2015 Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop
Growing where you are! February 23-25. Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney. Get the right tools to grow your business! Take advantage of your land, talents and ideas. Agri- and eco-tourism can help you make the most of those resources. Find out how you can develop a new attraction, increase you income potential and create limitless opportunities. Keynote Speaker - Joe Calhoon, Author & Business Growth Consultant. Mr. Calhoon is an expert at making the growth planning process simple and practical. Learn how to build a remarkable business and live and extraordinary life. http://industry.
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February 23rd. 10am. Featuring Joel Salatin. In this 90 minute webinar, Joel will cover the Polyface egg mobile and x-wing egg production systems from start to finish – from brooding to portable housing to feed to paddock rotation, as well as multi-species integration and dealing with pests and predators. Perfect for aspiring egg producers working on either their own or rented land. Includes live Q&A and the ability to replay the entire webinar at your leisure after the event. Full details here:http://www.milkwood.net/joel-
Farm Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps, C Corps, and Coops: Which? Why? How?
February 23. Online. In this free webinar from Farm Commons, learn what an LLC or corporation can and cannot do to protect the farm business. Any solid business entity also needs managing paperwork. Learn what an operating agreement or bylaws can do for the farm and what to write into them. The webinar will also discuss options for cooperative ventures, entity structures to pass on the farm business, and some tax aspects of business entities. http://farmcommons.
org/farm-sole-proprietorships- llcs-s-corps-c-corps-and- coops-which-why-how
Getting started with farm food safety
Monday, February 23 at 6:00 pm. This program is part of a 20-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available athttp://events.anr.msu.edu/
beginningfarmerwebinars/ A registration fee of $10 per webinar, or $100 for all 20 webinars is required. Link: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ beginningfarmerwebinars/
Malting barley and hops production
Monday, February 23 at 6:00 pm. Ashley McFarland, coordinator of the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center is heading up efforts to identify well-adapted malting barley varieties and fine-tune cultural practices to produce high-quality grain for malting. Dr. Rob Sirrine in Leelanaw County, MI works closely with the developing hops industry in the state. Ashley and Rob will share their knowledge and insights with these two small, but exciting, crop sectors. http://events.anr.msu.edu/
Custom Grazing with Goats
February 24th. 7pm. Are you looking for a unique way to put your goats to work? This farminar will focus on contracts, fencing and water systems needed for custom grazing land that a farmer doesn’t own. Expert grazier Lani Malmberg will draw on her 25-plus years of experience taking her goats to places in need of weed management, brush control, re-seeding, erosion or flood control, and restoration. Iowa farmer Doug Bartels will join Lani, and discuss his experience with custom-grazing goats in Iowa.http://practicalfarmers.org/
Going In-Depth With CSA Farm Law
February 24. Online. In this free, Farm Commons webinar, farmers will get in-depth tools to move forward on managing sales, drop-site, volunteer, and worker share matters. It will also discuss some of the more unique CSA programs like farmers market pre-pay programs and multi-farm cooperative CSAs. Farmers who've already attended one of Farm Commons' basic CSA law programs will get a lot out of this advanced session. http://farmcommons.
Reed Canarygrass: Research and Control Methods
February 24. Online. This webinar will introduce participants to the latest research on reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) invasion of wetlands and ways to address this resource concern during the conservation planning process. This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. http://www.
conservationwebinars.net/ webinars/reed-canarygrass- research-and-control-methods
High Tunnel Webinar Series: Structure Options, Construction, and Ventilation and Temperature Control
February 24. Online. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification, through the Barnhart Fund for Excellence, is sponsoring a weekly series of six webinars. This second webinar offers an introduction to structure options and layouts for stationary or moveable high tunnels, as well as construction tips and ideas. Other topics include ventilation and temperature control within a high tunnel throughout the year. http://news.ca.uky.edu/
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Water Seminar Series
Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers: Pasture nutrition
February 25. Online. The University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program will host a winter webinar series on Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers on consecutive Wednesday evenings in February and March 2015. The instructors for the webinars will be Jeff Semler and Susan Schoenian. The webinars are open to the first 100 people who log in. http://extension.umd.edu/
news/webinar-short-course- pasture-management-small- ruminant-producers
Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
February 25-26. LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Also streaming live at, https://www.extension.org/
pages/72594. The first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will focus on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event. Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results. Organic farmers and students are particularly encouraged to attend this symposium. Organic farmers are especially encouraged to participate in a listening and planning session on research priorities for organic agriculture. Ideas gleaned from this listening session will inform future organic research. http://www.cias. wisc.edu/oars/
Small Farm Webinar Series: Blueberry Production
February 26. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session includes basic principles of blueberry production including site preparation, variety selection, pest management, fertility, and irrigation. https://web.
extension.illinois.edu/ registration/?RegistrationID= 10817
Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Cows
Thursday, February 26 at 12:00 pm. Dr. Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University. Formulating accurate diets for lactating dairy cows requires users to input body weight, milk production, milk composition and perhaps other factors such as days in milk and parity. If you are only feeding one cow, those numbers are easy to get, but if you are formulating for a group of cows, what numbers should you use? This webinar will discuss: Proper cow specification inputs for various nutrients, Factors affecting those inputs, Grouping criteria that result in more accurate diets. https://connect.
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 26-28. La Crosse, Wisconsin. The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. Expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections, and find support. The event includes an Organic University, keynote speaker John Jeavons, and numerous workshops and roundtables. http://
GIS in Statewide Integreated Water Management. February 27. 2:00 pm. UNL's East Campus, Hardin Hall. Amy Zoller, Integrated Water Management Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will present this free and public seminar.
Agronomy & Horticulture Seminar
The Global Maize Project: Testing the Concept of Ecological Intensification around the World. February 27. 3:30 pm–4:30 pm. UNL's East Campus, Keim Hall. Dr. T. Scott Murrell, director, North American Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute, will present results from the first four years of a globally-distributed project that compares improved “ecological intensification” practices to current farmer practices. Maize grain yield and nitrogen-use efficiency will be discussed. Join us in person or online athttps://connect.unl.edu/
Getting Farm Work Done Legally With Interns, Apprentices, And Volunteers
March 2. Online. This Farm Commons webinar is an advanced follow-up to the Farm Commons basic farm employment law webinar. Using interns, apprentices, and volunteers is legally complicated and farms have gotten steep fines for doing it wrong. Get out ahead of the curve and build a legally compliant intern or volunteer program for your farm. In this webinar, farmers will gain a better idea of the role education programming and signed agreements play in building legal legitimacy. The webinar will also delve into the complicated world of in-kind wages: farm products or lodging offered to workers as wages. http://farmcommons.org/
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Getting started with sheep and goat management
Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm. This program is part of a 20-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available athttp://events.anr.msu.edu/
beginningfarmerwebinars/ A registration fee of $10 per webinar, or $100 for all 20 webinars is required.http://events.anr.msu.edu/ beginningfarmerwebinars/
Using Participatory Variety Trials to Assess Response to Environment in Organic Vegetable Crops
March 3. Online. The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) has been conducting participatory vegetable variety trials on a network of organic farms across the northern U.S. since 2010. In this free, eOrganic webinar, Alexandra Lyon, a PhD student who has been working for NOVIC since 2010, will discuss a straightforward, graphical approach that uses the NOVIC variety trial data to assess the stability of variety performance across variable environments. This webinar is meant for an audience of researchers, farmers, and other professionals interested in farmer collaboration and participatory research. Advance registration is required. http://www.
extension.org/pages/72566/ using-participatory-variety- trials-to-assess-response-to- environment-in-organic- vegetable-crops
Health problems with the poultry skeletal system
Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 pm. Link: https://connect.extension.
iastate.edu/poultry. The third webinar in the health series will look at the skeletal system and different health issues that can develop.
Organic Production and Certification in High Tunnels
March 3. Online. This is the third webinar in a weekly series of high tunnel webinars from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification. Adam Watson, organic marketing representative from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will introduce organic certification and how it relates to high tunnel production. Other topics will include economics and marketing of high tunnel crops throughout the year. http://news.ca.uky.edu/
article/high-tunnel-webinar- series-convenient-option- growers
Using Sanitizers in Wash Water
March 4. Online. This event is part of the Winter Wednesday Lunch Series of vegetable and small fruit production webinars from Penn State and Cornell University. This series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states. Each webinar is $10. http://extension.psu.edu/
plants/vegetable-fruit/news/ 2014/vegetable-and-small- fruit-production-webinars- return
Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers: Pasture health problems
March 4. Online. The University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program will host a winter webinar series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in February and March 2015. The focus of the webinar series is Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers. This final, one-hour episode in the series focuses on pasture health problems. http://extension.
umd.edu/news/webinar-short- course-pasture-management- small-ruminant-producers
Small Farm Webinar Series: Hydroponics
March 5. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, Professor Samuel Wortman will discuss the basics of Hydroponics and summarize research results from ongoing studies on hydroponic production of strawberries, basil, kale, tomato, and pepper. https://web.extension.
Holistic Management, Grazing Planning Workshop
March 5-7. The Holistic Management, Grazing Planning Workshop will be offered at Central Community College, Hastings Nebraska Campus on March 5-6-7. Holistic Management workshop includes: mini lectures, examples, demonstrations and supervised practice in using the Holistic Management Model in decision making, producing more profit, and increasing the quality of life. Where:: Central Community College, Hastings Campus. Contact, Bob Shields—phone (308) 379-1361 or email email@example.com
Novel Livestock Housing
Friday, March 6 at 1:30 pm. Livestock and poultry housing designs have changed in recent years, spurred by changing policies, consumer attitudes and producer preferences. Regardless of what motivates the change, however, is the need to simultaneously address animal welfare, environmental implications and cost and management factors. This webinar will provide examples and perspectives from the swine, dairy and layer industry on how and why producers have implemented changes to their housing practices, and some of the lessons learned along the way! An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted. Presenters include: Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota. Erin Cortus, South Dakota State University. Hongwei Xin, Iowa State University. Curt Gooch, Cornell University