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The March 2024 issue of Field Notes covers Will Lathrop's passing, monarch looklalikes, U.S.-grown labels, free organic webinars, and more! Read on!
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Will Lathrop, long-time Kerr Center livestock manager, passed away on March 19th, 2024, at the Kerr Center.
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Webinars on conservation agriculture and organic farming, by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and NRCS, are available free online.
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Home-grown farm goods will soon stand out on grocery shelves, letting both growers and shoppers take pride in certified U.S.-raised foods.
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The February 2024 issue of Field Notes covers elderberry updates, falling cattle and monarch numbers, a DIY vacuum seeder, and more! Read on!
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Cattle numbers are at a 73-year low, while beef prices just hit a record high. Check out more such facts and figures in the latest Ag Census.
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The numbers of migratory eastern monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico fell nearly 60% since last year, reaching the second lowest level on record.
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The January 2024 issue of Field Notes covers shifting plant hardiness zones, citizen science, caring for cattle in the cold, and more! Read on!
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USDA's plant hardiness zone maps got an update last year. As the climate warms, the plant hardiness zones are marching northward.
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The December 2023 issue of Field Notes reviews the past year – with a peek ahead at 2024. Read on!
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Upcoming Events

Apr
23
Tue
Virtual Summit on Ag and Food Tech @ online
Apr 23 – Apr 24 all-day
Virtual Summit on Ag and Food Tech @ online

The Virtual Summit on Ag and Food Tech (VSAFT) is hosted by the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital in collaboration with the Tuck Food & Agriculture Club. This online conference will focus on trends, topics, and novel ideas in food, agriculture, and technology.

VSAFT brings influential individuals and organizations together from around the world to have compelling conversations, accelerate the spread of knowledge, and generate new ideas.

In its sixth year, the virtual conference will cover a wide range of topics including aquaculture, AI and emerging tech on farms, food waste, leadership in the movement towards sustainable food systems, and the current state of the consumer. All conference registration proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

For more information or to register, visit the event website, or contact the Tuck School of Business by email or phone (603-646-8825).

Tri-National Monarch Butterfly Conservation (MJV webinar) @ online
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tri-National Monarch Butterfly Conservation (MJV webinar) @ online

Tri-National Monarch Butterfly Conservation (MJV webinar)

Monarch butterfly conservation in Canada, presented by Dr. Greg Mitchell, Environment and Climate Change Canada: Dr. Mitchell will discuss the current listing status of monarch butterflies in Canada as well as monitoring, research, and stewardship activities specifically carried out or supported at the federal level. Dr. Mitchell will also touch on the listing process for species at risk in Canada, specifically as it relates to the monarch butterfly.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Center for Pollinator Conservation Update, presented by Mara Koenig, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Center for Pollinator Conservation: Prioritizing actions for conserving pollinators can be difficult, and communicating it can be even more so. The term ‘pollinator’ itself implies thousands of different species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Center for Pollinator Conservation recognizes there is overlap. The Center wants to work as a collective community on shared efforts that can make it much simpler and expand efforts to move forward.

Monitoring the Overwinter Colonies, Conservation of Monarchs in Mexico, presented by Adriana Valera of WWF Mexico: History of Monarch butterfly conservation in Mexico since the discovery of the overwintering sites to the conservation activities WWF is developing in the present.

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).

Monarch Joint Venture’s free monthly webinars offer a unique opportunity to hear from experts across various interdisciplinary fields related to monarchs, other pollinators, their habitats, and the threats and pressures that make conservation urgent. Bring your questions and get ready to discover how you can get involved to protect monarchs. All webinars are one hour long and occur at 1:00 PM Central Time. Please note that scheduled webinars are subject to change.

All past webinars are available to view; visit MJV’s webinar archive.  This series is co-hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.

 

Apr
28
Sun
National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship Week
Apr 28 – May 5 all-day
National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship Week

NACD’s 69th Stewardship Week will be held April 28 – May 5. In 2024, NACD’s Stewardship Week will be focused on forests and the theme of “May the Forest Be with You Always.”

NACD Stewardship Week is one of the largest national programs to promote natural resource conservation. Celebrated annually since 1955 between the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May, NACD Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibilities to care for natural resources.

For more information or to submit an entry, visit the Stewardship Week webpage, or contact NACD by email or phone (202-547-6223).

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Field Notes – March 2024

The March 2024 issue of Field Notes covers Will Lathrop’s passing, monarch looklalikes, U.S.-grown labels, free organic webinars, and more! Read on!

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