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Best Practices for Completing a Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard Assessment

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Join Patty Hammond, Senior Nutritionist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s SNAP-Ed/Eat Smart New York: Western New York Region program, as she shares strategies for completing Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecards in school cafeterias.

Through this webinar, participants will learn...

  • How to get their foot in the door at schools
  • Approaches to excite food service staff about the Smarter Lunchrooms process
  • Tips for overcoming barriers to making positive changes in school cafeterias
  • Strategies for conducting actual scorecard assessments and reassessments

Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KiGXufirTrSIveEvHbSjSg Session Start: 2019-05-07T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://articles.extension.org/pages/74885/best-practices-for-completing-a-smarter-lunchrooms-scorecard-assessment
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Getting started with cover crop types and uses on your farm

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

What are cover crops?...and why use them on my farm? Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems organic farming specialist, will address cover crop selection, planting times and rates, and potential benefits.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.
Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-04-03T19:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 56 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_0ki2e2d6
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Getting started with farm financial management: The next step

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

This session will build on last year’s novice farm financial management webinars. MSU Extension Educator Frank Wardynski will focus on tracking cost of production and income by accounts, year-end financial analysis and opportunities for grants.

36 minute presentation, 5 min Q/A 

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-03-27T19:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 41 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_q39prv9p
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Getting started with selling to wholesale buyers

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Selling to chefs, grocers, distributors, and other wholesale buyers is a great way to increase revenue on your farm. MSU Extension Educator Jae Gerhart will provide practical tips and important considerations for integrating wholesale into your marketing plan.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-03-20T19:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 55 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_dc5l7gk1
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Getting started with quality hay and pasture

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Hay and pasture land doesn’t take care of itself. You, in combination with your animals, need to plan for appropriate management. MSU Extension Educator Jim Isleib will provide good farming approaches and common sense to this topic.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-03-06T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 79 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_x71xxnru
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Getting started with pruning small fruits

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Brambles, blueberries, grapes, saskatoons and other small fruits need proper pruning for plant health and productivity. Retired MSU Extension Educator Steve Fouch will cover the basics and get you started right.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-03-13T19:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 53 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_smvk8qyq
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Getting started with small farm meat chicken production

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Presenter Dr. Zac Willams, MSU poultry extension specialist will discuss how meat chickens can be a profitable enterprise on a small, diversified farm. Breed selection, growing systems and facilities, nutrition, health and marketing considerations will be considered.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-02-27T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 59 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_zfwztcz5
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Getting started with small farm business start-up

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Wendy Wieland, MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor and MSU Extension Educator, has advised many people wanting to start farm businesses, emphasizing realistic goals. She will address the tough questions about your farm plans, markets, and the reasons why you want to farm.

60 minute presentation, 7 minutes Q/A

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.


 


Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-02-20T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 67 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_66ieoxf1
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Getting started with seed saving

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Eric Kampe, owner/operator of the Ann Arbor Seed Company, will speak from experience about growing and processing vegetable and flower seed, including a look at his seed marketing business.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.

 


Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-02-13T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 88 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_vy638trn
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Getting started with soil physical properties for field and hoophouse

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

MSU Extension Educator Fred Springborn will address the effects of soil texture and structure on water retention and spring warm-up, and how these soil characteristics can be improved.

67 minutes (36 minutes presentation, 31 minutes question/answer)

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.

 



Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-02-06T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 67 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/0_mu1k8cms
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Getting started with pruning fruit trees

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Proper pruning results in improved fruit quantity and quality. MSU Extension senior educator Bob Tritten will provide an overview of theory and technique for Michigan’s commonly grown tree fruit species.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.

 


Location: https://www.canr.msu.edu/beginning_farmer_webinar_series/ Session Start: 2019-01-30T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 68 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_w31v9doh
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Getting started with growing specialty mushrooms

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 16, 2019.

Matt produces shiitake mushrooms for local sale and has plans to expand into maitake and Lion’s Mane. This webinar will provide valuable insights into small-scale gourmet mushroom production.

This program was part of the 12-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. This is an annual educational offering with a small fee for ‘live’ participation.  For more information, contact isleibj@msu.edu.

 


Location: https://events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19/ Session Start: 2019-01-23T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 47 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_sd2er9er
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Managing a backyard chicken flock

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 15, 2019.

Small, backyard flocks are becoming more popular around the country. Dr. Claudia Dunkley from the University of Georgia will discuss the general management of a backyard laying flock. Location: https://uky.zoom.us/j/605750279 Session Start: 2019-05-15T15:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 20 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/r0CGaSjPZKw at 2019-05-15T15:00:00-04:00

Getting started with the physical labor of farming

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 15, 2019.

Ned Stoller of Easterseals Michigan AgrAbility discusses the physical workload of starting a farm...hours per day, days per year, lifting, bending, crawling, carrying, digging, reaching, etc.  This is a realistic look at the effort you will face for various farm enterprises and tools to help you work more efficiently, especially if you are not in perfect health condition.


Location: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/beginning_farmer_webinar_series Session Start: 2019-01-16T19:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 52 minutes Recording: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/t/1_mz2efalh
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Spotted Lanternfly & Other Invasive Landscape Tree Pests

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 15, 2019.

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is native to parts of Asia and was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014. Spotted lanternflies feed on a wide range of host plants, including grapes, fruit trees, hops, and hardwood ornamental trees. This presentation will cover the biology, identification, and possible control options for spotted lanternfly and other invasive landscape tree pests, such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.

Lori Spears is the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program Coordinator at Utah State University. The CAPS Program is a federal program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), and whose goal is to protect U.S. agriculture from introductions of high risk invasive pests by conducting early detection surveys and providing outreach and education programs that support and enhance efforts to prevent new exotic pest entry and establishment. Her research and outreach programs have focused on the ecology and management of invasive insects and using bycatch from early detection surveys to learn more about beneficial insects, such as pollinators and lady beetles. Lori received a PhD in Ecology from Utah State University in 2012.

Co-sponsored by Utah Integrated Pest Management Team

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/467433314 Session Start: 2019-07-16T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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Native Mycorrhizal Fungi and Whitebark Pine Restoration

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 15, 2019.

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an iconic, five-needle, high-elevation pine whose existence is threatened by an exotic rust, mountain pine beetles, fire suppression, and climate change. Its distribution is limited to western North America and populations have declined 90% in recent decades. Whitebark pine is shade intolerant and depends on wildfire to reset the “successional clock”. Regeneration occurs mainly through germination of un-retrieved seeds planted by Clark’s Nutcrackers on burns following wildfires, however natural regeneration does not always follow wildfires or prescribed burning. Thousands of nursery seedlings are being planted across the landscape to compensate for losses, however survival rates are often low. This webinar will examine the potential use of native ectomycorrhizal fungi to improve seedling survival by describing the methods and results of greenhouse and field studies from Montana.

Dr. Cripps is a Mycologist and Professor at Montana State University where she teaches and does research on fungi. The cold-loving mushrooms that live in Alpine and Arctic habitats are her specialty, and she is involved in whitebark pine restoration using native mycorrhizal fungi to enhance seedling regeneration. She is the author of “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat”, “Fungi in Forest Ecosystems” and numerous journal articles.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Montana State University Extension Integrated Pest Management Team


Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/798831523 Session Start: 2019-05-14T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/JlHKCoaSBlw
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Dealing with the Triple Threat Invasion: Cheatgrass, Medusahead, & Ventenata

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 11, 2019.

Invasive annual grasses such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), and ventenata (Ventenata dubia) are devastating western natural areas and rangeland at a landscape scale. These grass invasions favor further invasions while eliminating desirable vegetation and wildlife habitat. Further impacts include:

  • A continuous bed of fine fuel associated with an increase in frequency and intensity of rangeland wildfire
  • Significant reduction or elimination of desirable perennial species
  • Reduced forage quality for wildlife and livestock
  • Increased risks for wildlife and pollinator species
  • Resulting wildfires that are a threat to humans, wildlife, property and infrastructure.

Speakers will address all of these points, including current management tools for the “triple threat”, highlighting recent research conducted in multiple western states.



    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/942424748 Session Start: 2019-06-25T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 240 minutes
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    Remediating Compacted Soils Compromised by Urban Construction

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 11, 2019.

    The effects of urban development write a profound signature on the landscape. Soils are inevitably compacted and regraded or paved over. We have developed techniques that can remediate these degraded soils and provide a long-term solution towards creating a sustainable landscape post construction. When paving is not involved, we developed the ‘Scoop and Dump’ method soil remediation and have followed its effects over 12 years of practice, measuring soil health and plant growth over the long term. Briefly, it involves incorporating   significant volumes of compost with a backhoe to create veins of compost for root growth and drainage in previously compacted soil. Moreover, this compost injection feeds the microorganisms which aid in soil aggregate formation the release of nutrients. This low impact solution to improving degraded soils holds real promise to help green the urban environment.

    Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 38 years. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and is co- author of 'Trees in the Urban Landscape”, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. In addition, Dr. Bassuk has authored over100 papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of 'CU-Structural Soil' and improved transplanting technology. Nina co-teaches a course at Cornell University titled “Creating the Urban Eden”, which integrates the woody plant identification and use with landscape establishment techniques for difficult urban sites. She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences and workshops and recently received the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education from the International Society of Arboriculture. 

    Co-sponsored by the TREE Fund

     

    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/402469791 Session Start: 2019-06-11T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Canker Diseases on Landscape Hardwood Trees in the Western U.S.

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 11, 2019.

    USU Forestry Extension presents our April Webinar:

    Can you or your pruning crew recognize a canker disease and its immediate threat? Cankers are areas of dead bark and underlying wood. They are common, widespread, and affect a wide range of trees and shrubs. They are typically caused by fungi or bacteria, and some can rapidly cause limb or tree death (fire blight, thousand cankers), while others may take years to cause reduced vigor or failure (cytospora). Learn how to identify and manage them. This webinar will focus on canker diseases that occur on deciduous woody plants in the western U.S.

    Marion Murray has been the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Project Leader at Utah State University Extension, Logan, since 2006. She conducts outreach and research in IPM, with a focus on fruits and landscape ornamentals. She received her MS in plant pathology from Oregon State University and is originally from North Carolina.

    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/710276934 Session Start: 2019-04-02T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/RLJStYCJNPY
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    Beyond Hydrology: Exploring the benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 09, 2019.

    Our May edition of The Current Webinar Series will focus on green stormwater infrastructure. Many folks recognize the benefits of green infrastructure from a hydrological standpoint, but there are many benefits of green infrastructure beyond water quality, from economics and ecosystem services, to community and workforce development and enhancing urban landscapes. This month’s webinar will overview different examples of green infrastructure and explore the hydrological, ecological, economic and policy benefits of these practices

    Photo credit: USEPA

    Location: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/86a30177e6114d03b550b8a6b60a5eb1 Session Start: 2019-05-08T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/YPTqiZ_U0iU
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    2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: The Ins and Outs of Termite Treatments

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 06, 2019.

    Location: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/615766171 Session Start: 2019-05-03T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/H3RpaQI8y4g at 2019-05-03T14:00:00-04:00

    Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    This webinar by Mark Schonbeck and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will examine the functions of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Research-based guidance on organic practices and NOP-approved inputs for improved soil food web function will be discussed. This is the final webinar in the Soil Health and Organic Farming webinar series organized by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic.

    Thank you to the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation for supporting this project.


    Location: https://zoom.us/j/730010678 Session Start: 2019-05-22T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
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    Adapting Dry Farming Techniques to Vegetable Gardens

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    This webinar is part of the 2019 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.

    Intrigued by dry farming techniques but not sure how to implement in your own garden or Master Garden demonstration garden? In this webinar, Amy Garrett (OSU Extension Small Farms) will share research results on dry farmed crops including tomatoes, squash and melons. She’ll also share examples of how these techniques have been adopted by PNW gardeners. Resources will be provided to help you answer questions at Master Gardener Plant Clinics. Note: This webinar is the first in a series exploring efficient water use in gardens.

    OSU Extension Resource: Dry Farming in the Maritime Pacific Northwest: Intro to Dry Farming Organic Vegetables
    Location: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HHw6oSaGRN-ZUYI3xPN24w Session Start: 2019-04-30T11:00:00-07:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/3hR8poPhlzY
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    Brooding small flocks of chicks for the backyard layer flock

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    If you are starting a backyard flock starting from chicks, this is a webinar that may be of interest to you. Dr. Jacquie Jacob from the University of Kentucky will be discussing brooding small flocks of chicks that will be your future egg production flock.

    Image by Erika J Mitchell on Shutterstock.com
     
    Location: https://uky.zoom.us/j/580998501 Session Start: 2019-05-01T15:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 20 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/CtQRvcJeg2c
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    Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Please join eOrganic for a webinar on Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows, which will take place on December 11, 2019 at 11AM Pacific Time, 12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, and 2PM Eastern Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KHJJ75h3RzifWYceaynfKQ

    About the Webinar

    Grassfed dairy farms often seek alternative energy sources to maintain or improve cow health and productivity, and farm profitability. Molasses is one of the few energy sources allowed under grassfed labels; however, few recommendations were available for farmers. This webinar will present a summary of research from the USDA-ARS, USDA-NRCS, and the University of New Hampshire that evaluated the use of molasses in grassfed dairy systems that was conducted as a result of farmer questions regarding molasses supplementation.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Kathy Soder is an animal scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit in University Park, Pennsylvania. There, she conducts a variety of research projects to evaluate the effects of diverse pasture systems on grazing behavior of ruminants, and how farmers can use these systems to optimize forage and animal productivity.

    System Requirements

    This webinar will be conducted using Zoom. You can watch and listen in via your computer or call in by phone (pay call). Zoom works well on most computers, tablets and smartphones, but if you would like more details, please see https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=system+requirements


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KHJJ75h3RzifWYceaynfKQ Session Start: 2018-12-11T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37M4Uh2kfkk
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    Hail Can Happen! Insurance Options for Organic Farms

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Join eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation for a webinar about insurance options for organic farm, which takes place on February 6, 2019 at 11AM Pacific Time (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_931l3GBuSeagEqT08NUNWA

    About the Webinar

    Managing risk is of utmost importance for all farmers, especially organic producers. This webinar will educate organic and transitioning growers on USDA risk management programs and provide a step by step guide to enrollment in crop insurance programs. The goals of this webinar are to improve understanding of risk management among organic producers and those seeking to transition to organic. This project supports RMA’s goal of increasing access to risk management practices and programs for underserved audiences.

    About the Presenter

    Michael Stein is an attorney and scientist who is passionate about organic and sustainable agriculture. He has focused his career on implementing legal and policy tools to address the environmental, health, and economic impacts of our food system. He first started working to protect the health and wealth of our natural resources with Midwest Environmental Advocates, assisting family farmers in protecting their homes and communities from the negative environmental impacts of large-scale industrial agriculture. While at Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, he focused on the environmental and public health impacts of food waste, and also worked to address food sovereignty issues faced by Native American communities.

    Harriet Behar As an organic farmer, inspector, educator and advocate, Harriet Behar has learned crop insurance is an important tool that provides a farm income safety net to manage risk in the face of unreliable weather and markets.  Working with the Organic Farming Research Foundation, she co-authored a booklet detailing the considerations and insurance options for organic and sustainable farmers.  She and her husband run a diverse organic vegetable, crop and livestock operation in Southwest Wisconsin.

    Funding for this webinar is provided by the USDA Risk Management Agency.


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_931l3GBuSeagEqT08NUNWA Session Start: 2019-01-16T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gunryNmpBPQ&t=2s
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    Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Join eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation for a webinar on how to lower your financial risk by increasing soil health by Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. The webinar is free and open to the public, and takes place on Feb. 6, 2019. at 11 AM Pacific, 12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern Time. Advance registration is required.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4LDbh4iBTSGdH0ulpYFpHQ

     

    About the Webinar

    Building soil health through improved crop rotations, cover cropping, organic soil amendments, and other organic practices can improve yield stability and reduce risks of losses to drought, temperature extremes, weeds, and other stresses. Farmer experience and research have shown that healthy soil is the best form of crop insurance. Based on organic agricultural research and producer experience, this webinar will explore how several key soil health practices can reduce risks during organic transition and organic production.

    About the Presenter

    Mark Schonbeck has worked for 31 years as a researcher, consultant, and educator in sustainable and organic agriculture. He has participated in on-farm research into mulching, cover crops, minimum tillage, and nutrient management for organic vegetables. For many years, he has written for the Virginia Association for Biological Farming newsletter and served as their policy liason to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He has also participated in different research projects to analyze, evaluate and improve federally funded organic and sustainable agriculture programs. In addition, Mark offers individual consulting in soil test interpretation, soil quality and nutrient management, crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed management.

    Funding for this webinar is provided by the USDA Risk Management Agency.


    Location: Reigster in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4LDbh4iBTSGdH0ulpYFpHQ Session Start: 2019-02-06T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp38Vz4YvfQ
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    Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    March 20, 2019: Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration

    In this webinar, we will discuss the capacity of sustainable organic systems and practices to sequester soil carbon, minimize nitrous oxide and methane emissions during crop and livestock production, and enhance agricultural resilience to weather extremes. The presentation will include practical guidelines for optimizing the organic farm’s “carbon footprint” and adaptability to climate disruptions already underway. This is part 8 of the Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar series, organized by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic, with funding from the Clarence Heller Foundation. Find the recordings of the other webinars and other materials in this series at https://articles.extension.org/pages/74667. This webinar will be presented by Mark Schonbeck of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.



    Location: https://zoom.us/j/730010678 Session Start: 2019-03-20T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbVhod_SzS0
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    Corn Breeding for Organic Markets

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Join us for an eOrganic webinar on breeding corn for organic markets! The webinar takes place on April 10, 2019 at 11AM Pacific, 12 Mountain, 1 Central, 2 Eastern Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AL6rId-VQf-n9EnStcJLDw

    About the Webinar

    This webinar will explore how different breeding styles and methods can be used to develop corn varieties that meet the diverse needs of organically produced grain and perform well under a variety of growing conditions and farming practices. Martin Bohn, Maize geneticist at U of I, will discuss G.H. Shull’s approach to hybrid breeding and share how the University’s elite parent lines can efficiently be used to develop food-grade corn hybrids for organic markets. Walter Goldstein, Executive Director of the Mandaamin Institute, will explain how for over a decade, he has bred corn under organic conditions to develop high-methionine and nitrogen use efficient hybrids and populations for organic feed markets. Bill Davison, Extension Educator at the U of I, will explain how modern genetics and breeding techniques can be used to create productive open pollinated synthetic and composite populations that are capable of adapting to unpredictable environmental changes and novel stress factors. These populations are being improved annually using participatory breeding techniques where farmers and researchers are working together to select for improved agronomics and quality traits.
    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AL6rId-VQf-n9EnStcJLDw Session Start: 2019-04-10T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZYQJFs5RD0&t=1s
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    New Modules for Teaching Undergraduate Students about Organic Agriculture

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Join eOrganic for a webinar by Randa Jabbour of the University of Wyoming on new modules she developed for teaching undergraduate students about organic agriculture. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dU7qqhNEQWKSy2Vvx2MYXw

    About the Webinar

    This webinar will highlight the outputs of a recent NIFA OREI education project focused on developing introductory modules for teaching undergraduate students about organic agriculture. The target audience for this webinar are agricultural educators interacting with students at high school or college levels. Randa Jabbour will discuss the resources created as part of this project and different ways to incorporate them into both online and face-to-face teaching. The lessons within each module are independent of one another, and all components can be “plugged in” to classes as relevant – for example, one could consider using a lesson from the pest management module within an Integrated Pest Management class not specific to organic agriculture. Most resources referenced in these modules are open-access or freely available, and the modules can be downloaded from the website of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Associate (http://www.sustainableaged.org/teaching-resources-library/). Several lessons are built around an original film series “Organic Producer Perspectives” (bit.ly/orgproducer) created as part of this project that consists of interviews with certified organic farmers and ranchers.


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dU7qqhNEQWKSy2Vvx2MYXw Session Start: 2019-04-25T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV_L6-1_ZUE&t=150s
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    Organic Grass-Fed Dairy Standards

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Join eOrganic for a webinar on new organic grass-fed dairy standards, on April 16 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speakers.

    Register now at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_spL0LHo3Tx-AVrFu2-xekw

    About the Webinar

    This webinar will focus on new grass-fed standards, which are designed for dairy farms that are already certified organic. Presenters will give an introduction to grass-fed dairy farming: what it is, and how it differs from other dairy management systems. Organic standards are set nationally by the USDA; however grass fed dairy labels and standards are newer, and there are several. The standards, as well as some of the accreditation information will be discussed, so that viewers can understand the 3rd party accreditation and certification process.

    Presenters: Heather Darby, University of Vermont; Sarah Flack, Sarah Flack Consulting; William J. Friedman, Organic Plus Trust; Rachel Prickett, Earth Claims


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_spL0LHo3Tx-AVrFu2-xekw Session Start: 2019-04-16T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQpdG-YM7G4&t=2s
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    Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. The webinar trainings will target agricultural professionals including Extension personnel, other agency personnel, and agricultural consultants in an effort to increase expertise in organic practices that promote soil health. This series is a perfect complement to the farmer guides OFRF has produced on organic soil health practices, as the webinars will highlight soil health research and practices specific to the Western Region. The goal of the trainings is to address the need for region-specific resources and knowledgeable Extension services related to organic soil health, biology, nutrient cycling, and more!  All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific Time (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern).

    Register now for the entire series at this one link You can attend all or as many of the webinars in the series as you wish with just one registration. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg

    Dr. Mark Schonbeck of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will be joined by experts in the Western Region to review the most recent soil health research and practices relevant to the Western Region. The webinars will provide an overview of the topic, best practices for the Western Region, in-depth analysis of the latest research, and an extensive question and answer session after each presentation.

    October 24, 2018: Ecological Nutrient Management for Organic Production in the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the role of the soil food web in nutrient cycling and provisioning, and practical strategies for optimizing the availability of limiting nutrients, such as nitrogen, for soil health, organic crop production, and water quality. We will summarize recent research on nitrogen management for organic vegetable and strawberry production in maritime, Mediterranean, and semiarid climates.

    November 21, 2018: Ecological Weed Management for the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    In this webinar we will focus on integrated organic weed management strategies that help desired vegetation outcompete weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance. In addition, we will summarize outcomes of recent research into organic management of field bindweed and other major weeds of Western Region cropland and rangeland.

    January 23, 2019: Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss practical approaches to reducing the adverse impacts of tillage and cultivation on soil life and soil health. We will also cover recent research into newer tillage tools and minimum-till strategies for Western Region organic vegetable, fruit, and field crop production.

    February 27, 2019: Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for optimum soil health and organic cash crop production in the Western Region. We will explore in greater depth the special challenges that farmers face in adding cover crops to dryland cereal grain rotations and other moisture-limited cropping systems.

    March 27, 2019: Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will summarize plant breeding endeavors toward improved vegetable, specialty grain, and other crop cultivars for organic producers in the Western Region, and practical resources to help organic producers obtain the best available seed varieties for their needs. We will also explore emerging opportunities to develop new cultivars for nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota.

    April 17, 2019: Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

    Co-presenter: TBD
    With climate change exacerbating water scarcity issues throughout the Western U.S., organic producers urgently need practical information on best irrigation and soil moisture management. This webinar will explore the role of best organic soil health management in water conservation and water quality, with emphasis on practical research outcomes for the Western Region.

    May 29, 2019: Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the capacity of sustainable organic systems to sequester soil carbon, minimize agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and help organic cropping and livestock operations withstand the impacts of climate disruptions already underway. Our presentation will include a summary of recent research findings and practical implications for the Western Region.

    June 12, 2019: Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will examine the roles of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Recent research conducted in organically managed soils in the Western Region will provide the basis for practical guidelines for best soil food web management in organic farming and ranching systems.

    Funding for this webinar series is being provided by Western SARE.


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg Session Start: 2019-04-17T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HucXx2E-99Q&t=4s
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    Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region (Organic Farming and Soil Health in the Western U.S. Webinar Series #5)

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. The webinar trainings will target agricultural professionals including Extension personnel, other agency personnel, and agricultural consultants in an effort to increase expertise in organic practices that promote soil health. This series is a perfect complement to the farmer guides OFRF has produced on organic soil health practices, as the webinars will highlight soil health research and practices specific to the Western Region. The goal of the trainings is to address the need for region-specific resources and knowledgeable Extension services related to organic soil health, biology, nutrient cycling, and more!  All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific Time (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern).

    Register now for the entire series at this one link You can attend all or as many of the webinars in the series as you wish with just one registration. If you've already registered for another webinar in this series, you do not need to register again and you will get reminder emails. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg

    Dr. Mark Schonbeck of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will be joined by experts in the Western Region to review the most recent soil health research and practices relevant to the Western Region. The webinars will provide an overview of the topic, best practices for the Western Region, in-depth analysis of the latest research, and an extensive question and answer session after each presentation.

    October 24, 2018: Ecological Nutrient Management for Organic Production in the Western Region.

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the role of the soil food web in nutrient cycling and provisioning, and practical strategies for optimizing the availability of limiting nutrients, such as nitrogen, for soil health, organic crop production, and water quality. We will summarize recent research on nitrogen management for organic vegetable and strawberry production in maritime, Mediterranean, and semiarid climates.

    November 21, 2018: Ecological Weed Management for the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    In this webinar we will focus on integrated organic weed management strategies that help desired vegetation outcompete weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance. In addition, we will summarize outcomes of recent research into organic management of field bindweed and other major weeds of Western Region cropland and rangeland.

    January 23, 2019: Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss practical approaches to reducing the adverse impacts of tillage and cultivation on soil life and soil health. We will also cover recent research into newer tillage tools and minimum-till strategies for Western Region organic vegetable, fruit, and field crop production.

    February 27, 2019: Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for optimum soil health and organic cash crop production in the Western Region. We will explore in greater depth the special challenges that farmers face in adding cover crops to dryland cereal grain rotations and other moisture-limited cropping systems.

    March 27, 2019: Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region.

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will summarize plant breeding endeavors toward improved vegetable, specialty grain, and other crop cultivars for organic producers in the Western Region, and practical resources to help organic producers obtain the best available seed varieties for their needs. We will also explore emerging opportunities to develop new cultivars for nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota.

    April 17, 2019: Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

    Co-presenter: TBD
    With climate change exacerbating water scarcity issues throughout the Western U.S., organic producers urgently need practical information on best irrigation and soil moisture management. This webinar will explore the role of best organic soil health management in water conservation and water quality, with emphasis on practical research outcomes for the Western Region.

    May 29, 2019: Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the capacity of sustainable organic systems to sequester soil carbon, minimize agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and help organic cropping and livestock operations withstand the impacts of climate disruptions already underway. Our presentation will include a summary of recent research findings and practical implications for the Western Region.

    June 12, 2019: Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will examine the roles of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Recent research conducted in organically managed soils in the Western Region will provide the basis for practical guidelines for best soil food web management in organic farming and ranching systems.

    Funding for this webinar was provided by Western SARE.
    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg Session Start: 2019-03-27T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auTHGHRUbKk
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    Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on May 01, 2019.

    Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the Western U.S. The webinar trainings will target agricultural professionals including Extension personnel, other agency personnel, and agricultural consultants in an effort to increase expertise in organic practices that promote soil health. This series is a perfect complement to the farmer guides OFRF has produced on organic soil health practices, as the webinars will highlight soil health research and practices specific to the Western Region. The goal of the trainings is to address the need for region-specific resources and knowledgeable Extension services related to organic soil health, biology, nutrient cycling, and more!  All webinars take place at 11AM Pacific Time (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern).

    Register now for the entire series at this one link You can attend all or as many of the webinars in the series as you wish with just one registration. If you've already registered for another webinar in this series, you do not need to register again and you will get reminder emails. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg

    Dr. Mark Schonbeck of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will be joined by experts in the Western Region to review the most recent soil health research and practices relevant to the Western Region. The webinars will provide an overview of the topic, best practices for the Western Region, in-depth analysis of the latest research, and an extensive question and answer session after each presentation.

    October 24, 2018: Ecological Nutrient Management for Organic Production in the Western Region.

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the role of the soil food web in nutrient cycling and provisioning, and practical strategies for optimizing the availability of limiting nutrients, such as nitrogen, for soil health, organic crop production, and water quality. We will summarize recent research on nitrogen management for organic vegetable and strawberry production in maritime, Mediterranean, and semiarid climates.

    November 21, 2018: Ecological Weed Management for the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    In this webinar we will focus on integrated organic weed management strategies that help desired vegetation outcompete weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance. In addition, we will summarize outcomes of recent research into organic management of field bindweed and other major weeds of Western Region cropland and rangeland.

    January 23, 2019: Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss practical approaches to reducing the adverse impacts of tillage and cultivation on soil life and soil health. We will also cover recent research into newer tillage tools and minimum-till strategies for Western Region organic vegetable, fruit, and field crop production.

    February 27, 2019: Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will discuss best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for optimum soil health and organic cash crop production in the Western Region. We will explore in greater depth the special challenges that farmers face in adding cover crops to dryland cereal grain rotations and other moisture-limited cropping systems.

    March 27, 2019: Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region.

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will summarize plant breeding endeavors toward improved vegetable, specialty grain, and other crop cultivars for organic producers in the Western Region, and practical resources to help organic producers obtain the best available seed varieties for their needs. We will also explore emerging opportunities to develop new cultivars for nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota.

    April 17, 2019: Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

    Co-presenter: TBD
    With climate change exacerbating water scarcity issues throughout the Western U.S., organic producers urgently need practical information on best irrigation and soil moisture management. This webinar will explore the role of best organic soil health management in water conservation and water quality, with emphasis on practical research outcomes for the Western Region.

    May 29, 2019: Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will explore the capacity of sustainable organic systems to sequester soil carbon, minimize agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and help organic cropping and livestock operations withstand the impacts of climate disruptions already underway. Our presentation will include a summary of recent research findings and practical implications for the Western Region.

    June 12, 2019: Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil

    Co-presenter: TBD
    This webinar will examine the roles of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Recent research conducted in organically managed soils in the Western Region will provide the basis for practical guidelines for best soil food web management in organic farming and ranching systems.

    Funding for this webinar was provided by Western SARE.
    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg Session Start: 2019-02-27T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfaBAqUMuo8&t=3s
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    Vital Trends Impacting Personal Finance

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 25, 2019.

    Brent Neiser, who tracks trends/foresight and public policy for the National Endowment for Financial Education, shares emerging trends on the Federal and state levels as well as from nonprofits, think tanks, associations, including international arena that are impacting personal finance.

    Brent Neiser, CFP®, AFC® is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances for the Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education (www.nefe.org), a private operating foundation that inspires empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. He developed over 100 financial education initiatives with national nonprofit organizations such as the American Red Cross and the National Council on Problem Gambling.  Brent leads Strategic Intelligence for NEFE.  He does public policy and innovation work for NEFE including working with executive agencies and occasionally testifying before Congress. He serves on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Advisory Board.


    Location: https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6NvdaNh2Sd6oFrAusm4QbQ Session Start: 2019-04-24T12:30:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    How to Bring the DeStress Monday Program to Schools & Communities to Improve Mindful, Healthy Behavior

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 23, 2019.

    Join Ron Hernandez, Managing Director of The Monday Campaigns, to learn about the DeStress Monday program and how its practices and creative materials feature mindfulness, deep breathing, positivity, and physical activities that can reduce stress. He’ll describe a case study of how teachers in public schools used the program to reduce their on-the-job stress and how they introduced the concepts in the classroom. He’ll share strategies to improve your stress management and establish a weekly routine of healthy, stress-reducing behavior. He’ll also explain the science behind why Monday is the best day to begin a healthy behavior and offer simple ways the DeStress Monday program can be started.

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Explain the DeStress Monday program
    • Introduce the DeStress program in schools and other organizations
    • Explain stress reduction outcomes and other benefits to teachers, students, and other groups
    • Identify resources to implement a weekly DeStress Monday program

    Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_275sNBPiRWS-FpoycEyVEQ Session Start: 2019-05-23T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes
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    Managing manure from backyard chicken flocks

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 18, 2019.

    While backyard flocks are great for supplying a family with fresh eggs, they also produce manure. Dr. Gregory Martin from the Pennsylvania State University will discuss how to manage the manure your flock produces.

    Image by Nopkamon Tanayakorn on Shutterstock.com


    Location: https://uky.zoom.us/j/659016082 Session Start: 2019-04-18T15:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/03fdOGESv4Y
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    “First Look” Reading a Pesticide Label to Protect Bees

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 15, 2019.

    Pre-register by clicking the 'Location' link above (use a desktop, laptop or the Zoom app on mobile devices).

    Join us for a special offering in the 2019 OSU Extension Master Gardener Advanced Training webinar series. “First Look” invites Oregon State University students to share their research projects and results with Master Gardeners.

    Matthew Bucy, an undergraduate research assistant for OSU Pollinator Health Extension, will explain how to read a pesticide label to protect bees. He will cover where to find pollinator information on the label, and will explain what the label language actually means. Finally, he will cover how his honors thesis showed that many labels deviate from EPA-recommendations in their communication of this information, and he will explain why this can make label comprehension difficult. Matthew will be joined by Dr. Andony Melathopoulos (OSU Dept of Horticulture, Pollinator Health Extension) for the Q&A portion.


    Resources:
    The OSU Pollinator Health Program: https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/pollinator-health/pollinator-health


    Photo credit: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

    Location: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZJ5LBUW3SRmuEPkL5K4_Kw Session Start: 2019-05-30T11:00:00-07:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Reduction and fate of manure pathogens and antimicrobial resistance

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 15, 2019.

    Manure treatment, such as composting, and manure land application are generally considered to be effective measures to reduce bacterial pathogens and utilize the manure in an environmentally sustainable manner. However, unlike pathogenic bacteria, antimicrobial resistant bacteria can persist throughout various manure treatments and land application events. Antimicrobial resistance is a complex issue as it is comprised of not only pathogenic bacteria, but also non-pathogens which share genes within complex environmental systems, such as agricultural fields. Furthermore, the presence of “native” antimicrobial resistance in the environment can limit our interpretation of what’s an effective manure treatment as well as predict “downstream” public health issues. The webinar will describe potential measures to reduce pathogen and antimicrobial resistance in manure as well as discuss potential fate and transport of manure pathogens and antimicrobial resistance following land application of manure.

    An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.
    Presenters for this webinar include:
    • Zong Liu, Texas A&M University
    • Ed Topp, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
    • Lauren Wind, Virginia Tech
    • Lisa Durso, USDA-ARS (moderator)
    Handouts (PDF format) will be available the day of the webinar at the live webinar information page.

    Find out more about this webinar or future webinars by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC).
    Location: https://unl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a5ImRnk_SFmwGyzBFwtPsw Session Start: 2019-05-17T13:30:00-05:00 Session Length: 70 minutes
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    Spice Up Your Lunchroom with a Flavor Station

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 15, 2019.

    Join Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office, to learn about flavor stations, a popular recent trend in school lunchrooms. Learn why flavor stations help boost sales of target food items and how to design one for a service line, standalone salad bar, rolling cart, or condiment station. Many photo examples and flavor suggestions will be shared for comparison and inspiration, as well as tips for sourcing materials and signage. Lastly, learn how to proactively leverage positioning, signage, staff members, and other environmental factors to encourage appropriate serving sizes and student behavior at your flavor station.

    After this webinar, participants will be able to...
    1. Explain why flavor stations encourage kids to try, select, and enjoy target foods
    2. Use behavioral economics to design an attractive, functional, easy-to-use flavor station for any lunchroom space, including flavors to include and tips for signage and placement
    3. Locate sources of signage and supplies
    4. Proactively leverage staff, location, and other factors to encourage appropriate portion sizes and behavior at the flavor station
    Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cUXOOb7VQQOyAf7ApZOE_Q Session Start: 2019-04-10T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://articles.extension.org/pages/74811/spice-up-your-lunchroom-with-a-flavor-station
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    Getting to Scale in Successful Watershed Management

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 10, 2019.

    Join us for the April edition of The Current where we will hear from Rebecca Power, Director of the North Central Region Water Network, as she shares her work on the recently released Getting to Scale in Watershed Management whitepaper. The whitepaper outlines the necessary elements for and methods of replicating successful watershed efforts based on the insight of leading experts and current research literature.  Rebecca will discuss the whitepaper, its main findings, and outline a path forward to creating full-scale watershed management success. Location: https://northcentralwater.org/the-current/ Session Start: 2019-04-10T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/-3kfxfgq_sY at 2019-04-10T14:00:00-05:00

    Project Happy Apples: Reducing codling moth damage in backyard orchards

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 10, 2019.

    Pre-register by clicking the 'Location' link above (use a desktop, laptop or the Zoom app on mobile devices).

    This webinar is part of the 2019 series of Advanced Training Webinars for Master Gardeners sponsored by Oregon State University Extension.

    Seeing 'wormy' apples and pears in your backyard orchard? It's a good chance that the problem is a common fruit damaging insect, codling moth. Join Amy Jo Detweiler (OSU Extension Horticulture) for a in-depth discussion on recognizing codling moth damage and management options. Amy Jo will also share an innovative way of sharing information with the public: Project Happy Apples combines data from local monitoring of codling moth flights with timely emailed tips to the interested public. Tips & resources will be shared if you are interested in offering a similar project in your county.

    Photo credit: https://flic.kr/p/7h7uHF CC BY-NC 2.0 Location: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K0G7cX4RS5GGDHMvGIKQHA Session Start: 2019-05-21T10:00:00-07:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: SSSSnakes, Identification and Environmental Importance

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 08, 2019.

    Snakes may be one of the most misunderstood animals in our gardens and landscapes.  Learn more about their identification and importance to our ecosystem in this webinar presented by Vicky Bertagnolli, Clemson Extension. Webinars are  moderated by Dr. Tim Davis, UGA Extension and Vicky Bertagnolli, Clemson Extension, and coordinated by  Dani Carroll, Alabama Extension.  The link to the recording  is https://youtu.be/nlDVewnDTOA
    For more webinars in this series, see 2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.
    Photo Courtesy: Becca MacDonald, Sault College, Bugwood.org
    Location: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/615766171 Session Start: 2019-04-05T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/nlDVewnDTOA
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    Understanding and Interpreting Climate Outlooks

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 08, 2019.

    Tune in to the North Central Climate Collaborative's April webinar and hear from Jon Gottschalck of NOAA’s, National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center. Jon will provide an overview of the types of information included in the Climate Prediction Center’s long lead climate outlooks, how these outlooks should be used and interpreted as well as some of the science used in preparing these operational products and services. Location: https://northcentralclimate.org/webinars/ Session Start: 2019-04-22T13:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes at 2019-04-22T13:00:00-05:00

    Overview of poultry equipment for backyard chickens

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 04, 2019.

    Alicia Halbritter, an Agriculture Extension Agent in Baker County, Florida, will be giving an overview of the type of equipment that is necessary for maintaining a backyard flock of chickens

    Image by sylv1rob1 from Shutterstock.com
    Location: https://uky.zoom.us/j/374029256 Session Start: 2019-04-02T15:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 20 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/iebjwEu8if0
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    USU Extension - Connecting Rural Communities with Remote Work

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 03, 2019.

    Connecting Rural Communities with Remote Work

    Date: April 2nd, 2019 (Tuesday)

    Time: 10 30 AM MT - 11:15 AM MT

    Location: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SXokCSVTSL-O9gAnntZTKg

    Description: The purpose of the Utah State University Extension - Rural Online Initiative (ROI) Program is to provide Utah’s rural workforce and businesses with education, training, and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce. Join us for a 45 minute webinar where we will share:

    • How this program can support economic development work in your community.
    • Information about the one-month Master Remote Work Professional certification course
    • How you can get involved in this innovative new program.
    • Q&A

    Participate in this webinar for a chance to win an Amazon EchoDot. We will announce the winner after the Q&A!

    Location: https://youtu.be/Hb_aPRiNQNM Session Start: 2019-04-02T10:30:00-06:00 Session Length: 45 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/Hb_aPRiNQNM
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    Three Options for Cleaning Barn Exhaust Air

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Apr 01, 2019.

    Reducing aerial emissions and improving air quality is a common goal in the livestock and poultry industries. This webinar will present three approaches to reducing aerial emissions from barn exhaust air, using combinations of wet scrubbing, electrostatic precipitation, filtration and enhanced dispersion. The efficacy of an odor removal system using electrostatic particle ionization and a geotextile fence was evaluate at commercial swine production building in Iowa with the system showing removal of both odor and particulate. While wet-scrubbers have been used for years for emission control, these systems are typically expensive. A low-cost version, using a trickling water curtain as the wet scrubber was developed to provide a lower cost option. The webinar will describe the approaches, and highlight research conducted at production-scale barns.

    An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) will be submitted.
    Presenters for this webinar include:
    • Dan Andersen, Iowa State University
    • Sanjay Shah, North Carolina State University
    • Erin Cortus, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
    Handouts (PDF format) will be available the day of the webinar at the live webinar information page.

    Find out more about this webinar or future webinars by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC).




    Location: https://unl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_grufc-kGRR6kAY4R63nE0g Session Start: 2019-03-29T13:30:00-05:00 Session Length: 70 minutes Recording: https://lpelc.org/three-options-for-cleaning-barn-exhaust-air/
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    Journey Mapping: A Tool for Encouraging Conservation Practices

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Mar 26, 2019.

    Agenda: Journey Mapping: A Tool for Encouraging Conservation Practices 

    Instructors: Laura Warner, Colby Silvert

    Webinar elearning

    Audience: The intended audience is Extension professionals who conduct urban water conservation programming nationwide, but those who encourage social change in any context may find the material useful.   

    Schedule: April 25, 2019, 10:30am – 11:30am

    ·        Introduction of participants, speakers, and technology

    ·        Overview of the agenda

    ·        What is journey mapping?

    ·        What are the stages of change?

    ·        Basic overview of this technique

    ·        Applying journey mapping to good landscape practices: Results of a pilot project

    ·        Resources available

    ·        Discussion

    About

    Behavior change takes place in incremental stages, and providing information at points of decisions (or touchpoints) is one of the most important design features for effective household behavior change interventions.

    A technique known as journey mapping can be used to understand an extension client's point of view and illustrate their journey (for example, from not considering water conservation strategies, to making a decision about irrigation conservation technologies, to installing and using a soil moisture sensor). Journey mapping is used extensively in commercial marketing, but there is minimal documentation of this strategy being applied to social change or extension. We are developing resources to translate journey mapping into a tool that supports individuals' adoption of conservation practices/technologies. This training will share the tools and provide an overview of how to use this technique to understand how extension clients adopt conservation practices.

    Participants will: Become familiar with an innovative tool that can be used to understand Extension audiences / Increase knowledge of the key steps used to create journey maps / Examine the use of this technique in a pilot test project / Discuss potential application to extension programs.

     

    Location: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/324204842 Session Start: 2019-04-25T10:30:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Producing and using black soldier fly larvae in small poultry flocks

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Mar 22, 2019.

    The production of black soldier fly larvae for the inclusion in poultry feeds is becoming more popular, even in the United States. Dr. Anne Fanatico who is an Associate Professor at the Appalachian State University. Currently, Dr. Fanatico teaches agroecology, sustainable livestock, applied farming, and farm business management and assists in the development of the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm and Garden.

    Photo by By InsectWorld  on Shutterstock.com
    Location: https://uky.zoom.us/j/827246778 Session Start: 2019-03-22T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/nHiFtUwzv10
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    Living on the Financial Edge

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Mar 22, 2019.

    For the past five years, Americans have experienced a “perfect storm” of slow economic growth, wage and benefit losses, a sluggish housing market, and high unemployment rates. Tough economic times can result in individuals and families living on the financial edge. Topics covered in this 90-minute webinar include a description of the “financial edge” and how people get there by being pushed or pulled; the concept of living “paycheck to paycheck;” low U.S. savings rates; strategies to deal with unemployment; public health insurance; food assistance; energy assistance; telephone assistance; wage garnishment, foreclosure, credit counseling; individual development accounts (IDAs); disaster assistance; and frauds and scams.
    Join the Military Families Learning Network as Dr. Barbara O'Neill presents this 90 minute webinar.

    • To connect to this webinar, which is hosted by DoD, you must install security certificates if you are not on a military installation. Instructions for can be found: http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/files/2012/06/DoCCertificate.pdf
    • View the presentation slides here: http://create.extension.org/sites/default/files/LivingonFinancialEdge.pdf
    • No registration is required.
    • Selected research articles and online resources have been identified to enhance this web conference for participants. These readings are located: http://create.extension.org/sites/default/files/FinancialEdgeBackgrounder.pdf
    • Join us on Twitter during the event to share even more resources. Use #MFLNPF
    • Review a list of resources shared in this presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/online-resources-for-financial-education-financial-distress0113

    Location: https://connectcol.dco.dod.mil/milfamlearningnetwork Session Start: 2013-07-24T11:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJxuTWiIOa0
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