Volume 24, Number 12
Lots of Learning This Winter Season
Farmers are busy people. They work hard and they love their job! But I also know that farmers need to take a break. Why not make that break a learning experience?
There are lots of upcoming learning opportunities this coming winter season. Be sure to check them out and attend at least one of them. Then incorporate some of the ideas you learned into your next season. More details can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
If you do attend any of these conferences or webinar series, drop a line into the Missouri Beginning Farmers Program's Facebook page and let us know what you thought of it and share your ideas of what you learned!
Farm Commons Webinars (Legal Topics) - Begins Dec 2
This is a series of free webinars with a focus on legal issues for the farm.
Farmers Market Federation of NY - Begins Dec 4
This is a series of free webinars with a focus on marketing.
Livestock Symposium - Dec 6-7
This two day symposium covers the gamut of all livestock that can be found on the farm from cattle to goats to sheep to horses and guard animals.
Great Plains Growers Conference - January 9-11
This is a 5 state conference for vegetable and fruit growers. The first day consists of day long preconference workshops.
Southern Sustainable Ag Working Group Annual Conference - January 17-18
This conference is geared towards more southern production practices but yet still apply to most of Missouri farms. This event includes preconference workshops and farm tours.
Missouri Farmers Market Association Annual Conference - January 24-25
This conference is for farmers' market managers, vendors at farmers' markets, volunteers and supporters at farmers' markets. The first day includes farm tours and a banquet.
North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association Annual Conference - Jan 31-Feb 5
This is THE conference to attend if you want to know all about direct marketing. The conference moves around the country and this year it will be held in Kansas City. The conference has pre and post conference bus tours of farms in the area that direct market, preconference day long workshops and an excellent trade show where you will see everything imaginable to direct marketing.
Missouri Organic Association's Annual Conference - February 6-8
This conference is a 4 state conference for anyone who is going organically whether certified or not. The first day consists of day long preconference workshops.
Upper Midwest Organic Farming Annual Conference - February 21-March 1
This conference has been the conference to attend for organic production and marketing. It is still a fabulous conference but with the increasing upgrade to the Missouri Organic Association's (MOA) Annual Conference, you may want to skip this conference and go to the closer MOA conference.
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