Beginning Farmer Related Events Happening in January and February 2017
January 24-25, 2017 in Pacific Grove, California
This two-day series of interactive workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed: a valuable supplement to on-farm experience. Taught by a variety of educators, business experts, and experienced local farmers, this affordable program will provide upstart agrarians with the basic business tools to prepare you for a career in agriculture, as well as the peer-to-peer community support to keep you inspired and on track. The course is open to beginning and aspiring farmers growing specialty crops (vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.) as well as seasoned farmers looking to polish up their business skills.
January 24 – March 28, 2017
If you are interested in producing fruits and vegetables commercially but haven’t been sure how to get started, join Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg for its 10-week Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market. This program meets on Tuesday evenings and will cover the basics of commercial fruit and vegetable production from seed to farm stand and beyond. The goal of this program is to give participants the information they need to understand the basic concepts of production, including soils, pests, and general crop management. Graduates will have the skills needed to produce for local farmers markets, roadside stands, restaurants, and stores. In addition to the weekly classroom sessions, the program will also offer a full day of farm tours scheduled with local growers to highlight a variety of established operations.
Georgia Organics Conference & Expo
February 17-18, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia
20th Anniversary Conference attendees will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and view exhibit booths with innovative food- and agriculture-related information that will build stronger farms, school gardens, and communities.
New Mexico Organic Farming Conference
February 17-18, 2017
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This conference brings organic growers in the region together to explore and learn the unique aspects of the Southwest. Farmers, ranchers, and researchers share their experiences and expertise.
Soil Health Conference
February 16-17, 2017 in Ames, Iowa
“Building Soil Health for Healthy Environment and Farm Profitability” features speakers from academia, farmers, USDA, non-profits, and industry, presenting views concerning soil health understanding, challenges, and potential management practices.
January 24-25, 2017 in Salina, Kansas
“Securing Our Future With Soil Health” offers a lineup of more than 37 continuous no-till experts and top-line producers, 55 breakout sessions, a special Q&A session with speakers, and new one-day beginner’s session preceding the conference.
January 24, 2017 – Online
USDA and the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative are hosting a series of webinars extending through January 31 that will cover Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and loans that will assist Native American farmers and ranchers. This session will discuss Farm Service Agency youth loans, microloans, and fractionated land loan programs. These tools are especially essential for beginning farmers and ranchers to build your operations and build your credit. The session will focus on program requirements for accessing and debt repayment under these programs and will discuss the key concerns when planning your business around these loan opportunities. Producers nationwide are invited to participate in the free webinar series.
January 24, 2017 in Pasco, Washington
This regional listening session is one of seven being held across the country to discuss herbicide resistance management (HRM) – the challenges, new ideas, and ways to help communities collaborate to more effectively to control resistance. This half-day listening session is jointly sponsored by the USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Weed Science Society of America, Far West Agribusiness Association, and the United Soybean Board.