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Agriculture Industry Calendar

Conferences, workshops, board meetings, and more.

2024

March

  • March 5 - MDAR's State of the State Update on Honeybee Health - virtual - 7:00 - 9:00pm. Topics include MDAR's marketing programs, business classes, grants, and USDA's ELAP Program. Register here.

  • March 5 - 2024 Virtual Get Ready for Spring Greenhouse Series, Part 2 - 8:30am - 12:00pm, virtual. Join UMass Ext. and the MA Flower Growers Assoc. for Part 2 of the annual Get Ready for Spring Greenhouse Series.  This 2nd installment is a half-day virtual education program that will equip you with knowledge and skills to hit the ground running for the 2024 growing season. Topics include: Root Diseases of Spring Greenhouse Crops, Using the Substrate Chemistry to Your AdvantageThrips Management in Greenhouse Crops. Details here. 

  • March 5 - Food Waste Diversion Forum - for Farmers and Food Producers - W. Yarmouth, 9:00am - 12:30pm. Free event, all welcomed. Experts will answer questions about the Commercial Food Waste Ban, composting, gleaning, farm donations for human consumption (including paid opportunities!), free resources and consultations, food packaging ideas, and a discussion about wasted food for livestock feed. Contact Tara Racine, Tara.Racine@capecod.gov.

  • March 6, 13, 20, 27 - CommonWealth Kitchen's (CWK) Ready to Start Program - This 4-week program targets potential CommonWealth Kitchen applicants and it is intended to equip food entrepreneurs with the basic knowledge they need to start a food business. Details here.

  • March 7 - Branding Best Practices - Legal Food Hub's webinar, noon to 1:15 pm. As a small business owner, you want to develop and protect your brand, but you don’t yet have the funds to file for trademark protection. Attorney Christina Licursi will cover steps you can take to have some level of protection from the beginning as well as when to take the plunge and file for protection. Details here.

  • March 8 - MA Commercial Urban Farming Symposium 2024 - UMass Lowell - Cultivating a resilient future: Innovation, collaboration, and community. Details here.

  • March 8 - Preproduction Planning for Cut Flowers - virtual, 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Accurate scheduling of cut flower crops helps to time markets, maximize crop quality, control costs and limit chaos.  Knowing how much it costs you to actually grow a cut flower is the first step in knowing what to grow and how much to charge. Will learn a method to accurately schedule and cost cut flowers and discuss how to price them intelligently. Details here.

  • March 12 - MDAR's State of the State Update on Honeybee Health - virtual - 7:00 - 9:00pm. Pesticide and veterinary updates. Register here.

  • March 12 - Explore Farming Workshop - virtual5:30pm to 7:00pm. Free workshop designed to inform you about New Entry’s support programs for beginning and small-scale farmers and help you identify what actions you will need to take towards a career in farming. Details here.

  • March 13 - Northeast Harvest Agricultural Conference - Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds. Sessions include: Worker Protection Standards, BEE-ing More Friendly Towards Pollinators, Hate Ticks? PACE credits available. Details here.
  • March 13 - UMass Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training - Milford. 8:30am - 5:00pm. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This course will also cover the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), a voluntary 3rd-party audit program. Details here.
  • March 13, 20, 26 - Essential Skills for Starting, Growing, & Managing a Food Business Training Series - CISA and Healthy Hampshire hosting workshop sessions with three new trainings focused on taking your business to the next level: Finding Funding for Farm and Food Businesses, Connecting with Customers, Business Basics: Getting Started. Designed to support people who are new or have less experience working with food businesses and food access programs to develop knowledge and skills that will help them advance in their careers and achieve their personal goals. Details here.
  • March 14 - Mass Farmers Markets 2024 Market Managers Conference - Nevins Hall, Framingham. Series of panels with market managers and industry experts. Topics included: Building Stakeholders - building a broad base of support for your market; Rooting Your Market in Community - connecting with your community; Working With City Hall - how to have strong relationships with your local administration; Policies and Procedures - how to determine and uphold a consistent set of policies for your market. Details here.
  • March 14 - Transition to Organic Partnership Program: Organic Small Fruit Production - 10:00am to 1:00pm, N.Grafton. Will cover the entirety of small fruit production, from site selection to harvest, of brambles, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Special attention will be given to production practices that can be utilized for organic systems and the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Both sustainable and climate-smart practices will be highlighted. Details here.

  • March 15 - UMass Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training - Greenfield. 8:30am - 5:00pm. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This course will also cover the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), a voluntary 3rd-party audit program. Details here.

  • March 15 - Massachusetts Food Policy Council Meeting - virtual and in-person, Southborough. 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Details here.

  • March 16 - Berkshire Agricultural Ventures' Workshop - Farming Forward: Climate Adaptation Workshop for Farmers - 9:00 - 4:00pm, Gt. Barrington - Designed for any farmer that wants to learn how climate change will affect agriculture in the Northeast, how to adapt farming operations to minimize extreme weather risks, and connect with other farmers navigating the same challenges. Expert presentations, agriculture specialists, award-winning soil scientist, and more. Details here.

  • March 19 -  MACD's Annual Statewide Local Working Group Meeting - virtual, 9:30am - 12:00pm. Opportunity to provide input to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and your local Conservation District on natural resource priorities and management strategies specific to your region. Input will help shape programming to better serve all regions of Massachusetts. Factsheet for more information. Register here

  • March 19 - MDAR's State of the State Update on Honeybee Health - virtual - 7:00 - 9:00pm. Includes MDAR's Bee Aware Honey Bee Health Survey Results, USDA Honey Bee Health Survey Results, and Seasonal Bee Sample Data and Trends. Register here.

  • March 19 - Tristate SARE Webinar  - 10am - noon. Economic analysis and decision making in pasture based livestock systems - Details here.
  • March 19 - How to Be a Green Apple in a Sea of Red: Clarifying Your Farm’s Brand - virtual, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, free. Interactive session will show you how to choose words and images that make your website, social media, and other marketing tactics more effective. Details here.
  • March 19 - Farmer-friendly Point of Sale Software Workshop - virtual, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Unveil the power of leveraging Point-of-Sale (POS) data for robust financial management, market insights, and informed business decisions. Details here.
  • March 21 - Harvesting Resilience: A Learning Circle on Season Extension, Growing Under Cover, and Climate-Resilient Farming 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Salisbury MA. Lessons from the field: Innovation in farming, funding and year round growth. Details here.
  • March 21 - Canopy 2024: Forests, Climate, and Innovations Forum - UMass Amherst. Forum will focus on how MA forest landowners and forest-based businesses can provide needed wood products in economically and environmentally sustainable ways and discuss how the most current climate-related data and innovations impact the forest economy in our Commonwealth. Details here.
  • March 22 - The 7th Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference - Northampton. Over 300 farm to school advocates from diverse backgrounds such as food service, education, food distribution, farms, and advocacy, to advance a strong and vibrant local food system. Participants will learn new tools and develop new connections to expand food education and local food in school meals. The conference will feature interactive workshops, facilitated discussions, an exhibitor hall, field trips (on Thursday, March 21st), and many networking opportunities. Details here.
  • March 26 - MDAR's State of the State Update on Honeybee Health - virtual - 7:00 - 9:00pm. Interested in BEE-coming a Beekeeper? Learn about How to get started, State Laws/Regulations, Seasonal Management and more. Register here.

  • March 27 - Grant Writing Workshop for Farmers and Food Producers - Barnstable, 10:00am - 12:00pm. BFBLCC, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and MDAR hosting a FREE workshop which includes 101 granting writing tutorial and then presentation by MDAR on upcoming grant application opportunities. Details here.

  • March 29 & 30 - NOFA Virtual Symposium - Join all seven chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association for this regional online event as we discuss important topics in agriculture and our food system. If you register for any NOFA Winter Conference, you will receive an Access Code for free registration. Details here.

  • March 30 - CISA Event: Free Yoga Class & Networking Hour for Farmers - 3:00 pm - 5:00pm, Sanctuary, Northampton. Farm owners and workers are invited to an introductory yoga class which will include breathwork, guided poses supporting stress and pain relief, and ergonomics and stretching exercises that can be integrated into your daily routine. Details here.

April

  • April 2 - Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism - 9:00am - 4:30pm, Hilton at Boston Logan Airport. An all-day gathering to bring together industry experts, government officials, and hospitality professionals. Please join us for industry networking and learning, featuring remarks from Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll, breakout sessions on industry trends and best practices, networking opportunities, and the presentation of Massachusetts Tourism Awards. Details here.
  • April 3 - Agriculture Day at the State House - Come join us at the Boston Statehouse to celebrate all things agriculture in the Commonwealth.
  • April 9 - Tristate SARE Webinar - 10am - noon. Practical approaches to positively impact pasture based livestock systems - Details here.
  • April 11 - APR Landowner Webinar – 3:00 - 4:00 pm. If you own APR land or lease on APR land, please join Commissioner Randle and MDAR's APR Stewardship Team for a webinar covering policies, guidelines and resources relevant to APR constituents. RSVP in advance here.
  • April 12 - 1st Annual Massachusetts Agricultural Resource Fair - coordinated by MDAR at Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Building, Westboro.  9:00am to 3:00pm. State and federal agencies, as well as agricultural service providers, to provide the farming community resource information – ‘One Stop Shopping’ on programs and services including grant information. Questions: Mary.Jordan@mass.gov.
  • April 28 - No-till Gardens and Farms: Healthy Soil, Heal Climate - 1:00 - 4:00pm, Orange, MA.  An experiential learning packed afternoon suitable to farmers or enthusiastic gardeners seeking to learn and use no-till methods that use simple tools, build healthy soil, reduce labor and cost inputs, and promote climate resilience. A perfect time of year to learn and introduce several no-till techniques that build healthy soil while promoting climate resilience. Details here.

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