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January 2021

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference

January 17 - January 18
Online MA United States
$25 – $45

Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year. Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including business management, marketing, farm safety, leadership, and more. Schedule here.

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UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2021

January 19 @ 10:00 am - February 9 @ 12:10 pm
Online MA United States

Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include invasive forest pests in MA, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle updates, planned detection surveys in Massachusetts and New England, integrated pest management of spotted-wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug and more! There will also…

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CISA: Basic Farm Financials for Successful Pricing

January 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

  Have you ever struggled to understand how to successfully price your meat products?  The basis of any profitable business strategy is good record keeping and understanding your costs. Join NC Choices Technical Coordinator Lee Menius as we explore the basics of understanding your farm’s financial goals, records, and how to use that understanding to evaluate new enterprises and pricing. In this session we will cover: Determining financial goals Understanding fixed & variable costs Understanding cash flow versus net worth…

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CISA Main Series: Making Sound Decisions with Good Data and Practical Framework

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Presented by Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Stevie Schafenacker, and Rose Wilson Series Dates: Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th 4-6pm Session 2: Wednesday, February 3rd, 4-6pm Session 3: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30-2:30pm Session 4: Wednesday, February 17th, 12:30-2:30pm Cohort Gathering: March 10th, 12:30-2:30pm The main series will focus on the “practical framework” needed to make sound decisions. Rose Wilson, Stevie Schafenacker, and Crystal Stewart combine concepts of Whole Farm Planning, financial analysis, and feasibility study over the course of four sessions, post session…

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Field Day: Winter Greens Diseases and Variety Trials – Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series

January 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series! Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers. See below for descriptions and registration links. We hope to see you there! Webinar Topic: Field Day: Winter Greens Diseases and Variety Trials When: Thursday, January 28, 3:30-5pm Presenters: Jim Correll of the University of Arkansas, and Genevieve Higgins and Sue Scheufele…

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2021 Virtual Get Ready for Spring Greenhouse Program

January 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online MA United States
$55

Every season comes with its own challenges. Join UMass Extension via GoToWebinar on January 29, 2021 for a virtual education program that will provide you with updates and tips for managing pests in spring greenhouse crops. This program will be held as a live webinar from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The agenda will feature three presentations, with fifteen minute breaks in between. The cost is $55. Please note that registration is a two-step process: Upon initial program registration and…

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Mass Aggie Seminar: Growing & Pruning Grapes

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online MA United States
$30

Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Join Dr. Elsa Petit to learn all about this marvelous fruit! Registration deadline January 29, 12:00pm For more information about the Mass Aggie Seminar Series, click here.

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February 2021

What’s Wrong With My Plant? Vegetable Garden Problems Demystified

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States

What's wrong with my plant? Learn to diagnose common problems in the vegetable garden. Also, find out which pests and diseases we are on the lookout for in 2021 in both the ornamental and edible garden. This class will be taught by Heather Faubert, the director of the URI Plant Clinic. Through URI's Cooperative Extension, Heather Faubert has been helping RI farmers with pest problems for nearly 40 years. Register for this free webinar by clicking the following link: https://univofri.webex.com/univofri/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2bd11ec1aaaa7fb9b2dd338c61a2e577 The…

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The Marketplace of Story

February 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

Please join WFAN board member and media expert, Diahann Lohr, for a deep dive into developing and polishing your farm business marketing plan on Thursday,  February 18th, from 4-5:30 pm CT. Are you in a leadership capacity seeking help to build a non-profit organization marketing plan? Then this workshop is for you, too!  This workshop is part of a WFAN storytelling series funded with the help of North Central SARE. Stay tuned for more programs! Di asks registrants:  1) Are you dreaming of starting…

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Greenhouse Seedling Production – Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series

February 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online MA United States

Join UConn, URI, and UMass Extensions for the Southern New England Vegetable Growers Webinar Series! Webinars are on alternate Thursdays in January and February of 2021, from 3:30-5pm. All webinars are open to any and all vegetable growers and ag service providers. See below for descriptions and registration links. We hope to see you there! Webinar Topic: Greenhouse Seedling Production: compost-based potting mix, nutrient management, chlorination, and tray selection When: February 11, 3:30-5pm Presenters: Rosa Raudales of UConn Extension, and Andy Radin of URI…

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Mass Aggie Seminar: Pruning the Home Orchard

February 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online MA United States
$30

The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance.   One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees.  This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not!  Not once you understand the principles involved. Join in and learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). Registration deadline February 12, 12:00pm. For more information about the Mass Aggie Seminar Series, click here.

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Webinar – Seed Starting Indoors

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

Join us for a short and simple rundown of the best way to start seeds inside your home this winter using materials you may already have! Susan Scotti has been vegetable gardening all her life and has been a URI Master Gardener since 2004. She is the propagation team leader for the Master Gardener Program Vegetable Propagation Project and has been teaching seed starting to the crew and RI community for over 10 years. Register for this free webinar by…

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Mass Aggie Seminar: Home Orchard Establishment

February 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online MA United States
$30

Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization, and ongoing fruit tree care. Registration deadline February 19, 12:00pm For more information about the Mass Aggie Seminar Series, click here.

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CISA: Financial Benchmarking for Vegetable Farmers (session 1)

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online MA United States
Free

This date is one of two working sessions you can choose from: Work session 1: Monday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm Work session 2: Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers. Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you: Track the financial health of your farm from year to year Understand the typical returns from different sales outlets Assess how healthy your business…

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CISA: Financial Benchmarking for Vegetable Farmers (session 2)

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online MA United States + Google Map
Free

This date is one of two working sessions you can choose from: Work session 1: Monday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm Work session 2: Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00-3:00pm Join a learning community of vegetable farmers, and see how your farm stacks up against your peers. Financial benchmarks are key to improving long-term farm viability. They can help you: Track the financial health of your farm from year to year Understand the typical returns from different sales outlets Assess how healthy your business…

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