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Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies, is a new SARE publication, available free as a pdf.
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The April 2022 issue of Field Notes covers weed management, cover crops as pest control, birds laying earlier, silvopasture, and more! Read on!
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A newly published study makes a fresh tally of the benefits of silvopasture systems in agroforestry, but also charts common challenges.
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Getting the worm, or getting warmer? Many birds are laying their eggs a month or more earlier now than in the 1800s, new research shows.
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A new study found that cover crops were more effective than insecticides at protecting corn and soybeans from insect pests.
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Events/Training

May
24
Tue
Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? (webinar) @ online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm
Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? (webinar) @ online

Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? Risks and Benefits of Monarch Habitat in Agricultural Landscapes Join this free webinar with presenters Steven Bradbury (Iowa State University) and Dr. Niranjana Krishnan (Missouri S&T).

This free webinar is first-come, first-served, with a capacity of 500 attendees. Register early to ensure a place.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Stacy Carlson by email or phone (651-222-7631).

Grant Application Deadline: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)
May 24 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

May 24, 2022, is the deadline to apply for a Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) from the USDA.

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

The MPIRG focuses on:

  • Improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency;
  • Developing new and expanding existing markets;
  • Increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand;
  • Maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards;
  • Obtaining a larger commercial presence; and
  • Increasing access to slaughter/processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2022 Request for Applications is May 24, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to apply, visit the MPIRG website, or email Eric Bozoian.

May
26
Thu
Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition @ online
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition @ online

NCAT is presenting a free, four-part webinar series led by agriculture specialists Justin Morris and Lee Rinehart. Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition focuses on advanced concepts in taking regenerative grazing to the next level. Dates are April 21, May 12, May 26, and June 9, 2022.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact NCAT by email or phone (406-494-4572).

Jun
1
Wed
Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Guiding Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Ag Service Providers @ online

Guiding Resilience is a legal workshop that empowers agricultural service providers to guide farmers and ranchers towards resolutions for their legal vulnerabilities.

Complete this five-session, highly interactive, and facilitation-focused workshop ready to share your assets and wisdom to guide farmers and ranchers to legal solutions with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a group of fellow service providers to help keep you on track..

Learn the 10 best practices of farm legal risk management over 5 weeks.

January 6: Farm Law as Creative Power
January 13: Organizing Farm Businesses for Legal Success
January 20: Growing a Legally Resilient Workforce
January 27: Accessing Farmland with Legal Confidence
February 3: Diversifying Farm Enterprises Without Adding Legal Risk

Each week contains a pre-work video, assessment, plus optional activities and reading selections. You’ll meet on Wednesdays listed above with your instructor to learn more about the law and develop your skills.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Farm Commons by email or phone (218-302-4030).

Jun
2
Thu
Water Bath Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center)
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Water Bath Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center)

Learn how to safely can your favorite fresh foods using water bath canning. This hands-on workshop will involve prepping the food, packing it into jars, and processing. You will take home a jar of the canned food.

This method of canning is for high-acid foods such as fruits (jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, pie fillings), pickles, relishes, sauces, and tomatoes (salsa, whole tomatoes, etc.).

For ages 18 and older.

Fee covers the class material and food for canning.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Janet Birchall by email or phone (405-713-1125).

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