Agriculture Industry Calendar

Conferences, workshops, board meetings, and more.

2020 - January

January 25 - Seed Sovereignty Symposium - Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth, 9am-5:30pm. The Freed Seed Federation is proud to present the 3rd annual Symposium which includes a Seed Swap, Variety Tasting and Sensory Analysis training, and round-table discussions about current projects to round out the day. Locally-sourced organic farm dinner this year for those that wish to stay later in the evening to further connect! Questions, contact: htraggis@gmail.comDetails and registration here.

January 28 - Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever - Bristol County Ag High School, Dighton. Join MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux, Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) landowners, farmers, APR staff, Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee (ALPC), Board of Agriculture, state officials, land trusts, and individuals engaged in APR Program efforts to preserve Massachusetts farmlands. Flyer here.

January 30 - Looking Forward: Farmlands Forever - Essex North Shore Agricultural/Technical School, Danvers. Join MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux, Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) landowners, farmers, APR staff, Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee (ALPC), Board of Agriculture, state officials, land trusts, and individuals engaged in APR Program efforts to preserve Massachusetts farmlands. Flyer here.

January 30 - Northeast Grainshed Symposium 2020 - Trillium Brewery, Canton. Includes researchers, farmers, processors, brewers, bakers, distillers, restaurant owners, craft beer bar managers, etc. Details here.

January 31 - Massachusetts Food Policy Meeting - Worcester - Details here.

February

February 4 - Flower Growers Winter Meeting and Education Program, Cavicchio Greenhouses, Sudbury. Includes Open House visits to J.P. Bartlett Co., and Russell’s Garden Center. Sessions include: Welcome—Glenn Harrison, Operations Manager, Cavicchio Greenhouses, Basics of Pesticide Safety and Handling, Practical Approaches of IPM for Bedding Plants, Key Ideas for Improving Retail Sales – “Step Back, Look Up and Refresh”, and "Overview of Hemp Regulations in Massachusetts". Details here.

February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3 - QuickBooks for Farmers - Ware. Special class focused on the use of QuickBooks for farmers. QuickBooks is a widely used software tool for tracking income, bills, expenses, manage invoicing, pay employees, and more. Registration is for a five-session course. Classes 9 - 11 am. Spaces in this highly-interactive, hands-on class are limited. For more info., or to register, contact Melissa at the QVCDC at 413-967-3001 or melissa@qvcdc.org.

February 4-5 - Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance Annual Meeting & Forum - Albany. Updates here.

February 6 - Christmas Tree Pest Management Webinar Series - 4-week webinar series that will feature scouting techniques, insect and disease management recommendations, and trouble shooting symptoms of Christmas tree problems. Details here. 

February 8 - 601st Meeting of the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association, Hudson-Concord Lodge of Elks in Hudson, Details here.

February 11: Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts - 4:30-6:00pm, Porches Inn, North Adams. Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a beginning farmer seeking funds for capital improvements to help your business grow? MDAR's Melisssa Adams and Mike Parker will share details on the range of grant programs. Updates here, or contact margaret@berkshiregrown.org

February 12 - Seasonal Variation in Activity and Abundance of Human-Biting Ticks - Webinar - Noon-1pm. Will cover the ticks’ life cycle and how it impacts the risk of tick-borne disease exposure. Details here.

February 13: Fund Your Farm: State Grants from Massachusetts - 4:30-6:00pm, Stockbridge Community Room. Do you have a project to help your farm adapt to climate change or improve energy efficiency? Would you like to implement new conservation practices or upgrade your food safety measures? Are you a beginning farmer seeking funds for capital improvements to help your business grow? MDAR's Melisssa Adams and Mike Parker will share details on the range of grant programs. Details here, or contact margaret@berkshiregrown.org

February 20 - Getting It Right: Pricing Strategies4-6pm - online workshop. What's the right price for your products? You may look at what others are charging to set your prices but if you don't know your cost of production, then you may not be charging enough. Julia Shanks from The Farmer's Office & Julia Shanks Food Consulting will lead this interactive online workshop to help you understand the factors involved in setting the right price, from understanding your costs, to knowing what makes your product special, to understanding the competition. Details here, or contact margaret@berkshiregrown.org

February 22 - 2020 New England Campus Farmer SummitStonehill College, Easton. Campus farmers, students, and representatives from non-profits and agencies connect in person about what makes campus farms successful. This forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders working at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and healthy eating to discuss challenges and opportunities. Details here.

February 23 - SEMAP 13th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference - 8am - 4:30pm - Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St. Dighton. Farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, advocates, and foodies: join SEMAP for their 13th Annual Conference. Includes 20+ engaging workshops, a resource fair, a keynote address, and an always tasty locally-sourced lunch. Early-bird discount is available until January 31st. Details here.

February 24 - Berkshire Grown's Annual Networking Event3-6pm, Hancock Shaker Village. Updates here.

February 25 & 26 - MNLA's 5th Annual Winter Forum & Trade Show - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough. Details here.

February 26 - Pollinators In Our Landscapes Conference9am - 3:30pm, Doubletree Hotel, Milford. UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program seeks to encourage communication between Green Industry professionals including landscapers, land managers, arborists, licensed pesticide applicators, and other landscape practitioners with professional beekeepers, researchers, and state officials who share the common goal of maintaining and encouraging pollinator health in Massachusetts. Details here.

February 28 - 11th Annual Hop Conference - Delta Hotels Burlington (Trader Dukes), South Burlington, VT. Register here. Conference Sponsors and/or Exhibitors register here.

March

March 4 - SBN's Local Food & Specialty Crop Trade Show - Northeastern University - The 9th Annual Trade Show offers one-stop shopping for food buyers seeking to expand their offering of local food, including specialty crops, value-added products, meat, dairy and seafood. Buyers and local food businesses can register here as either a specialty food producer (free registration!) or food producer or buyerMore here.

March 25 - Agriculture Day at the Statehouse - Boston

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