Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods

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.

Cover Crop Workshop for vegetable growers.

Monday, September 22. Sioux City, IA.  This workshop is geared toward fruit and vegetable growers, commercial horticulture, field extension specialists, county extension horticulturists, regional food systems working group members, local food organizations, and others.  Registration is free but required.  Contact Laurie Taylor, regional foods coordinator, by phone at 712-276-2157 or via email at

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.

Alternative Market Certifications and Mobile Processing

September 24th. Lincoln. Producer workshop on some options for alternative marketing: Humane Certification, Grass Fed Certification, Mobile Processing. Speakers include: Certified Humane, American Grassfed Association, Global Animal Partnership, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project. Local farmers who have been certified with Animal Welfare Approved and more. 
Please RSVP to: Lori Tatreau at

Seed Saving

September 24th. Omaha. Seed Saving is a skill that has been utilized for many centuries and sustains communities through food cultivation. Join us, with Betsy Goodman of Blooms Organics and the Common Soil Seed Library, to talk more about seed saving a local resilience. Soup with Substance is a recurring potluck and discussion series, hosted monthly on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at City Sprouts Community Garden. We will provide soup and a thought provoking presentation on some aspect of gardening and community, and encourage participants to bring a dish to share. Following each presentation, we will have time for dialogue on the topic. Soup with Substance is free and open to the public.

10 things to know before starting your small business

September 24th. Thinking of starting your own business. Glenn Muske, rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist with NDSU Extension will provide a checklist of the 10 things you need to know before you start your own farm enterprise.

SNR Fall Research Seminar

“North American Deserts: Ecological Surprises”.  September 24.  3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus  Hardin Hall Room: 107 (Auditorium). Jed Sparks, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Cornell Isotope Laboratory (COIL) at Cornell University, will present “North American Deserts: Ecological Surprises.” The seminar is free and open to the public.

Basics of Pump and Pipeline Design and Selection in Irrigation Systems

September 24th. 1pm Central. Participants will learn the basics of pumps and pipelines that include types, hydraulics, characteristic curves, and selection, as well as power units, energy considerations, and economics and safety.

Fall 2014 Biotechnology / Life Sciences Seminar Series

September 24.  4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Lincoln. Beadle Center Room, 1901 Vine Street. Lisa Vonfeldt, 402-472-2635, “Open algae pond ecology,” will be presented by Dr. Rob McBride, Sapphire Energy. A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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

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

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.

ATFS Webinar - Forest Brews

September 25th. Your forest may contain the key ingredients to make all-natural foods and beverages of all kinds. Learn how to tap into some non-traditional forest products. Learn about how to make your own brews and just expand your understanding of what can be made from the forest.

Legal and Financial Clinic

Friday, September 26. Norfolk, NE. Call the Farm Hotline at 800-464-0258 to sign up.

Composting Demonstration 

September 27.  10:00 am. Lincoln. Pioneers Park Room: Backyard composting demonstration area near Nature Center. Sarah Browning, UNL Extension in Lancaster County, Learn how to be successful with composting by attending a composting demonstration sponsored by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Office.  At each composting program, two lucky participants will win either a composting thermometer or a composting bin.


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


Livestock Inputs Webinar

October 1. This webinar presented by IOIA and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) will introduce commonly used organic materials, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. It will include pre-course self-study; in-class discussion, examples, exercises, and the opportunity for questions and answers; and a post-course evaluation. Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials Certificate of Completion. This webinar is conducted as part of a partnership between OEFFA, Ohio State University's Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine, and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development grant. The project is designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock herds and flocks.

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