Check the Events section on PA-WAgN's website for day-long networking events in Western and Eastern PA. There is also a lunchtime Farminar coming soon by veteran woman farmer Moie Crawford.
Come enjoy a day dedicated to the sustainability of local businesses and farmland and of our own health and well-being. Also features valuable legal advice and a fascinating exploration of nature. Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, 9am-2pm VFW Post 804, 1258 Millville Road, Bloomsburg
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) recently released two publications to support organic farmers as they incorporate biodiversity practices into their operations. There is a direct linkage between conservation practices on the farm and National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can and should play a critical role in ensuring that conservation programs and support are accessible and appropriate for organic and transitioning-to-organic participants.
In case you can't make it to the farm, check out the webinar opportunities.
There's lots going on at The Rodale Institute. Check out the listings.
University of Vermont researchers have introduced a new mobile app that will calculate the crop productivity and pollination benefits of supporting endangered bees.
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a revised version of How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch.
Which U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies have programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diversified farming operations, organic growers, or beginning farmers? What resources are available for small- and mid-sized growers looking to reach expanding regional markets, and where can you find them?
April 25, 2017 Mainline School Night - GMO Free PA is showing, SEED the Untold Story, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lower Merion High School Cost $10
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Food Justice Activist and Physicist, will be speaking at West Chester University on March 21, 2017.
Join Matt Belmont, Farm of Peace CSA Manager, on March 25, for a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on learning in cultivating your own shiitake mushrooms.
Practical Farmers of Iowa is making videos, presentation slides, and handouts available free online from sessions at its annual conference, held in January 2017.
The two-year Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program is accepting applicants. The program requires 4,000 hours of instruction, including 277 hours of online classes, and on-the-job training.
Penn State research published in Bioscience suggests that world food production likely will need to increase between 25% and 70% to meet 2050 demand, rather than needing to double as is frequently posited. Furthermore, according to the researchers, agriculture's environmental impacts are increasing and must drop dramatically to maintain clean water and stabilize the climate.
A research study being led by New York University needs the input of organic growers nationwide. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the characteristics and opportunities to measure or increase biodiversity in organic farming in the United States.
A three-year experiment in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania explored the best times and methods for crimping cover crops, reports the American Society of Agronomy.
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive New Farmer project is providing information on high-value crops that can be grown on 10 acres or less.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture released Letters to a Young Farmer, a book which compiles insight from some of the most influential farmers, writers, and leaders in the food system in an anthology of essays and letters.
This webinar (March 16, 1-2pm, organized by Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition) will be a virtual roundtable featuring two women involved in farming and agriculture in Southwest Virginia – Amy Fannon and Christy Asbury. Presenters will share information about themselves and their agricultural work; their challenges; their hopes for the future of women in agriculture; and advice for others. Following their stories, we will open up the communication lines for a Q&A session.
Combined Conference with the Maryland Cattlemen's Association (MCA) Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference. March 2-3, 2017 Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 901 Dual Highway Hagerstown, MD