference
Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics
Join us for the 8th Annual OAK Conference! Local and national speakers spotlight a variety of topics, including livestock and row crops, dairy, growing produce, finances, life on the farm, and adding value. The conference brings together more than 300 participants, including farmers, academics, government agencies, businesses and consumers from Kentucky and beyond to continue the momentum of building a strong, resilient and healthier food system. Our program features farm tours, short courses, more than 30 educational workshops, invited keynote speakers, a Trade Show, a festive reception and silent auction, and a special community film screening. From the experienced farmer to the beginning farmer, from field production to the consumer who wants to learn more about why organic is better, these workshops have something for everyone. The conference agenda is nearly complete and details on farm tours, short courses and special guest speakers are included on link. Click title for more details.
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
The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association's signature event, Professional Pastured Poultry Conference, is happening January 21-22, 2019 in Greenville, Texas. If you meet the criteria, we'd love to have you join us.
You may ask yourself what "professional pastured poultry" means? Click title for more details.
The 2019 HIS Show will be held January 3-5 in Fayetteville, AR at the Chancellor Hotel.
The theme of the 38th Annual Show is “People, Plants and Pollinators.
The HIS 2019 offers many wonderful opportunities to learn from the best in the industry about new and innovative processes and systems being used in this industry – as well as current tried and true processes. Along with these presentations will be a trade show with exhibitors representing the industry and the opportunity to network with others in the horticulture industry.
Learn from a group of regional experts. Panel discussions, resources and more. Topics include establishing a vineyard, business planning, cash flows and much more.
Host Location: Chris Denesha, Plēb Urban Winery, 289 Lyman Street, Asheville, NC 28801 https://www.pleburbanwinery.com/
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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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Next month the Xerces Society will be offering a one-day short course on conservation biological control in Arkansas called Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control. The course will be held in Stuttgart at the Rice Research and Extension Center on November 8. Additional course details and info can be found below as well.
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.
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.