Events

Feb
3
Fri
OK Environmental Education Expo @ Oklahoma City (OKC Zoo)
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
OK Environmental Education Expo @ Oklahoma City (OKC Zoo)

The 2023 Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education Expo has the theme, “The Sustaining Power of Nature”.

From oceans to the Amazon rainforest, keynote speaker Conservation Biologist Laurie Gillum, has dedicated most of her life to studying endangered species and their habitats, including cetaceans, chimpanzees, birds, and bugs. This passion for the natural world led her on a surprising journey to teaching kids about how their relationship to the plants and animals around them can make a positive difference in the world. There will be a variety of hands-on and lecture style presentations on topics such as creating living labs, Climate, Water & Resilience, Forest Therapy, Eco Audits, Wind Energy, Recycling and Composting, Lichen, Youth Climate Challenge, Bees, Living Loose Parts, and Virtual Reality for Outdoor Education.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact OKAEE by email or phone (405-702-7122).

Agroforestry & USDA Webinar Series @ online
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agroforestry & USDA Webinar Series @ online

USDA’s National Agroforestry Center is launching a free 10-part monthly webinar series to highlight how different USDA programs can be used to advance agroforestry adoption.

Each individual webinar will include two speakers and one USDA agency representative, as well as one program participant who has used that USDA program to enhance their agroforestry work.

Learn how USDA programs can be utilized to promote and support agroforestry establishment, management, research, and other efforts in your area.

For more information or to register, visit the program webpage.

Feb
4
Sat
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training – Western States @ online
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Training – Western States @ online

Become a community scientist with this Monarch Larva Monitoring Project training! The MLMP team from the Monarch Joint Venture and the UW-Madison Arboretum co-lead these virtual one-day trainings on how to collect data that contributes to our knowledge about the monarch population. Participants learn about monarch biology, monitoring procedures, and data entry protocols, and are able to ask monarch biologists their questions about monarchs and monitoring.

This session will be relevant for both newcomers and individuals who are already participating in the MLMP or another monarch citizen science project. The four-hour training will be conducted in two parts with a one-hour break between them. This year, MLMP is offering three trainings focused on specific regions: western states on February 4th, southern states on February 25th, and northern states on April 29th.

For more information or to register, visit the training webpage, or contact Katie-Lyn Bunney by email or phone (651-222-7631).

Feb
7
Tue
Made in the Shade: Growing Crops under Solar Panels (webinar) @ online
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Made in the Shade: Growing Crops under Solar Panels (webinar) @ online

In this free AgriSolar Clearinghouse webinar, Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford and his group will discuss the effects of growing crops under solar panels.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the National Center for Appropriate Technology by email or phone (406-494-4572).

Feb
9
Thu
Farmers Market Boot Camp @ online
Feb 9 @ 7:00 am – Feb 10 @ 10:00 am
Farmers Market Boot Camp @ online

Join the 2023 Farmers Market “Boot Camp” for a fast-moving overview of the basics of running a farmers market. You will get practical, grounded, and timely tools needed for opening day and beyond. Board members get a look behind the info booth to see what goes into market operations, as well as their role in sustaining a strong market organization and building a great team.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the Washington State Farmers Market Association by email or phone (206-706-5198).

Feb
11
Sat
National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting @ New Orleans, LA
Feb 11 – Feb 15 all-day
National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting @ New Orleans, LA

The National Association of Conservation Districts’ Annual Meeting is the premier event for leaders in conservation, from district officials and agency representatives to industry professionals. Each year, the meeting draws over 1,000 conservation leaders from across the United States and its territories.

Meeting attendees have the opportunity to:
– Network with landowners, partnering organizations, companies and government agencies
– Discover emerging technologies, services and programs through the Innovation Fair
– Engage in professional development
– Participate in forums discussing natural resource issues
– Develop strategies for education and outreach
– Influence conservation policy

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the National Association of Conservation Districts by email or phone (202-547-6223).

Home Gardening 101 @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Home Gardening 101 @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Whether you are a novice or a garden veteran, this fun and instructional three-day Home Gardening 101 workshop will prepare you to start the growing season right. You will receive university-based training in healthy soils, composting, insect and pest management, smart watering, and many more topics.

A $75, non-refundable registration fee is required, due Feb. 1. (Make checks payable to OCMG.)

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the Oklahoma County Master Gardeners by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Feb
13
Mon
Beginning Farmer Summit @ Ames, IA
Feb 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Beginning Farmer Summit @ Ames, IA

Practical Farmers of Iowa invites all beginning farmers and landowners to the annual Beginning Farmer Summit for an opportunity to reconnect with friends and peers and make new acquaintances. The event is free, and farmers from all enterprises are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required and open online until Feb. 8.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Greg Padget by email or phone (515-232-5661).

Feb
14
Tue
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund (application deadline)
Feb 14 all-day
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund (application deadline)

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

The application for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund opens once per year at which time eligible veterans are given four weeks to submit a fully completed application.

Once the application period ends, an advisory panel of agricultural industry professionals convenes to review submissions. The application review process can take up to two months with awardees usually being notified in the spring.

Fellowship recipients have six months to use their award.

Upon notification of their award, Fellowship recipients may begin seeking out third-party vendors to make their purchase. All third-party vendors must be approved by the Fellowship Fund manager prior to purchase.

After an approved third-party vendor has been selected, the Fellowship Fund manager makes the payment on the farmer veteran’s behalf.

The application, which consists of both short answer and essay questions, is comprised of five main focus areas: military service, educational background, prior farming experience, business and financial planning, and short-term and long-term goals.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Farm training/experience and/or transferable skills
  • Personal investment in their farm business
  • Strength of funding request and ability to show how an award will help grow their farm business
  • Vision and goals for the future of their business
  • Community involvement

Required Documents

  • A business plan
  • Proof of service

For more information or to apply, visit the fellowship website, or contact the Farmer Veteran Coalition by email or phone (530-756-1395).

SoilCon @ online
Feb 14 – Feb 15 all-day
SoilCon @ online

SoilCon 2023 is a free, virtual conference that brings research, extension, and production together to move soil health principles into practice. The Washington State Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI), with support from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), organizes the conference.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or email the Washington State Soil Health Initiative.