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First Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference Feb 4,2023

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FIRST NORTHEAST DISABILITY AND AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE

The Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference is a first-time regional event designed to educate and empower the agricultural community. Through workshops and presentations, farmer attendees will learn how to better advocate for themselves, and service provider attendees will learn how to identify potential distress risks within the community. Together attendees will learn how to build a network sharing skills and resources to improve accessibility and reduce industry incidents of suicide.

The conference team is excited to offer a hybrid experience; in-person and limited virtual participation, on February 4, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park (275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT).The daylong event includes a Keynote speaker, breakout sessions, group discussion, resources, and meals.

In recognition of the needs of farmers with disabilities, a post conference stipend will be given to the first 50 farmers who identify as having a disability, have registered in advance, and attend the full conference. 

Sign up here to reserve your spot today! Click here.

The event is coordinated by Healing By Growing Farms, a social impact farm community that fosters a holistic healing approach reconnecting predominantly brain injury and trauma survivors to themselves, nature, and the environment while healing through farming. To learn more about our organization please visit us at www.healingbygrowing.com.

Their aim for the conference is to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of farmers, agricultural service providers and the community. They would GREATLY appreciate your feedback to help them design conference content, better identify gaps in disability awareness and needed services for participants by participating in THEIR SURVEY.

For questions, please contact: healingbygrowingconferenceteam@gmail.com.

 

Connecticut Agricultural Expo 2022 Nov 18 in Southington

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Connecticut Agricultural Expo 2022 Nov 18 in Southington

Register today!

Connecticut Agricultural Expo 2022 will be held on Friday, November 18th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Aquaturf, 556 Mulberry Street, Southington, CT.

Register today for this ag expo showcasing the latest in ag innovation, farm equipment, tractors, farm implements, seed & crop production products, farm supplies & services.

To register click here.

Event Partners:

  • Connecticut Farm Bureau
  • Connecticut Department of Agriculture
  • Farm Credit East, ACA
  • UConn Extension

Registration includes:

  • Trade Show
  • State-wide Networking
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Connecticut Beer and Wine Tasting
  • Taste of Connecticut
  • Pesticide CEU Credits

Pesticide CEU Credits

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am- Soil-Biodegradable Plastic Mulch for Specialty Crop Production, Shuresh Ghimire, PhD, UConn Extension
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Growers, Mary Concklin, Educator, UConn Extension

Ticket Pricing

  • CFBA Standard and Limited members: $55
  • Non-members – $65
  • Non-members can receive $5 off per ticket by purchasing before November 4th or by registering 3 or more attendees

For more information or questions call 860-768-1100 or email traceym@cfba.org 

CT NOFA Winter Conference 2023 March 6-11, 2023

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Mark your calendars! CT NOFA’s 41st annual winter conference is returning to Connecticut in March.

MARCH 6 to MARCH 11 ⏤ VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS ALL WEEK
MARCH 11 ⏤ IN PERSON GATHERING AND CELEBRATION

This will be a hybrid conference, with a week of virtual workshops (ranging from advanced information for professional farmers to everyday-know-how for homesteaders and gardeners) followed by a live, in-person gathering for NOFA members and organic advocates to socialize, celebrate, and network.

More information, registration links, and full workshop schedule coming soon.

 

USDA, Cornell Hemp Webinar Series

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USDA, Cornell Hemp Webinar Series, Certain Wednesdays, Feb-May 2-3 PM

Lectures will be given by various hemp research experts from academia, research laboratories, production facilities, and private industry:

Feb. 23 – Hemp Processing Systems: Dr. Heather Grab

March 9 – Extraction Chemistry/Facility Design: Alisia Ratliff

March 23 – The Endocannabinoid System: Ethan Russo M.D

April 6 – Hemp Food Science: Hunter Friedland

April 20 – Hemp Diversity/Genetics: Dr. Daniela Vergara

May 4 – Economics of Hemp Production: Dr. Tyler Mark

Registration is required.

FMNP Farmer Certification Meetings

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FMNP Farmer Certification Meetings

FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM FARMER CERTIFICATION

All fruit, vegetable, and honey producers selling at Certified Connecticut Grown Farmers’ Markets must be certified with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). To be certified, producers must attend a certification meeting. The certification allows farms to accept the FMNP checks for fresh fruits, vegetables, and honey from WIC clients and income-eligible seniors over the age of 60. Join us to get your certification, learn more about available grant funding for your farm, and accept SNAP to expand your sales. Below are the 2022 certification meeting dates which will be held virtually as well as in-person.

Virtual: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 3-5:00 p.m.

In-person: Friday, February 11, 2022, from 9-11:00 a.m. – Windham County Extension Office

Virtual: Wednesday, February 16, 2022, from 6-8:00 p.m.

In-person: Friday, February 25, 2022, from 9-11:00 a.m. – Torrington Extension Office

In-person: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – New Haven Extension Office

Virtual: Wednesday, March 3, 2022, from 8-10:00 a.m.

Registration is now open at https://bit.ly/3DeYRLO. Please register at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

UConn Extension Webinars Jan-Feb

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UConn Extension Webinars Jan 26,27 and Feb 1, 3:

UConn Extension Webinars Jan 26,27 and Feb 1, 3:

Livestock and Dairy Insurance Programs webinar – January 26 FSA NAP Program Update webinar- January 27 Multi-Peril Crop Insurance & the NEW Direct Market Tomato Insurance Program webinar – February 1 New WFRP Micro Provisions Crop Insurance webinar – February 3

Register at:

https://ctfarmrisk.extension.uconn.edu/winter2022classes/

National Farmers Union Women’s Conference

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Jan. 10-13, 2022 National Farmers Union Women’s Conference

National Farmers Union has announced the 2022 Women’s Conference will be held virtually from January 10-13, 2022 (Farm Union members and nonmembers) and in-person from January 16-18 in Nashville (members only) to connect women in agriculture and provide education on applicable business skills and innovative marketing tactics. Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including business management, leadership, community building, and more. The 2022 Women’s Conference will be a hybrid event with virtual sessions focusing on cooperatives, business management, and food sovereignty. For pricing information, COVID-19 protocols, the conference agenda, more information, and sign ups for the Conference, click here

DAIRY FOOD SAFETY & CERTIFICATION GRANT

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Dairy Food Safety and Certification Grant, due Feb. 3, 2022

The Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant program will provide grants for dairy businesses to take actionable steps to increase production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades. This application is open to dairy producers, processors, and producer associations based in the Northeast. Grants will range from $10,000 – $40,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match requirement. Applications are due February 3, 2022. Click here for more information.

Farm Credit East’s “Is a Methane Digester Right for Your Dairy Farm?”, Oct. 20 at 1 PM

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Farm Credit East’s “Is a Methane Digester Right for Your Dairy Farm?”, Oct. 20 at 1 PM

If you are interested in adding a methane digester to your dairy operation, please join Farm Credit East on Wednesday, October 20, at 1:00 PM, for a webinar on renewable natural gas methane digesters for dairy farms. Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies will present an overview of digester economics, policy considerations, incentives and operational factors. Paul will discuss climate policies and legislation and how dairy methane gas fits in. Whether you are considering partnering with a renewable energy developer, operating a facility yourself, leasing space for a digester, or just want to learn more about this opportunity, you will not want to miss this informative webinar.

Click here to register.

NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference, Virtual Nov 8-11, 2021

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NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference, Virtual Nov 8-11, 2021

NESAWG’s annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, we look at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role our network can play in shaping its future. We offer in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.

To Register or Learn More, click here.