Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Landlord-Tenant Communication and Agricultural Mediation

Monday, May 4 at 6:00 pm. Agricultural land leasing is an important feature of Maryland agriculture.  Issues often arise between landlords and tenants not understanding what the law is or how to communicate with each other.  On April 28th and May 4th, agricultural landlords and tenants or those looking to get into agriculture will have the opportunity to participate in a webinar series focused in on leasing issues.  You can register for the webinar at The webinar series is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland FarmLink and funding is provided by USDA-NIFA and the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center.

Getting prepared for pullets for a 4-H egg enterprise

Monday, May 4 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the webinar is to equip youth with knowledge on how to prepare for started pullets for an egg enterprise.  The webinar will discuss:
The production cycle of a hen. Why started pullets? Preparing your coop, bedding, nest boxes, perches, feed & waterers (checklist). Preparing for and preventing possible problems: predators, disease & biosecurity. Keeping records of expenses/income. Keeping records of production.

Decoding Organic Feed and Supplement Requirements for Livestock

May 5. Online. This webinar will help participants understand the livestock feed requirements of the National Organic Standards in more detail. Join Oregon Tilth and presenters Jackie Sleeper and Jeff Mattocks for a breakdown of the livestock feed standards and how they apply to specific systems; an overview of feed supplements, including how they are classified and regulations for use; and guidelines for ensuring that your animals' nutritional needs are being met while remaining compliant with the standards.

Pain Management on Organic Dairy Farms Webinar

May 5. Online. This event is part of an educational livestock health series offered by Veterinary Extension at The Ohio State University and OEFFA. During this webinar led by Dr. Ulrike Sorge DVM and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, you will learn how to recognize signs of pain in animals, the economic impact of pain on the well-being and production of animals, and about approaches to address pain in animals within the organic guidelines. The session is geared toward veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and others who work with certified organic livestock.

Plant Breeding Approaches and Technologies for Challenges in Agriculture: A view from a Texas Maize Breeding Program

Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm. Join the National Association of Plant Breeding and the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a webinar on corn breeding by Seth Murray of the Texas A&M University . The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and advanced registration is required. Register now at

Mushroom cultivation and marketing

May 6th. Lincoln. Ash Gordon of Nebraska Mushroom will present on commercial mushroom growing and some of the marketing opportunities that are available to growers.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management Webinar

May 6. Webinar to help growers learn new management tips for spotted wing drosophila and new methods to trap and get rid of the pest. The webinar will teach participants the basics of adult monitoring with traps, cultural controls, how to manage spotted wing drosophila with insecticides once detected, and how to determine if fruit is infested with larvae using a simple salt water test. The webinar runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Using State-and-Transition Simulation Models to Guide Sustainable Management of Ecosystems: Three Case Studies from Across the US

Thursday, May 7 at 1:00 pm. Sustainable management of natural resources under competing demands is challenging, particularly when facing novel and uncertain future climatic conditions. Meeting this challenge requires considering information about the effects of management, disturbance, land use and climate change on ecosystems. State-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) provide a flexible framework for integrating landscape processes and comparing alternative management scenarios, but incorporating climate change is an active area of research. In this presentation, three researchers (Jennifer Costanza from North Carolina State University, Megan Creutzburg from Portland State University, and Brian Miller from Colorado State University) will present work funded by Climate Science Centers across the country to incorporate climate projections into STSMs.

Mob Grazing School

May 7-9. Clark, Missouri. Greg Judy and Ian Mitchell Innes team up for this school covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing. There will be classroom sessions in the morning; pasture walks covering all aspects of mob grazing in the afternoons.

Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

May 9. Linn, Kansas. The Kansas Rural Center's third "Women in Farming" Risk Management Education Workshop will focus on business, financial, and legal risk management during the morning session. In the afternoon a farm tour of Lucinda Stuenkel's farm near Palmer, Kansas, will focus on conservation practices including cover crops and no till, and cattle management for women.


Seeking Straw Bales for the Malone Center

I'm looking for 6-8 bales and I'm able to pick them up. The Malone Center is located in Lincoln, so the closer to Lincoln the better. Just let me know if you're able to help. Danny Martin,

2014 Farm Bill - Conservation Compliance Changes | NRCS

The 2014 Farm Bill re-established the applicability of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation provisions to crop insurance subsidies, but the Farm Bill did not change how these were implemented in conservation programs. USDA is seeking comments on an Interim Final Rule, which would make official this change to conservation compliance provisions. Submit comments on

Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions aim to reduce soil loss on erosion-prone lands and to protect wetlands for the multiple benefits they provide. HELC and WC provisions apply to all land that is considered highly erodible or a wetland, and that is owned or farmed by persons voluntarily participating in USDA programs, unless USDA determines an exemption applies. 
Producers, and any affiliated individuals or entities who participate in most programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) are required to comply with these provisions. Farmers seeking federal crop insurance premium subsidies for the 2016 reinsurance year must comply by June 1 by filing form AD-1026. The 2016 reinsurance year runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Common Good Farm Annual Organic Plant Sale

mark your calendar for our 2015 annual spring plant sale! may 8, 9, 10 and onward throughout may & into june until we sell is daily after opening but we highlight the first three big weekends sales! 9 am - 6 pm each day. cash or checks please. EBT/SNAP also accepted. certified organic & Biodynamic plants...a wonderful selection of plants!

Farm Family Placement Opportunity

'We are a family of four (with two kids), we are looking for any possibility that can lead us to live in the country (no more than one hour and a half driving from the farm to the city of Lincoln). We are specially looking for a farm/ house with a piece of land that is organic oriented .  Please do not hesitate to contact us for any queries (Cell phone; 402-4059195). Thanks. Troy Van Horn".

OneCert Hiring

Administrative Specialists. This is a full-time position in our Lincoln office. For more details, Sam Welsch, President, OneCert, Inc., 2219 C Street, Lincoln, NE  68502,

FarmTable Delivery is Hiring

We're HIRING! Office Manager, Vendor/Producer Relations, Accounts Receivable. Effective Immediately. (This is one single position, perfect for the well rounded person). Location: Harlan, Iowa. For more information contact, 

Veg Farmland for Rent

Close in farmland for rent. About 1 acre 200 yards outside city limits in SW Corner of Lincoln. Organically maintained for at least 30 years. Bearing aronia bushes on part of the land. I know the owner and the land, as does Justin G Jones, and I think Ingrid Kirst at CROPS knows it too. If interested, call Jeff at 402-429-9507. In my opinion, it would make a good "training plot" for a couple of young veg farmers.  I tried to buy the property myself 15-16 years ago but I have no financial interest in the property or a possible rental; just doing an old friend a favor.

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Survey 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is working with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) to better understand experiences with crop insurance and with a new crop insurance product called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is a pilot crop insurance policy available for the 2015 crop insurance year. The policy provides crop insurance coverage based on a farm’s 5-year revenue history, and it enables a farm to insure more than one crop with one policy. The link to the survey is about this survey can be directed to James Robinson at 919-542-1396 ext. 209 or

Mother Earth News Survey

Later this year, Mother Earth News will publish an article about the growing evidence of the vital importance of getting the right balance of fatty acids in our diet. Some researchers now believe that the shift away from beneficial fatty acids in modern diets is leading to health consequences that are as serious as the problems we face with climate change. As you probably know, grass-fed products are better sources of fatty acids than industrial products. We plan to help raise public awareness of this fact by conducting a large-scale survey to measure the fatty acid profiles of samples of grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy products from across the continent. We will publish the results of the survey in conjunction with our article. We are recruiting producers to join in this nutrient-testing project and hope that you will choose to participate.


Managing natural resources with the challenge of climate change

Monday, May 11 at 12:00 pm. This talk will introduce the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and share experiences assisting land managers to develop and implement conservation and management actions to help ecosystems respond to climate change.

Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Business

Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. Webinar. Social Media is not a miracle worker. It is just one layer of communication, one tool to let the public know what your business is about. To do it right takes planning.  What should you be doing? How to strategize your content, develop a plan, and study who’s doing it right. Designed for existing businesses. Not for personal social media. For more information: To register:

Getting Oily With Soybeans: Plant Breeding Webinar

Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm. Join the National Association of Plant Breeding and the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a webinar on soybean breeding by Istvan Rajcan of the University of Guelph. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and advanced registration is required. Register now at

Using Case Studies to Facilitate Farmer Conservation Decisions

May 14. Online. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants in this webinar will learn how to use case studies of producer experiences to facilitate conservation decision-making.

2-Day Intensive Regenerative Land and Plant Propagation Course

May 15th and 16th. Papillion. In this course you will learn how to read landscapes, identify patterns, and harness the land for profitable gain while investing in the long-term fertility and health of the soil at the same time. You will also be given the knowledge, basic skills and tools necessary to create your own profitable plant propagation property, lifestyle and/or business. The Regenerative Land and Plant Course will give you the inspiration, information and hands-on skills you need to create a business or just feed your family and friends.

IOIA Webinar: On-Farm Food Safety Training

May 15. Online. The Independent Organic Inspectors Association offers this on-farm food safety training online in two 3.5-hour sessions.

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