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February 2018

SEMAP’s 11th Annual Ag & Food Conference

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715 United States
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SEMAP’s Annual Agriculture & Food Conference brings in experts to lead informative workshops and discussions on a range of topics. Past workshop topics have included which cover crops are best for weed suppression, nitrogen dynamics in organic cropping systems, how to start your own worm composting bin, and protecting genetic diversity within agriculture, just to name a few.  

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March 2018

Strategies to Optimize Yield and Quality of Forage on Your Farm

March 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Event date/time: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm Event location: UMass Crop and Animal Research Education Center 89 River Rd South Deerfield, MA 01373 - 9:30 – 10:00 Registration + Coffee 10:00 - 10:30 Estimates of Massachusetts Dairy Costs and Returns Dr. Dan Lass, UMass 10:30 – 11:00 Managing Weeds in Pastures Dr. Sid Bosworth, UVM 11:00 – 11:30 Forage Sorghum: The Other Corn Crop Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, NY 11:30 – 12:00 Understanding the Importance of…

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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Certification Training Course

March 13 @ 8:30 am - March 15 @ 3:30 pm

COURSE  DESCRIPTION:  The  Current  Good  Manufacturing  Practice,  Hazard  Analysis,  and  Risk-based  Preventive  Controls  for  Human  Food  FDA  regulation  is  intended  to  ensure  safe  manufacturing/processing,  packing  and  holding  of  food  products  for  human  consumption  in  the  United  States.  The  regulation  requires  that  certain  activities  must  be  completed  by  a  “preventive  controls  qualified  individual”  who  has  “successfully  completed  training  in  the  development  and  application  of  risk-based  preventive  controls.”  This  course  developed  by  the  FSPCA  is  the  “standardized  curriculum”  recognized  by  FDA;  successfully …

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Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.
Boston, MA United States
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The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers,…

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Wareham Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Rd
E. Wareham, MA 02358 United States
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Event date/time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Event location: UMass Cranberry Station Library Instructors: Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Educator & Michael Botelho, MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program Director Cost is $40 Co-sponsored by UMass Extension, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) Visit for more info: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/events/wareham-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training Price includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), Certificate of attendance from UMass/MDAR and lunch and refreshments Participants…

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Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming Course

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Barstable County Complex, 3195 Main St.
Barnstable, MA 02630 United States
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8 Week Class Offered on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming WHAT: An 8-week course on the Fundamentals of Shellfish Farming is being offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Southeastern MA Aquaculture Center & Woods Hole Sea Grant.  Course topics include shellfish biology, clam and oyster culture techniques, predator control, permitting, safety, and an intro to business management. WHEN: Class will meet on Thursdays from 6-8PM starting on March 22th at the Barnstable County Complex on Route 6A. COST: The cost…

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