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Jan
18
Fri
Conference: Grazing for Resilience @ Norman (Moore Norman Technology Center)
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Conference: Grazing for Resilience @ Norman (Moore Norman Technology Center)

The Oklahoma Grazing Land Coalition hosts the Grazing for Resilience Conference January 18 in Norman.

Speakers include Wally Olson, Dale Strickler, Alan Newport, and Kim Barker.

Registration costs $100, and $75 for each additional person.

Download agenda (PDF, 1 MB)

Download print-and-mail registration form (PDF, 27 KB)

For more information or to register, contact Sara Bullis by email or phone (405-853-5005).

Jan
23
Wed
Southern SAWG 2019 Conference @ Little Rock, AR
Jan 23 – Jan 26 all-day
Southern SAWG 2019 Conference @ Little Rock, AR

Pre-Conference courses: January 23–24, 2019
General Conference: January 25–26, 2019

Little Rock, located between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks, is a growing hot-spot for the local foods movement and is a natural fit for Southern SAWG’s annual conference.

The SSAWG conference provides a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and federal farm policies and programs that promote sustainable agriculture. This event also provides producers, researchers, information providers, concerned consumers, and community organizers the opportunity to build networks, strengthen alliances, and celebrate the achievements of Southern sustainable farmers.

The conference is loaded with practical information tailored for those in the South producing organic and sustainable food on a commercial scale and for those in the region working to improve local food systems. All conference sessions, pre-conference courses, and field trips will be led by successful producers and well-respected educators and organizers from around the region with extensive knowledge and, more importantly, practical experience.

Full details on the 2019 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference will be available soon.

Jan
24
Thu
Conference: Mid-America Organic Association 2019 @ Independence, MO (Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center)
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day
Conference: Mid-America Organic Association 2019 @ Independence, MO (Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center)

MOA Conference 2019 – “Cultivating Resilience”

Areas of Interest

1) Organic and Non-GMO Grain and Vegetable Production
2) Sustainable Livestock Production
3) Health and Wellness Living

Learn about organic, sustainable, and alternative agricultural crops and systems. This event is for farmers, gardeners, retailers, distributors, consumers, and more.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact MOA by email or phone (660-834-3067).

Jan
29
Tue
No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS (Century II Convention Center)
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day
No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS (Century II Convention Center)

The 23rd annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference in Wichita, Kansas, features an expert lineup of soil health speakers.

Topics

  • Soil biology
  • Nutrient management
  • Holistic management
  • Diverse crop rotations
  • Crop protection
  • Mixing range and crop land management
  • Production efficiency-dollars per acre
  • Livestock grazing and management

Other Conference Events

Beginners’ Workshop, Monday, Jan. 28

Pre-Conference Workshop Reducing the Fertilizer Budget, Integrating Nutrition and Biology for Plant and Soil Health-Featuring Joel Williams, Monday Jan. 28

Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium, Thursday, Jan. 31

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Steve Swaffar by email or phone (785-210-4549).

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Woodward (Woodward County Extension Office)
Jan 29 all-day
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Woodward (Woodward County Extension Office) | Pawnee | Oklahoma | United States

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this training. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Topics:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Cost:

$15 per person

A $25 fee will be billed to those who fail to cancel or attend. The registration fees cover lunch, refreshments and workshop material costs.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, call Karen Smith (405-744-6277), or email the Food & Agricultural Products Center.

Jan
31
Thu
Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference @ Jefferson City, MO (St. Martins K of C Hall)
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mid-Missouri Grazing Conference @ Jefferson City, MO (St. Martins K of C Hall)

Highlights

This year’s program brings valuable information to enhance the productivity and profitability of grazing enterprises.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Greg Judy

Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1620 acres of leased and owned land. Greg and Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in 3 years with custom grazing on leased land and are completely debt free. They own 4 farms and lease 12 farms. They graze cattle, hair sheep, pastured pigs and pastured laying hens.

Greg wrote a book in 2001, entitled “NO RISK RANCHING, Custom Grazing on Leased Land”, which details the methods they used to build their operation from scratch. In 2008 Greg wrote a second book “COMEBACK FARMS, Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management”. Greg’s second book covers all the methods they use with Holistic High Density Grazing, multi-species grazing, grass finishing animals, eliminating costly inputs.

Session Topics:

  • Multi-Species Grazing
  • Stocker vs Cow-Calf Economics
  • Selecting Genetics for the Environment
  • Weed ID and Economic Impacts
  • Mineral Supplementation for Beef Cattle
  • Soil Testing and Interpretation

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