Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Events & Opportunities

Local Meats Processing: Successes and Innovations
April 18. This Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar is being hosted by the National Good Food Network. This webinar will profile processors around the United States and share lessons learned about their success, offering background on the challenges of small-scale meat and poultry processing – for both processors and producers. It will include representatives from several regional, collaborative efforts to improve access to local processing. The discussion will be based on a research report for USDA's Economic Research Service that will be released the day of the webinar.

Supplementing the Organic Dairy Cow Diet: Results of Molasses and Flaxseed Feeding Trials Webinar
April 18. Join eOrganic for a webinar on molasses and flaxseed feeding trials in organic dairy cattle. In this webinar, Dr. Kathy Soder of the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, Pennsylvania, will present results of recent research she and her team have conducted.

New Generation Energy Webinar: Ask an Installer
April 19. Cornell Small Farms Program is presenting a four-part webinar series of farmer-led virtual tours and fun, informational tips for saving energy and converting to renewables on your farm or homestead. This final webinar in the series features Conor Kays from Alternative Power Solutions, who will talk about how to choose between geothermal, solar, or wind (or all three), how to size a system, current financial incentives and offsets, and services that installers will provide.

Estimating Cover Crop Nitrogen and Choosing Organic Fertilizers for Your Farm - Webinar
April 17. Oregon State University Senior Instructor and Small Farms Extension agent Nick Andrews will guide participants through the Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator, a free online tool which predicts the nitrogen released by cover crops, organic fertilizers, and compost, allowing farmers to easily compare the costs of different organic fertilizer programs. Andrews will explain the research behind the nitrogen mineralization models used in the calculator and demonstrate how this tool can be used to develop a cost-effective nutrient management program designed to address each farm’s specific crop nutrient requirements.  Visit their website for more information and to register.

Urban Agriculture Expo
April 20. Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event is for those who currently have an urban farming enterprise, are considering starting one, are supporters of urban farming, or are just curious to learn more. Educational seminars address three different topic categories: growing topics, business topics, and people topics. The growing topics will include water management, unique growing systems, and soils management. The business topics will include record keeping skills and tips, understanding your cost of production, and assessing which market option is right for you. Lastly, people topics will include updates in local food policies, the Urban Agriculture Alliance, and engaging communities around you.

Raising guinea fowl
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
April 15th at 6:00pm. There has been growing interest in raising guinea fowl. The reasons vary from income (from meat and/or eggs), guard duty, to insect control. Dr. Samuel Nahashon from Tennessee State University will discuss keeping small flocks of guinea fowl. Dr. Nahashon is a Research Associate Professor in Poultry Science at Tennessee State University and has worked extensively with guinea fowl. He also serves as technical advisor to the Guinea Fowl Breeders Association which is a non-profit group of people interested in learning about guinea fowl.

Introduction to Social Networking
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
April 16th. 1pm. Does social networking intimidate you? If so, this webinar is for you! We will review the basic principles of social networking, mainly using the widely popular website Facebook as a frame of reference. You will learn social networking language, use, how to utilize privacy settings, and explore the potential impact you can make through this medium. Pre-registration is not required for this webinar but is strongly encouraged. Please do so at:

Beginning Beekeeping Field Day
Saturday, Apr 20.Ithaca. See for registration information.

Financial Statements and Record-Keeping
April 15th at 10:00am. Building skills and confidence to help service members to access timely, accurate, and trustworthy information about creating financial statements and record-keeping. This presentation is part 1 in a 2 part series. The “Financial Ratios and SWOT Analysis” will be presented April 22, 2013. For details on part 2, visit:

No comments:

Post a Comment