Thursday, January 18. 2018
Iowa State University Alumni Center
The 2018 IFGC Conference will feature many speakers including Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Dr. John Grabber, Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker. IFGC will provide lunch during our annual meeting and award recognition. Directly to follow lunch is a producer panel, Kathy and Rachel will present on “Will Grazing Save the Planet?” and our afternoon breakout sessions.
Registration deadline is Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is now taking applications through February 28, 2018 for a beginning farmers to start the 2018/2019 season. The farmer or farmers chosen will receive a 3-year ground lease. Upon a successful first 3 years, farmers will be offered a 20-year inheritable lease (longest allowed by Iowa law) with the option to renew. With that 20-year lease comes the option to purchase the home and farm buildings.
University of Minnesota
The annual Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference) serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses. This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. It does so by connecting farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials.
January 30 - February 1, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The 26th annual grazing conference theme is "Covering All Ground." Tracks include dairy, above-ground and below-ground management, beginners, and business. Speakers include Kit Pharo, Greg Gunthorp, Hue and Suzanne Nelson Karreman, and Joe Tomandl.