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Mar
28
Tue
Considerations for Beginning Farmers Workshop @ White Co. Ag Complex (Fairgrounds)
Mar 28 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop brochure

A century ago most Americans either grew up on a farm or were just one generation removed from life on the farm. They absorbed their “farming education” mostly first-hand through chores and kitchen table discussions. Today that is not the case, and many would-be farmers have no idea how to get started in the business.

A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension has been planned for those who have been dreaming of green acres. Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, “Considerations for Beginning Farmers” will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator.

The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

Registration to attend is $25 per person, which includes the program and lunch.

The workshop is scheduled for six dates and locations across the state, beginning September 21 and running through July 2017:

Sept. 21, 2016
UT Middle TN Ag Research & Education Center, Spring Hill
(Registration deadline Sept. 12)

Nov. 9, 2016
Tri-State Exhibition Center, McDonald, TN (Bradley Co.)​
(Registration deadline Nov. 1)

Jan. 25, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Montgomery Co.
(Registration deadline Jan. 13, 2017)

March 28, 2017
White Co. Ag Complex (Fairgrounds)
(Registration deadline March 20, 2017)

May 10, 2017
Grainger County Ag. Pavilion
(Registration deadline is May 2, 2017)

July 11, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Madison Co.
(Registration deadline July 3, 2017)

For more information, contact Mitchell Mote in the Rutherford County Extension Office at 615-898-7710.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

Contacts:

Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710

Rob Holland, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777

Mar
31
Fri
Veteran Trainings in Agroforestry – Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production @ Cornell Cooperative Extension Chenango County
Mar 31 @ 8:00 am – Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm

VETERAN TRAININGS IN AGROFORESTRY

Cornell Small Farms offer Statewide Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans in 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this coming Winter and Spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production.

Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop production. Three trainings will convene to focus on three of the most viable tree-crop enterprises including maple syrup, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and silvopasture (combining livestock with trees).

Each training includes classroom instruction and site visits to farms in active production. Content will cover the technical aspects of production as well as the financial and business considerations for each venture.

These trainings are exclusively for veterans and active military personnel who are residents of New York State with an interest in selling commercial farm products (filing a Schedule F) in 2017 or 2018. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.

Cost: $30 per training includes lunch and all materials.
Participants are able to submit up to $100 in travel expenses for reimbursement.

Workshops will occur at the following dates & locations:

February 17 & 18, 2017
Maple Syrup Production
Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station
157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946

This course will cover the basics needed to start a sugaring operation on a range of scales, including assessing a woods for sugaring, equipment needed, tapping, processing, value-added products, and more.

Learn more about maple production here.
REGISTER

March 31 & April 1, 2017
Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chenango County
99 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815

This course discusses the appropriate wood species and set up for economical production of log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Participants will get hands-on experience in inoculating logs and receive budget planning tools to help them decide on the scale of their operation.

Learn more about shiitake production here.
Register

May 12 & 13, 2017
Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture Systems
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County
323 Owego St # 5, Montour Falls, NY 14865

This course will explore the successful integration of livestock and trees in mixed systems to help participants understand how to establish and maintain forest and tree grazing systems on their farms.

Learn more about silvopasture here.

REGISTER

May
3
Wed
Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture and Well-Being Conference @ The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
May 3 – May 5 all-day

With the goal of equipping women veterans with the business and farming tools necessary to be successful in their agricultural endeavors, Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the fourth annual Empowering Women Veterans: Business, Agriculture and Well-Being Conference will be held May 3-5, 2017 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, California.

The conference, which is open to all active duty and veteran women, as well as women who farm with veterans, will feature a farm tour highlighting livestock, vegetable and vinicultural production, in addition to educational workshops and presentations given by women veterans, women in agriculture and other experts.

“As a woman veteran and a farmer, attending this conference has made my life better,” said Althea Raiford, a retired Navy veteran and co-owner of Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, Georgia. “The resources provided and the connections made cannot be duplicated anywhere else. I met my soil sisters at this conference—women with like minds.”

Thanks to generous sponsors, FVC is offering a limited number of scholarships for the conference. Please click the ‘Scholarship Application’ button below for details and to complete an application. Additionally, a small number of exhibit booths are available for $250.

For more information or to reserve a booth, please contact Julie Neithercutt at julien@farmvetco.org.

May
10
Wed
Considerations for Beginning Farmers Workshop @ Grainger County Ag. Pavilion
May 10 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop brochure

A century ago most Americans either grew up on a farm or were just one generation removed from life on the farm. They absorbed their “farming education” mostly first-hand through chores and kitchen table discussions. Today that is not the case, and many would-be farmers have no idea how to get started in the business.

A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension has been planned for those who have been dreaming of green acres. Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, “Considerations for Beginning Farmers” will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator.

The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

Registration to attend is $25 per person, which includes the program and lunch.

The workshop is scheduled for six dates and locations across the state, beginning September 21 and running through July 2017:

Sept. 21, 2016
UT Middle TN Ag Research & Education Center, Spring Hill
(Registration deadline Sept. 12)

Nov. 9, 2016
Tri-State Exhibition Center, McDonald, TN (Bradley Co.)​
(Registration deadline Nov. 1)

Jan. 25, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Montgomery Co.
(Registration deadline Jan. 13, 2017)

March 28, 2017
White Co. Ag Complex (Fairgrounds)
(Registration deadline March 20, 2017)

May 10, 2017
Grainger County Ag. Pavilion
(Registration deadline is May 2, 2017)

July 11, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Madison Co.
(Registration deadline July 3, 2017)

For more information, contact Mitchell Mote in the Rutherford County Extension Office at 615-898-7710.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

Contacts:

Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710

Rob Holland, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777

May
12
Fri
Veteran Trainings in Agroforestry – Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture Systems @ Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County
May 12 @ 8:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

VETERAN TRAININGS IN AGROFORESTRY

Cornell Small Farms offer Statewide Agroforestry Trainings for Veterans in 2017

The Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this coming Winter and Spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production.

Agroforestry includes farming practices that combine trees and forests with crop production. Three trainings will convene to focus on three of the most viable tree-crop enterprises including maple syrup, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and silvopasture (combining livestock with trees).

Each training includes classroom instruction and site visits to farms in active production. Content will cover the technical aspects of production as well as the financial and business considerations for each venture.

These trainings are exclusively for veterans and active military personnel who are residents of New York State with an interest in selling commercial farm products (filing a Schedule F) in 2017 or 2018. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.

Cost: $30 per training includes lunch and all materials.
Participants are able to submit up to $100 in travel expenses for reimbursement.

Workshops will occur at the following dates & locations:

February 17 & 18, 2017
Maple Syrup Production
Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station
157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946

This course will cover the basics needed to start a sugaring operation on a range of scales, including assessing a woods for sugaring, equipment needed, tapping, processing, value-added products, and more.

Learn more about maple production here.
REGISTER

March 31 & April 1, 2017
Log-Grown Shiitake Mushroom Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Chenango County
99 N Broad St, Norwich, NY 13815

This course discusses the appropriate wood species and set up for economical production of log-grown shiitake mushrooms. Participants will get hands-on experience in inoculating logs and receive budget planning tools to help them decide on the scale of their operation.

Learn more about shiitake production here.
Register

May 12 & 13, 2017
Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture Systems
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County
323 Owego St # 5, Montour Falls, NY 14865

This course will explore the successful integration of livestock and trees in mixed systems to help participants understand how to establish and maintain forest and tree grazing systems on their farms.

Learn more about silvopasture here.

REGISTER

Jul
11
Tue
Considerations for Beginning Farmers Workshop @ UT-TSU Extension Office, Madison Co.
Jul 11 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop brochure

A century ago most Americans either grew up on a farm or were just one generation removed from life on the farm. They absorbed their “farming education” mostly first-hand through chores and kitchen table discussions. Today that is not the case, and many would-be farmers have no idea how to get started in the business.

A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension has been planned for those who have been dreaming of green acres. Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, “Considerations for Beginning Farmers” will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator.

The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

Registration to attend is $25 per person, which includes the program and lunch.

The workshop is scheduled for six dates and locations across the state, beginning September 21 and running through July 2017:

Sept. 21, 2016
UT Middle TN Ag Research & Education Center, Spring Hill
(Registration deadline Sept. 12)

Nov. 9, 2016
Tri-State Exhibition Center, McDonald, TN (Bradley Co.)​
(Registration deadline Nov. 1)

Jan. 25, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Montgomery Co.
(Registration deadline Jan. 13, 2017)

March 28, 2017
White Co. Ag Complex (Fairgrounds)
(Registration deadline March 20, 2017)

May 10, 2017
Grainger County Ag. Pavilion
(Registration deadline is May 2, 2017)

July 11, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Madison Co.
(Registration deadline July 3, 2017)

For more information, contact Mitchell Mote in the Rutherford County Extension Office at 615-898-7710.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

Contacts:

Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710

Rob Holland, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777