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December 2015

Beginning Farmer Online Courses
Group Discounts Available (multiple courses and multiple dates)

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering group discounts on interactive 5-7-week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm. There are a variety of different courses offered throughout the year, which can be found at If you get 5 beginning farmers together to register for an online course, you will receive a 25% ($50/per person) discount for that class! Each 6-week course costs $200 normally ($150 with the group discount). Courses are instructor-led, with a real-time webinar featuring farmers, educators, researchers, and other ag professionals each week; and discussions, resources, and homework between webinars in an online “classroom.” Contact Erica Frenay at with any questions.

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
PASA Webinar - Renewable Energy for Pennsylvania Farms

This presentation will provide a broad overview of renewable energy policy in Pennsylvania and explain how sustainable agriculture operations can utilize renewables to stabilize or reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gases, and supplement agricultural income. The presentation will describe challenges and solutions for Pennsylvania farms developing or hosting solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects. Policies currently under consideration at the federal, state, and local levels as well as opportunities for advocacy supporting renewable energy in will also be explored. This is an online webinar. Contact Jessy Swisher at 412-365-2985 or by email,

December 2 – 4, 2015,
8th Annual Young Farmers Conference, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, New York

This conference provides participants with access to inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more., 914 366 6200 x134.

Friday, DECEMBER 4th, 2015
When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where:Bridport Community Hall, 52 Middle Road, Bridport, Vt
Cost: $20 per person

Join us for a full day of discussion on two topics generating a lot of interest lately - irrigation and tile drainage in pasture systems.

Irrigation specialist, Jim Peeler of Charles W. Harris Irrigation in Brimfield, Massachusetts will start the day with considerations for designing and implementing an irrigation system for pastures.

David and Earl Fournier, Swanton Dairy farmers Earl Fournier of Swanton, VT and Tyler Webb of Fairfield, VT will talk about the in's and out's of the irrigation systems in place on their farms. Tyler utilizes a traveling gun irrigator and Earl uses a pod system. Come hear about the logistics of each!

After lunch, Eric Young from the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY will update us on research evaluating the management of tile drainage systems to optimize nutrient integration and retention in soils.

For planning purposes, please register by December 1st

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December 8-9, 2015
PASA Eastern Region Workshop:
Understanding GAP & Writing Your Own Food Safety Plan
Carbondale Technology Transfer Center, Carbondale/Lackawanna County

Are you a farmer interested in produce safety? Do you want to understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and third party audits? Then this two-day workshop is for you!

Day One: Produce Food Safety. Day Two: Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan. Both days are from 8:30am - 3:30pm. - ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE REGISTER TODAY! Attendees are asked to bring their laptops if possible.

Questions? Contact Tracy Raymond at; (717) 612-2949. If you are interested in only attending Day 1 of this workshop, please contact Tracy for details.

Tues.-Wed., Dec. 8-9, 2015
2015 Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag U
Wyndham Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pre-conference Eco-Ag U Advanced Study

Optional, intensive courses by eco-farming’s top consultants, practitioners and thinkers. To learn more, visit the Eco-Ag U website:

Wed.-Fri., Dec. 9-11, 2015
(evening of Dec. 9, then morning through evening Dec. 10-11)
2015 Acres U.S.A. Conference
Wyndham Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The annual Acres U.S.A. conference sets the standards for innovation and learning. It is where you find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be. For full conference details, visit the Acres USA website:

December 13-16, 2015
6th National Conference on Grazing Lands
Grapevine, TX

This is a one-of-a-kind, producer-based conference which brings together ranchers, farmers, land managers, grazing specialists and conservationists from across the nation for education, technology advancements and grazing land sustainability. We also are bringing together renowned speakers Dr. Don Ball, Dr. Garry Lacefield, Kathy Voth, Dr. Rachel Gilker and Peter Ballerstedt to the conference program. On-line registration is now live! Regular conference attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors can register for the conference here: Remember to register early for the best rates!

December 15-16, 2015
Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Winter Conference
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey

Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Winter Conference is PA’s annual organic event focused on advanced organic marketing and production. The second annual conference hosts Deputy Secretary Hannah Smith-Brubaker, PA Department of Agriculture on the 15th to welcome attendees with our kickoff keynote address. The conference website is or for more information, call Darlene Livingston at
717-705-2121 or Michele Brookins at 717-787-5319.




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