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Dec
4
Tue
Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show @ Louisville, KY (Louisville Marriott Downtown)
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day
Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show @ Louisville, KY (Louisville Marriott Downtown)

The annual Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show sets the standard for innovation and learning. Farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.

Here are some of the activities you can look forward to . . .

Eco-Ag U Advanced Learning Workshops

Optional, intensive courses by eco-farming’s top consultants, practitioners and thinkers. NEW THIS YEAR: You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending Eco-Ag U workshops!

View this year’s line-up of Eco-Ag U workshops.

Seminars

Hear presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture ─ successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants and cutting-edge scientists. Ask them questions specific to your needs and your farm.

Conference Agenda

Eco-Consultants’ Halls

Special rooms are dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture. Be prepared to get answers by bringing your soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc.

Learn more about Consultant Halls

Trade Show

The exhibitors at the Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference are some of the top innovators in agriculture. Find solutions for farming at a higher level from the almost 100 companies in this remarkable exhibition.

Learn more about this year’s Eco-Ag trade show.

Round Table Discussions

Create a dialog with fellow attendees around a shared interest in critically relevant topics to sustainable agriculture by attending one of our round table discussions.

Film Screenings

Take a break from the hustle of the conference and trade show and see some of the latest ecologically focused agriculture and food films screened on each of the three days of the conference.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact the Acres U.S.A. office by email or phone (1-800-355-5313).

Dec
6
Thu
Hispanic Farmer & Rancher Conference @ McAllen, TX (Casa de Palmas Hotel)
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day
Hispanic Farmer & Rancher Conference @ McAllen, TX (Casa de Palmas Hotel) | McAllen | Texas | United States

Texas has the largest population of Hispanic farmers and ranchers of any state in the country.

And in December, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer that community a sustainable-agriculture conference of Hispanic agriculture professionals.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s successful inaugural Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference, this year’s event will bring together the Hispanic farming community, the agriculture industry, advocates for sustainability, and agribusinesses for two days of workshops, networking, and learning from fellow farmers.

It will be held December 6 and December 7 at the Casa de Palmas Hotel in McAllen, Texas.

The conference’s workshops will be conducted by experts in all major agricultural industries and will address important issues affecting farmers today, such as business planning, soil health, marketing, and access to resources for profitable production.

Mark your calendars for the conference! The cost is $25 per person, and a discounted rate of $40 is available for married couples or domestic partners.

Scholarships in the amount of up to $250 are available to help cover the cost of travel and lodging. Applications for those scholarships close November 16.

Information on applying for the scholarships, registration, workshop topics, and speakers is available at https://texashispanic.ncat.org/register.php

There is also information on the site about opportunities available for businesses, agencies, and other organizations to help sponsor the conference or present exhibits.

For more information, contact NCAT specialists Robert Maggiani or Kara Kroeger at robertm@ncat.org or karak@ncat.org. Or call at 866-319-1669.

For more information, visit the conference website or contact NCAT Specialist Robert Maggiani by email  or phone (1-866-319-1669) .

Dec
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Jan
4
Fri
Horticulture Industries Show: People, Plants, & Pollinators @ Fayetteville, AR (Chancellor Hotel)
Jan 4 – Jan 5 all-day
Horticulture Industries Show: People, Plants, & Pollinators @ Fayetteville, AR (Chancellor Hotel)

Registration opens November 1. Monitor this space for details as they become available, or visit the Horticulture Industries Show website.

Jan
8
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Jan
15
Tue
Field Day: How to Use Prescribed Fire for Wildlife and Livestock @ Marietta (Noble Research Institute, Coffey Ranch)
Jan 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Field Day: How to Use Prescribed Fire for Wildlife and Livestock @ Marietta (Noble Research Institute, Coffey Ranch)

Prescribed fire is a natural process in the Southern Great Plains, where the landscape evolved under fire and grazing. Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock.

During this course, you will learn about fire behavior and plant response to burning during the dormant season. You will also learn about prescribed burn plans, fireguards, weather parameters, equipment, labor and contingency plans among other topics.

The most important way to safely burn is to gain experience conducting burns. If weather parameters are within prescription during the field day, we will attempt multiple burns to give you real experience conducting prescribed fire management.

What You Will Learn:
  • How weather impacts fire behavior
  • How to manage fuel loads and types
  • Laws and regulations for prescribed fire
  • The type of equipment and labor needed for a burn
  • How prescribed fire impacts wildlife and grazing lands
  • The types and appropriateness of fireguards
  • How to plan smoke management
  • The difference between growing-season burns and dormant-season burns
  • How to design and implement a safe prescribed fire
  • The role and importance of prescribed burn associations
How You Will Learn:
  • Classroom discussion
  • In-field discussion
  • Hands-on demonstration, weather-permitting
Who Should Attend:
  • Land managers interested in or new to prescribed fire
  • Volunteer firefighters
How to Prepare:
  • Wear cotton or fire-resistant long pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Wear leather boots
  • Bring a hat and gloves

For more information or to register, visit the field day webpage or contact the Noble Research Institute at 580-223-5810.

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.