Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekly Events & Opportunities in Sustainable Farming & Foods!

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development Memorandum of Understanding, Coordination of Programs, and the Ability to Stack REAP and EQIP Funding for Energy Programs

March 22. In this free, one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. ET, participants will learn about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in 2015 to allow the USDA agencies to mutually support on-farm energy efficiency programs and initiatives to achieve desired outcomes. The webinar will look at on-farm energy efficiency projects from both NRCS and RD and the use of funding sources from both the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP, NRCS) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, RD) to leverage on-farm projects.

Tree Care Workshop – Hastings

 8:30 am–3:30 pm. Hastings Community College Campus Room: Cedar and Fir Room. 550 S. Technical Blvd.
 Graham Herbst,

Emerald Ash Borer Town Hall

March 22.  1:00 pm–2:00 pm. Broadcasted and Streaming Live. Contact,  Kyle Martens, kmartens3@unl.edu

Genetic Engineering: What you need to know about the science and current policy issues. 

Tuesday, March 22, 1pm – 2pm. Online. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been the subject of scientific and social debate for three decades and remain so today. But what exactly is a GMO? What is the underlying science behind GMOs? How has genetic engineering been used in various commodities, and what future tools are currently in development? These are important questions, and to begin to assess how this issue may affect the produce industry, it is important to have an understanding of the underlying science and how it is currently evolving. One of the direct results of the GMO debate is the current legislative battle over GMO labeling. This webinar will also lay out the various positions in the legislative part of the GMO debate and examine likely outcomes.

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Webinar- Estimating and Tracking Production Costs

Wednesday, March 23 at 11:00 am CDT. The ability to effectively estimate and track production costs is essential to farm business decision making.  This session will discuss methods for estimating costs and how to manage expenses. For more information and to register:

Getting started with getting your land ready to grow organically - certified or not

Wednesday, March 23 at 6:00 pm CDT. This program is part of a 23-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2016 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available at  

Webinar: Ginseng

March 23rd. 1pm. Topics: • Folklore and history • Products and usage • Where it grows • Policy: international, U.S., states’ programs, • Stewardship and reasons for policies • Commercial production versus Kentucky woods production • Ginseng from seedling to maturity • Ginseng marketing • Good harvest, washing, drying • Harvest pressures (other than man). To register, contact Christy Cassady at

Landscapes for Butterfly Conservation

March 23. Participants in this free, one-hour webinar sponsored by the USDA NRCS National Wildlife Team will learn best management practices for butterflies at site and landscape scales. The webinar will focus on: 1) habitat components that have positive or negative associations with butterfly abundance, 2) best management practices for grasslands relative to grazing and burning, 3) differences in butterfly use of block versus linear habitats, and 4) responses to habitat edges and landscape context.

Tree Care Workshop – Lincoln

March 23rd. 8:30 am–3:30 pm.  Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 228 N 21st St. Lincoln. Graham Herbst,

Unique Fly Control Methods for Organic Dairy Production

March 24. Join eOrganic for a free webinar about fly control options on certified organic dairy farms at 2 p.m. ET. In this webinar, Drs. Brad Heins and Roger Moon will describe practical options for fly control on lactating cows and growing dairy animals. The discussion will include a comparison of the Bruce Fly Trap and Spalding Cow-Vac, two control options that were researched at the University of Minnesota through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative. Advance registration is required.

Apple Video Conference with Jim Flore from Michigan State University

Jim will be leading another discussion managing spring frosts including methods for delaying bloom. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday March 24th from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Commercial orchard farmers can access the Zoom video conference at

Birds on the Move: Mobile Housing for Poultry on Pasture

March 24. Online. Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for a free webinar on improving access to pasture for poultry on your farm, at 3 p.m. Eastern. The three presenters are former Fund-a-Farmer grant recipients who have real-life experience in raising sustainable & humane poultry: Terrell "Spence" Spencer of Across the Creek Farm; Homer Walden of Sunnyside Farm; and Christine Deck of Deck Family Farm. They will cover their farms' approaches to mobile poultry housing designed for pasture-based operations and answer questions from the audience.

Small Farms Winter Webinar: Growing Great Blackberries

March 24. The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production. Webinars are held from noon -1:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free.

Tree Care Workshop – Bellevue

March 24th. 8:30 am–3:30 pm. Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Bellevue.  Graham Herbst,

Antibiotic Resistance and Animal Agriculture

Friday, March 25 at 1:30 pm CDT. Nearly every day the media bombards us with information on antibiotics and resistance to them. This webcast will examine the veterinary feed directive and how it impacts animal agriculture as well as discuss the state of the science as it relates to antibiotic resistance. Finally, we’ll bust some myths and review “facts” to keep in mind when chatting with livestock producers and the general public.

Low Tunnels & Cold Frames

March 26th. Extend your season using low tunnels and cold frames. Participants will get to see a variety of low tunnel and cold frames in action and get information about basic use and construction to get your garden started earlier in the season! Instructors Erin Schoenberg and Margaret Milligan run The Darlin' Reds farm. Growing on three acres, just northwest of Lincoln, NE. From head lettuce to leeks, sweet peppers and heirloom tomatoes, to all those wonderful storage crops (and much much more), The Reds grow enough to stock their own produce section of any local market! Register here.


Organic Custom Grazing

I have 150 acres of grass that is certified Organic. I'd potentially be interested in custom grazing pairs/cows/yearlings. I also have an additional 250 acres of grass that can be certified. I've been custom grazing 50 pairs the last few years on non-certified ground. Please let me know if you're interested or know of someone who might be. Jon Yoachim, 402-309-4088

Facility Manager Position at Prairie Hill

PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center, a Montessori farm - school located on HWY 77 seven miles south of Lincoln, seeks a Facility Manager beginning in May. 20-30 hours per week, with daily hours beginning at 6:45am. Position involves being knowledgeable and handy with maintenance of buildings and grounds on our 12 acre farm. Good communication and organizational skills are required. Respect for and appreciation of children is crucial.  E-mail: Send a resume to Mail: PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center, 17705 S. 12 St., Roca, NE 68430, Telephone: 402-438-6668 and ask to speak to our Executive Director, Mandie Schadwinkel. 

Robinette Farms Apprenticeship

We're looking for one more addition to our farm for 2016. If you or someone you know wants to learn about small-scale vegetable production, CSA management, management-intensive grazing and pastured poultry, please get in touch! Testimonials from former Apprentices can be found here: 
Details about the Apprenticeship here:

Positions Available

I wanted to let you know that we are still trying to fill multiple positions on both our farm, New Earth Farm & Goods, and with our non-profit, Keipos. Here are the positions available: 1) Farm Apprentice at New Earth Farm & Goods, which includes food, housing, and pay. 2) Internships positions with Keipos, a 12-week program working at our heart and in the city, which includes a PDC certificate. Jonathan Dodd

Dryland Farming Opportunity

I have + or - 6 acres that I am transitioning to organic status. It has not had any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers applied to it for five years. It is currently in alfalfa that has reached the end of its productivity. It does not have access to irrigation. Anyone out there want to farm it organically on a sharecrop or cash rent basis? I also have 10 acres of prairie grass (never sprayed with anything) that will need to be harvested - usually sometime between June 25 and July 10. Will do that on a sharecrop or cash basis as well. I do not have the necessary large farming equipment, but have access to some on a rental basis. Interested?  Please email me at Gene Gage, Heartland Organics

GM Position at Open Harvest 

Open Harvest Co-op Grocery has been serving Lincoln, NE as a leader in the organic and natural foods market for 40 years. We are seeking a General Manager to steer us through the increasingly competitive market and lead the success and continued growth of our store. We are looking for a candidate that embraces Cooperative Principles, is passionate about local food and economies, and has a strong work ethic and personal integrity. If you have questions, please email Brande Payne, Board Chair at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Ducks, Geese & Guineas

We are looking for baby ducks and geese available this Spring.  We are interested in Cayuga, Khaki Campbell or other breeds for egg production.  The geese we are looking for are Chinese or African for guard animals.  Guineas for bug control. 

Summer Garden Educators

Big Garden in Omaha is hiring. WE ARE HIRING for our 2016 Summer Garden Educators. Know 19+ young adults looking for a full-time summer job gardening & working with youth? Contact Cait at for more information.

Registered Milking Devons

I have two registered milking Devons, 1 six year old bred cow who had been milked before and one bred heifer. The cow is a1/a2 and the heifer has not been tested but has a 25% chance of being a2/a2. Both bred to a low birthweight belted Galloway bull. Makes some good beef calves. Their are only 1500 or so in the U.S. And they don't really fit my herd. I would like them to go to someone who would use them for what they were bred for. I am asking $1500 a piece. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Eric Lanik, Johnson Hill Farm, 402-480-2485

Fund a Truck, Fund Local Foods!

Nebraska Food Cooperative is asking for your help to raise capital for loan repayment and truck repairs.  Our delivery trucks put on a lot of miles to deliver fresh food across our state.  We had to replace one of our vehicles and make extensive repairs on another. As a grassroots community to help small farms and build local economies, we are asking for your contribution so that the money tied up in these expenses can be freed to go toward running the co-op and making our network stronger.  We believe in the value of the co-op, and we believe in you, our community of co-op members! Read more, and support NFC today!


Webinar: Trialing No-Till Systems in the Market Garden

March 29. Online. This free, one-hour, evening webinar from NOFA Massachusetts will be presented by Liz Joseph, Heifer International. Learn tips for managing a no-till, one acre garden from Liz, who has been managing her market garden with no-till and hand-tillage systems for five years.

How to Assess a Horse's Health and Welfare

Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm CDT. This webcast is intended to help participants learn and apply equine welfare principles that will lead to improvements in the care and management of horses. The importance of equine welfare and definitions of welfare will be presented. Participants will also be introduced to current advances in equine welfare science and to valuable resources relevant to the welfare of horses.

Impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act on Diversified Organic Vegetable Farms

March 29. Online. Join eOrganic for a free webinar on the impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act on Diversified Organic Vegetable Farms, by Erin Silva of the University of Wisconsin. While it still remains unclear as to how many aspects of the regulation will look "on the ground," this webinar will address what diversified organic vegetable farmers need to begin thinking about with respect to moving forward toward compliance. Advance registration is required.

Getting started with meat goats

Wednesday, March 30 at 6:00 pm CDT​. ​The focus of this Webinar will be raising Meat Goats and will include such topics as health, housing, nutrition and management of the different phases of production.​ ​

Savanna-Based Restoration Agriculture

March 30
This event is part of the Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series, a production of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. Presentations in this webinar series explore topics in agroforestry from North America and around the globe, showcasing examples of excellence in practice and research. Live webinars are presented on a monthly basis and are free and open to all.

Conservation Planning Considerations for Outdoor Swine Operations

March 30
This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. This webinar will introduce participants to conservation practices and strategies that can be considered when assisting producers with their outdoor swine operations. The presenter is James T. Green, Jr., Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Participants will have a better understanding of the unique difficulties presented and the opportunities provided to solve resource concerns on outdoor swine operations. 

Waste Management at the Processing Plant

March 30
This free, one-hour webinar from the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network begins at 1 p.m. Eastern. For those new to meat processing, or those looking for new ideas for their plant, this webinar will provide a general overview on waste management for both solid waste and wastewater. The webinar will discuss wastewater management, basic systems and pre-treatment options, and regulations. It will also cover solid waste streams (things like manure, bones, trim, etc.) and solutions for dealing with those various waste streams.

Setting Up a Grazing System on a Small Farm

March 31
This event concludes the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series presented by University of Illinois Extension. This free, one-hour webinar with Jay Solomon, University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, begins at noon CT.

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Help pollinators cope with pesticides

April 1
Pollinating insects are at risk when pesticides are used carelessly. Learn practical tips for preventing polliniator deaths from pesticides by Jack Rowe, Dr. James Tew, Sallie Lee, and Dani Carroll from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

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