Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

Demystifying Organic Certification for Processors Webinar

November 16. Online. Join CCOF for a webinar that reviews the steps of organic certification for processors and covers basic principles of organic processing in the United States. Participants will also learn simple techniques to keep their organic certification up-to-date. The webinar will cover topics specific to maintaining an Organic System Plan, including recordkeeping, labeling, and using the National List to identify ingredients allowed in organic processing. This webinar is ideal for businesses looking to get into organic processing, as well as current organic processors who wish to improve their knowledge of the organic certification process.

Webinar Series: Farm Financial Tips and Management Information

November 16th. Online. 10;30am. To help farmers, producers and farm business owners who want to gain insight into improving financial management, Ohio State University Extension is offering a free, four-part webinar series on managing risk and financial management. The series, called “Ready, Set, Go: Preparing Farms to Successfully Manage Risk,” can help participants better understand their financial situation by focusing on financial statements and using them to their advantage, said Chris Bruynis, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

Extension Programming Approaches for Farmers Under the Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 16 at 9:00 am CST. Location: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed how Farmers and Ranchers might insure themselves, their families, and their workers. What are the new options under the act? How do operators decide whether it makes sense to participate? How can they make informed decisions about their options? This webinar will feature innovative approaches from three Extension professionals actively delivering ACA-related programming for farmers and ranchers, and engage participants about perspectives from their stakeholders. Participants will obtain a road map of existing resources for Extension professionals to use in their programming.

Design Your Succession Plan: Opening the Lines of Communication

Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00 am CST. Location: Please join us for our November Women in Ag webinar on farm succession planning. Our presenter will be Lori Scharmer, Family Economic Specialist for North Dakota State University Extension Service. Scharmer received both her BS and MS degrees from North Dakota State University. Good communication is key to a successful farm or ranch succession plan. During this webinar we will explore the value of opening the lines of communication and the role women play in bringing the family together and getting the conversations started. We will discuss strategies for discussing sensitive issues that may create conflict. We will look at the differences in styles of communication by personalities, gender and between the generations. A family with good communication can accomplish the seemingly unachievable, while a family with poor communication will find any challenge impossible to overcome.

Extreme Weather: Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Farming Systems in the Midwest Region

November 17. Online. Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on Extreme Weather: Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Farming Systems in the Midwest Region, by Joel Gruver of Western Illinois University. The webinar begins at 2 pm Eastern Time, and preregistration is required. This webinar will discuss the impacts of extreme weather on organic farming systems in the Midwest region and explore opportunities for increased weather resiliency with an emphasis on soil management.

Grazing System Designs for Non-traditional Livestock

November 17. Online. This free webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology at 2:00 pm Eastern. Unconventional grazing systems typically involve an unusual management effort, an unusual kind or class of livestock, multi-species grazing, and more often a combination of these three. Join the webinar to learn about the what, where, and why options, with conservation benefits only one of the reasons to participate.

SNR Fall Research Seminar; The Impact of Climate & Irrigation on Crop Yields

November 18th. 3:30 pm. UNL's East Campus Hardin Hall. Tara Troy, assistant professor of water resources engineering at Lehigh University, presents this free and public seminar. Troy’s research lies at the intersection of climate, water, and food, with a particular interest in understanding the role of climate variability on water supply and demand across a variety of scales. She joined Lehigh’s faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013. Prior to Lehigh, Troy was an associate research scientist for the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University, with projects about flood risk and water sustainability. She received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Princeton University, with her dissertation focused on quantifying the drivers and impacts of climate change on land surface hydrology over northern Eurasia during the past century.

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Webinar: Finger Lakes Meat Project

November 18. Online. The Finger Lakes Meat Project is a regional initiative in New York State to grow the freezer trade (sales of meat in bulk quantities such as whole, half and quarter animals) to benefit livestock farmers and consumers. The Project consists of educational efforts, an online directory of farms called The Meat Suite and two community freezers in Central NY called The Meat Locker. Learn more about this project, how it got started and its value to local farms on this free, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar at 1 pm Eastern.

Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices

November 18. Online. Participate in this training to learn ways to improve the long term success of conservation plantings. The webinar will highlight ecological restoration tools aimed at restoring native plant communities; examine broad benefits of plant community restoration; and illustrate how seed choices can improve (or harm) plantings. This webinar is aimed at NRCS conservation planners and partners, particularly those less familiar with ecologically based planning. This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center.

NGFN Webinar: National Food Hub Survey 2015

November 19. Online. Join the National Good Food Network to learn the latest we know from an in-depth survey of a significant number of U.S. food hubs. Designed, run and analyzed by Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems in cooperation with the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, this is truly the definitive word on food hubs in the United States.

Livestock and Endangered Species--What do targeted grazers need to know about endangered species?

November 19. Online. This free webinar is part of the Targeted Grazing On-The-Ground series presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts and Council, and Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.

Women, Land and Legacy Soil Health Fertility Learning Sessions

November 19. Storm Lake, Iowa. The Women, Land and Legacy Chapters of Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties are hosting a free learning session on soil fertility.

Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL)

November 19-20. Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will host a two-day conference Sustaining Our Iowa Land (SOIL): Past, Present and Future Soil and Water Conservation Policy. The conference will bring together a wide range of individuals and organizations working to protect Iowa's soil and water resources to consider the roles that policy and law play in shaping our stewardship efforts.

Advocating for Humanely and Sustainably-Raised Food

November 21st. Omaha.  12:30PM Doors open. With presentations by Joe Maxwell, “How and Why HSUS is supporting local farmers and promoting humanely-raised food and why local advocacy is imperative to success”. And a keynote by Bernie Rollins, “Mandates for more humane conditions for agricultural animals and why societal influence is leading to corporate change in the production of our food”. There'll be presentations from several local folks as well. Venue Parking, on street parking is available, but parking in metered spots is no longer free on Saturdays, so bring your quarters if that is your choice! Alternatively, there is a parking garage located at 1313 Harney, which is just one block north of the venue. Questions to Jocelyn,, 402.541.7077


Holiday Harvest Market

November 22nd. Lincoln. The Holiday Harvest Farmers Markets offer an abundance of local food and late-season produce for winter, now with two indoor markets at a NEW, larger location at Park Centers Banquet Hall. 10am - 2pm. Park Centers Banquet Hall, 2608 Park Blvd, Lincoln. Park Centers is right off the Jamaica North Bike Trail, with ample parking and much more room, which means more local producers and more great food.

Farm Transportation Needed

Is anyone going to be going through Kansas in the next few days and coming back towards Nebraska who could pick up two female Saanen goats for a fee? Figured it doesn't hurt to ask! I am not able to drive 10 hours round trip any day this week, and the seller will be taking them to market by Friday if I cant get them. I would be able to meet wherever in Nebraska near Omaha and surrounding areas. I also have a dog to pickup near Pilot Mound Iowa this week, so if anyone is traveling that way, please let me know, same scenario, pick up for a fee. Thanks!!!! Serena Bourne,

Big Garden is hiring

Big Garden in Omaha is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Programming Coordinator. This position will involve volunteer coordination, attending community events, engaging with gardeners and diverse community members, organic gardening, and some administrative duties. This is a perfect position for a person who enjoys being out in the field, communicating regularly with people, and has experience and interest in sustainable agriculture. Please visit for application instructions or contact Executive Director Nathan Morgan 

Farm and Ranch Project Staff Attorney Job Opening: Legal Aid of Nebraska

In case someone here has interest or knows someone who has an interest, Legal Aid of Nebraska is seeking a Staff Attorney in its Farm & Ranch Project. Listing is here: 

Greenhouse Trays & Pots for Sale

I have scads of used greenhouse trays that I will sell really cheap. "32 trays" - 10x20 trays for 32s (2.5x2.5x3.5" tall pots), "18 trays" - 10x20 trays for 18s (3.5x3.5x4" tall pots), Landscaper pots in all sizes from 1-4 gal. Bring your van or pick up and load 'em up. but call or text first: 402-310-6670. Questions? Email me at


I have 150 irrigated acres in Western Douglas County that I will be available for cash rent spring of 2016. Jeaniffr Snide, G&J Snide Farms LLC,

Billy Available

Hey everybody, we have tried to sell our male Saanen goat born in February. They must be the weed of barnyard animals because no one seems to want him. I am hoping someone would want him for free. If you or anyone you know wants him, please contact me asap at 402-380-7233 to arrange a pickup. Thank you, Serena Bourne

Farming Opportunity

I have an opportunity to rent some ground just east of Beatrice but I need to farm it Organically. I live too far away and don't have the time right now to rotary hoe and/or cultivate in a timely fashion. Is there anyone that lives in the area that has experience (and preferably equipment) and would be interested in doing some custom farming? Thank you, Jon Yoachim, 402-309-4088

Survey seeks opinions of women livestock farmers

USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to study the tool- and equipment-related needs of women livestock farmers. To assist Green Heron in designing better tools and equipment, women who raise or care for livestock of any kind are invited to complete a brief survey.   The survey will be open through September, and respondents who complete it will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Green Heron Tools gift certificate. Begun by two small-scale farmers with backgrounds in nursing and public health, Green Heron is the first company in the world to focus on scientifically designing agricultural tools and equipment that work well for women. For more information please visit Complete the survey at

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".

Looking for Mentorship in Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney Area.

My family and I are returning to Shelton, NE in order to re-establish her family's farm. It is 160 acres but hasn't been used in nearly 30 years. We are going to be establishing a Joel Salatin Polyface Farm type farm. Where we will raise a multi specie critical and threatened heritage breed livestock as determined by the Livestock Conservancy Organization. All livestock will be pastured raised. We are also going to establish seasonal vegetable gardens. Looking for mentorship opportunities in the Shelton/Grand Island/Kearney area that would be willing to help us learn the does and don'ts of pasture based all natural farming. Michael Peña,

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


Webinar Series: Farm Financial Tips and Management Information

November 23rd. Online. 10;30am. To help farmers, producers and farm business owners who want to gain insight into improving financial management, Ohio State University Extension is offering a free, four-part webinar series on managing risk and financial management. The series, called “Ready, Set, Go: Preparing Farms to Successfully Manage Risk,” can help participants better understand their financial situation by focusing on financial statements and using them to their advantage, said Chris Bruynis, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

Making on the Farm: Re-use, Innovation and Tradition Webinar

November 24. Online. The current reinvigoration of small scale agriculture, including urban farming, has paralleled the growth of the maker movement. This webinar with Paul Treadwell will look at the impact of making on the farm as the continuation of a longstanding tradition.

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