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USDA / NRCS Conservation Webinars - 2017 Schedule
2:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM Pacific
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

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Farmer Field Days, Community Food and Agriculture Coalition
On-farm workshops and tours for farm hands, farmers, and ranchers
May 17: Value Added Products to Diversify Farm Marketing, Lower Crossing Farm, St. Ignatius
June 21: Grazing Management for Soil Health, Oxbow Cattle Company, Lolo
July 19: Efficient Harvest and Post Harvest Handling, Harlequin Organic Produce, Arlee
August 16: Small-Scale Cut Flower Production & Marketing, Mighty Fine Farm, Missoula
September 20: Managing a Cider Apple Orchard, Billingsley Cider Orchard, Stevensville
For more information and to RSVP, visit www.farmlinkmontana.org/events
541-829-3757

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Soil Crawl: Getting Down and Dirty
Saturday, June 10, in Sweet Grass County 14 miles north of Big Timber.
This soil tour will offer participants a deep look at the soil on two different ranches, and various pastureland and rangelands. The hosting ranchers will compare how compost teas, intensive grazing, and no-till seeding have improved their soil and its water storage capacity. Masters will be available to answer questions.
Lunch is provided and the field seminar will be followed by a ranch cookout.
The Soil Crawl is hosted by the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Sustainability Exchange. Tickets for the seminar are $50 before June 1 or $60 after.
For information or for tickets, please call 406-248-1154, email maggie@northernplains.org, or visit the Northern Plains website at www.northernplains.org.

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MONTANA PRACTICAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
June 16-30, 2017
Sage Mountain Center, Whitehall, Montana
In this full immersion 14-day course, participants will receive the core permaculture curriculum, and will also come away with skills to be practitioners in the areas of Regenerative Agriculture, Rural or Urban Homestead/Farm-scale Enterprise Planning, Edible Forest Gardening, Community Development, and Digital Mapping and Design Methods. For more information, click here or call Kareen Erbe at 406-600-7881.

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Montana Range Days Event
June 19-21, 2017
At the Fairgrounds in Red Lodge, Montana
 An educational event for youth ages 4-19, as well as adults of all ages, to have an on-the-ground, hands-on learning experience of new and innovative ways of managing natural resources in Montana. Registration costs to attend the 2017 event are:
Individual:  $50.00 before June 9 and $60.00 after June 9.
Family:  $100.00 before June 9 and $125.00 after June 9.
Registration is be available online at http://www.montanarangedays.org through June 9.
After June 9, registration will be on site, at the fairgrounds, in Red Lodge, Mont.
 If you have any questions or require special accommodations, please contact Darlene Schwend at (406) 962-3641 ext.105 or email at mabel.schwend@mt.nacdnet.net.

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Grazing Management for Soil Health
Oxbow Cattle Company, Lolo
Wednesday, June 21, 4-7pm, potluck to follow
For more information and to RSVP by June 18, visit the Farm Link Events Page. If you have any concerns about walking and/or crossing fences, please contact Dave Renn at dave@farmlinkmontana.org.

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Organic Production Field Day at Fort Ellis Research Station
June 23, 2017
Fort Ellis Research Farm: 9:30-12:00 Linfield Hall, MSU Campus: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Montana State University researchers will share their research findings on: five-year rotation using contrasting systems; crop yield and quality; weed management, including bindweed research; beneficial insects; soil quality and greenhouse gas emissions; assessing climate change impacts; and integrating livestock into cropping systems. In addition presenters will share an economic overview of the systems and discuss ongoing and future organic research initiatives including what the future may hold for food and organic production.

Tour is free and open to the public. Pre-Register at: menalled@montana.edu (preferred), or call Fabian Menalled 406-994-4783 by June 6th.

Directions:
Fort Ellis Research Farm 9:00 am-12:00pm - 33336 East Frontage Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.  From Interstate 90 and Main St. (Exit 309), Research Farm is located 2 miles east on Frontage Road.  

Linfield Hall 1:00pm-4:30pm - MSU Campus, corner of S. 11th Ave. and W. Cleveland St.  From Interstate 90 and N. 19th Ave. (Exit 305), travel south on N. 19th Ave. for 3 miles.  Turn east on W. College St. for ½ mile to S. 11th Ave.  Linfield Hall is located on south side of campus.  Campus parking passes can be bought at Fort Ellis.

The event is a collaboration of the Organic Advisory and Research Council (OAEC), Montana State University Extension, Montana Farmers Union, and the Montana Organic Association.

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Alternative Energy Resources Organization presents Touring the Lentil Underground: A two-day tour of sustainable farming in Montana's Golden Triangle
June 29-30, 2017 at 8:00 am
Learn about the agricultural practices of Lentil Underground farmers, and more about how and why Montana farmers are choosing sustainable methods.
Tour itinerary will begin at 8 am in Ulm at the Timeless Lentil Processing Facility, followed by traveling to and touring Prairie Heritage Farm in Power, Casey Bailey Farm in Fort Benton and Vilicus Farms in Havre, where participants can camp. Day 2’s Itinerary involves travel to Manuel Farm and Ranch in Havre for a full day, in-depth tour, lunch, an address from Liz Carlisle and David Oien of Timeless Natural Foods, along with other special presenters, and a pig roast. The tour’s second day is a collaborative event with Timeless Natural Foods, the Montana Organic Association, and Kamut International.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Vans are provided, and participation is limited! Please bring a bagged lunch for Thursday, and camping gear.
 
The tour is supported by a grant from Western SARE. Call or email AERO Outreach Director Corrie Williamson at cwilliamson@aeromt.org. Register for the tour here or visit aeromt.org for more details.

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MOA Summer 2017 Farm Tour
Manuel Family’s Prairie Grass Ranch
June 30, 2017 @ 9:30am
 
 Tours during the event will include:
•   Dryland cropping to include lentils, KAMUT® wheat, and emmer - Timeless Seeds & Integrity Ag Services
•   Cover crop grazing
•   Roller Crimper demonstration
•   Bind Weed Analysis
•   Soil Inputs
•   Organic Advisory and Education Council (OAEC) update
•    North Central Montana Chapter 1, 30th Anniversary Recognition
•    “Lentil Underground” presentation by author Liz Carlisle, Chef Claudia Krevat, and David Oien
 
Tour is free, open to the public.  Lunch and supper will be provided.
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear and bring camp chairs.
Pre-Registration is required by June 15th, late registration is based on availability:
Patti Gregerson (406) 333-1054 or moamembership@gmail.com

 
Directions:   The Prairie Grass Ranch is located 9.4 miles south from Highway 2 in Havre on Beaver Creek Road (Highway 234). Look for signs!

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Workshop: Crossing the Cores with Nature and Growing the Future
July 31 - August 1, 2017
Hampton Inn, Great Falls, Montana
For K-12 Educators. Engaging, Enhancing, Empowering- Changing Education: “Working with Nature in the Garden.” Based around book “The Soil Will Save Us,” we will discuss everything from history, science, math, social studies, agriculture, and the food today- through building healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. More info here.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MOA's 2017 Conference will take place on December 7-9, 2017 in Great Falls. More details to come soon.

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Organic Seed Alliance's Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 14-18, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon
The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference is a unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen the larger organic seed community. Join hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and other stakeholders for a full agenda focused solely on organic seed.
For more info, visit here.

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