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Information to help you be successful and sustainable! Keep up with Kerr Center Farm and Ranch, public events, publications, videos: sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, E-Field Notes.
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The December 2021 issue of Field Notes reviews the past year at the Kerr Center – with a look ahead to 2022. Read on!
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USDA will help cover certification and education expenses to agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic.
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Be thankful at Thanksgiving for the farmers and ranchers who grow the food we eat, despite the fact that it' been an unusual year... again!
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A new guide to setting up a small-scale meat processing facility, So You Want to Start a Meat Plant?, is available free online.
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The National Center for Appropriate Technology has released a series of 19 videos from its inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference.
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Events/Training

Jan
25
Tue
No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference 2022 @ Wichita, KS (Wichita Marriott)
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all-day
No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference 2022 @ Wichita, KS (Wichita Marriott)

Join No-till on the Plains for the 26th Annual Winter Conference, January 25 & 26, 2022, in Wichita, Kansas, for over 30 breakout sessions, 2 general sessions, more than 15 regenerative agriculture speakers, and networking opportunties.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact the Wichita State Unversity Office of Workforce, Professional and Community Education by email or phone (316-978-6493).

Welcoming Seeds Home: Seed Rematriation Session #2 (webinar) @ online
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Welcoming Seeds Home: Seed Rematriation Session #2 (webinar) @ online

Seed Savers Exchange’s Seed Rematriation webinar series highlights Seed Rematriation partnerships funded through a North Central SARE Partnership grant in conjunction with Seed Savers Exchange. Join to learn how Indigenous farmers, activists, communities, and nations are welcoming seeds home to grow and share.

Seed rematriation addresses the desire for Indigenous communities to actively reclaim their ancestral seeds and traditions. Moderated by Shelley Buffalo, this session features panelists Shiloh Maples and Rosebud Bear-Scheider sharing information on

*their experience with the rematriation process,
*regional variation/northern climate growing,
*Indigenous Seed Keepers Network initiatives, and
*ways this partnership could be modeled for others looking to engage in this work.

Space for the live event is limited, but this session will be recorded and made available on-demand to everyone who registers.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page or contact Seed Savers Exchange by email or phone (563-382-5990).

Soil Health 101 (webinar) @ online
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Soil Health 101 (webinar) @ online

NCAT Soil Specialist Nina Prater will lead this Soil Health 101 webinar, a free introduction to soil health. She will cover the five soil health principles, different ways to put these principles into practice, and will answer participants’ questions.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Nina Prater by email or phone (479-442-9824).

Jan
27
Thu
TOFGA Conference 2022 @ Georgetown, TX
Jan 27 – Jan 29 all-day
TOFGA Conference 2022 @ Georgetown, TX

The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) 2022 conference includes three days of in-depth workshops and learning sessions, plus multiple off-site intensives and farm tours. Additional highlights include a farm-to-table banquet with keynote speaker, social and networking opportunities, and an excellent trade show featuring new and innovative material as well as mainstay agricultural tools, inputs, and services.

TOFGA is a statewide non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association by email or phone (512-656-2456).

Growing with Integrity: Better Soil, More Life @ Weatherford
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm
Growing with Integrity: Better Soil, More Life @ Weatherford

The Oklahoma Grazing Lands Coalition is sponsoring this two-day Growing with Integrity conference, with presenters Nicole Masters & Jonathan Lundgren.

Topics include Listening to the Land, Transitional Tips for Soil Health, Insects and Soil, and Boosting Microbes and Germination.

For more information or to register, visit the conference registration page, or contact Sara Bullis at 405-853-5005.

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