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Saturday, November 16th
Weekend Warrior II
Tamarac High School, 3993 NY Route 2, Troy, NY
Are you a small or part-time farmer? Join us for a day of fun and informative classes on small farm production. Choose from three distinct tracks focused on: Beef Cattle, Sheep and Goats or Poultry. Class topics will include dystocia, grazing, processing, parasite control, stretching your winter feed, common poultry diseases and much more. The day will feature keynote speaker Jessica Ziehm from the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition who will speak on knowing your consumer and being an educational producer, as well as helping to promote a positive image and understanding of agriculture and animal production. Over lunch “Munch and Mingle” with Dr. Roger Ellis, NYS Ag and Markets Veterinarian, while you enjoy a delicious homemade lunch (included with registration). For a full registration flyer with complete class descriptions and presenters please go to www.ccerensselaer.org or contact Marcie at 518.272.4210 / email@example.com. Registration fee is $35.00 per person, discounted rate of $25.00 for 4-H members or second person from the same farm.
November 16-17, 2013
Farm Hack Davis
This event will bring participants together to develop, document, and design low-cost, low-tech tools; improve efficiency of existing tools; or hack other agricultural issues that are common barriers for local farmers. Meet other farmers, designers, engineers, mechanics, and builders. Learn about some of the problems small-scale farmers are facing and participate in design sessions to brainstorm potential solutions to these challenges.
November 17-18, 2013
Iowa Organic Conference
Iowa City, IA
Expert speakers will discuss local food systems, high tunnels, farm finances, certification cost-share programs, alternative grains, cover crops, and more. NCAT's Kevin Ellis will be speaking on "Chickens on the Farm: Integration and Marketing Tips."
Contact: Kathleen Delate, Phone: 515-294-7069, Website: www.extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/organicconference2013.html
Monday, November 25th
How Profitable is Your Livestock Operation?
Bath Civil Defense Center; 7220 State Route 54; Bath, NY
Profitability is the key to enjoying and sustaining any farm business. Many farmers raise livestock, but relatively few know if their operations – or which part of their operations - are truly profitable. Associate Professor Greg Halich will show how to identify “profit centers” and evaluate their feasibility in order to eliminate or improve unprofitable activities. Greg will also discuss how information on profitability and cost of production can be used to set prices and determine which marketing options may work best for the farm. Greg is an Ag Economist with the University of Kentucky Extension, and grazes beef cattle in both Kentucky and New York. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Kerri Bartlett with questions at: 607-664-2311, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29, 2013
Central Livestock Sales Barn,| Albany, Minn.
The Minnesota Buffalo Association is again offering its popular “Bison Fundamentals” class for farmers and producers interested in starting a buffalo herd. Nationwide, the consumption of bison meat continues to outstrip the supply and the class is offered in response to the growing trend to raise bison as an alternative livestock. Members of the Minnesota Buffalo Association, led by President Dale Rengstorf, will present introductory information on raising and marketing bison. Although walk-ins are welcome, those interested in attending are encouraged to register and reserve a take-home educational packet by emailing email@example.com, calling (507) 454-2828, or visiting the Minnesota Buffalo Association website to register online.