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2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Lice, Scabies, and Mites

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 18, 2018.

Insects pests are definitely a nuisance on our landscapes and lawns. When the pests are associated with humans, the nuisance factor multiplies. Get a plan! Learn about their biology, distribution, and management strategies in this webinar presented by Dr. Nancy Hinkle, University of Georgia. Moderated by Tim Crow and Eric Schavey, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event is here: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415 . Note: on November 2, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
For more webinars in this series, see 2018 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 Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org Location: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415 Session Start: 2018-11-02T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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Community and Land Use Impacts from Climate Change

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 18, 2018.

A panel of speakers from 3 different states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) will discuss how communities' land use decisions can impact and respond to a changing climate. They will share examples from various communities and may touch on agriculture and food, infrastructure systems, the link with smart growth and sustainability, and environmental protection. In addition, each speaker will discuss how climate change is expected to affect their various states.

  • The first speaker is Thomas W. Blaine, an Environmental Economist with Ohio State University Extension. He has published numerous fact sheets and blog posts about climate change. He will lead off this webinar providing an overview of climate change and what it means for communities throughout the United States. 
  • The second speaker is Jim Shortle, a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Penn State. His talk will focus on water management and recreation and provide examples of what communities can do in these areas. 
  • Our third and final speaker is Jim LaGro, a professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He will focus on climate change strategies used by communities that also focus on community livability and sustainability.
The webinar will wrap up with an opportunity for questions and answers.

1 AICP CM credit is available. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/903537331 Session Start: 2018-06-07T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/7nGoOJ9rL4M
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Evaluating impacts of subdivision designs on bird habitats

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 18, 2018.

This webinar, by Mark Hostetler, University of Florida, introduces participants to a new online evaluation tool that evaluates impacts of landscape/subdivision designs on bird habitats. The goal of the “Building for Birds” online tool is to provide decision-makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for different species of forest birds that use fragmented areas. This tool allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments (urban/rural) and tree canopy (in built areas) and determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat. This evaluation tool is most useful for developments in already fragmented landscapes, where decision-makers are trying to decide on whether to conserve tree patches or tree canopies. Associated with this is a bird list of North American species that do or do not use urban/rural forest patches and tree canopy in built areas during breeding and migration seasons. The host for this webinar is the Community Planning and Zoning Community of Practice. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/404788121 Session Start: 2018-05-03T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/CVh6F1JU9Bc at 2018-05-03T13:00:00-04:00

California 4-H Embracing Diversity & Fostering Inclusion - Not an easy task!

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 17, 2018.

California 4-H leads the largest 4-H Latino Youth initiative in the nation. The initiative started in 2015 when the California 4-H team set high total enrollment expectations and achieve parity for Latino, Black and Asian youth. In 2016, we started a pilot program in seven counties, focused in the Latino community and hired bilingual and bicultural program representatives in an effort to introduce 4-H to the Latino community, our initial goal was getting to know the community and offered new and innovative 4-H delivery modes, like afterschool programs and day camps. After two years, California 4-H has increase total enrollment by 38.7%, the participation of the Latino youth in California 4-H by 89.3% and the number of counties which achieved parity by 70%. During our presentation we will share our challenges and opportunities during our journey in an effort to motivate the audience to embrace diversity and foster inclusion in their 4-H programs.
Location: https://extension.zoom.us/w/432587858?tk=9OPPmeWENxudTqAawEHGfAg22IGL1kGRpuDZpsDt9C0.DQEAAAAAGcjEUhYtX2lDV0VxblR3ZWtkUDBIVHB5ZXVBAA Session Start: 2018-10-23T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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Water University: Science Based Homeowner Education

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 16, 2018.

The “real world” of the American homeowner is far removed from the ongoing research being done in landscape water conservation. He is not privy to the reams of information being published on all sorts of new findings and more efficient watering techniques. He is at the mercy of his own limited knowledge and that of the “neighborhood expert”.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas have created Water University, an online and hands on resources for water conservation education. Water U will give consumers and professionals the desired information on water education at a click of a button. AgriLife Water University offers an array of educational series to homeowners, landscape professionals, engineers and municipal personnel, with a focus on landscape water conservation practices and irrigation efficiency. The new Water University will provide online educational opportunities like how to videos and publications, website links and an easy way to register online for onsite and offsite classes, trainings and workshops. An added benefit to Water University is a tool to track workshop participant water savings and willingness to adopt best management practices.
Water University will allow our partners of federal, state, and local government, non-profits, nursery & landscape professionals, schools districts and various other organizations to utilize the same programs within their own organizations, cities and counties. The offsite classes and workshop service will ease the day to day operation and demand of their schedules. Our partners choose the location and market the class while we take care of the online registration, speakers, presentations, demonstration materials, handouts, evaluations and overall coordination of the program. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/703130513 Session Start: 2018-10-09T14:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/BgFQ0UO1YM0
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DINE: Creating a Culture of Wellness in Durham, North Carolina

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 13, 2018.

Durham’s Innovative Nutrition Education Program (DINE) is a school and community-based nutrition education program that serves the people of Durham, NC through all stages of life. DINE is jointly funded through Durham County Department of Public Health and SNAP-Ed and reaches low-income, diverse populations. DINE follows a multi-faceted approach of nutrition education, community partnerships, and implementing policy, systems and environmental changes. This webinar will focus on the DINE Schools program and how it works to create a culture of wellness in elementary and middle schools. 

Presenters: 
Raina Bunnag, MPH, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Specialist

Kayla Welch, MS, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Specialist 

Kamaria Mason, MS, MPH, RD, LDN · Durham County Department of Public Health, Adolescent Nutritionist 

Objectives:
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

1) Understand how to apply the socioecological model to deliver a multi-faceted nutrition program to elementary and middle school students. 
2) Describe how to utilize community partnerships to implement policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes in schools.
3) Understand how to use the DINE curriculum and know where to access lesson plans and other resources on the DINE website.
4) Give examples of ways to evaluate outputs and outcomes of direct nutrition education and PSE Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VozO-2AlT2aWE-1dueviSQ Session Start: 2018-11-07T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 30 minutes
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Forest Management Affects how Beetle Outbreaks and Wildfire alter Ecosystems: Lessons from Northern Colorado and the Fraser Experimental Forest

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

Unlike the predictable vegetation and ecosystem changes typical after wildfire or timber harvesting, the outcomes of insect outbreaks remain poorly understood. Historic forest management alters stand structure, species composition and tree susceptibility during beetle outbreaks. For example, forest mortality and stream N export are lower in multiple-age stands compared to old-growth watersheds with proportionally more, large lodgepole pine trees. Tree regeneration and nutrient cycling following combined bark beetle and wildfire disturbances are also modified by historic harvesting. These current studies underscore the legacy of forest management and how it contributes to post-disturbance responses.

Chuck Rhoades studies the biogeochemical processes that regulate delivery of clean water and that sustain productive soils and forests. His current research involves soil and water responses to fuel reduction treatments, post-fire rehabilitation activities, and wild and prescribed fires. For the past decade, much of his research has related to the watershed effects of extensive bark beetle outbreaks and associated forest management activities. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/645576131 Session Start: 2018-10-30T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

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
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Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad

From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad

Coconut oil is all the rage these days to benefit your health. It has been rumored to help with heart disease, thyroid problems, slow aging, and protect against illnesses such as Alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes and even weight loss. But what is the truth about coconut oil? Tune into this webinar to learn fact from fiction about this popular oil.

To get event materials and access the recording visit https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22086/

Presenter:

Dr. Kristi Crowe-White, RD

Associate Professor
Department of Human Nutrition
The University of Alabama
College of Human Environmental Sciences



How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at milfamln@gmail.com. The recording of this webinar will be posted a couple days after the live session.

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Visit our How to Join page for full information on viewing options and troubleshooting tips.




    Location: Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad Session Start: 2018-10-04T11:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qq5CLoBLj4
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    Webinar: Using an LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

    12/19/18: Using an  LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

    Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a popular form of business entity or organization. There are a number of ways an LLC can be used to strengthen a farming operation, including but not limited to, limiting liability, defining family ownership interests and/or transition and succession planning. This webinar will provide you with examples of the potential pros and cons of utilizing an LLC in your farming operation and give you ideas to discuss with your individual attorney.

    Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

    For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

    Location: Online Webinar- must register for link Session Start: 2018-12-19T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Webinar: Farm Lease Agreements

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 11, 2018.

    11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements

    A large number of farmland is leased in the Delmarva region with much of it being done on a handshake deal. Understanding leasing laws and developing a written lease can work to improve the landlord-tenant relationship and provide record for future parties to understand what was agreed upon. Join Paul Goeringer as he highlights many of the laws and other issues that will go into developing a farmland lease.

    Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

    For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

    Location: Online Webinar- must register for link Session Start: 2018-11-14T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Legal Liability and Contracts related to Equine Businesses

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    Contracts are an integral part of equine businesses. Contracts can be written for various services and agreements, including breeding contracts, boarding, leases, and training agreements. Learn more about equine business contracts and the legal responsibilities associated with them by watching this presentation.

    This presentation was made as part of the first multi-state Equine Business Conference in February 2012. For more information and related webinars, visit: www.extension.org/pages/66269/equine-business-network-information-and-webcast-recordings.

    Location: http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/ebn/2012/ Session Start: 2012-02-01T10:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.myhorseuniversity.com/single-post/2012/03/13/Legal-Liability-and-Contracts
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    Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    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: 2019-06-12T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
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    Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    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: 2019-05-29T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2019-05-29T14:00:00-04:00

    Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    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
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    Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    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 January 16, 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: 2019-01-16T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2019-01-16T14:00:00-05:00

    Hail Can Happen! Insurance Options for Organic Farms

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 10, 2018.

    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.

    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: 2019-02-06T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2019-02-06T14:00:00-05:00

    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 Oct 09, 2018.

    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
    at 2019-03-27T14:00:00-04:00

    Selecting and Managing Cover Crops for Organic Crop Rotations in the Western Region

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    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
    at 2019-02-27T14:00:00-05:00

    Practical Conservation Tillage for Western Region Organic Cropping Systems: Organic Farming and Soil Health in the Western U.S, Webinar Series #3

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    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: 2019-01-23T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2019-01-23T14:00:00-05:00

    Organic Farming and Soil Health in the Western US Webinar Series #1: Ecological Nutrient Management for Organic Production

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    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 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 was provided by Western SARE.
    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg Session Start: 2018-10-24T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2018-10-24T14:00:00-04:00

    Ecological Weed Management for the Western Region (Organic Farming and Soil Health in the Western U.S. Webinar Series #2)

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    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.


    Location: Register in advance at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3WpTgnIeRm6hVuloGk2vGg Session Start: 2018-11-21T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 90 minutes
    at 2018-11-21T14:00:00-05:00

    Weed Management: An Ecological Approach

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for a series of 9 webinars focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.

    Author Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and OFRF Research Program Director Diana Jerkins will review the most recent research on soil health practices and explore how organic growers can build healthy soils on their operations. The webinars will provide practical guidelines for growers, in-depth analysis of research outcomes, and an opportunity to get your questions answered.

    Register now at https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/onstage/g.php?PRID=8c89e175509c9d5e881644245dd5c9d2

    May 9, 2018: Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview

    We will discuss the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil health in organic production. The presentation will outline key organic practices for building soil organic matter and optimizing soil functions in relation to fertility, crop yield, and resource conservation.

    June 13, 2018: Weed Management: An Ecological Approach

    This webinar will focus on integrated organic weed management tools and practices that give crops the edge over weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance.

    September 19, 2018: Practical Conservation Tillage

    This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems. We will discuss several newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.

    October 17, 2018: Cover Crops: Selection and Management

    This webinar will focus on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

    November 14, 2018: Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection

    This webinar will cover plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota. We will also discuss heritable traits that could directly benefit soil biology and soil health.

    January 9, 2019: Water Management and Water Quality

    This webinar will focus on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

    February 20, 2019: Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment

    This webinar includes a discussion of the role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for optimizing crop nutrition, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of organic fertility inputs, and adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.

    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.

    May 22, 2019: Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production

    This webinar 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.

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

    Location: Register for all webinars in the Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series at http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667 Session Start: 2018-06-13T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667
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    Practical Conservation Tillage

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 09, 2018.

    Please join the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic for a series of 9 webinars focused on the topics covered in their new Soil Health and Organic Farming educational guides: building organic matter, weed management, conservation tillage, cover crops, plant breeding and variety selection, water management and quality, nutrient management, and more! This series is recommended for farmers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in building soil health.

    Mark Schonbeck and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation will review the most recent research on soil health practices and explore how organic growers can build healthy soils on their operations. The webinars will provide practical guidelines for growers, in-depth analysis of research outcomes, and an opportunity to get your questions answered.

    Register now at https://oregonstate.webex.com/oregonstate/onstage/g.php?PRID=8c89e175509c9d5e881644245dd5c9d2

    May 9, 2018: Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview

    We will discuss the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil health in organic production. The presentation will outline key organic practices for building soil organic matter and optimizing soil functions in relation to fertility, crop yield, and resource conservation.

    June 13, 2018: Weed Management: An Ecological Approach

    This webinar will focus on integrated organic weed management tools and practices that give crops the edge over weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance.

    September 19, 2018: Practical Conservation Tillage

    This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems. We will discuss several newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.

    October 17, 2018: Cover Crops: Selection and Management

    This webinar will focus on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

    November 14, 2018: Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection

    This webinar will cover plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including nutrient and moisture use efficiency, competitiveness toward weeds, and enhanced interactions with beneficial soil biota. We will also discuss heritable traits that could directly benefit soil biology and soil health.

    January 9, 2019: Water Management and Water Quality

    This webinar will focus on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

    February 20, 2019: Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment

    This webinar includes a discussion of the role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for optimizing crop nutrition, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of organic fertility inputs, and adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.

    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.

    May 22, 2019: Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production

    This webinar 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.

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

    Location: Reigster for all webinars in the Soil Health and Organic Farming webinar series at http://articles.extension.org/pages/74667 Session Start: 2018-09-19T11:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 90 minutes Recording: https://articles.extension.org/pages/74667
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    2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Structural Misidentified Pests

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 05, 2018.

    Insect pests often inhabit our structures - homes, sheds, businesses. They can be difficult to control especially when they are not identified correctly. Join Elizabeth "Wizzie" Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife  as she discusses the identification of often misidentified structural pests. Moderated by Lucy Edwards, and Rhonda Britton, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The event has been recorded and can be watched here:  https://youtu.be/jdOV61xx72k  .
    For more webinars in this series, see 2018 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 John C. French Sr., Retired, Universities Auburn, GA, Clemson and U of MO, Bugwood.org Location: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415 Session Start: 2018-10-05T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/jdOV61xx72k
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    Backyard poultry zoning regulations: Working with your local authorities

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 05, 2018.

    More and more people are getting into backyard poultry keeping. In some cities, however, regulations will discuss how to work with your local authorities to try and get poultry keeping in your area approved. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/422926481 Session Start: 2018-10-02T15:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/5gO_p4LHvos at 2018-10-02T15:00:00-04:00

    Machinery Sharing: Scaling Up Production for Small Farm Growers

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Learn about strategies small-scale growers are using to scale up production through equipment-sharing models. Topics will include: what to share, how to structure sharing agreements, finding and choosing partners, and potential challenges faced by case study examples. Please join Dr. Georgeanne Artz and Morgan Hoenig as they share valuable information about machinery sharing.

    Dr. Georgeanne Artz is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Iowa State University.  Her research focuses on issues facing farms and agribusinesses as well as rural communities. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University and served on the faculty in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri from 2005 until 2010. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine at Orono. Georgeanne previously worked as an Extension Program Specialist at Iowa State, researching and providing outreach programming on retail trade analysis, community economic development, agribusiness management, and cooperatives.

    Morgan Hoenig is from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where she spent most of her childhood working in her parents’ flower shop and greenhouses. She started her organic vegetable farm, Mogo Organic, in 2007 with two acres of produce and one greenhouse.  This year, the farm will have three greenhouses and seven acres of garden in production.

    Mogo Organic produce is sold through a local food cooperative that she and fellow organic farmers started in 2013 called Green Share LLC, which provides 20 weeks of produce for 100 area families.  Produce is also sold at the Mt. Pleasant and Iowa City farmers markets, and to area grocery stores and restaurants.


     





    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-02-17T11:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV_6Y0My3s4&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4&index=20
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    Balancing Competing Commitments

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Join Margaret Viebrock of Washington State University Extension as she shares ways to balance your busy farm life schedule.

    Learn how to conquer the clutter in your life and then get rid of your biggest time wasters.

    It may sound easy, but without a plan, it never happens.  Find out how to change your life, using seven easy steps.  Be prepared to make some changes that will affect your productivity, help you accomplish the most important things and bring a better balance to your life.

    Margaret Viebrock is a faculty member of Washington State University.  She is an Extension County Director and works in Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan Counties.  She develops educational programming for food safety, nutrition education and farm family issues. She is the leader for a 3-state Women in Agriculture educational program and a co-state leader for the WSU Extension Food Safety & Preservation project.
    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-03-17T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvOvT6de3Go&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4&index=6
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    Risk Management and Your Agritourism Business

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Agritourism and farm-based educational enterprises have become an important part of the U.S. economy. People are interested in how their food is produced and want to make connections with their local farmers. As important as it is to foster relationships with customers, it's also important to know the risks of opening your operation to the public, and learn how to protect your farm from potential accidents and hazards. You also want to keep your customers safe.
     
    In this webinar, learn about assessing potential risks on your agritourism business. You'll also hear from two farmers who will share their knowledge and experience in the agritourism industry.
    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-04-21T11:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dg3Qd-0Zl8&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4&index=5
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    Webinar: Farm Recordkeeping

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    9/26/18: Farm Recordkeeping

    Recordkeeping is a necessary skill for all business owners. Farm records inlcude everything from financial to production. This session will provide some ideas on recordkeeping practices as well as organizing records for farm enterprises.

    Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

    For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

    Location: Online Webinar- must register for link Session Start: 2018-09-26T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Tune-Up Your Farm Market Booth To Boost Sales Webinar

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Mid-Summer is a great time to change up your farm market booth displays to draw in more customers. Join University of Vermont Extension Community Economic Development Specialist Mary Peabody for practical tips on low-cost ways to create eye-catching displays that encourage sales.

    Want more information?

    Read Mary Peabody's the "Art and Science of Farmers Market Display" article to get tips about arranging your space and showcasing your products.

    Use the "Farmers Market Display Checklist" to help evaluate your display make changes.




    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2014-07-22T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZygzMeWKV1A&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4&index=4
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    Your Body, Your Tools

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Women's bodies are different from men's. The tools women use should be different too! Learn more about how the ergonomics of farming and how the right moves and tools can help women farmers avoid injuries and pain.

    Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger of Green Heron Farms in New Tripoli, PA, are avid gardeners-turned-market-growers with a passion for sustainability, heirloom varieties and great food. After 13+ years “growing” Green Heron Farms – and meeting lots of other women who, like them, were in search of tools and equipment that fit their bodies and their needs – they formed Green Heron Tools in 2008. Green Heron Tools is a company dedicated to providing gardening and farming tools and equipment specially designed for women.

    eXtension does not endorse any of the businesses, products or
    organizations mentioned in this webinar.

    Learn More: Follow these links to information about ways to Stay Healthy, Stretch and Strengthen, and Protect Your Skin.




    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/ Session Start: 2014-08-19T11:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QanqBc1jxW0&index=19&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4
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    Direct Marketing Meats

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Are you new to direct marketing meats? Not sure how to fill out a cut sheet or what questions to ask your butcher?  During this webinar, we'll hear from a meat processor and a farmer about how to increase profitability from your direct market meat sales.  We'll talk about how to fill out a cut sheet, marketing tips for selling the whole animal and what works (and what doesn't!) in direct marketing meats.   

    Presenters for this webinar are Lois Aylestock of Blue Ridge Meats in Front Royal, VA, and Jennifer "Tootie" Jones of Swift Level Farm in Lewisburg, WV.

    This webinar is brought to you by Women in Ag Learning Network, presented in collaboration with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

    Additional Resources

    Understanding the Processors Language - NMPAN webinar, Oct.2009. Learn how to understand the processor's language, from yield grades and cutting specifications, inspection and other regulatory requirements, meat handing and shelf life, and more. 

    Working Effectively With Your Processor - NMPAN webinar, Aug., 2011. How can producers and processors work together more effectively to overcome common problems?

    Sample Cut Sheet - courtesy of the Butcher Block & Smokehouse in Versailles, OH. 

    Meat Processing Terminology - understanding the basics, courtesy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). 
    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/ Session Start: 2014-09-16T11:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 40 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7l-WUj3-I&index=3&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4
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    Leading the Way – How Women are Changing Board Rooms and Rural Landscapes

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    More than ever before, we see women manage farms and ranches, lead agricultural policy, and work at the helm of agribusinesses. The number of farms and ranches owned and operated by women has been steadily increasing over the past several years.

    In this webinar, Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of the Virginia State University College of Agriculture and Illinois farmer Kate Danner discuss the future of the U.S. agriculture system and the importance of transferring knowledge, retaining talent, and supporting the women leaders of tomorrow.

    Moderated by Madeline Schultz, co-founder of the Women in Agriculture Learning Network.
    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2014-11-18T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p4k4bnva7df/
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    By the Numbers - What the 2012 Census of Ag Tells us about Women Farm and Ranch Operators

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    What does the 2012 Census of Ag tell us about women in agriculture? Where are women farmers? What changes have taken place in the landscape since 2007 and 2002?

    Virginia Harris of NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) will discuss the changing demographics of agriculture in the United States and what those changes mean to women in agriculture.

    Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology and Head of Women’s Studies Department at Penn State University, will share some insight into issues of gender and agriculture.

    Lyn Garling, a Pennsylvania farmer, is part of the statistics of women who are growing and marketing local foods. She'll give her perspective on the changes she's experienced as a farm woman.

    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2014-12-02T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqr5xprjz7o&index=2&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4
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    Heart of the Farm – Why Women’s Unique Family and Farm Business Roles Matter

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Women bring different perspectives, values and priorities to the table. This webinar will focus on what aspects of rural life are important to women, how they learn, and how that influences decision-making with regard to production, marketing and land management practices.

    Angie Carter is a Sociology PhD candidate co-majoring in ISU's Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA). She is currently studying women farmland owners in Iowa and how they make decisions about conservation on their farmland. She also serves as a board member of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

    Angie will be joined by Jenny Barker-Devine, an assistant professor of history at Illinois College, and Sara Shepherd, owner of Sara Shepherd Farms.

    Please watch the recording of this webinar that highlights and celebrates the unique contributions that women bring to agriculture.


    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2014-12-16T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RY5Bf9WRUw&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4&index=1
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    Marketing Your Products - Turning Samples into Sales

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Providing product samples is a great way to help increase sales at your farmers market booth or farm stand.  However, it is also important to do it in a way that does not give away all your product (and therefore profits!) and that also will provide a safe product that meets regulatory requirements.

    In this webinar, you'll learn how to choose which products to sample, how to control costs in sampling, and generally how to make the most of sampling. Lorin Fahrmeier, whose family sells a large amount of produce and other products through their farm stand and at farmers markets will provide insight from her extensive personal experience on how to turn sampling into sales. Londa Nwadike will also present some practical ideas on how to do sampling safely and also meet regulatory requirements. Lorin is the Farm to Institution Program Coordinator for the University of Missouri Extension and Londa is the State Extension Food Safety Specialist for both the University of Missouri and Kansas State University.

    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-01-20T12:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sCHHfjciHA&index=7&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4
    at 2015-01-20T12:00:00-05:00

    Social Media & Email Marketing Tips to Increase Farm Market Sales

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    In this webinar, Pam Knights, branding strategist and marketing communications specialist, talks about how to step up your game in social media and email outreach to more effectively promote direct sales at your farmstand and/or farmers markets. The five points she will address are: Consistent branding of your communications tools, to focus on Facebook and email marketing, as well as online forums; the development of a posting strategy, implemented consistently across all platforms; the importance of using photography to illustrate your messaging; ways to build community through social media; and ideas and resources for sources of information to round out your farm related posts.

    Branding strategist Pam Knights, owner of Pam Knights Communications, a full service marketing communications business based in Vermont since 2000, brings more than 25 years of marketing experience to culinary, hospitality, and agritourism businesses in New England. While working as director of PR for New England Culinary Institute Pam worked to establish the Vermont Fresh Network.

    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-06-16T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/_ds78qeiFU0
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    Ag Safety for Women

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 04, 2018.

    Summer is a great time to engage kids on the farm while keeping them safe. Join us for a webinar to hear how you can nurture kids' passion for farming while making sure they stay out of harm's way on your agricultural operation.

    Farm Safety For Just Kids Education Director Shari Burgus will share some ideas on promoting a safe environment for farm families. Starting with the organization in 1991, Shari initiated the first chapter system. She now develops educational material and programs that include brochures, fact sheets, demonstrations, displays, curriculum, activity ideas, lesson plans, and more. Shari has past teaching experience in both middle and high schools in rural and urban settings.


    We'll also be joined by Marilyn Adams, founder of Farm Safety For Just Kids. Marilyn will share the story of the death of her son in a tragic farming accident, and how it affected her family, marriage, and farm operation.


    In 2014, Farm Safety For Just Kids delivered 365 community events to more than 309,000 children, youth and farm families, with more than 2,325 volunteers donating more than 14,025 hours of their time.
    Location: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag Session Start: 2015-05-19T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gEp1zQ6htE&index=18&list=PLuprLUcJteIdP-YFfrSUUGn2ehrA3--n4
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    Imagine a Day without Water

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 03, 2018.

    In honor of Imagine a Day Without Water, this month’s The Current will highlight three cases – Flint, Michigan, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin and Toledo, Ohio – where communities have dealt with water quality concerns and how Extension professionals, researchers, and public agencies have come together to help respond to the crisis, establish solutions, and prevent future water quality impairments.

    Featured speakers include:

    • Kevin Erb, Director, Conservation Professional Training Program, University of Wisconsin-Extension
    • Russ Rasmussen, NR Manager, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    • Darren Bagley, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Michigan State University Extension
    • Justin Chaffin, Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher, Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant
    Location: https://northcentralwater.org/the-current/ Session Start: 2018-10-10T14:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Writing a quality feasibility study for your meat business

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 02, 2018.

    Before you leap into buying a new meat business, erecting a building, or purchasing an existing meat business, you should start with a solid understanding of whether or not the project is viable. Is there a market? What are the projected profits? How will you assure throughput? A good quality feasibility study will help you answer those questions before you leap. With the consultants of Kitchen Table Consultants.
    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/596834372 Session Start: 2018-09-18T10:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://vimeo.com/293004630
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    Tips for Writing Successful Grant Applications

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Oct 01, 2018.

    Join Adam Brumberg, deputy director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, as he shares pro tips for writing a winning grant application! Twenty years in the hospitality industry and seven years spent leading a major research group and coordinating with the USDA, Target Corporation, and other granting institutions both large and small has given him key insights into finding funding sources as well as experience in planning, wording, and following up on grant applications. There will be time for a Q&A session.

    Learning Objectives: Participants will learn…

    1. How to navigate the grant landscape and identify funding sources

    2. Important differences between public and private granting institutions and how these influence the application process

    3. How to plan and write an application that showcases your program best and stands out from the crowd

    Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lBA8ENE2R0uzGvfSb1Pupw Session Start: 2018-08-30T13:30:00-04:00 Session Length: 30 minutes Recording: https://articles.extension.org/pages/74715/tips-for-writing-successful-grant-applications
    at 2018-08-30T13:30:00-04:00

    Seattle's Approach to Street Trees and Sidewalks

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 27, 2018.

    The manager of the Seattle Department of Transportation Department will provide an overview of both the City’s Street Tree Management Plan and the Sidewalk Safety Repair Program. Seattle is responsible for over 40,000 of the City’s roughly estimated 250,000 street trees. Seattle also manages over 2300 miles of sidewalk assets. A recent sidewalk assessment showed that approximately 12% of sidewalk related defects may be relatable to trees. Seattle is also updating its street tree inventory as part of a 9 year strategy funded through 2014. The discussion will present information on both the strategies and tactics that SDOT is employing to optimize investments in both street trees and sidewalks. r opportunities to get more prescribed fire on the ground.

    Darren Morgan began his career in Urban Forestry at Paul Smiths College in the mid 90’s. After a decade of working with trees in the private sector in Pennsylvania, Washington, and Hawaii, Darren joined SDOT’s Urban Forestry program in 2005. Darren was focused on managing Urban Forestry field operations for the unit until 2013, and for the past 5 years has managed SDOT’s Urban Forestry Section. His oversees several programs including field operations, street tree permitting/regulation, and landscape architecture, which includes enforcement of tree protection and land use requirements related to public and private development. He is an ISA certified arborist and municipal specialist, and has presented on Seattle’s Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan at ISA conferences in Nevada and California. He is currently working with Seattle’s Urban Forestry Core Team to update the City’s Urban Forestry Management Plan.
    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/562747711 Session Start: 2018-09-25T12:00:00-06:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/EBr7c6pjtPk?list=PLUF3cFT5aBZgoWN28SVQKelJfo486xTyc
    at 2018-09-25T12:00:00-06:00

    National Public Issue Webinar Series - 2018 Economic Vulnerability and Poverty

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 26, 2018.

    $21 Trillion in Unsupported Adjustments in the Departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development: Implications:

    On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. This is not the only report with large adjustments; the webinar presenter, Dr. Skidmore compiled official government reports between years 1998-2015, which indicate $21 trillion in unsupported adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions. The learning outcomes for this webinar are to explore these adjustments, discuss potential impacts on economically vulnerable populations, and the implications for citizens in general and Extension, specifically related to personnel benefits and federal retirement. Find more information at https://www.forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2017/12/08/has-our-government-spent-21-trillion-of-our-money-....
    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/971848377 Session Start: 2018-09-26T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Webinar: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 25, 2018.

    10/24/18: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays

    Retailers seem to launch into the holiday marketing mode earlier each year, with most starting even before Halloween. We can take a page from their playbook and plan ahead too, particularly our social media marketing plan for the holiday ahead.  With the successes of BlackFriday, Cyper Monday, and sites like Amazon Prime Days, shoppers are relying more and more on digital marketing messages and on-line shopping platforms to make their seasonal and holiday purchases.  Now is the time to develop a social media marketing plan and benchmark implementation dates to capture the largest portion of market sales possible.

    Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

    For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

    Location: Online Webinar- must register for link Session Start: 2018-10-24T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Webinar: Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 25, 2018.

    10/10/18: Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics

    Choosing the right health care insurance plan is important and can prevent large unexpected health care expenses. This webinar will increase your understanding of health insurance and provide strategies for selecting a health care plan that will meet your health care needs and your spending plan.  

    Registration: https://2018wednesdaywebinars.eventbrite.com

    For upcoming and archived webinars please visit: https://extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

    Location: Online Webinar- must register for link Session Start: 2018-10-10T12:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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    Zero Waste Lunchrooms: The How and Why of Reducing Waste in Your School Lunchroom

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 20, 2018.

    Presented by: Susan Casey, Zero Waste Schools Program Manager, Seven Generations Ahead

    Schools can generate a lot of waste, especially in their lunchrooms and kitchens. In this webinar, you will learn how to plan and implement waste reduction strategies in your school lunchroom, including waste prevention, recycling, composting, and food recovery/donation. The webinar will focus on the operational changes as well as the education needed to make the strategies successful. Special focus will be given to food waste reduction options, including share tables and donation to food pantries. This webinar will be helpful to anyone interested in reducing waste in their school or district, and many schools that have implemented recycling and commercial composting programs have been able to divert 85% or more from landfills. Get your school on a path to zero waste-- and engage students in the process.

    Learning objectives
    After this webinar, attendees will have learned:
    • How to plan and implement waste reduction strategies in their school lunchrooms and kitchens
    • The benefits (environmental, financial, social, and educational) of reducing school lunchroom waste
    • Ideas for educating and engaging students in your school’s path to zero waste
    • Where to find resources and tools for a zero waste lunchroom
    Location: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n0bl3rT3Q86Z_cxrPzb_Lw Session Start: 2018-09-20T14:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 45 minutes Recording: https://articles.extension.org/pages/74726/zero-waste-lunchroom:-the-how-and-why-of-reducing-waste-in-your-school-lunchroom
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    The Contribution of 4-H to Social Capital and Social Justice

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 20, 2018.

    This session will center on 1) basic concepts of social injustice within education, 2) the community capitals framework, and 3) experiential frameworks to develop social justice youth development programs.


    Nia Imani Fields, Ed.D. 4-H Specialist and Principal Agent, joined the University of Maryland Extension, in 2006. Dr. Fields has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University and a M.S. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. Her doctorate is in Urban Educational Leadership. Some of her research focuses on 4-H's contribution to social capital and the implications for social justice. Throughout her educational and professional career, her focus has been to work towards the positive development of children, youth, families and communities. She has created and coordinated several youth and community programs and initiatives within New York, Delaware and Maryland while working with organizations such as Civic Works/Americorps and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. As a Maryland 4-H Specialist, Dr. Fields is primarily responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of curricular systems and program development.

    Her focus areas include:

    • Positive Youth Development and Research (Community Engagement, Social Capital & Social Justice)
    • Community Development
    • Outreach Programming (Afterschool/School Enrichment)
    • Curriculum and Program Development
    • Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
    • Professional Development
    Nia also published The Contribution of Urban 4-H to Social Capital and the Implications for Social Justice in the Journal of Extension; December 2017. Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/755206613 Session Start: 2018-09-18T10:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes Recording: https://youtu.be/Yoa-xFpr-Rc
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    Mapping to Expand Access

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 19, 2018.

    Mapping to Expand Access Location: https://extension.zoom.us/w/755206613?tk=hZsUf2q9ujim8ZtDMjs5JloGs_Q9sc_vsowS-97zfFk.DQEAAAAALQOJ1RZ3bW81YzdUc1QwdTJ4S0ZidmpWR3RRAA Session Start: 2018-11-15T13:00:00-05:00 Session Length: 60 minutes at 2018-11-15T13:00:00-05:00

    National Public Issue Webinar Series - 2018 “Economic Vulnerability and Poverty”: Lessons from a three-state Community Review Program to help communities achieve diverse goals

    From eXtension Professional Development Sessions. Published on Sep 19, 2018.

    Community Reviews are comprehensive assessment programs that provide information and tools to help communities address priority issues and enhance quality of life for their residents. This webinar provides an overview of a three-year USDA-funded collaboration among Extension faculty and partners in three states to understand, evaluate, and improve how Community Reviews work and help participating communities see greater success in achieving their goals, specifically addressing economic vulnerability. Find more information at http://communityreview.org/.
    Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/530379141 Session Start: 2018-09-19T13:00:00-04:00 Session Length: 60 minutes
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