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Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, December 8, 2022
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Are you a farmer thinking about transferring your farmland or business? Are you a non-farming landowner looking for ways to support the next generation?

Whether you intend to transfer your farm within your family or to an unrelated farmer, succession planning is real work. This interactive three-part online workshop series will help you prepare to engage in a transfer process, identify business and legal tools, assess your financial situation, build your advisor team, and prepare to develop a plan for transferring your land and/or farm business to a new farm owner.

Led by OEFFA Farmland Specialist Kelly Cabral, and developed as a pilot with a national network of land transfer professionals and the American Farmland Trust, you will spend the first session learning how farm transfer works, assessing your current situation, and setting goals. You will leave with specific homework tasks, such as holding family meetings and talking to advisors, to help develop your plan.

During the second and third workshops, you will explore your options, hear from professionals, develop effective communication to build trust and engage in conversation for farm transfer, and clarify steps to succession with OEFFA staff support. You will finish the intensive workshop series with solid action steps in place.

Workshops will take place virtually on October 17, November 17, and December 8, 2022.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Lainie Rini / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Online 

Monday, December 5, 2022 through Monday, December 19, 2022
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Register today for this three-part winter course with farm consultant Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit! This course will build on the material covered in introductory sessions in January and March 2022 (available to watch on fairfarms.oeffa.org/polishuk). Take a deep dive into your numbers from the season to understand your farm's costs of production and calculate fair prices and wages.

The What: In order to increase farm profits, we have to dive into assessing IF and WHICH of our crops, enterprises, and markets are actually generating profits.

The Why: Growers are struggling to attract and retain excellent employees. We want to pay our people more. How much more can we really "afford" to pay?

The How: We are going to keep appropriate yield, labor, and cost data in the 2022 season.

The Deal: We will meet virtually in December to discuss how to discover profitability using three different strategies:
- Veggie Compass, whole farm profitability tool
- Individual Crop Costing Tool, provided by Kitchen Table Consultants
- An informative and organized Profit and Loss Report, a tool for making decisions on increasing labor cost

Visit fairfarms.oeffa.org/polishuk to view a recordkeeping checklist and costing tools resource list to keep track of your numbers this growing season.

The cost of this three-part course is $75 and includes the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation session with Ellen. Course capacity is limited to 40.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Jacob Taylor / (614) 725-3162 /

http://fairfarms.oeffa.org/polishuk

 

Plain City, Ohio 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The Ohio No-Till Conference will be Wednesday, December 7, at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 South Jefferson (US Route 42), Plain City.

You probably know about the successful efforts to improve the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Farmers in that watershed use cover crops on about 70 percent of the cropland. And farmers played a main role in setting the "rules."

Bill Chain, a former dairy farmer, is the Director and Pennsylvania Ag Program Manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will be our opening speaker. He will emphasize the role of farmers in finalizing the standards. Ohio farmers need to have a major role in planning the solutions for Phosphorus in Lake Erie (and Nitrogen flowing down the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico).

As Bill Chain states, "In Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed the importance of farmers at the decision-making table has been critical in developing strategy and identifying solutions that meet the farmers economic viability needs. No-till and cover crops play a large role in managing soil health, a system that keeps nutrients, topsoil, and water on the farm and out of the creek."

This presentation will be followed by an all-star panel that will answer your questions and concerns.

The rest of the program has a great variety of speakers and topics. Alyssa Essman, a visiting professor at OSU, will list risks associated with herbicide carryover for cover crops. Mike Estadt, OSU Extension, will help answer the question, "Are You Ready for the Carbon Market?" Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services, will describe how fulvic and humic acid enhances micronutrient uptake. Vinayak Shedekar, OSU Ag. Engineer, will describe results of a review of no-till research articles. (Are you guessing that continuous no-till with cover crops is better than one year of no-till without cover crops?) Ann Brandt, Walnut Creek Seeds, will discuss "Pure Live Seed Requirements for NRCS cover crop payment." Often farmers are surprised that an NRCS payment for 40 pounds of pure live seed (PLS) means they have to buy ~60 to 80 pounds.

The Ohio No-till Council presents awards in three categories. Tim Norris of Knox County will receive the Outstanding No-till Farmer Award. Three organizations, American Farmland Trust, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Corn Marketing Program will be recognized for their support of no-till and soil health.

The program will start at 9:00 a.m. and end about 4:00 p.m. Breaks and the famous Der Dutchman buffet lunch are included.

Advance registration will be $50.00 (by Dec. 2); or $70.00 at the door.

Register online at: OhioNoTillCouncil.com, or send a check (payable to Ohio No-Till Council) to: Bret Margraf, Seneca Cons. District , 3140 South S.R. 100 Suite D, Tiffin, OH 44883.

Location:
Der Dutchman Restaurant
445 South Jefferson (US Route 42)
Plain City, OH 43064

Contact:
Ohio No-Till Council / (000) 00-0000 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/422986312447

 

Online 

Thursday, December 15, 2022
2 p.m.

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In the fall of 2021, a coalition of national organic organizations (OFA, NOC, IOIA, ACA, IFOAM-NA) hosted a webinar on the History of Racism in U.S. agriculture and organic. This presentation by Cambium Collective focused on how the early United States' history of slavery and genocide of indigenous peoples has and still impacts our food and agriculture system, including organic.

A recent survey of organic professionals showed that there was also a strong desire for a deeper look at the history of how US agricultural policies further deepened the disparity of farmers and landowners and a culture of racism in U.S. agriculture and organic in the past 100 years. How does our nation's agricultural policy perpetuate inequities in farmer representation?

This 90-minute webinar will present the history of racism in US agriculture and organic in the past 100 years, focusing on federal policies that discriminated against and excluded Black and brown farmers.

Presenter: Tiffany LaShae is a Farmer and Activist with a diverse background in organic agriculture and food justice. She is a farm educator, facilitating programs such as Soul Fire BIPOC Farming Immersions, Big River Beginning Farmers Education Program, and Farmer-to-Farmer Africa. Tiffany is also in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Her research is a mixed method, weaving soil health across the Black Belt region and the cultural anthropology of Black farmers.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / (202) 643-5363 /

http://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-history-of-racism-in-us-agriculture-organic-last-100-years

 

Archbold, Ohio 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 through Thursday, January 5, 2023
1-5 p.m.

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On January 4-5, 2023, the Ohio Organic Grains Conference will be held in Archbold, Ohio. This new event is geographically positioned in the tri-state region (Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan) and is intended for current, transitioning and new-to organic grain farmers, crop consultants, agency personnel, input suppliers, and grain buyers.

The event venue will be at Founders Hall at Sauder Village campus. Keynote speakers for the event will be Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University, and Lea Vereecke, Rodale Institute, who will present both days along with selected organic farmers, crop consultants, and university personnel.

The event will begin on Wednesday, January 4 at 1 p.m. with sessions focused on the existing/advanced organic grain grower that include the following topics and speakers:
· OSU Organic Corn and Sunflower Trials – Dr. Osler Ortez, OSU Extension
· No-till Organic Soybeans – Léa Vereecke, Rodale Institute
· Why Canola, Sunflowers, and Alfalfa are in my Rotation– Steve Turnow, farmer
· Soil Health in Organic Grains – Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
· Grower Panel: Future of Organic Grains - Dave Shively, Angela Schriver, Lou Kozma, Jim Jacobs

On Thursday, January 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. sessions will be focused specifically on new and transitioning farmers and will include these topics and speakers:
· The Power of Soil Biology – Danielle Kusner, Certified Crop Advisor (CCA)
· Integrating Steel & Ecology for Better Weed Mgmt. – Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
· Importance of Crop Rotation – Léa Vereecke, Rodale Institute
· Lunch with Grower Roundtable
· Organic Transition Process – Julia Barton, OEFFA
· Grower Panel: Getting N to Your Organic Grains- Levi Haselman, Scott Myers, Jon Findlay
· Grain Buyer Panel: Marketing Options for Organic Grains – Cargill, Perdue Ag, Kalmbach Feeds
· A Review of the 2023 Organic Corn & Soybean Enterprise Budgets – Eric Richer, OSU Extension

While each day is specific to advanced or transitioning farmers, respectively, it is strongly encouraged to attend both days of the conference. The event will have numerous exhibitor-sponsors as well as networking time built into the schedule.

To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Founder's Hall at Sauder Village
22611 State Rt. 2
Archbold, OH 43502

Contact:
Eric Richer / (419) 337-9210 /

http://go.osu.edu/organicgrainsreg

 

Online 

Thursday, January 5, 2023 through Monday, February 6, 2023
9 a.m.

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Motivating and managing employees is essential to most diversified vegetable farms, and rare is the farmer who comes to farming with those labor management skills. Whether you have worked with employees for many years or are in the early stages of hiring staff, this series will give you practical tools to make your farm an employer of choice.

FairShare CSA Coalition will cover hiring the right people, developing a motivated workforce, establishing a positive farm business culture, providing reviews and feedback, and much more through this nine-part series. Research-based approaches and real world examples make this series practical and useful for any vegetable farm employer. Please note that this program is for all vegetable farm owners and for hired managers with at least 10 years of experience.

Be prepared to attend online sessions with your camera on and ready to engage in discussions with your farmer peers. Space is limited. Register via the link below.

Sessions are on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00am and Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm Central Time.

Dates and Topics:
5 January from 9-11 AM: Strategic Leadership
9 January from 4-6 PM: Developing a Motivated Workforce
12 January from 9-11 AM: Hiring the Right People
16 January from 4-6 PM: Employee Onboarding and Training
19 January from 9-11 AM: Farm Business Culture
23 January from 4-6 PM: Reviews and Feedback
30 January from 4-6 PM: Becoming an Ethical H-2A Employer
2 February from 9-11 AM: Developing Intercultural Competence for Farm Employers
6 February from 4-6 PM: Managing Conflict

Speakers:
David Bachhuber, Lovefood Farm
Kat Becker, Cattail Organics
Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
Stacey Botsford, Red Door Family Farm
Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm
Robyn Calvey, Park Ridge Organics
Linda Halley, Gwenyn Hill Farm
Cassie Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm
Michelle Week, Good Rain Farm
Claire Strader, Extension Dane County & FairShare
Sarah Janes Ugoretz, FairShare

Location:
Online

Contact:
Beth Knorr / (234) 231-8166 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetable-farmers-becoming-the-employer-of-choice-tickets-440579784997

 

Frankfort, Kentucky 

Thursday, January 26, 2023 through Saturday, January 28, 2023
8:30 a.m.

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The Organic Association of Kentucky's annual farming conference, now in its 12th year, includes a growing audience of hundreds of Kentuckians and neighbors active in our community food systems: farmers, researchers, nonprofit professionals, federal and state agency partners, allied service providers and conscious consumers working collectively to build a local, resilient and healthy food system. OAK is proud to host #OAK2023 at Kentucky State University (KSU)'s Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The synergy of diverse voices, messages and approaches combined with the place-based connection to our Kentucky farms, soil and communities will provide a rich foundation for conversation and growth. The primary focus of OAK Conference programming is on-farm production systems, techniques and practices - and yet the interwoven threads of community, conservation and conscious choice-making are inseparable from the sustainable agriculture movement.

Location:
Kentucky State University
1525 Mills Ln
Frankfort, KY 40601

Contact:
OAK / (502) 218-7378 /

http://www.oak-ky.org/registration

 

Online and Madison, Wisconsin 

Thursday, January 26, 2023 through Saturday, February 4, 2023
8:45 a.m.

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2023 Organic Vegetable Production Conference
January 26 & 27 | Online Everywhere
February 3 & 4 | In Person, Madison, WI

This producer-initiated conference is designed for advanced growers and attracts participants from throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Participants who register by January 6 will receive a conference packet with handouts and swag through the mail BEFORE the conference. Those who register after January 6 may receive the packet before or AFTER the conference. All sessions will be over Zoom.

Location:
Online and Madison, Wisconsin

Contact:
Claire Strader / (608) 234-1561 /

http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/danecountyag/2023-ovpc/

 

Online 

Thursday, February 2, 2023 through Sunday, February 5, 2023
8 a.m.

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Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is partnering with the Northeast Community Seed Conference & Celebration in hosting the 41st Annual Winter Conference, which will offer 70+ workshops and events.

The conference will offer virtual workshops at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. daily with on-demand recordings to follow each session.

Location:
Online

Contact:
NOFA-NY / (315) 988-4000 /

http://nofany.org/conference/workshops/

 

Newark, Ohio 

Thursday, February 16, 2023 through Saturday, February 18, 2023
8 a.m.

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Save the date for the 2023 OEFFA conference, Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate!

Join OEFFA February 16-18, 2023, at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio! The conference will again be three days of learning, sharing, and connecting in person with hundreds of sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. From backyard gardening to pasture management to food policy, this conference covers diverse themes in organic and sustainable agriculture.

Registration opens this fall. Learn more and sign up for conference email updates at conference.oeffa.org.

Location:
Cherry Valley Hotel & Event Center
2299 Cherry Valley Rd. SE
Newark, OH 43055

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://conference.oeffa.org

 

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