Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!



Organic Farming Roundtables

February 20.  6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581cfrancis2@unl.edu. The public is invited to attend and participate in this 14-week series led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture. The series runs every Monday, Jan. 9 to April 24.

Controlling resistant and troublesome weeds

Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management in 2017. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain, forage and potato production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $15.00 for the full series of seven webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops. 

Doing the Impossible: Making the Global Food System Sustainable, One Burger at a Time

February 20. 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's  Food Innovation Center, 1901 N 21 ST. Lincoln. Contact, Dr. Devin Rose, 402-472-2802drose3@unl.eduThe Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will welcome Patrick O. Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, to campus to deliver his thoughts on, “Doing the Impossible: Making the Global Food System Sustainable, One Burger at a Time.”

Nebraska On-Farm Research Update

 Laura Thompson, 402-624-8030 , laura.thompson@unl.edu

More Opportunities for Cover Crops

February 21. If you’re looking for innovative ways to get more from your cover crops, why not learn from others’ successes and failures? Two southwest Iowa farmers will share their experiences pursuing the next frontier of cover crops on their farms. Jon Bakehouse will discuss how he has been trying to better accommodate fall-seeded cover crops by using early-maturing varieties of corn and soybeans. Steve McGrew will talk about another way to create opportunities for cover crops: seeding in the early spring ahead of soybeans. http://www.practicalfarmers.org/2017-winter-farminars/

Where has all the farmland gone?

February 21. 6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581cfrancis2@unl.edu. How to deal with the urbanization and conversion of productive farmland will be the topic of discussion in a 15-week series of courses taking place on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The series will be led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture, and Amy Swoboda, farm and ranch staff attorney at Legal Aid of Nebraska. 

High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 21. Cheyenne, Wyoming. University of Wyoming presents this fourth annual event. Day one features an organic certification workshop. A series of speakers will give talks on NOP regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers, as well as financial and technical assistance. On day two there will be speakers, researcher talks, and a poster session. A range of topics within the themes of organic livestock, organic crop, and organic forage production will be presented by selected growers, researchers, and NOP experts. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-high-plains-organic-farming-conference-tickets-28969774375

Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop

"Brewing Up Business." February 21-23. Broken Bow. Registration Now Open! Featuring the Beekman Boys, and Kinkaider Brewing. Details and to register, http://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/2017-agri-ecotourism-workshop

Entomology Seminar on Decision Making in Honey Bees

February 21. UNL's Entomology Hall. Contact, Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-2123jcunningham1@unl.edu
Dr. Justin Schmidt, Southwestern Biological Institute in Tucson, AZ, will present the seminar, “A Time to Live, A Time to Die? - Decision Making in Honey Bees.”

Whole Farm Revenue Protection

February 22. Norfolk.  Here's what you'll learn by attending: Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is new, offered in every county and rewards on-farm diversity. Instead of relying on specific policies for their crops, producers can insure the revenue for several crops all at once. For more information, contact Glen Ready, 402.687.2100 ext 1011.

Women in Agriculture Webinar- Creating Effective Videos Using iMovie via an iOS device

Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 am. Learn how to do basic video editing from your iPad or iPhone using iMovie. We will cover how to add a title, edit out unwanted footage and add and edit sound. Although this is geared for iOS devices, the principles are similar to other apps. For more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-webinars-registration-11452674257

Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care

February 22. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. This webinar focuses on riparian forested buffer restoration in the context of Pennsylvania’s rural landscape, particularly the agricultural context. Participants will learn proven successful methods for establishing riparian forest buffers at a landscape scale and the critical post-planting care details needed for success.http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/successful-buffer-restoration

Food Safety Needs for Midwest Produce Growers

February 23. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Angela Shaw, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Food Safety Specialist. http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/learn-small-farming-skills-your-desk-winter

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

February 23-25. La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) runs this event, which is the country's largest conference about organic and sustainable agriculture, with more than 3,500 participants. Innovative farmers, experienced educators, and farming professionals will present 65 workshops offering practical information about field crops, livestock, dairy, vegetables and specialty crops. Additional workshops will focus on soil health, farming issues, and strategies to help farmers manage and grow their business. Farmers can take a deeper dive into a farming topic through an all-day Organic University course February 23. Keynote speakers for the 2017 MOSES Conference are Mas Masumoto and Liz Carlisle. https://mosesorganic.org/conference/

Manure and Soil Erosion, Runoff, and Losses Roundtable

Thursday, February 23 at 11:00 am CST. In the Manure and Soil Erosion, Runoff, and Losses roundtable, we hope to discover the influence of manure on soil and runoff. We’ll discuss if certain fields will produce more environmental benefits than others and whether timing of application affects these benefits. Finally, we’ll debate whether we can derive an economic and environmental value for manure beyond its nutrient value, due to improved moisture retention and decreased erosion. We’ll also talk about field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure. This roundtable is the third in a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health. https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/9c24c1a9389f9f9034538d7d4481ef37

A Gathering of Friends

February 26. 1:30 pm–4:30 pm. Nebraska Union, Lincoln. Contact, Susan Budler, 402-472-1229sbudler1@unl.eduDave Titterington and Dan Wheeler will talk about birds that typically can be found in the Lincoln area and how you can create welcoming spaces for birds through types of plants, plant placement, water features and other garden techniques. 



Opportunities


Opportunity in Certified Organic Vegetable Production

Meristem Farm & Nursery is offering a unique opportunity to head up our certified organic vegetable operation. Depending on experience and commitment, this could lead to a long-term contractual arrangement. Our 1900’s era farm (5 acres total) adjoins Papillion, Nebraska. The Aksarben Farmers Market in Omaha is just 8 miles away. For the right person, we can offer housing in the upstairs of our farmhouse, with separate entrance, kitchen, and bath. Our soil is ideal for vegetables, including ¾ acre protected by fencing. The nursery and vegetable operations share 2 greenhouses: a large gutter-connect with solar-heated benches for propagating aronia berry cuttings (our primary business) and in-ground beds for vegetables; and a passive solar house for succulents and bedding plants. Tom Lundahl, (402) 306-4500, Tom@MeristemFarmAndNursery.com

Young Farmers in Nebraska Needed for Survey!

Take the National Young Farmer Survey today and tell Congress and the nation that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young, beginning, and aspiring farmers. National Young Farmer Survey

New Farm Storage Facility Loan

​T​he Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program administered by the FSA has expanded to include some new eligible commodities. The new commodities eligible for facility loans include floriculture, hops, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Commodities already eligible for the loans include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, and fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities.​ ​FSA has expanded the FSFL program to include portable equipment and storage and handling trucks.  These items can be new or used.  Along with these changes in equipment eligibility, the FSFL program now has a Microloan option for producers that have $50,000 or less in FSFL loans.  The FSFL Microloan reduces the down payment requirement from 15% to 5% and offers an abbreviated application by allowing the producer to self-certify their storage need. Loan applications should be filed in the administrative FSA office that maintains the farm’s records.​ ​For more information about Farm Storage​ Facility Loans, visit ​ ​www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport, or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.



Upcoming


Soybean SDS & Wheat Stripe Rust Management

Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm. Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management in 2017. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain, forage and potato production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Location: events.anr.msu.edu/FieldCropsWebinarSeries2017


Getting started with maple syrup

Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm CST. For those interested in entering the maple syrup business, this webinar will provide an overview of what it takes to produce and market quality maple products. Bob is an Michigan State University Extension field crops educator and operates Battel’s Sugar Bush with wife Sue and other family members as a private enterprise. Location: https://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmWeb2017/

Sprinkler Irrigation - History and Basics

February 28. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Throughout the years, many technological advancements in irrigation systems have been introduced to enhance performance, ease management, and reduce energy use, or to meet other specific needs. Recent advances include enhanced system operation and management made possible via readily available GPS and affordable remote communications and real-time data availability. Participate to become familiar with a brief history of irrigation, focusing on a historical presentation of sprinkler irrigation systems dating back to the late 1800s to present-day era center pivot systems. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/sprinkler-irrigation-history-and-basics

On-farm pollinator habitat benefits for watermelon pollination

Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 pm. This webinar will provide an overview of strategies to promote pollinators within annual rotational croplands in California. The focus will be on recent advances to establish native wildflower plantings and how these can positively contribute to promoting bees and crop pollination. Although examples will primarily be for watermelon many aspects are likely to apply to row crops more generally. The webinar will include a discussion of pollination benefits and also consider potential benefits and risks associated with pest management. https://extension.zoom.us/j/619691844

Holistic Management

February 28th, March 1st, March 2nd. Central Community College, Hastings. Contact, Bob Shields—(308) 379-1361

Growing Your Hobby Farm into a Business

March 2. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/learn-small-farming-skills-your-desk-winter

Protect Your Veggie Harvest From Hungry Insects!

Friday, March 3 at 1:00 pm. Many vegetables never make it to the table because hungry insects reach them first. Understanding the different types of insect pest management is key to bringing their populations under control.   In this webinar, Zack Snipes, Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson Cooperative Extension will  teach Integrated Pest Management skills for all levels of growers.  Moderated by Dani Carroll and Mallory Kelley, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event.   Note: on March 3, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/332261879

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!



Organic Farming Roundtables

February 6.  6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581cfrancis2@unl.edu. The public is invited to attend and participate in this 14-week series led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture. The series runs every Monday, Jan. 9 to April 24.

Webinar: Crowdfunding 101 for Beginning Farmers


Intro to Maple Syrup Production

February 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Online. Maple syrup production is rapidly growing around the Northeast and offers a sound financial opportunity to utilize woodlots sustainably. Join Mike Farrell, Director of the Uihlein Forest- Cornell University's Maple Syrup Research & Extension Field Station in Lake Placid, NY. Mike is also the author of The Sugarmakers Companion, a book that is required reading as part of the course. More info and registration:

Where has all the farmland gone?

February 7. 6:00 pm–9:00 pm. UNL's East Campus in the Plant Sciences Hall Room: 280 – Goodding Learning Center. Contact, Chuck Francis,402-472-1581cfrancis2@unl.edu. How to deal with the urbanization and conversion of productive farmland will be the topic of discussion in a 15-week series of courses taking place on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The series will be led by Chuck Francis, professor of agronomy and horticulture, and Amy Swoboda, farm and ranch staff attorney at Legal Aid of Nebraska. 

Predator control for small and backyard poultry flocks

Tuesday, February 7 at 2:00 pm CST. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/142597111. Predators can be a problem with any poultry farm, large or small. This webinar will discuss some of the predators of concern and methods to minimize losses to predators. The presenter will be Dr. Matt Springer at the University of Kentucky.

Grassfed Meat Production Using Multi-Species Grazing and Free-Choice Minerals

February 7th. David Carbaugh, of Nobel Pastures Farm in Red Oak will team up with Derek Lawson, cattleman at Foxhollow Farm in Kentucky, to discuss pasture and animal management. David and Derek met at a Holistic Management International training program and Derek has served as a mentor to David ever since. Tune in to hear David ask Derek questions about pasture mixes, grazing strategies, mineral supplementation, biodynamic pasture preparations and marketing grass-fed beef.http://www.practicalfarmers.org/2017-winter-farminars/

Providing Habitat for Wild Bees on Organic Farms

Tuesday, February 7 at 1:00 pm CST. Join eOrganic for a webinar on February 7, 2016 on Providing Habitat for Wild Bees on Organic Farms. The webinar takes place at 2PM Eastern Times, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2124436063988236545

Transitioning Small Grain Production to Organic

February 7. Online. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about the transition from conventional to organic small grain production and related management practices. Using several case studies of organic grain farms in the Pacific Northwest, this webinar will discuss possible transitions to organic farming. Management practices include crop rotation, soil fertility, and weed management. The webinar will also introduce a new, online Extension publication: Organic Small Grain Production in the Pacific Northwest: A Collection of Case Studies. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/transitioning-small-grain-production-to-organic

Webinar: MarketReady MasterCourse Branding and Labeling

February 8, 1:00pm – 2:30pm. We have developed a 1 hour MasterCourse webinar on Branding and Labeling with perspective from industry professional Chris Becker of Hello Fieldtrip. The webinar will uncover some of the most popular an effective ways to tell a farm story and brand products accordingly.  Participants will be encouraged to interact with guest speakers via questions or experiences.  Our hope is that participants will be able to use this information to make practical business decisions in addition to having a better understanding of the technical support available to them. For additional information please contact Alex Butler at (859)218-4383 or alex.butler@uky.eduhttp://www.uky.edu/marketready/events/marketready-mastercourse-branding-labeling

Micro Nutrients Webinar

Wednesday, February 8 at 11:00 am CST
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Micro-nutrients like Mn, Zn and Cu can be tricky to manage in cropping systems. By the time symptoms of deficiencies show up it, yields will already be affected. On the other hand, too high on a concentration of some of these metals will cause toxic effects, also reducing yields. Managing soil pH and tissue and soil samples can help alleviate issues with micro-nutrients.
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For more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-webinars-registration-11452674257

Grazing Guides Webinar: Organic Dairy Feed Management Project

February 8
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This webinar series covers topics that specifically relate to grazing dairy herds. Topics include technologies available to grazing herds as well as strategies for feeding, grazing and care of your animals. This program will present data from a recent Penn State study evaluating economic, environmental, and production data from organic dairy farms in Pennsylvania. Factors that lead to successful management of these dairy farms will be discussed. There is no fee to attend this event. However, pre-registration is requested.

Whole Farm Revenue Protection

February 9th. First Northeast Bank of Nebraska, Tekamah. Here's what you'll learn by attending: How WFRP works, John Schreiter of Hudson Insurance Group. Purchasing WFRP for a vegetable production, Kelly Jackson of Daniels Produce. What WFRP covers - fruits, vegetables, commodity crops, and livestock under $1 million in revenues. Whether WFRP is a good fit for your operation. For more information, contact Glen Ready, 402.687.2100 ext 1011.

Women Managing the Farm Conference

February 9-10
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Manhattan, Kansas
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The Women Managing the Farm Conference, "Her AgriCULTURE Story - Change, Adapt, Grow," is designed to aid women who are helping to grow the nation's food supply, whether by design, marriage, or inheritance. Over the two days of the conference, presentations regarding business planning, health, managing employees and more will be interspersed with opportunities for networking and learning from others attending the conference. The WMF Conference has been developed for all women involved in an operation, from the full-time manager to the absentee landowner needing a bit of insight about managing her investment.

Out with the Old: Pruning Old and Neglected Fruit Trees

February 9. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Grant McCarty, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/learn-small-farming-skills-your-desk-winter

Cover Crops 2017 Webinar Series – Looking Beyond the Basics

February 9, 11am – 12pm. Online. Building on the series from 2016, the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) brings you Cover Crops 2017 – Looking Beyond the Basics.  The three part series will explore and discuss the latest research complemented by on farm experiences under real world conditions.   Speakers will discuss cover crop pest management, scouting indicators, and what farmers and advisers should know for improved management.  The series is designed to look beyond the basics and focus on advanced cover crop management for enhanced production goals.  Once again these webinars are made possible by the generous support of North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC-SARE). FREE to all registrants.http://agronomy.peachnewmedia.com/store/subscription/subscription-detail.php?subid=1255

Webinar Series: Holistic Financial Planning

February 9, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. If you've been struggling to make your farm operation profitable without driving yourself into the ground, this financial planning course is for you. Ultimately, it will help you with the delicate balancing act that all farmers must succeed in:  balancing healthy profits with healthy land and a healthy farm family and personal life. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm & family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front, rather than hoping there is something left once expenses are subtracted from income. If you have been struggling with the financial statements in your business plan, this is a great course to help you focus in on these and get clear on your numbers. In this course, you will generate a clear written statement of your family's values and vision and know how to use it to guide financial and overall farm decision-making. You will also develop an Annual Financial Plan mapping out your planned profit, income streams, and expenses for your farm. More info and registration:
 
Manure and Soil Health Testing Roundtable

Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 am CST
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In the Manure and Soil Health Testing roundtable, we hope to discover what current soil health tests help to quantify manure impacts on soil characteristics, thus determining which soil test is the best indicator and best value. We’ll also debate which types of fields might benefit most from manure used to improve soil health and procedures for collecting samples for soil health tests that would best recognize results from use of manure. We’ll also talk about field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure. This roundtable is the first of a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health.
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Location: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/9c24c1a9389f9f9034538d7d4481ef37

Greg Garbos - Four Season Tools & City Bitty Farm 

February 10-11. Greg has spent his career pursuing and promoting skill-based service - a philosophy of using your unique talents  and skills to make a difference in the world. As a trained engineer, Greg has applied his skills to implementing solutions for sustainability. His love for nature came from a childhood in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of southern New Hampshire. There he was inspired by his passive solar home with a solar thermal water heating system custom designed and built by his own parents. His drive for an altruistic career was influenced by his father’s aerospace engineering fellowship and his mother’s biblical scholarship. They encouraged Greg to apply his knowledge and interpersonal skills to help others. Contact Jeremiah Picard, Nebraska Farmers Union - Local Foods Policy Director for details. Cell: 402.570.3746Office: 402.476.8815



Opportunities


Osage Orange Posts

Over the years several NSAS members, especially organic producers , have bought osage orange posts from my son Chris Rohrbaugh.  He still offers posts but is also producing for Crete Lumber in Crete.  Crete Lumber has always been a great supporter of sustainable agriculture. Paul & Cyndie Rohrbaugh, Pawnee Pride Meats

​New Farm Storage Facility Loan

​T​he Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program administered by the FSA has expanded to include some new eligible commodities. The new commodities eligible for facility loans include floriculture, hops, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Commodities already eligible for the loans include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, and fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities.​ ​FSA has expanded the FSFL program to include portable equipment and storage and handling trucks.  These items can be new or used.  Along with these changes in equipment eligibility, the FSFL program now has a Microloan option for producers that have $50,000 or less in FSFL loans.  The FSFL Microloan reduces the down payment requirement from 15% to 5% and offers an abbreviated application by allowing the producer to self-certify their storage need. Loan applications should be filed in the administrative FSA office that maintains the farm’s records.​ ​For more information about Farm Storage​ Facility Loans, visit ​ ​www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport, or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.



Upcoming


Getting started with hoophouse management

Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm CST. Location: https://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmWeb2017/Hoophouse management, Collin Thompson, MSU Extension. Profitable production in hoophouses requires careful planning and management.  Collin manages the Michigan State University North Farm, including hoophouses.  He will provide background information on hoophouse selection and siting, then concentrate his webinar on successful management to optimize production and sales. 

Pollinating Apples and Cherries

February 14. Online. This free webinar is part of eXtension's 2017 series of bee health webinars, Ensuring Crop Pollination in U.S. Specialty Crops. This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Registration is required. http://articles.extension.org/pages/74051/2017-bee-health-webinar-series:-ensuring-crop-pollination-in-us-specialty-crops 

Feed Management: the NRCS Practice Standard, Installation, Management and Explanation of the Conservation Activity Plan

February 15. Online. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

Integrated Clubroot Management Strategies for Brassica Crops

February 15. Online. Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on clubroot management with Aaron Heinrich and Alex Stone of Oregon State University. This webinar will explore the life-cycle of clubroot, environmental factors influence disease incidence and severity, prevention measures to minimize between field and in-field spread, and management strategies to reduce crop damage. Particular attention will be focused on soil pH management using lime. http://articles.extension.org/pages/74054/integrated-clubroot-management-strategies-for-brassica-crops 

Manure and Soil Biology Roundtable

Thursday, February 16 at 11:00 am CST. In the Manure and Soil Biology roundtable, we hope to discover the influence of manure, both positive and negative, on soil biology. We’ll discuss if certain fields will produce more soil biology benefits than others and whether timing of application affects these benefits. Finally, we’ll debate whether we can derive an economic value for manure beyond its nutrient value. We’ll also talk about field experiences and observations related to the value of manure as well as what farmers still need related to soil building with manure. This roundtable is the second in a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health. Presenters include: Rhae Drijber and Michele Soupir. More about this great roundtable series at: http://articles.extension.org/74052

Small Commercial Microgreen Production

February 16. Online. University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/learn-small-farming-skills-your-desk-winter



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