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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

 

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 through Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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The Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show is a one-of-a-kind experience bringing strategies for ecological agriculture to commercial-scale sustainable and organic farmers from around the country and world. We bring in dozens of authorities to speak and share knowledge on all facets of eco-agriculture – including soils, crops, weed and insect control, and livestock management – and make connections between soil, human, and animal health. Through presentations, small-group consulting time, interaction with nearly 100 eco-suppliers, and the countless mini-conferences that happen naturally in the hallways and lobbies, you will acquire all the right tools for success to bring home to your farm.

This year's amazing line-up of speakers includes keynotes from Dr. Christine Jones, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Courtney White and sessions from John Kempf, Dr. Don Huber, Mark Shepard, Neal Kinsey, Gary Zimmer, Michael Phillips, Dr. Nasha Winters, Andre Leu, Jeff Moyer and many more! New faces to the Acres U.S.A. podium this year include Vail Dixon, Tim Reinbott, Wil Spencer, Thea O'Carroll and others.

And don't miss advanced learning opportunities at Eco-Ag University on Dec. 5-6 featuring 11 all-day workshops to choose from.

Location:
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Contact:
Acre Usa / 800-355-5315 /

https://www.acresusa.com/events/2017conference/eco-ag-university

 

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

 

Indianapolis, IN 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
9 am – 5 pm

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Workshop Topics
-Hiring Workers
-Leasing or buying land
-Implementing food safety measure
-Negotiating sales
-Forming an LLC
-Getting insurance
-Filing taxes

For more information and to register, visit the registration website or call 866-515-0023. Lunch will be served. Registration of $50 is required and available to the first 40 participants.

This workshop is part of a series by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. They invite anyone who is just starting to farm or interested in learning more about farming to attend.

Location:
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Discovery Hall
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Suite 201

Contact:
Missy Gulick / N/a /

http://www.cvent.com/events/beginning-farmer-tours-and-workshops/event-summary-0f7526f0380a432788708

 

Indianapolis, IN 

Thursday, December 7, 2017 through Friday, December 8, 2017
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This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn recent developments in how cover crops are being used by innovative farmers across the country and gain important insights on improving soil health from producers, conservation leaders, and scientists.

Whether you are contemplating cover crops for the first time, or you have years of experience and want to interact with soil health and cover crops innovators, this program will provide you with valuable information, networking, and learning opportunities.

The conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers (CCAs) and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization (NGO), and agency representatives.

Headliners for the conference include:

Keith Berns, a nationally known Nebraska farmer on the topic of carbonomics
David Montgomery, a geologist and popular author on soils and erosion, whose latest book is titled Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
Dan DeSutter, a grain farmer from the central Corn Belt and a long-time no-tiller and cover crop user
Trey Hill, a grain farmer from the eastern Corn Belt and also a long-time no-tiller and cover crop user
Jimmy Emmons, a rancher and grain farmer from the Southern Plains, who grazes cover crops
Over 40 presenters, nearly half of them farmers with years of cover cropping experience, will be speaking in a variety of informative breakout sessions including: introduction to cover crops; advanced practices such as planting green and interseeding, grazing cover crops, managing herbicide resistant weeds with cover crops, use of cover crops in horticulture and organic operations; and latest approaches on measuring soil health, building soil organic matter, and understanding soil biology.

Location:
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel
31 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Contact:
Jamie Nieman / 515-289-2331 /

http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/2017_national_conference_on_cover_crops/

 

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

 

Online 

Monday, January 8, 2018
All Day.

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The Growing Places Course helps beginning farmers learn the nuts and bolts of successful farm business start-up.

Participants learn about: goal setting and decision making; financial and business management; accessing capital and credit; and, marketing. "It gave me a good foundation for my business, and a lot more inspiration for thinking outside the box," said one recent graduate.

Growing Places is designed to help participants learn basic business skills and improve access to USDA program and services that support new farm and natural resource based business.

Growing Places Online is instructor-led, but the course is set up so that participants can do the work when it fits in your schedule. Weekly webinars provide opportunities for "real-time" interaction with the instructor, other students and guest speakers. Most participants spend 3-5 hours per week doing the course work. Graduates report that a little more time is needed in the beginning to get used to the platform.
Pre-registration is required. The course fee is $150, with early registration discounts available through December 12, 2017. Additional financial assistance is available for eligible applicants.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Mary Peabody / 802-656-7232 /

http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html&utm_source=Wom

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
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