Events For You to Consider

Here are some current activities to consider. 

Women, Food and Agriculture Network Annual Conference

January 20-21. Des Moines, Iowa.  The theme is “Women Changing the Landscape,” and the conference features keynote speaker Debra Eschmeyer, organic farmer and the co-founder and program director of FoodCorps. The conference also includes workshops and panels with information on everything from farm startups to community organizing, plenty of networking time, and a local foods lunch. Link:


Introduction to On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop

Online. January 20. 11:00 AM CST.  An increasing number of farmers are starting to breed new varieties and reselect older varieties for their farms. John Navazio, Organic Seed
Alliance and Washington State University, will introduce the steps needed to create new crop varieties on your farm with little or no hand-pollination or specialized tools. Advance registration is required. More information and registration link,

Organic Wheat Breeding Workshop and Breeding Peas, Sweet Corn, Broccoli, Winter Squash and Carrots

Online. January 20.  3:30 PM CST  This webinar is two 90-minute sessions with a 30-minute break between sessions. Organic Wheat Breeding Workshop: With the explosion of local organic grains, mills and bakeries, organic farmers are looking for wheat varieties that thrive in their systems. This workshop will take you through the process of creating your own wheat variety and describe some of the current organic wheat breeding projects. Presenters: Stephen Jones, Washington State University; Richard Little, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln; Dean Spaner, University of Alberta.  Learn about the techniques the panelists are using to breed new organically adapted varieties of peas, sweet corn, broccoli, squash and carrots. Presenters: Jim Myers, Oregon State University; Michael Mazourek, Cornell University; William Tracy, University of Wisconsin-Madison; John Navazio, Organic Seed Alliance and Washington State University.

Organic Corn Breeding Workshop

Online. January 21. 11:00 AM CST.  King corn is grown on more acres than any other crop. This workshop will describe the process of breeding corn for organic agriculture and some of the current organic corn breeding projects. Presenters: Frank Kutka, NPSAS Farm Breeding Club; William Tracy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Breeding for Nutrition Workshop and Breeding for Microbial Interaction Workshop

Online. January 21.  3:30 PM EST.  This webinar is two 90-minute sessions with a 30-minute break between sessions.  Breeding for Nutrition: Organic eaters want nutritious food, but some modern breeding programs may be increasing yields at the cost of nutrition. Learn about breeding programs working with classical breeding methods (non-GMO) to breed nutritionally superior crops. Breeding for Microbial Interaction: Many beneficial soil microorganisms provide plants with access to nutrients, improve water uptake and even have the potential to suppress certain soil borne diseases. The ability to breed plants to optimize their interaction with the soil microbiology holds great potential to enhance organic farming systems. Hear about the latest studies in this important and expanding field.

Soil Health Workshop

January 18. Bismarck, North Dakota. Burleigh County Soil Conservation District is offering this workshop, with presentations on no-tillage, mob grazing, and cropping systems for
soil health. Link:

Planning for Profit II: Online Whole Farm Planning Course

January 17 – March 13. Online. Rural Roots is offering an advanced, 9-week online course with live webinars on Tuesday evenings, designed to take your financial & marketing plans to the next level of profitability. Registration is limited. Link:


Kansas Graziers Association Conference

January 21. Emporia, Kansas. The Kansas Graziers Association (KGA) and the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition are co-sponsoring an all day conference, “Managing Drought
Risk on the Ranch,” presented by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The workshop will address both the natural resource concerns and the financial and business planning end of drought. Link:

Spring 2012 Water Seminar Series

Surface and Groundwater Modeling Subseries. Wednesday, January 18th. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Richard Palmer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present on the topic “Using Hydrologic Models to Estimate the Impact of Climate Change on River Flows, Water Supply Reliability and Ecosystem Responses.” This seminar is co-sponsored by the School of Natural Resources. The complete schedule of seminars may be found at

Changing the Way We Eat

January 21. New York, New York and webcast live. This one-day TEDx event will explore the food system — from what happened, to where we are, to what we are doing to shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming.  The goal of “Changing the Way We Eat” is to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines, to unite different areas of the food movement and to introduce the TEDx audience to the exciting and innovative work being done in this field. The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming is the lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan. The event will be webcast live, and individuals, groups, and organizations are encouraged to host viewing parties. Link:

Olson Seminar – “Buffalo Bill’s Great Plains, 1846-1879” 

Wednesday, January 18th. 3:30 pm. “Buffalo Bill’s Great Plains, 1846-1879.” Speaker: Douglas Seefeldt, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, UNL. Sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies. Free and open to the public. Website:


2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference

January 19-21, 2012. Port Townsend, WA. How we steward our seed determines the  quality and integrity of our food. Developing organic seed systems is therefore  paramount to the ongoing growth and success of organic agriculture. Gather with  others in the organic community for the nation’s largest conference focused solely on organic seed to
learn from experts in the fields of organic  plant breeding, organic seed production, marketing and distribution, and  policy. The agenda suits a range of experience levels and interests. Register  and find more information at the Organic Seed Alliance Website by clicking here. Download the registration packet by clicking here.


Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Winter Conference

January 26-27. Ramkota Hotel | Aberdeen, SD. Featuring keynote speakers Jerry Brunetti, Klaas Martens and Gearld Fry. Additional workshops on poultry,  mulch gardening, estate   planning, winter greenhouse, weed control, cover crops, local foods,   canning and preserving, plus youth activities & more! New this year: pre-conference workshops focusing on Human Health, Soil Health and Animal Health. Visit theirwebsite for more information and to register.

Missouri Organic Association – Regional Organic Conference 

February 2-5. Union Station Marriott. St. Louis, MO. The lineup of  speakers include Jeff Moyer, farm manager of Rodale  Institute; Jeffrey Smith, author of “Seeds of Deception”; Jim Long, author of  23 books on urban edible landscapes; Jordon Rubin, founder of Garden of Life  and Beyond Organic; and a full day of “Iron Chef” competition featuring some of  the best of St. Louis chefs.  Eight concurrent hands-on workshops will be presented on such topics as aquaponic  production of tilapia and shrimp by KY State Universities experts; tree  grafting classes by Stark Bros; best of bramble cultivers for Midwest climates;  cheese-making; showing of the documentary, “What’s Organic about Organic.” Visit their website for more information and how to register. Cost: $195

Join the sustainable agriculture conversation,

Mark your calendar for the upcoming NSAS Conference!


Healthy Farms Conference

Friday, Feb. 10th & Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2012

~The mission of NSAS is to promote agriculture & food systems that build healthy land, people, communities & quality of life, for present & future generations!


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