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Green Horizons

Volume 24, Number 1
Winter 2020

Calendar of Events

11th Annual UMCA Agroforestry Symposium

January 30, 2020 | 8:30am - 6:00pm | University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center, Columbia, MO

This year's Agroforestry Symposium will focus on value-added processing for Missouri agriculture and forestry products. The keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, will be joined by knowledgeable presenters including Kiruba Krishnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Bioengineering at the University of Missouri; Brian Hammons, President of Hammons Black Walnuts; Sara Low, Associate Professor of Regional Economics at MU; Nicola Macpherson of Ozark Forest Mushrooms, and many more. The symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested:

Food Tank 2020 Summit: The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways

January 22, 2020 | Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems | Scottsdale, AZ

Traditional indigenous knowledge is not front and center in most food system transformation conversations, and this needs to be rectified according to Food Tank, with the Swette Center and the Sustainable Community Food Systems Program at the University of Hawaii West Oahu. The summit will feature native voices in three hours on biodiversity, wild foods, landrace property rights, inspiring models of strength and innovation within indigenous communities, and much more. The summit will be livestreamed free online at

Agroforestry in Action Webinar: The Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub

January 23, 2020 (rescheduled from December 18) | 11:00am CST | Center for Agroforestry | online

If you missed last month's webinar date, you're in luck; the scheduled date was postponed. Katie Commender will present on the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub: Empowering Plant Conservation through Profitable Cultivation on January 23rd. Register for the webinar at to receive the login link. Past webinars are also available on this site.

Nutshell Webinar with Matt Wilson: Goals and Site Evaluation

January 28, 2020 | The Savanna Institute | Online webinar

Nutshell webinars are live, online discussions with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. Limited space is available; registration and more details are available at Matt Wilson is the Small Farm Production Advisor at Grow Appalachia, and will share insights in this webinar about goals and site evaluation for agroforestry planning.

Missouri Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting and Nut Show

February 7-8, 2020 | Missouri Nut Growers Association | Jefferson City, MO

The MNGA annual meeting will take place at the Conservation Employees Credit Union (2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO), with introductions, nut show results and awards, a season harvest report and marketing roundtable, and presentations. Presenters include Ron Revord, detailing hazelnut and pecan research at the Center for Agroforestry; Lupe Rios with a grafting demonstration; Rachel Owen sharing about the MU Soil Team and National Contest; and Doug Wallace, on soil health for nut growers. More information and RSVP at

Nutshell Webinar with Keefe Keeley: The Power & Opportunity of Agroforestry

February 11, 2020 | The Savanna Institute | Online webinar

Nutshell webinars are live, online discussions with experts on practical topics in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. Limited space is available; registration and more details are available at Keefe Keeley, Co-Executive Director of the Savanna Institute, will share in this Nutshell about the impact and opportunities in agroforestry.

Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Conference

February 11-12, 2020 | Midwest Cover Crops Council | KCI Expo Center, Kansas City, MO

The 2019 Annual MCCC Meeting (Feb. 11) and Conference (Feb. 12) will host numerous workshop sessions on crop production, livestock and grazing, environment and economics. Opportunities for networking and learning include a poster session, panels, seminars, and vendor exhibits. More information is available at

Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service Farming Conference

February 27-29, 2020 | MOSES | La Crosse, WI

The Midwest Organic Farming Conference brings together farmers of all kinds to learn the latest organic production methods and build a supportive community with resilient sustainable farms. The weekend is packed with informative workshops, organic food, a bookstore and exhibit hall, roundtable sessions, and social gatherings. More information and registration at

Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference

March 5-8, 2020 | White Earth Land Recovery Project | Callaway, MN

The 17th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference is focused on "Living the Good Life through Knowledge and Community" Mino-Bimaadiziwin-Gikendaasowin-Oodenang. Early bird registration is open until February 7th at Included in the program is the 3rd Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, March 4th, also at the Maplelag Resort in Callaway, Minnesota. For IFC questions, call 218-375-2600 or email There are limited scholarships available for elders, locals, tribal members and students.

Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

March 6-8, 2020 | UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems | Madison, WI

This is an intensive three-day course demonstrating what it takes to set up and run a successful orchard business. The unique program combines knowledge from experienced growers and UW faculty, with opportunities to understand a holistic approach, and to network and learn from fellow orchardists and entrepreneurs. More information and registration at

Soil Health Innovations Conference

March 30 - 31, 2020 | National Center for Appropriate Technology | Bozeman, MT

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with USDA Rural Development, Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and Montana State University, are cosponsors of the 2020 Soil Health Innovations Conference. Leading experts and innovative farmers from around the US will share the latest in soil science, best practices, and emerging technologies that are driving sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Topics include connections between soil and human health, large scale management for soil health and water management, regenerative grazing, biology based soil testing, markets for soil carbon sequestration, and much more. Information and registration is available at

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