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Farm Link Montana: Farm Business Planning Workshops Across Montana
Planning for On-Farm Success is a seven-part series that teaches the skills needed to launch a farm business in Montana.  
Jan 18: Farm Strategic Planning
Jan 25: Researching Your Market
Feb 1: Farm Marketing & Promotion
Feb 8: Managing Your Financials
Feb 15: Financial Decision-Making
Feb 22: Financing Your Farm
Mar 1: Managing On-Farm Risks

Workshops will be offered Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm in Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Joliet, Columbus, Corvallis and Conrad. Full registration is $75 or $15 each for individual workshops with light refreshments included. Full registration includes a copy of the Planning for On-Farm Success workbook. For more information and links to register in your community, visit Farm Link Montana or contact dave@farmlinkmontana.org

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USDA / NRCS Conservation Webinars - 2017 Schedule
Starting January 24, 2017
2:00 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM Pacific
http://www.conservationwebinars.net/documents/planned-conservation-webinars

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Back to Basics Cooperative Summit: Engaging in the Cooperative Economy
Feb 27 - Mar 1 at Fairmont Hot Springs
For more info, visit here.

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 23 - 25, 2017 | La Crosse, Wisconsin
Learn more at https://mosesorganic.org/conference/

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GAP Produce Safety Plan Workshops Offered in March
Billings  - March 2 & 3 at the Billings Food Bank
Corvallis - March 6 & 7 at the Corvallis Experiment Station
Kalispell - March 9 & 10 at the Flathead Valley Community College
The On-Farm Food Safety GAP Workshops will guide participants through the plan writing process. The workshop is free for vegetable, fruit and nut crop producers. For non-produce farmers, educators and others taking the course, there is a $25 fee to cover the cost of course materials and lunch on both training days. To register go to: http://lccdc.ecenterdirect.com Select “Training Events” from the drop-down menu then select the location option for the workshop you would like to attend. Day one will begin at 9:30 am and end at 4pm, and day 2 will begin at 9am and end at 2pm.
For more information contact Jonda Crosby at 406-227-9161 or jcrosby@mt.net

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Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar
11:00 am - 12 noon, Thursday, March 2, 2017
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit https://www.ncat.org/institutional-markets 

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MSU Extension presents Everything Edible: Roots for Fork Master Cardener Celebration
March 4, 2017
Lewis and Clark County Fairgronds, Exhibit Building and Entry Hall
98 W Custer Ave, Helena, MT
For questions, call or text Rhonda at (406) 431-0807, Cheryl at (707) 416-9066, email helenamastergardeners@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook: Gold Country Montana Master Gardeners.

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“Free The Seeds!” annual Seed and Start Fair
March 4 from 8 AM - 3:30 PM at Flathead Valley Community College
Free the Seeds is a free, community-powered event for building a sustainable and resilient future through real seeds, real food, and real skills. You and your family are invited to attend one of the 20+ educational workshops, visit any of the 40+ booths with information and resources  on  local food and growing, participate in roundtable conversations, and exchange seeds and plant starts.
Contact info: info@freetheseedsmt.com  (406) 471-0022

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Sustainable Farm Law 101 for beginning and established farmers
March 10-11, 2017, 8:30 - 4:30
University Center, Rm 330, University of Montana, Missoula
$70 full or $40 per day, includes breakfast and lunch
For more info and registration, visit www.farmlinkmontana.org or Dave at CFAC 541-829-3757

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2017 Montana Nutrition Conference
June 7-9, 2017
Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Ln, Billings, MT 59102
The 2017 FANS program features speakers and sessions that will inspire nutrition professionals to expand their knowledge about Montana’s local food system, global food production, how food relates to health and healthy communities, and important updates in nutrition science, plus the latest evidenced based guidelines in medical nutrition therapy.
For more info, contact Anna Kasperick at aharrower@billingsclinic.org or phone: 406-435-7391.

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