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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to launch or expand your farming business?
Join this 210+ hour Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training Program!
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.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is accepting applications from farmers who would like to participate in the “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” training course. Applications are due October 5.
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.
The Mid-South Organic Conference will be held at Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, AR. The event will be a mutual opportunity for farmers, landowners and agents from around the Mid-South to learn and share from their experiences and knowledge of organic farming. Click title for more details.
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)
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.
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.
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:
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):
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.
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.