Monday, June 17, 2013

Sustainable Farming & Foods

 Weekly Events & Opportunities
MREA 24th Annual Energy Fair
June 21. Custer, WI. MOSES Rural Women’s Project Coordinator Lisa Kivirist leads two workshops at the Energy Fair. In “Launch Your Organic Farm Dream,” Lisa shares ideas for creating a livelihood based on sustainability values and good food. Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Black Tent and Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Pink Tent. Click here for more information.
 International Aquaponics Conference
June 19-21. Stevens Point, WI. “The International Aquaponics Conference: Aquaponics and Global Food Security” will bring together individuals with the goal of making an impact on food quality, security and sustainability using aquaponic methods, in which fish and plants are grown together in a symbiotic environment. Industry experts will share experience and knowledge in a fun and informative conference setting, providing participants a wealth of information on the rapidly growing aquaponics industry. Click here for more information and to register.
Spaulding's Famous Goat School
June 22-24. Littlefork, MN. Weekend of hands-on training and education in the care, breeding, and management of dairy and meat goats. Subjects will cover disease prevention, dehorning, emergencies, kidding, parasites control through rotational grazing, and good milking procedures. Optional after-session will cover cheese making and soap making from goat milk. Goat school will be presented by Ken and Janice Spaulding; hosted by Elizabeth Pendergast at North County Farm near the MN/ON border. Call 218-278-8888.
Hops Growers Roundtable
June 22. Dodgeville, WI. For New & Existing Hop Farmers. 2 Presentations on Sustainable Hopyard Establishment and Marketing Hops + Lunch Reception + A hop farming forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers. Click here for more information and to register. 
Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day
June 20. Columbia, Missouri. The University of Missouri Bradford Research Center is hosting a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day designed for landowners, students, and enthusiasts of quail and native plants. The free event includes quail management demonstrations, a landowner panel on successes and challenges, and sessions on quail ecology and habitat. One-hour field tours are offered, and assistance will be available for landowners in developing custom-tailored wildlife management plans.
 Spring Pasture Grazing Tour
June 20. Stevensville, Montana. On this day-long bus tour, visit with landowners and grazing specialists at five pastures in the Bitterroot Valley that exemplify differing management approaches, including mob grazing and Management Intensive Grazing. Discussions will be led by Justin Morris, NRCS Grazing Specialist, and Jane Mangold, MSU Assistant Professor.
First Nations Knowledge: Community Engagement
June 20. Online. First Nations Knowledge in a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations Development Institute. The series aims to educate Native Americans who are involved in food-systems work and agriculture, plus those who lead or work for Native nonprofit organizations. The webinars are free and will last approximately one hour each.
Peak Performance Grazing: Planning and Management for Animals, Land, and Profit
June 21-24. Carbondale, Colorado. Sustainable Settings is offering a four-day class with Jim Gerrish and Owen Hablutzel. The course offers a fun-filled four days of learning together optimal and effective ways to plan for and achieve the full power of peak performance grazing on your land. This four-day workshop will include classroom as well as outdoor exercises and pasture walks.
Mom, Apple Pie and Conservation: Women-Only Conservation Tour
June 22. Palmer, Kansas. This free event for women begins with a morning farm tour and continues with an afternoon of presentations on cost-share programs, soil health, cover crops, and a roundtable discussion "From a Woman's Perspective." The tour is sponsored by the Kansas Rural Center (KRC) as part of its Women and Conservation Project. Co-sponsors include the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops at KSU, River Valley Extension District Kansas State University Research and Extension, and Tuttle Creek WRAPS.
Modern Livestock Production Trends and Vulnerabilities
June 19th. 12pm Central. Food animal agriculture has become more concentrated in geographically discrete production centers in the United States in recent decades. At the same time, billion dollar weather disasters have become a regular occurrence. What can we learn by understanding the vulnerabilities of our food animal production systems that we can translate into resilience strategies? Dr. Julie Smith, EDEN delegate and University of Vermont Extension dairy specialist, will provide participants with an overview of US food animal production trends and vulnerabilities. This free webinar is open to agricultural stakeholders, community members and Extension educators and specialists, Please register at Use the drop down menu to select "Modern Livestock Production Trends and Vulnerabilities."
 Food Value Analysis Database
June 19th. 1pm Central. The market place offers consumers a wide variety of choices of food for purchase and consumption. Helping consumers make wise food choices while taking into consideration budget constraints, time availability, food preparation skills, shelf-life, food safety concerns, and dietary recommendations is not an easy task. The Food Value Analysis tool was created to provide a way to compare a range of values for various forms of processed foods compared to foods prepared from a recipe in the home kitchen. The application provides a means to begin a discussion about trade-offs involved in making food choices across multiple dimensions. The tool allows you to compare the cost and nutritional value of home recipe foods to various other forms. For example, you can compare home recipe beef stew to canned beef stew or frozen broccoli to fresh broccoli. The webinar will include: • How the database was developed including sources for data • How to use the database with consumers.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting a New Farm Bill
June 17. 1pm Central. Join federal farm policy experts from American Farmland Trust to discuss topics about the farm bill, including: • Challenges to conservation programs in the next farm bill and directions for the future; •Proposed changes in conservation compliance that modernize the safety net, but do not place limits on crop insurance assistance; • Opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of programs that help protect farm and ranch land; and • Efforts that may help strengthen regional food systems.
Climate Variability and US Forests
June 20th. 12pm Central. U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor,  Dave Cleaves, will give an overview of the  U.S. Forest Service report “Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest.  The report is a look at the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climate variability. Jim Vose, Project Leader, Center for Integrated Forest Science, and co-led for the report will discuss some of the report’s highlights and Mark Megalos, NC State University Extension Associate Professor will moderate the presentation. This report describes the biological, economic, and social impacts of a warming climate on both privately owned forests and public lands and also provides a framework for managing forest resources in the United States in the face of climate change.
Raising Dough for Food Businesses
Thursday, June 20, 2:30 pm Central. Is lack of access to capital really a problem for food businesses that are solving social and environmental problems? There are more types of capital than ever before to support food businesses... but many don't know they exist, they can be challenging to access and even more, it’s hard to tell which type will be the best for each business. Join us on this webinar to learn to “Raise Dough” for food businesses.

Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms
June 26. Online. This 3-hour IOIA webinar is a 200 level webinar training course that will cover Natural Resource Assessment for Organic Farms. The course is geared to prepare those who are currently organic inspectors or file reviewers to evaluate Natural Resource requirements as described in the NOP/COR. The course is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff.
 Planning and Design of Livestock Watering Systems Webinar
June 26. Online. USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center is offering this webinar as part of its ongoing series of training webinars held the last Wednesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern. At this time, participants can simply "join" an event; preregistration is not necessary.
 2013 Farm to School Summit
June 26-27. La Crosse, WI. The Wisconsin Farm to School Summit showcases current farm to school efforts across the state, new resources for farm to school practitioners and advocates and future opportunities for farm to school programs and policy. This event is designed to support the work of school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, school administrators, school board members, parents, students and school wellness team members. The Summit will also be of interest to local food advocates, state and local health departments, local coalitions and more! Click here for more information and to register.
 Amending Soils in the Organic Dairy Pasture - Webinar
June 27. In this free webinar, Dr. Daley will describe a long-term soil remediation field trial designed at the University Farm to study the effects of a basic soil amendment program on forage quality and yield, with an emphasis on the economic return that would result from added milk production. Click here for more information and to register.
Grain Place Foods - Farm Tour & Summer Seminar

July 13. Marquette. Every year The Grain Place (the Vetter family farm) and Grain   Place Foods hosts the Farm Tour & Summer Seminar for anyone interested in organic farming, the organic food industry, and sustainable agriculture in general. Participants are guided by The Grain Place farm manager Mike Herman on a tour of the farm, learning and sharing ideas about various organic growing practices. Grain Place Foods President Dave Vetter leads the tour through the plant, showing how all the various certified organic grains and seeds are processed and packaged. Click here for more information.

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