Event Calendar

webinar/phone session 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Dr. Mark Renz, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss approaches livestock producers can take to manage weeds in their pastures. As pasture weed management can vary depending on the weed species, Dr. Renz will focus much of the webinar on weed identification, highlighting resources available to help with identification and even assist with identification of specific weeds on your farm.

If you would like to submit an unknown weed species for discussion please upload photos of the plant in question at https://form.jotform.com/92384320991158. Dr. Renz will review the submissions in advance of the webinar and discuss them during the session as time allows. The deadline to submit is October 16!

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Larissa McKenna / (773) 525-4952 /



Free webinar/phone session 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
1 p.m. ET


Organic farmers commonly struggle with weeds. Without the benefit of synthetic herbicides, organic farmers must rely on a host of ecological weed management (EWM) practices to control weeds.

Integrating EWM strategies on the farm can be challenging, however, due to the complexity in designing and evaluating these practices, the tendency for university outreach to focus on the risks of EWM strategies rather than their benefits, and an unclear understanding of how EWM strategies help farmers meet their on-farm objectives.

During this free phone/webinar session, Dr. Doug Bessette, Dr. Robyn Wilson, and Dr. Doug Doohan will discuss a new, easy-to-use online decision support tool, Organic Weed Manager, which can help organic farmers in identifying their on-farm objectives and evaluating EWM strategies and their performance.

The Organic Weed Manger tool uses multiple choice tasks to help farmers evaluate the short- and long-term trade-offs of EWM strategies, while also focusing their attention on their most important objectives.

Webinar participants are encouraged to follow along with their own computer and use the online tool during the webinar.

No registration is necessary.

Join online: https://osu.zoom.us/j/541632734

Join by phone: (646) 876-9923 (Phone meeting ID: 541 632 734)

About the Speakers:
• Doug Bessette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University.
• Robyn Wilson is a Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.
• Doug Doohan is a Professor and State Specialist in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and director of the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program at The Ohio State University, located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.

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Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /



webinar/phone session 

Thursday, November 14, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm


Planning for financial success on a grain farm requires understanding how various crop rotation and production decisions will influence financial returns. Those transitioning to organic may be especially unsure as they move into new realms of production and management. The new OGRAIN Compass is a planning tool to help producers understand the financial implications, at both the crop and whole-farm level, of their cropping decisions.

In this webinar OGRAIN Compass developers John Hendrickson of the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Jim Munsch of Deer Run Farm will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool. They will show how it works to predict financial results on a given piece of land over a ten-year planning period. OGRAIN Compass yields detailed financial results for the totality of the operation, including the impacts of cropping decisions in a proposed rotation, the cost of equipment, provision for investments to make the enterprise financially sustainable, and the full burden of overhead expenses. Users can easily adjust yield and price scenarios to view how these uncertainties affect the bottom line.

Register in advance at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mFbBrUf3R46a8bJdkcvY6w

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Mark Locklear / (919) 515-2983 /



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