Webinars & Conferences

Wind and Solar Farms in Farm Country: Addressing Land Use Conflicts

January 19, 2022, 5:00:00 PM
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The terms “solar farm” and “wind farm” could not more perfectly demonstrate the inevitable pairing of renewable energy and agriculture as uses of land. Although harvesting the sun and wind for distribution through the electric grid is far from a traditional agricultural practice, farmland is typically the anticipated location for a utility-scale wind and solar facility. Policies that encourage increased production of wind and solar energy, then, can be at odds with those that promote agricultural uses of land. Additionally, local opposition to utility-scale wind and solar development can be strong. The friction forces a policy decision on whether to prohibit or limit wind and solar development on farmland in the face of mandates and incentives for renewable energy. In this webinar, we’ll first review three common issues that arise between wind and solar energy development and agriculture: land consumption, local opposition, and co-location. We’ll highlight our research on state and local land use laws for siting wind and solar facilities and discuss recommended practices for addressing land use conflicts between wind and solar farms and farming. A summary of remaining issues and existing resources will wrap up the presentation.

Building Beyond Nice Racism: Catalyzing Institutional Change in the Food System- Registration

January 20, 2022, 10:00:00 PM
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This virtual learning series in 2022 is open to student, faculty, organizational, agency, and community leaders who are seeking a deeper understanding of structural and institutional racism in our food system. The series is designed to provide a pathway to action to help dismantle the attitudes, practices, and structures that hold racism in place as a step toward creating a more equitable system that works for everyone.
This five part series runs January-May 2022

Winter Food Safety Q&A 2022: Preserving MI Harvest: Water Bath Basics

January 24, 2022, 6:00:00 PM
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Whether a beginner to home canning or looking for a refresher on best practices while canning foods at home, this class is for you. Join us to learn how to properly use your water bath canner.

SDOH: So what's data got to do with it?

January 25, 2022, 3:00:00 PM
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The United States spends more on health care than the rest of the developed world, but our outcomes are mediocre at best. We live shorter, unhealthier lives than we could be living. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can be smarter, healthier, more efficient, and more equal. Health care and social care sectors, including health providers, community-based organizations, community development organizations, and local government entities and agencies, all have a major role to play toward achieving those goals.

Safe Food = Healthy Kids - Online Training

January 25, 2022, 11:00:00 PM
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Learn the best practices for food safety in order for you to keep the children in your care safe. Food safety education topics discussed in the class include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, storing food, as well as personal hygiene and more. Safe Food=Healthy Kids is an approved training for Great Start to Quality, so this class will count toward your annual training hours. Class will be facilitated by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators.

CEFS CORE "Pop Up" Webinar Series | Intro to In-Betweens

January 26, 2022, 6:00:00 PM
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At CORE, we align with the belief that racial equity is both a PROCESS and an OUTCOME. A community of practice is critical to developing a shared process and analysis to directly address food systems barriers in order to create institutional change. Join us as we share our process called, In-Betweens, a monthly study and learning group session on the intersections of food and race. We'll explore the purpose and goals of In-Betweens along with a GUIDE that will help you facilitate your own In-Betweens! This webinar is virtual.

CSA Ideas Lab

February 1, 2022, 6:00:00 PM
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CSA Week is a great opportunity for farmers and farm support organizations from across the country to come together in promoting CSA. This year, start CSA Week off strong by setting yourself up for success. Brainstorm with others from around the country on best practices for building engagement with new and returning members, encouraging signups, and supporting the CSA movement.

February 2-6: 2022 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

February 2, 2022, 5:00:00 AM
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The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference brings together farmers and gardeners from across Michigan to learn and connect. One ticket gets you access to the full suite of 2022’s conference, including:
pre-recorded conference sessions you can view at your own pace, both before and after the conference.
downloadable slide decks and transcripts (when possible), a five-day live conference from Feb 2–6, offering a chance to connect with fellow attendees and ask questions of session presenters. All live sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing, additional resources from sponsors and vendors, all available from one site, one-year access to all the above materials so you can revisit the sessions and resources as needed throughout the year, access is per-computer/per-farm so more than one person can make use of the ticket.

2022 Soil Health Webinar Series

February 3, 2022, 1:00:00 PM
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In this monthly series, farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Please plan to join us for all three sessions!
January 6 - What’s Your Soil Health Resolution? Featuring a Farmer Panel Discussion
February 3 - What does the Research Tell Us about Cover Crops & Soil Health?
March 3 - Hot Topics –What’s the Future of Soil Health?

CORE Level I Racial Equity Virtual Training

February 8, 2022, 2:30:00 PM
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Join us for our multi-day virtual racial equity training that will offer a shared language, a shared framework, and a shared history for understanding how racism and systemic barriers inhibit equity in the food system. Our goal is for this training to assist with setting meaningful goals and strategies to ensure racial equity in farm & food programs and policy.

La Septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino

February 9, 2022, 2:00:00 PM
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La septima Conferencia del Agricultor Latino está por llegar. En este momento de distanciamiento social, nos uniremos a través de una serie de eventos virtuales. Cada año, la Conferencia del Agricultor Latino depende de su creciente red de socios para ayudar a crear una conferencia que es representativa de la agricultura latina. Extendemos un sincero agradecimiento a todos los agricultores, organizaciones asociados, y socios profesionales que ayudan a hacer esta conferencia una realidad. Los seminarios web de este año incluirán excursión de campo virtual, discusiones con los agricultores, y presentaciones de otros expertos sobre temas importantes.

OEFFA’s 43rd Annual Conference: Rooted and Rising (Virtual on February 12 and In Person February 17-19)

February 12, 2022, 2:30:00 PM
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After the 2021 conference ended, many attendees told us they loved the convenience of the virtual format but missed the hallway conversations, so we are working on a conference that has both!
The Saturday before our traditional weekend, we will host a virtual day of conference complete with workshops, a keynote address, our membership meeting, and a few fun, creative things that will help you engage from anywhere with an internet connection.
Our traditional weekend will look much like conferences in years past, but with a greater emphasis on networking, community building, and celebrating together.
Socio will again host our virtual programming and recordings, including the in-person workshops, so you can still access all the learning even if you cannot make the trip.

Discovering Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Farmers and Ranchers

February 15, 2022, 7:00:00 PM
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Farmers and ranchers: Ever wonder if your farm is at risk because of a lurking legal problem? Do you wish you knew where to turn for the answers? Those answers aren’t always easy to come by — especially for the most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Discovering Resilience is a legal workshop designed just for you. This workshop empowers farmers and ranchers with the legal knowledge and skills you need to resolve legal vulnerabilities. You’ll walk away from this five-session, highly interactive, and producer-focused workshop ready to implement your own legal action plan and find legal answers with confidence. Plus, you’ll have a group of fellow producers to keep you on track.

2022 Soil Health Webinar Series

March 3, 2022, 1:00:00 PM
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In this monthly series, farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Please plan to join us for all three sessions!
January 6 - What’s Your Soil Health Resolution? Featuring a Farmer Panel Discussion
February 3 - What does the Research Tell Us about Cover Crops & Soil Health?
March 3 - Hot Topics –What’s the Future of Soil Health?

2022 AgrAbility National Training Workshop

March 14, 2022, 1:00:00 PM
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The 2022 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events. This year’s conference is March 14th - 17th, 2022 and will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. The Madison Concourse Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Madison, WI just 5 miles from the Dane County Regional Airport.

Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

March 29, 2022, 4:00:00 AM
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The 2022 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. This conference will be held in-person in Omaha.

National Webinar about COVID-19 Disruptions to Food Supply Chains

April 21, 2022, 6:00:00 PM
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A multi-region, multi-institution research and outreach team investigating the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems will host a free webinar those engaged in the food supply chain. This hour-long webinar is part of the Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises project. The webinar will include a brief introduction of team members, a holistic project overview, survey tools used and example questions from the first survey, preliminary data from an environmental scan of available resources and insights from prior assessments of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Florida food system. Because this project is in its early phases, webinar participants will also learn how they, along with their stakeholders, can participate in the research through upcoming questionnaires. This webinar is the first of a 4-part series.

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