Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!



Organic Farming Roundtables

March 13.  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.

Where has all the farmland gone?

March 146:00 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. 

Nutrient Management Research in Field Crops

Monday, March 13 at 6:00 pm CDTLocation: events.anr.msu.edu/FieldCropsWebinarSeries2017Growers, 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 agriculture experts.

Getting started with fencing and watering systems for livestock

Monday, March 13 at 6:00 pm CDTLocation: https://events.anr.msu.edu/BegFrmWeb2017/A good plan is essential for building fences and watering systems that will meet your needs now, and be flexible enough to grow with your livestock operation. They are both experienced cattle farmers as well as extension educators and will provide basics and tips that will help you get it right.

Soil Health Economics: A Farmer's Perspective

March 14
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Online
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This free, one-hour webinar from NRCS Soil Health Division will present the economic benefits of soil health based on implementing a soil health management system that includes continuous no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, and subsurface drainage. In this webinar, Rodney Rulon, who farms 5,800 acres of corn and soybeans in central Indiana, will present both economic and soil health data from his on-farm studies as he as implemented his system. He will discuss how increasing soil organic matter by over 1.5% has resulted in a yield increase of 12.8 bu/A of corn.

Is Sheep Milk Production in Your Future?

March 14
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Online
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This webinar will discuss the things that are necessary to produce sheep milk efficiently (e.g., breeds, selection, nutrition, management) and some of the major constraints to a successful dairy sheep industry (e.g., unstable sheep milk market, small size of the industry and producer isolation, lack of a national genetic improvement program). Some examples of producer successes in the industry will also be presented. The presenter is Dr. David L. Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This webinar is made possible with funding support from the Let's Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association.

Biological Pest Control on Vegetable Crops

Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00 am CDT
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This is the third webinar of the 2017 Winter Webinars put on by the IPM Program. This webinar will provide information on biological control options for pest management in vegetable crops
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Biological control is “any activity of one species that reduces the adverse effect of another.” In pest management, biological control usually refers to the action of parasites, predators or pathogens on a pest population which reduces its numbers below a level causing economic injury.
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Register for this webinar here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/416652370

Findings from the Summit on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Plant Breeding

Wednesday, March 15 at 1:00 pm CDT
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Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/234743552
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Speaker Bio: Dr. Julie Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background is in organic plant breeding and participatory research. She leads a program in collaboration with other plant breeders to test vegetable varieties for quality traits and productivity for regional food systems. Description: The Summit on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Plant Breeding was held in just prior to the National Association of Plant Breeders meeting in August 2016. The goals were to 1) Develop a statement of best practices for the use of IPR and licensing agreements for public cultivars and germplasm. 2) Provide examples of effective strategies for utilizing royalty money or other funding sources to support public cultivar development. 3) Explore existing technology transfer mechanisms to ensure that useful germplasm from public programs moves out of breeding plots and into farmers’ fields. A group of 65 plant breeders and other stakeholders from around the country, representing the public, private and non-profit sectors met for two days to discuss these issues specifically as they relate to plant breeding in the public sector. A set of recommendations from the conference has been developed for release Spring of 2017. This webinar will discuss the main findings and steps forward.

Maximizing Windbreaks on Your Farm

March 16
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Online
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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 David Shiley, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.



Opportunities


Employment Opportunity

The Big Garden in Omaha is currently hiring for our New Roots Internship! The New Roots internship is a paid, hands-on learning experience for anyone interested in urban agriculture. Please contact Cait Caughey -- Education Director at ccaughey@biggarden.org for an application.

Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey

How does health insurance affect farmers and ranchers? Help influence rural health policy in upcoming survey. Farmers and ranchers: How does health insurance affect you? Help influence rural health policy by participating in an upcoming USDA funded survey. Your responses will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Selected participants received a letter about the survey in February. If you would like to participate follow this link:  https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/132344?lang=en

Job Opportunity

Organic Certification Specialist - Processing & Handling
OneCert Inc.is an Accredited Organic Certification Agency based in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have an open position for a full-time Organic Certification Specialist - Processing & Handling.  Individuals interested in organic food and food systems encouraged to apply! Inquiries can be sent tojobs@onecert.com. Thanks! Skylar Falter, Certification Specialist, OneCert Inc. (402) 420-6080, Email: skylar@onecert.com

Job Opportunity

Organic Certification Intern - Crops
OneCert Inc.is an Accredited Organic Certification Agency based in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have an open position for an Organic Certification Intern - Crops. Individuals interested in organic food & farming, encouraged to apply! Inquiries can be sent to jobs@onecert.com. Thanks! Skylar Falter, Certification Specialist, OneCert Inc. (402) 420-6080, Email: skylar@onecert.com

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

Resource Available

Rural Food Business Toolkit - this resource was designed by the Center for Rural Affairs alongside a USDA Rural Development project in northeast Nebraska which provided in person instruction and support. The toolkit provides resources to growers, processors and food business owners to help them succeed. It can be found and downloaded here: http://www.cfra.org/rural-food-business-toolkit.

New Farm Storage Facility Loan

T​he Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program administered by the 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


Soil Fertility for Forage Production

Monday, March 20 at 6:00 pm CDT. Location: events.anr.msu.edu/FieldCropsWebinarSeries2017.  Presenter: Dr. Kim Cassida. 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.

Assistance Programs and Educational Resources for Organic Farming Operations

March 21. Online. During this webinar Drew Katz, Transition Services Coordinator at Oregon Tilth, will provide an overview of assistance programs that are available for organic producers and how to apply for them, and also give a virtual tour of some of the best organic educational resources that are currently on the web. https://tilth.org/event/assistance-programs-educational-resources-organic-farming-operations/

Ensuring Pumpkin Pollination

March 21. Online. This free webinar is part of the Bee Health Webinar Series offered by eXtension. This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Presenter Shelby J. Fleischer, Professor of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University, will review pumpkin and pollinator biology and discuss how management at the farm and landscape scale can help conserve both wild and managed bees that provide the ecosystem service of pollination to pumpkins. Registration is required. http://articles.extension.org/pages/74051/2017-bee-health-webinar-series:-ensuring-crop-pollination-in-us-specialty-crops

Cheap and Cheerful Stream and Riparian Restoration: Beaver Dam Analogues as a Low-cost Tool

March 22
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Online
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NRCS Science and Technology presents this free, one-hour webinar on how beaver-assisted restoration techniques can be applied as a low cost alternative for restoring riparian areas. This webinar will provide a brief overview of beaver ecology and hydrogeomorphic feedbacks, beaver-assisted restoration, BDA design and application, and NRCS planning considerations and resources.

Operating a Women Owned Farm Business

Wednesday, March 22 at 11:00 am CDT​. We will discuss the different types of business organizations and the liability protection and transition planning benefits of each.  Also discussed will be women owned businesses including how to have and manage that designation as well as opportunities and resources related to it.​ For more information and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-webinars-registration-11452674257

Benefits of Mulching Vegetables

March 23
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Online
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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 James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!


Organic Farming Roundtables

February 27.  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.

Where has all the farmland gone?

February 28. 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. 

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/

Tree Care Workshop – Alliance

February 28. All Day.  Knight Museum - Alliance. Contact, Amy Seiler, aseiler2@unl.eduDeveloped specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts, these workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care. http://www.nfs.unl.edu/tree-care-workshops

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

Entomology Seminar on the effects of plant viruses on vector-plant interactions

February 28. 4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Lincoln.  Nebraska East Union. Contact,  Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-2123jcunningham1@unl.eduElliot Knoell, a graduate student in the Entomology Department, will present the seminar, “The Effects of Plant Viruses on Vector-Plant Interactions”.

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

Connecting with Institutional Markets: Strategies and Programs for MT Producers

March 2. Online. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. We want to open our toolkit for successful relationships with institutional buyers to all those that attend this webinar. The subjects of importance that will be covered include developing partnerships, direct marketing, wholesaling, forward contracting, utilizing MOU’s, and briefly, food safety. Join us for this hour-long webinar and hear from other producers who have developed successful relationships with institutional buyers. https://www.ncat.org/institutional-markets

No-till Organic May Be Possible With a Systems Approach

https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/722372312 .  We will also record this presentation.  I believe for a Zoom Meeting like this we have a capacity of 50 connections, but it will be recorded.

Entomology Seminar: “Corn, Entomology, Monsanto, and Me”
March 2.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Lincoln,  Nebraska East Union. Contact, Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-8678jcunningham1@unl.eduDr. Doug Jones of Monsanto, Inc., in Lincoln, NE, will present the seminar, “Corn, Entomology, Monsanto, and Me.”
Natural Resources Documentary Night to Examine Climate Change

March 2.  7:00 pm. Hardin Hall, Lincoln.  Contact, Elyse Watson, elyse.watson@unl.eduThe School of Natural Resources is hosting its second documentary movie night featuring the film “Disruption,” a 2014 advocacy documentary, that examines climate change and the rising movement to combat it. It presents commentary from well-known climate, political and societal experts. It also features behind-the-scenes footage of efforts to organize The People’s Climate March, the largest climate rally in history that was held in conjunction with the UN world climate summit in 2014. “We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it.” The free event is open to the public. For more information on the film, click here: http://watchdisruption.com

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

Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar

March 3.  3:30 pm. UNL's  Keim Hall. Contact, Judy Fredrick, 402-472-5138jfredrick3@unl.eduMarty Schmer, research agronomist, USDA-ARS, will present “Corn residue utilization effects on yield, crop water use, and the soil resource.” 

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Stout Lecture

March 3. 3:30 pm. UNL's Bessey Hall. Contact, Tina Schinstock, 402-472-2663tgray2@unl.eduRenee Clary, Mississippi State University, will present “Lessons from Controversies in the History of Geology: Can Agassiz’s Glacial Theory Inform Geoscience Education and Public Reception of Climate Change?”

First Friday at the Great Plains Art Museum

 March 3.  5:00 pm–7:00 pm.  Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St. Lincoln. Contact,  Katie Nieland, 402-472-3965knieland2@unl.eduJoin us for great art, food, and fun at Lincoln’s First Friday Art Walk at the Great Plains Art Museum. Admission is always free. This event is the opening reception for “Rising: Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence Lari R. Gibbons” (lower-level Lentz Gallery). A UNL alumna, Gibbons explores ideas from ecology, environmental philosophy and natural history in her work. 

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




Opportunities


Employment Opportunity

The Big Garden in Omaha is currently hiring for our New Roots Internship! The New Roots internship is a paid, hands-on learning experience for anyone interested in urban agriculture. Please contact Cait Caughey -- Education Director at ccaughey@biggarden.org for an application.

Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey

How does health insurance affect farmers and ranchers? Help influence rural health policy in upcoming survey. Farmers and ranchers: How does health insurance affect you? Help influence rural health policy by participating in an upcoming USDA funded survey. Your responses will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Selected participants received a letter about the survey in February. If you would like to participate follow this link:  https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/132344?lang=en

Job Opportunity

Organic Certification Specialist - Processing & Handling
OneCert Inc.is an Accredited Organic Certification Agency based in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have an open position for a full-time Organic Certification Specialist - Processing & Handling.  Individuals interested in organic food and food systems encouraged to apply! Inquiries can be sent tojobs@onecert.com. Thanks! Skylar Falter, Certification Specialist, OneCert Inc. (402) 420-6080, Email: skylar@onecert.com

Job Opportunity

Organic Certification Intern - Crops
OneCert Inc.is an Accredited Organic Certification Agency based in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have an open position for an Organic Certification Intern - Crops. Individuals interested in organic food & farming, encouraged to apply! Inquiries can be sent to jobs@onecert.com. Thanks! Skylar Falter, Certification Specialist, OneCert Inc. (402) 420-6080, Email: skylar@onecert.com

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

Resource Available

Rural Food Business Toolkit - this resource was designed by the Center for Rural Affairs alongside a USDA Rural Development project in northeast Nebraska which provided in person instruction and support. The toolkit provides resources to growers, processors and food business owners to help them succeed. It can be found and downloaded here: http://www.cfra.org/rural-food-business-toolkit.

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


Selecting Wheat Inputs Wisely

Monday, March 6 at 6:00 pm CST. Location: events.anr.msu.edu/FieldCropsWebinarSeries2017Presenter: Dennis Pennington, MSU Wheat Specialist. 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 agriculture experts

Tomato Varietal Improvement

March 7. Online. Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar about organic tomato breeding and variety improvement by some of the leading experts in this field. Specific topics will include: identifying key traits, choosing appropriate parents and a selection approach, making crosses, selecting from segregating populations for desirable traits, using genetic markers to aid in selection for key traits, and saving seed. Advance registration is required. http://articles.extension.org/pages/74055/tomato-varietal-improvement

Introduction to Instagram Webinar- Presented by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture

Wednesday, March 8 at 11:00 am CST
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Instagram is a fun mobile photo sharing platform that is also excellent for advocating for agriculture or promoting your business. A short PowerPoint followed by a live demonstration will be part of this webinar.
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Manure and Cover Crops Roundtable

Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 am CST
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Location: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/9c24c1a9389f9f9034538d7d4481ef37
In the Manure and Cover Crops roundtable, we hope to discover whether manure and cover crops have complementary benefits related to soil quality. We’ll discuss if certain fields will produce more complementary benefits than others and whether timing of application and sampling 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 third in a four part series discussing the current state of our knowledge relative to manure’s impact on soil health.

Do Your Bees Have Parasitic Mite Syndrome

March 9
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Online
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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 Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.