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May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Exploring Human Resources

Human resource management is a critical part of any farm or food-based business performance. Every high-performing business is made up of empowered, valued, and high-performing employees. This webinar will discuss how to build an effective human resources plan through examination case studies and model practices. In addition, participants will discuss common challenges and concerns around liability, accountability and people management. Speakers: Phil Durst, Extension Senior Educator, Michigan State University Gustavo Schuenemann, Professor, Ohio State University (Extension Veterinarian) Danielle Hutchison, Owner/Operator…

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May 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm |

Crop Talk: Organic Strawberry Production at Fairfield Farm

Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone’s field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it! For farmers by farmers. This farm tour is hosted by Alice Fairfield of Fairfield farms and will be focused on organic strawberry production. Cost:…

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June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Organic Specialty Fertilizers

Panelists will provide clarity in defining what is an organic specialty fertilizer and uncover their origins before being processed into on-farm inputs. The webinar will explore a range of different materials — feather meal, guano, and blood meal to name a few — and provide context (and metrics) to understand the sustainability of different specialty fertilizer options (not manure or compost) for your farm operation. This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Registration coming…

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July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Organic Hemp

Organic growers and manufacturers across the U.S. are turning to certified organic hemp production to bring new (and exciting) products to market. This webinar will share stories from farmers, processors and retailers around the legal do’s and don’ts as well as opportunities for organic hemp. Participants will discuss the opportunities and barriers for succeeding in the emerging organic hemp market. REGISTER TODAY

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July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Crop Talk: Seed Production at Adaptive Seeds

Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone’s field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it! For farmers by farmers. This farm tour is hosted by Sarah and Andrew at Adaptive Seeds and will be focused on seed production. Date:…

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July 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm |

Crop Talk: Blueberry Production at Kiger Island Blues

Crop Talks are farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities that consist of a tour of a farm by the farmer and a discussion about their area of expertise or interest during the growing season. These are opportunities to get out into someone’s field, see their practices in action, ask questions, and connect with other local farmers while doing it! For farmers by farmers. This farm tour is hosted by Mindi Thorton of Kiger Island Blues and will be focused on blueberry production. Date:…

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September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Demystifying Pasture, Feed, and Dry Matter Intake (DMI) Records: Tips and Tricks to Avoid Compliance Concerns

This webinar focuses on the record keeping requirements for dry matter intake (DMI) during the grazing season, pasture access, and feed records required for the on-site inspection and certification. The presenters will demonstrate examples of record keeping for organic ruminant operations and also discuss common pitfalls to avoid with records that can impact compliance. Understand the organic pasture rule and how to sufficiently record the grazing season to ensure smooth audits at inspection. Learn how to track and calculate DMI…

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October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm |

Water Conservation in Organic Production

Panelists will explore model practices and techniques for organic producers to conserve water in farm production. The requirement to conserve natural resources is a big opportunity to increase sustainability and support on-farm viability around water usage on organic farms. From protecting local watersheds to building soil health that increases water retention, organic farms are leading conservationists for fresh water in the U.S. Learn from panelists about how to decrease water needs, increase waterway protection, and avoid contamination from irrigation sources.…

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