Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Webinars, workshops & conferences!

Here is an updated listing of upcoming webinars, workshops, and conferences that are offered both through eXtension and through other organizations. The one on Urban Master Gardening is about to start!


Volunteering in under-resourced communities: Challenges for urban Master Gardeners

 Upcoming - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 am CDT - Presented by Sarah Eichberger

Master Gardeners are experts in gardening and food production. However, how prepared are they to work in urban areas where healthy food access is limited? This webinar will focus on the results of a study that investigated the challenges of the engagement process associated...


Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Extension

 Upcoming - Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm CDT

See for a webinar invitation from the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) 11:00 a.m. – Noon ET, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The focus will be on how Cooperative Extension can become involved in helping small businesses prepare for and comply...


2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Beneficial Garden Helpers

 Upcoming - Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm CDT - Presented by Mallory KelleyEllen HuckabayKris Braman

Learn about the helpful insects in your garden and landscape in this webinar presented by Dr. Kris Braman from the University of Georgia. Dr. Braman will explain how to encourage the predators and parasitoids in your backyard. Moderated by Mallory Kelley and Ellen Huckabay,...


Alternatives to antibiotics in poultry production

 Upcoming - Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm CDT

Poultry producers are frequently looking for treatment options aside from antibiotics. This presentation by Dr. Irene Hanning-Jarquin will provide an overview of herbs, spices and plant extracts as alternatives to antibiotics. Dr. Hanning-Jarquin -...


Ready Community: Vulnerability and Resilience

 Upcoming - Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm CDT - Presented by Deborah Tootle

Studies have shown that resilient communities are those that can prepare for, respond to, and rebound quickly from disasters. These abilities do not happen by chance. Dr. Deborah Tootle, Iowa State University Extension, will explain how planning and reducing vulnerabilities...


Livestock First Aid and Safety

 Upcoming - Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm CDT - Presented by Scott Cotton

Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don't work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured...


Foodborne Outbreaks--What You Need to Know

 Upcoming - Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm CDT - Presented by Soohyoun Ahn

Dr. Ahn will discuss recent outbreak trends, how to report a foodborne illness or outbreak, and how to prevent outbreaks. She'll also provide some general food safety information. Dr. Ahn is Assistant Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida....


Webinars, Workshops, & Conferences Outside of eXtension

Resources for Organic Producers Selling Local Foods

April 29, 2015
The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA's resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets. Learn about more resources for local and regional food programs through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. Pre-registration is not required for these webinar sessions. To participate, dial in by phone: 866-740-1260 with access code 7206000. Also access the Web: 
On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code 7206000.

 Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

May 2-3, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

California Farm to School Conference

May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California
The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels, and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. The pre-conference day on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. Five tracks will be offered at the Conference: Education in the Cafeteria and Classroom; Programs on the Farm and in the Garden; Making The Case; Local Procurement; and The Big Picture.

 Resilient Food Systems Conference

May 8-9, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California
Join Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for this free, public event. Learn from industry and community leaders from across the food and agricultural landscape who are helping to build a more resilient food system through their innovative enterprises.

 Plasticulture Workshop: Using Plastic Mulch in your Home or Market Garden

May 9, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture offers an opportunity to learn about using plastic mulch and drip irrigation for vegetable production. The program will include indoor presentations and outdoor demonstration. Pre-registration is required.


 IOIA Webinar: On-Farm Food Safety Training

May 15, 2015
The Independent Organic Inspectors Association offers this on-farm food safety training online in two 3.5-hour sessions.

 National Value Added Agriculture Conference

May 18-20, 2015
Austin, Texas
This conference addresses food security, rural development, and value added agriculture. The theme is "The Future of the U.S. Food System: Providing Nutritious, Sustainable, and Healthy Food for All Americans." The conference will include breakout sessions and tours and will feature innovative businesses. The recent farm bill, food waste, labor issues, functional foods, technology and big data, the adaptability and resilience of the food and agricultural system in the new century are among the topics to be discussed toward the goal of designing and building a sustainable regional food network and agricultural systems.

June 18, 2015: Creative Financing for Food

Is access to capital holding your food business back from thriving? 

Whether you run a farm, food hub, processing facility, retail store, co-op or shared kitchen this webinar will introduce you to new and creative sources of capital.

Register Now!


Bridging the Past, Cultivating the Future: Exploring Sustainable Foodscapes

AFHVS/ASFS Annual Meeting and Conference
June 24 - 28, 2015



Katie Wright

Project Specialist

Department of Food Science
Center for Food Safety
Office: FDSC Building, Rm N101
(479) 575-2166


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