Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

Sustainable Small Farms & Backyards Online Course

September 15 - October 31, 2014. Online. Clemson Extension's Livestock & Forages team and the Home & Garden Information Center will offer six classes online from September 15 to October 31, 2014. The course is geared toward teaching people with very small farms (under 10 acres) the basics on how to care for livestock and honeybees and how to grow your own fruits and vegetables. County/Area Extension Agents and State Extension Specialist deliver information on beekeeping basics, livestock (goats, pigs and chickens), forages, small fruit and vegetable gardening, and state guidelines for selling direct to consumers. http://calendar.clemson.edu/event/sustainable_small_farms_backyards_online_course

Ramping Up to Forest Farm Culinary Delights

September 16. Online. This one-hour webinar is the second in a series of eight on non-timber forest products. It will be presented by Jim Chamberlain, Research Forest Products Technologist with the USDA Forest Service, who will focus on forest farming wild onions, also known as ramps. https://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/Webinar%20Line%20Up%20.pdf

Preventing Storm Damage to Trees

September 16th. PA Urban & Community Forestry Webinar: Preventing Storm Damage to Trees. https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

Direct Marketing Meats

September 16. Online. During this webinar, brought to you by the Women in Ag Learning Network, presented in collaboration with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, participants will hear from a meat processor and a farmer about how to increase profitability from your direct market meat sales. Presenters will talk about how to fill out a cut sheet, marketing tips for selling the whole animal and what works (and what doesn't!) in direct marketing meats. https://learn.extension.org/events/1694

DIY Kimchi

Tuesday, September 16, 6pm-8pm. Did you know that Kimchi can be eaten fresh or fermented? Learn how to create a tasty Kimchi from great produce. This traditional Korean dish will present you with endless possibilites in the kitchen! https://communitycrops.z2systems.com/np/clients/communitycrops/event.jsp?event=71&

Alternate Market Opportunities for Bioenergy Feedstock

September 16. Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium Webinar. https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy

Giving Your Horse the Best Chance During Disasters

Tuesday, September 16. 6pm Central. Participants in this webcast will learn practical things a horse owner should know, and can do, that will reduce risks to horses during fires, floods and storms. This webcast is presented by My Horse University, Michigan State University Extension and the Extension Disaster Education Network. You must register for this FREE webinar to access the session URL. http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=MHUWebcast

Insecticide Resistance Management

Entomology Seminar. September 16.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Jeri Cunningham, 402-472-8678,jcunningham1@unl.edu. “Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM): Negative Cross-Resistance in Focus” presented by Matheus Ribeiro, Entomology Graduate Student

Cover Crop Field Day

September 16, 5pm – 8pm. Bladen. Free Cover Crop Field Day, with meal to follow.  We will be looking at double cropped sunflowers planted with a high diversity companion covers, planted in mid-July after a triticale crop.  We also will be looking at covers flown-on to hailed corn as well as other summer planted cover crop plots.  No RSVP required but let us know ahead of time if you want to pickup any seed.  More information at https://greencoverseed.com/ or call 402-469-6784.

NOP Livestock Standards Webinar

September 16 and 19. Online. This IOIA webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. This webinar is a 100-level course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Livestock Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for livestock production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. This course is comprised of four components: pre-course self-study, mid-course exercises, the webinar, and post-webinar evaluation. http://www.ioia.net/schedule_web.html#sept16

Evaluating Investments and Operational Changes

September 16. Online. MOSES is offering free webinars help you manage your farm's finances. Presenters are two of the co-authors of the book Fearless Farm Finances. This free webinar with Chris Blanchard will show you the tools you need to evaluate your options. You'll get a down-to-earth approach to help you better understand the economic and other impacts of investments and operational changes. http://mosesorganic.org/events/webinars/

Pressure Canning :: Tomatoes

Wednesday, September 17th at 6pm. All workshops are hosted at City Sprouts, 4002 Seward Street. There is a  $5 participation fee. 

Oiling with Miranda Bitz

September 17th. Curious about the latest “oiling” craze. Learn about the potential of oils from seed to seal with Miranda Bitz and Tanya Schoessow. https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/9092833978906219266

Farmer Veteran Coalition Presents: 
A Celebration of our American Heroes

We are having a huge celebration to honor everyone who has served our nation. We want to connect with veterans who are already involved in agriculture and those who have the dream to do so.  Thursday, September 18. 6:30 PM-10:30 PM.  Music Begins 7:30 PM Seward Ag Pavilion, Seward. Doors open 6 PM. Dinner by Chances R 6:30 PM.  Featuring a Special Live Performance by Jason Earl Band www.jasonearlmusic.comwww.farmvetco.org. For more information contact: Chet Bennetts- Director of Farm Business, Development/Farmer Veteran Coalition, (402) 890-0797 or chet@farmvetco.org

Legal and Financial Clinic

Thursday, September 18. Valentine or Lexington. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

How the Wind did Human Work on the Farm

September 18th. Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies. 3:30 pm. Center For Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St. Lincoln. Presented by T. Lindsay Baker, director, W.K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas and professor at Tarleton State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Energy Upgrades: Steps to Implement Energy Conservation Opportunities

September 18. Online. This webinar is part of a series of agricultural energy webinars presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. http://www.conservationwebinars.net/

Webinar: Composting 101 and Five Strategies for Success n Nebraska

September 18, 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Composting has great potential to stimulate rural economies, protect our food supply, conserve water and reduce waste. And news keeps getting better: Nebraska is well-positioned to reap these myriad benefits with an existing network of local composting facilities.  National composting expert Brenda Platt will start us off with a primer on what is composting, why it matters, an overview of the infrastructure needs, and a look at where things stand in the U.S.  To register:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5286878877248346370

Agroforestry Workshop

September 19. Emmetsburg, Iowa. This workshop hosted by Trees Forever will introduce property owners and natural resource professionals to the benefits of agroforestry practices, including perennial crops and more. Topics include alley cropping, or growing annuals and other crops between rows of trees; silvopasture, which involves grazing animals in forested areas or orchards; and riparian forest buffers — trees and shrubs planted next to streams and rivers — and other agroforestry practices.http://www.treesforever.org/Events

Landowner Habitat Tour

Friday, September 19. Nebraska City. The Critical Role of Pollinators. See NebraskaPF.com or call 308-850-8395

World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute
September 19.  9:00 am–3:00 pm. UNL's East Campus Union. Jennifer Greenlee, 472-2807, jgreenlee2@unl.edu. World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute—ALEC/CASNR

Chicory - A new crop for Nebraska

September 19. 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. Keim Hall on UNL's East Campus. Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture, 402-472-2811,agrohort@unl.edu. Presented by Robert Wilson, UNL Professor & Extension Weed Specialist, Panhandle Research & Extension Center. In 1995 Dr. Wilson began exploring the possibilities of showing farmers how to successfully grow industrial chicory. This seminar will give the background and what has been accomplished with chicory in the past 20 years.

Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Part 2

Friday, September 19 at 1:30 pm CDT. As the popularity of composting as an option for managing livestock mortalities increases, innovative research has recently emerged regarding drug and prion persistence in mortality compost piles. A related issue is the consideration of worker safety during composting. This webcast will feature presentations by national experts who participated in Langston University’s Livestock Mortality Composting – Beyond the Basics Conference held earlier this year.   Topics for this webcast include: fate of euthanasia drugs during composting; can composting destroy prions; and mortality composting worker safety considerations. New mortality composting resources will also be covered.  https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/lpelc

The Farmers Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series

September 19. Olathe, Kansas. The "Farmers Daughter" educational series is designed to provide information and training on a wide variety of farm management topics that will be catered directly to farm women. Women with any level of experience in farm management or with any degree of farm involvement are invited to attend. The first hour-and-a-half-long program will focus on a recap of the current wheat harvest, a look at farm income levels over the past year and finish up with some brainstorming for future meeting dates, topics and times. This free program is made possible with support from Johnson County Farm Bureau, K-State Research and Extension, and Frontier Farm Credit. http://www.johnson.ksu.edu/p.aspx?tabid=1494

Grow Local! Workshop for Local Food Growers & Producers

September 20. Council Bluffs, Iowa. Golden Hills RC&D - Southwest Iowa Food & Farm Initiative presents this workshop for people in the business of locally grown food. Hear stories and get advice from successful local growers and specialty crop producers, learn how to market your agri-business, find funds to launch your speciality crop, and leave with resources and information to help your business grow. http://bit.ly/XxElCE


Job Opportunity

OneCert is expanding our staff. We are looking for two Certification Specialists: one will primarily focus on crops (and livestock) and the other will primarily work with handling operations. Contact Sam Welsch for more information, 402-420-6080

Yeoman Keyline Shank For Sale

If you are into restorative farmscale agriculture, this is a necessary tool.  I will show you how to build an implement for way under the cost of what you can buy commercially and I will even teach you how to use it.  You can use this tool for regenerating pasture, implementing keyline systems, planting trees, root pruning and making mini swales. I live in Papillion just outside of Omaha.  Call if you are interested at the number below. Jonathan Dodd, Keipos, Inc. & New Earth Farm & Goods, 321.544.2851

Ram lambs, yearling ewes for sale

Hello, folks. For sale, 2 Romney ram lambs, 6 months old, white wool but carry natural color gene. Tested RR for scrapie resistance. Also 4 yearling ewes, Romney cross, black wool. Romney is medium-size, dual purpose wool & meat breed, this flock is used for handspinning wool. All these are totally grass raised in northeast Nebraska, an hour north of Norfolk. Call Jeanie at 402 283-4802, or email to fraas@nntc.net.

Organic Hens for Adoption!

We are replacing some of our flock and need to find home for our older hens (1.5years old). You are welcome to buy as many as you can care for. We are asking that you pay $4 for each hen. Our hens enjoy vegetable scraps, grit, oyster shell, bugs, fresh water and organic feed. They are locked up every night to keep them safe from critters. We recommend that you bring a large box or a pet carrier to bring your hens home. Our farm is located at 1240 Ironwood Road, Harlan, Iowa. Please let us know if you need directions. We are offering pick up times this week. Please let us know what day and time will work for your pick up this week. We need to find homes for these ladies ASAP. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, 712-579-1933,www.pinoakplace.com/

For Sale

We have a few things for sale.  John Deere 24 T  twine Baler $1000. New Holland 116 windrower, needs hydraulic pump, otherwise works great $3500.  King Kutter Shredder  6ft.  $500. Give us a call if you are interested 402-780-5287. Melissa


Scaling Up Your Business and Packaging & Grading Produce

September 22. Lawrence, Kansas. This workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series. The classes address skills required to run a local farm. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well. http://www.growinggrowers.org/workshops.html

National Bioenergy and Environment Summit

September 23-25. Ames, Iowa. The 2014 National Bioenergy and Environment Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals with agriculture, energy, and natural resource interests and/or appointments.http://www.2014e3.org/

Climate Change Implications for Nebraska: Managing Resources in a Changing Climate

September 25, 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Lincoln. Live Webcast: http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required – dialup will NOT work). Web Rebroadcast: 7:00 p.m. at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu\ (high-speed internet access required) 

Winter care of backyard poultry flocks

Thursday, September 25. Fall is the time to prepare your flocks and coops for the toils of winter. Dr. Brigid McCrea from Delaware State University will cover the activities that are recommended for such preparations.  Whether this is your first  or fortieth flock, take the time to learn about changes to your management and biosecurity routines so that your flock stays happy and healthy all winter long. https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

NGFN Webinar: Food Hub Benchmarking Study

September 25. The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, with partners at Farm Credit East, Farm Credit Council, and Morse Marketing Connections, has collected and analyzed financial and operational data from dozens of hubs across the country, creating the second food hub benchmarking study. This webinar describes the lessons learned from the recent benchmarking study of food hub financial and operational characteristics. The presentation highlights how successful food hubs across the nation have achieved their mission and goals through financial and business metrics. Farmers who attend the webinar will gain a better understanding of their ability to access new markets through food hubs, and researchers and local food advocacy organizations will benefit from this webinar's business-based analysis of food hub functions and operational issues. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/388854594

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