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Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, November 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter – Megan Seymour, Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service

Megan will present information about animals that can be found in central Ohio that are on the endangered species list. She will discuss the importance of these animals to our eco-system and how we can help these animals survive. Megan's discussion will also include information about beneficial animals that are common to our gardens/fields.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

 

Martins Ferry, OH 

Monday, November 20, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Martins Ferry Public Library Auditorium
20 S 5th St.
Martins Ferry, OH 43935

*No food/drink please.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Wauseon, OH 

Monday, November 27, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Fulton Co Commissioners Meeting Room
152 S Fulton St.
Wauseon, OH 43567

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Norwalk, OH 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm

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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement: 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover: an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant, you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.

Registration is required. The ODA will mail registration forms 1-2 months prior to each training to area farmers. If you don't receive a mailing for a training in your area, call the ODA at 614-728-6250 and register via phone. There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.

Additional training's will be offered throughout Ohio; more details TBA. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Location:
Huron County Office Building
180 Milan Ave
Norwalk, OH 44857

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Greenville, OH 

Thursday, November 30, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Anderson Marathon Ethanol Plant Conference Room
5728 Sebring Warner Rd.
Greenville, Oh 45331

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Monday, December 4, 2017 through Thursday, December 7, 2017
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National Farmers Union for our FREE "Growing for the Future" online conference happening December 4th-7th! This conference has a mission of developing agricultural leaders from all backgrounds and providing plentiful information and resources focused on topics including, but not limited to mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, conservation and women and veterans in farming. Our annual nationally-focused online conference provides an opportunity for beginning farmers and ranchers to acquire the skills they need to run a successful operation. The conference will highlight leaders in the field of agriculture and focus on building a network for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the country.

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Contact:
Natalie Grote / 202-554-1600 /

https://secure.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=4040&evt=NFU17&t=1508328370240

 

Columbia Station, OH 

Monday, December 4, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Lorain Public Library
13824 W River Rd.
Columbia Station, OH 44028

The meeting will be held in the Columbia Branch Meeting Room.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Fremont, OH 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm

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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement: 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover: an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant, you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.

Registration is required. The ODA will mail registration forms 1-2 months prior to each training to area farmers. If you don't receive a mailing for a training in your area, call the ODA at 614-728-6250 and register via phone. There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.
Additional training's will be offered throughout Ohio; more details TBA. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Location:
Sandusky Co Engineers Office
2500 West State St
Fremont, OH 43420

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Mansfield, OH 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Richland Co Longview Center
1495 W Longview Ave
Mansfield, OH 43113

The meeting will take place in the rooms A-D.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Circleville, OH 

Monday, December 11, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Pickaway Co Dept of Job and Family Services
110 Island Rd.
Circleville, OH 43113

The meeting will be held in the Conference Room.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Marietta, OH 

Thursday, December 21, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Marietta Public Library
615 Fifth St.
Marietta, OH 45750

The meeting will take place in the Basement Meeting Room.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 
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East Lansing, MI 

Monday, January 8, 2018
More information coming soon.

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The Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance invites you to join us on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 for a one-day in-depth learning experience. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners.

For 2018 we are working with individuals who are recognized experts and educators in one of three topic areas:
• Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads
• Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm
• Secure a Successful Season with Succession Starts (Transplants)

Location:
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Located on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

Contact:
N/A / 248-262-6826 /

http://www.moffa.net/oi-2018.html

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, January 15, 2018
7:00pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenters Kelly Henderson, OEFFA Beginning Farmer Coordinator and Amalie Lipstreu, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator

With 10% of small farmers exiting farming each year, and a current median farming age of 58, OEFFA is dedicated in helping new farmers successfully enter and thrive in their business, by providing aspiring early career farmers the support they need to understand what it takes to get into farming and grow their business. OEFFA's goal is to increase the number of successful sustainable and organic farmers in Ohio. Kelly Henderson will provide the details concerning the various programs that OEFFA is offering new and existing farmers.
Amalie Lipstreu will provide farm policy updates and a look ahead to the new farm bill.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
Athens Community Center
701 E State St
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Monday, February 5, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement: 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover: an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant, you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.
Registration is required. The ODA will mail registration forms 1-2 months prior to each training to area farmers. If you don't receive a mailing for a training in your area, call the ODA at 614-728-6250 and register via phone. There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.

Additional training's will be offered throughout Ohio; more details TBA. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Location:
Broomfield Building
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

The workshop will take place in sections A and B in the auditorium.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 through Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m. Thursday- 5 p.m. Saturday

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Save the date! The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, will return to Dayton this winter! Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference features:
• Nearly 80 educational, inspiring workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, homesteading, gardening, and business on Friday and Saturday;
• A three day trade show with 90+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, equipment, products, information, and services;
• In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

Registration opens this fall. Sign up to receive conference updates at www.oeffa.org/conference2018.

Location:
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2018

 

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