Oct
20
9:00am 9:00am

Small Ruminant Field Day

Small Ruminant Field Day OCTOBER 20, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm VSU RANDOLPH FARM 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jinkAbQqZvImvjYw2 Join us for the Small Ruminant Field Day on Friday, October 20, beginning at 8:00am to learn more about the research-based practices for small ruminant nutrition. Cost is $10 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Please make your checks payable to "Virginia State University." If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Small Ruminant Field Day

OCTOBER 20, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jinkAbQqZvImvjYw2

Join us for the Small Ruminant Field Day on Friday, October 20, beginning at 8:00am to learn more about the research-based practices for small ruminant nutrition.

Cost is $10 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Please make your checks payable to "Virginia State University."

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Oct
24
8:00am 8:00am

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training

OCTOBER 24, 2017

8:00am - 5:00pm

 

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/3nqiTLEzk9C0oRTx1

 

For 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. The Produce Safety Alliance’s Grower Training is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

 

Grower Training Course Modules include:

• Introduction to Produce Safety

• Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

• Soil Amendments

• Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

• Agricultural Water (Two-part module)

• Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

• How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

 

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course should gain understanding of:

• Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm

• How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm

• Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one

• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

 

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

2017 Small Farm Family Conference

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION • FRIDAY (9AM-12PM), NOVEMBER 10
At the Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
5920 Seminole Trail • Ruckersville, Virginia

Presented by Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener.

REGISTER FOR THE PRE-CONFERENCE

Registration includes Friday morning pre-conference as well as the option to register for ALL Friday afternoon & Saturday morning conference workshops and meals.

Space is limited at the pre-conference session.


2017 SMALL FARM CONFERENCE • FRIDAY (3PM – 9PM) & SATURDAY (7:30AM – 1:00PM)
At the DoubleTree Hilton, Charlottesville

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

Registration includes Friday afternoon and Saturday morning conference workshops and meals.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS — RESERVE YOUR HOTEL BY OCTOBER 10*:

The group rate for the Small Farm Outreach Family Conference is available at the DoubleTree Hilton
(Thursday and Friday nights – November 9 and November 10)

*Group rates are available only through October 10. Reservations made after this date will be at the hotel's standard rates.


CONFERENCE AGENDA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10

9:00am    Pre-Conference Registration Open (Holiday Inn, Charlottesville)
10:00am   Pre-Conference Session with Jean-Martin Fortier

3:00pm    Conference Registration (DoubleTree Hilton, Charlottesville)
3:30pm    Workshops
6:00pm    Dinner (including awards presentations and speaker Jean-Martin Fortier)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

7:00am    Registration Open
7:30am    Breakfast (with speaker Hubert Hamer, USDA NASS Administrator)
8:30am    Workshops
12:00pm   Lunch (with speaker Jason Brown, former NFL player and current farmer)


 WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:

Agriforestry/Forest Farming • Agritourism for Small Farmers • Aquaculture (cage production) • Beef Cattle • Bees as Pollinators • Cut Flowers (Outdoor, Edible) • Cut Flowers in High Tunnels/Arrangements • Equipment for Small Farmers • Estate Planning/Farm Transition • Farm to Table • USDA FSA Loan Application Process • GMOs • Grant Writing for Small Farmers (101) • Grapes/Vineyard Production • Grazing • Growing Grain for Microbreweries • Industrial Hemp • Integrated Pest Management • Irrigation • Marketing • Mushroom Growing • New Tax Credit to Help Reduce Food Waste • Pesticides & Herbicides • Precision Ag/Drones • Small Ruminants • Social Media Outreach for Your Farm Business • Soil Health • Sweet Potato Production for Beginners • Urban Agriculture • Working With Local Growers


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer, educator and author specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices.  His award-winning book, The Market Gardener, has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to reimagine human-scale food systems.  His message is one of empowerment in order to educate, encourage and inspire people into pursuing a farming career and lifestyle.

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Hubert Hamer serves as NASS Administrator since 2016. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of the agency’s work. Before becoming administrator, he served as director of the Statistics Division, which produces and releases more than 400 national statistical reports each year covering the agency’s crops, livestock, economic, demographic, environmental, and census programs. He also served as executive director of the NASS Agricultural Statistics Board (ASB) and executive director of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics.

From 2010 until he became head of the Statistics Division, Hamer was chair of the Agricultural Statistics Board. As ASB chair, he led the preparation and dissemination of market-sensitive ASB reports compiled and issued under special security conditions known as Lockup. He was also responsible for promotion and outreach of the NASS mission to all stakeholders. From May 2000 until April 2010, Hamer was NASS Associate Deputy Administrator for Field Operations, overseeing 24 state field offices as well as the Training and Career Development Office.

Since joining NASS, Hamer has served in a number of capacities both in Washington, D.C., and in the Louisiana, Illinois, and Missouri field offices. While directing the Missouri office, he completed USDA’s Senior Executive Candidate Development Program and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2000. Hamer completed the program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2004 and completed the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Potential Program in 1994. As part of the OPM program, he served as a fellow with the Senate Budget Committee and worked on the staff of the Secretary of Agriculture.

Hamer was born on a small livestock and row crop farm in Benton County, Mississippi, and later continued his development in Grand Junction, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

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Jason Brown, a former NFL lineman, founded First Fruits Farm in 2012. The Farm is an extension of his ministry, Wisdom for Life.

 

 

 


INTERESTED IN BEING A VENDOR OR EXHIBITOR?

Spaces for vendors and exhibitors are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of this application form and payment. Application deadline is October 13, 2017.

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Sep
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Farm & Farm Equipment Safety

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

1:00 - 4:00pm

VSU Randolph Farm, Small Farm Plot

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/smgXPYOzC3ZDb57Y2

 

Each year more than 300 commercial tractor related deaths occur. Almost half of these are caused by overturns. Many are caused by PTOs not being shielded or shut down properly. Other causes include vehicle collisions, hitting overhead objects such as tree limbs, being crushed during repairs,  or being burned during re-fueling.

 

This workshop will review a variety of practices to help you remain safe on the farm including how to be knowledgeable about the tractor and use it safely and properly, conduct pre-operational safety checks, and special precautions necessary for operating equipment on rough terrain and slopes. Use of personal protective equipment also will be reviewed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Michael Carter at (804) 481-1163, mcarter@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Sep
11
10:00am10:00am

USDA NRCS Small Farm Workshop, Dinwiddie County

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USDA Small Farm Workshop

Monday, September 11, 2017

10:00 AM to 12 Noon

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/hxb4dU2ZiWWLshu93

King's Farm

11672 Old Stage Road

Petersburg, VA23805

 

Strike Force workshops are designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

 

This workshop will focus on pond management practices for farmers and include information related to:

 

• Water Quality Management

• Fish Culture

• Weed and Pest Management

• Fish Cage Production

• USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service update

 

 Contact:  Vernon Heath, 804.892.4518, vheath@vsu.edu

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Sep
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Land Transition & Estate Planning

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/J2J6xtYl5zqR34lE2

 

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses. In these scenarios, impacts of farm entry and exit on rural communities, the environment, and the national economy can be significant.

 

Financial Management Specialist Dr. Larry Connatser and insurance specialist Mark Wynn will provide information and guidance on the decisions you can make today to help you plan and achievefinancial and personal goals for the future!

 

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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Sep
7
9:00am 9:00am

USDA NRCS Small Farm Workshop, Prince George County

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

9:00am - 12:00pm

 

Nottingham Farm 

1478 Levi Rd.  • Green Bay, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/IhSl0s3XlWxYoR9K2

 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs. The agencies have identified joint goals and areas where programs/services interface to promote economic development in targeted areas.

 

Strike Force workshops are designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

 

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / 804-892-4489) or Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093).

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
31
5:00pm 5:00pm

USDA NRCS Small Farm Workshop, Southampton

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AUGUST 31, 2017

5:00PM - 7:00PM

 

Barnes Farm

28028 Little Texas Rd

Branchville, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/tFClQ60GJTNk8SOz2

 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs.

 

Workshops are designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

 

 

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / 804-892-4489) or Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093).

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Farm & Farm Equipment Safety

AUGUST 24, 2017

1:00 - 4:00pm

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Rd Halifax 24558

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jOKHkczuC6ZyR1882

 

Each year more than 300 commercial tractor related deaths occur. Almost half of these are caused by overturns. Many are caused by PTOs not being shielded or shut down properly. Other causes include vehicle collisions, hitting overhead objects such as tree limbs, being crushed during repairs,  or being burned during re-fueling.

 

This workshop will review a variety of practices to help you remain safe on the farm including how to be knowledgeable about the tractor and use it safely and properly, conduct pre-operational safety checks, and special precautions necessary for operating equipment on rough terrain and slopes. Use of personal protective equipment also will be reviewed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Michael Carter at (804) 481-1163, mcarter@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Farm & Farm Equipment Safety

AUGUST 23, 2017

1:00 - 4:00pm

Upper Caroline Fire Department

12581 Stonewall Jackson Rd. • Woodford VA 22580

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/MfWiebNfv9HtQurw2

 

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AUGUST 24, 2017

1:00 - 4:00pm

VSU Randolph Farm, Small Farm Plot

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jOKHkczuC6ZyR1882

 

Each year more than 300 commercial tractor related deaths occur. Almost half of these are caused by overturns. Many are caused by PTOs not being shielded or shut down properly. Other causes include vehicle collisions, hitting overhead objects such as tree limbs, being crushed during repairs,  or being burned during re-fueling.

 

This workshop will review a variety of practices to help you remain safe on the farm including how to be knowledgeable about the tractor and use it safely and properly, conduct pre-operational safety checks, and special precautions necessary for operating equipment on rough terrain and slopes. Use of personal protective equipment also will be reviewed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Michael Carter at (804) 481-1163, mcarter@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
22
8:30am 8:30am

Organic and Sustainable Ag Production

AUGUST 22, 2017

8:30am - 12:30pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Ucwiqd3STR1WQKVo2

Organic agriculture is a fast growing sector in U.S. agriculture, creating jobs and promoting economic growth and opportunities across rural America. Today, there are more than 22,000 certified organic farms and businesses in the U.S. In addition, research shows that organic farming practices can improve water quality, conserve energy, increase biodiversity, and contribute to soil health on your farm.

During the workshop, Charlie Mahoney of Day Spring Farm will discuss sustainable agriculture production. Leonard Githinji Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Organic and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University will provide information on organic production. A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow.

Becoming certified organic helps producers and handlers:

  • Receive premium prices for their products
  • Access fast-growing local, regional, and international markets
  • Support local economies
  • Access additional funding and technical assistance
  • Market products to consumers

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Patrick Johnson at (804) 586-8280, pbjohnson@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Aug
19
12:30pm12:30pm

Small Engine Repair Workshop

AUGUST 19, 2017

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Orange County Extension Office

146 Madison Rd. Orange, Va. 

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/aokgLrz8DYTzsMZn1

 

Save time and money with these best practices to maintain and

repair small engine farm equipment and keep it running year after year! 

 

The Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop is a hands-on training opportunity for participants to learn basic maintenance, simple repairs and equipment trouble-shooting tips from VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agents. 

 

BRING ALONG YOUR OWN PROJECT FOR REPAIR!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Roland Terrell at (804) 892-4612 or rterrell@vsu.edu  or callthe Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

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Aug
17
8:00am 8:00am

Industrial Hemp Field Day

Industrial Hemp Field Day August 17, 2017 8am - 12pm Guests are invited to remain until 3pm for informal discussion with presenters and exhibitors VSU RANDOLPH FARM 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/IBHI0TZbA93uAF2N2 This first-of-its kind public event will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Critical information will be shared on the challenges of growing industrial hemp, the available and potential markets for industrial hemp products, and crop processing feasibility to help farmers decide whether to consider growing the crop. _______________________ Agenda (subject to change prior to the event) (8am - 12pm) Coffee/Networking Welcome Industry Overview – Why Industrial Hemp? Markets for Industrial Hemp Products (fiber, seed) Industrial Hemp Research at VSU Industrial Hemp Plot Tour Exhibitor Engagement (12pm - 3pm) Opportunity for discussion with speakers and networking _________________________ What Is Industrial Hemp? Industrial hemp is a versatile crop that can be processed into different products with multiple uses. Its stalk can be used to produce biofuel, auto parts, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, industrial products and different types of papers. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food or serve as sources of oil for lotion and cosmetic products. VSU’s Role In Growing Industrial Hemp VSU is one of the higher learning institutions authorized to conduct industrial hemp research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This came as a result of the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Section 7606 by the U.S. Congress and the subsequent enactment of the Industrial Hemp Law by Virginia General Assembly in 2015.  VSU began conducting field research on industrial hemp in 2016. Researchers are currently evaluating industrial hemp varieties for seed, seed oil, and biofuel production adaptable to Virginia’s climate. Optimum planting dates and fertilizer needs for maximum industrial hemp seed and fiber yields are also being investigated.  The field trials are significant in evaluating the potential growth of industrial hemp in different parts of the state. But Virginia farmers also need information on the current and potential markets of industrial hemp products before they decide to grow the crop. Knowledge about processing facilities is also essential to determine the types of industrial hemp that should be grown. The decision to grow industrial hemp for its stalk, seed or both is influenced by the type and location of processing facilities. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. For more information or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Agricultural Research Station at lmorris@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event. Virginia State University College of Agriculture Agricultural Research Station M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Center P.O. Box 9061 • Virginia State University, VA 23806 www.agriculture.vsu.edu • (804) 524-5151

Industrial Hemp Field Day
August 17, 2017
8am - 12pm

Guests are invited to remain until 3pm for informal discussion with presenters and exhibitors

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/IBHI0TZbA93uAF2N2

This first-of-its kind public event will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Critical information will be shared on the challenges of growing industrial hemp, the available and potential markets for industrial hemp products, and crop processing feasibility to help farmers decide whether to consider growing the crop.

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Agenda
(subject to change prior to the event)

(8am - 12pm)

Coffee/Networking
Welcome
Industry Overview – Why Industrial Hemp?
Markets for Industrial Hemp Products (fiber, seed)
Industrial Hemp Research at VSU
Industrial Hemp Plot Tour
Exhibitor Engagement

(12pm - 3pm)

Opportunity for discussion with speakers and networking

_________________________

What Is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp is a versatile crop that can be processed into different products with multiple uses. Its stalk can be used to produce biofuel, auto parts, paper, upholstery, fiber for cloth and other textile items, building materials, industrial products and different types of papers. Industrial hemp seeds can be used to produce animal feed and human food or serve as sources of oil for lotion and cosmetic products.

VSU’s Role In Growing Industrial Hemp

VSU is one of the higher learning institutions authorized to conduct industrial hemp research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This came as a result of the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Section 7606 by the U.S. Congress and the subsequent enactment of the Industrial Hemp Law by Virginia General Assembly in 2015. 

VSU began conducting field research on industrial hemp in 2016. Researchers are currently evaluating industrial hemp varieties for seed, seed oil, and biofuel production adaptable to Virginia’s climate. Optimum planting dates and fertilizer needs for maximum industrial hemp seed and fiber yields are also being investigated. 

The field trials are significant in evaluating the potential growth of industrial hemp in different parts of the state. But Virginia farmers also need information on the current and potential markets of industrial hemp products before they decide to grow the crop. Knowledge about processing facilities is also essential to determine the types of industrial hemp that should be grown. The decision to grow industrial hemp for its stalk, seed or both is influenced by the type and location of processing facilities.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.

For more information or if you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Agricultural Research Station at lmorris@vsu.edu or (804) 524-5151 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five (5) days prior to the event.

Virginia State University College of Agriculture Agricultural Research Station
M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Center
P.O. Box 9061 • Virginia State University, VA 23806
www.agriculture.vsu.edu • (804) 524-5151

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Aug
15
9:00am 9:00am

New & Beginning Farmer Workshop

AUGUST 15, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am

SURRY COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
45 SCHOOL STREET, SURRY, VA 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

New and beginning farmers are invited to learn about the innovative loan products and initiatives from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

This educational workshop is free and open to the public.

USDA FSA’s programs are designed to serve traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers. For example, in its first full year of operation 80 percent of the Operating and Farm Ownership Microloans went to beginning farmers, the underserved, and military veterans.  Further, FSA is working to expand credit in areas where there are few lenders or where cultural or economic conditions limit the availability of credit.

You will meet a FSA Farm Loan Specialist as well as trained agricultural agents from VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) who are available to assist you with instituting new production methods and help you develop accurate farm business plans. These agents conduct a variety educational workshops, training events and on-site demonstrations throughout the year that are designed specifically to benefit small and beginning farmers.

For more information call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or
contact SFOP Agent Alvin Adkins (aadkins@vsu.edu / 804-524-6966).

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach office at (804) 524-3292 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


USDA is an equal opportunity employer, lender and provider.

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Aug
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Wildlife Habitat Workshop

Join us and learn how to create wildlife habitat on your property!

 

AUGUST 8, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/BDgPlI75o0Rnvb472

 

Pittsylvania County Public Library, Chatham Branch

24 Military Drive, Chatham VA 24531

 

Hosted by:

Cassidy Williams, Small Farm Outreach Program agent, Virginia State University

Lorien Koontz, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, Virginia DGIF, Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute,

and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service 

Trenton Howell, Soil Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

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Aug
5
9:00am 9:00am

Seeds of Faith Farm Field Day

AUGUST 5, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

Seeds of Faith Farm
605 Tip Lane
Brookneal, VA  24528

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Lw5sR5n8lfVYL50q2

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program agents Cassidy Williams and Tammy Holler be your hosts at the Field Day to welcome participants and introduce representatives from USDA, Extension and Virginia state agencies. Presentations include information about programs and resources available to Virginia small and beginning farmers.
                                                                                                             
Speakers include:

• Dr. Reza Rafie, Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia State University
• Anthony Landrum, Campbell/Amherst/Appomattox, Community Economic Development
and Diane Lenoir-Giles, Public Relations/Outreach Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency
• Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural Development
• Don Yancy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
• Herman Ellison, USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service
• Jonathan Wooleridge, Conservation Specialist, Robert E. Lee Soil & Water Conservation District (Appomattox)
• Todd Scott, Campbell County Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Cassidy Williams (804-704-4033 / cwilliams@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
27
to Jul 28

Agriculture & Financial Mgmt 2-day course

JULY 27-28, 2017

8:00am - 4:00pm

 

L. Douglas Wilder Building

Virginia State University Campus

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/rnv6xqG0luTgfg5k1

 

Designed especially for small, limited-resource and veteran berry farmers or those who are interested in business and production related specifically to berry growing, this six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to:

 

• Find resources to help boost farm profitability and income.

 

• Offer hands-on training to assist you in developing valuable skills in financial management, crop production and marketing specifically for berry production.

 

Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and business development as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies—all to help you grow and sustain a successful berry business.

 

The course builds on strong partnerships with USDA agencies, local banks and industry collaborators to develop an innovative, culturally sensitive, level appropriate, and practical research-based curriculum. Instructors include multidisciplinary staff from Virginia State University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Business, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit officials and producers who have had success with our programs. 

 

Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

 

For more information, contact Mike Wooden (mwooden@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
21
9:00am 9:00am

Cut Flowers Workshop with Lisa Zeigler

JULY 21, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm

Eastern Shore Barrier Island Center
7295 Young St., Machipongo, VA 23405

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Free Two-Part Workshop & Complimentary Lunch

GROWING CUT FLOWERS FOR PROFIT

FUELING THE ORGANIC FLOWER GARDEN

 

Join us for this special free presentation by nationally renowned cut-flower gardening expert Lisa Ziegler.

LEARN THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL FLOWER GARDENING:

* Get started with low investment
* Who is buying cut flowers
* Added value crop for vegetable growers
* Soil blocking: English seed-starting method
* Garden without chemicals
* What flowers to grow
* Improve soil health
* Warm- and cool-season plants

Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker. Lisa has been farming since 1998; her urban three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She has sold her flowers to Colonial Williamsburg, florists, supermarkets, through her CSA programs, and at farmer’s markets. Lisa’s books, DVDs and programs incorporate her simple methods that inspire and delight. Bonus: Lisa’s own “Gardener’s Workshop” tools, seeds and supplies for sale during the event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
20
10:00am10:00am

NRCS Strikeforce, Lunenburg County

JULY 21, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

WILLOWLAND FARM
841 Potts Springs Rd. • Dundas, VA

Join VSU Small Farm Outreach Program and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service representatives for a USDA StrikeForce Workshop                                  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Virginia State University (VSU) have teamed up to develop strategies for increasing awareness of and participation in USDA programs. The agencies have identified joint goals and areas where programs/services interface to promote economic development in targeted areas.

Strike Force workshops are designed to help farmers improve production and provide financial incentives for environmental practices, finance new markets facility, and increase sources and access for locally grown agricultural products.

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Jul
20
9:00am 9:00am

Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop

JULY 20, 2017

9:00am - 4:00pm

 

Ag Engineering Building

VSU Campus

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Dk8fMaczzUQ7nkhJ2

 

Save time and money with these best practices to maintain and repair small engine farm equipment and keep it running year after year! 

 

The Small Engine Storage, Maintenance & Repair Workshop is a hands-on training opportunity for participants to learn basic maintenance, simple repairs and equipment trouble-shooting tips from VSU Small Farm Outreach Program Agents. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Roland Terrell (804) 892-4612; rterrell@vsu.edu or call  the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Community Gardens at Salvation Army

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JULY 18, 2017

6:00pm- 8:00pm

 

Petersburg Salvation Army

1228 S. West St., Petersburg, VA 23803

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Ny32aGZIquB33vY22

 

Join us for a twilight tour of the community gardens at the Petersburg Salvation Army.

 

THIS EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Community Gardens at Friendship Memorial

JULY 13, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Friendship Memorial Baptist Church

1901 Hicks Road, N. Chesterfield VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/7MkwLfvJ6O6IqA6A3

 

Join us for a twilight tour of the community gardens with agriculture specialists, small farm agents and members of the community garden to discuss:

 

Irrigation and deer management practices

 

Vegetable growing methods and varieties in-ground and raised beds

 

Produce stand to raise funds for the community garden 

 

Produce harvested from the garden is donated to a local food bank and others in the area who are in need.

 

THIS EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Cover Crop & Vegetables at Abbott Farm

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and VSU Small Farm Outreach for an evening tour and demonstration of cover crops in a vegetable growing system! 

 

JULY 6, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 pm

 

Abbott Farms • 1064 Patti Road • Rocky Mount, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/3hDA3flXFoHK00SU2

 

Light refreshments will be provided – Please dress to be outside

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Cassidy Williams (804-704-4033 / cwilliams@vsu.edu) or call the 

Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

Floral Arrangement & Design at Vogue Flowers

JULY 6, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Vogue Flowers 

1114 N. Boulevard • Richmond, Virginia

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jF4FRFhEQwfPNKiD3

LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS.

 

Learn the basics of floral arrangement and design in this hands-on workshop with an instructor at Vogue Flowers, a local family owned florist that has been serving the Greater Richmond Virginia area for over 31 years. Vogue Flowers is the only florist in Richmond that grows some of its flowers locally on its family farm. Attendees will take home their arrangement at the end of the workshop. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292. 

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jul
5
to Jul 7

Fish School

JULY 5, 6 & 7, 2017 VSU RANDOLPH FARM 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA $10 per person/per day. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival for day(s) attending. REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/hsXK140cQvbX5QBW2 Preliminary Agenda JULY 5 • Introductions: Goal of Fish School • Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices • Aquaculture Nutrition • Water Quality and Fish Health Hands-On Group Activities include: Pond Side Feeding and Research, Catfish Fingerling Transport, Pond and Cage Stocking, Catfish Pond Seining, Harvest and Handling, and Water Quality Testing JULY 6   • Farm Pond Management • Freshwater Shrimp • Cage Culture Hands-On Group Activities include: Sample Shrimp Population, Water Quality Testing, Cage Construction, Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation, Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP, Tour of Processing Facility, Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp JULY 7 • Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour • Sampling fish populations • Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit • ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems):  Hands-On Group Activities include: Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Dr. Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 or email bnerrie@vsu.edu.  If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


JULY 5, 6 & 7, 2017
VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

$10 per person/per day. Payable by cash or check to “Virginia State University” upon arrival for day(s) attending.

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/hsXK140cQvbX5QBW2

Preliminary Agenda

JULY 5

• Introductions: Goal of Fish School
• Species and Marketing: HACCP and Best Management Practices
• Aquaculture Nutrition
• Water Quality and Fish Health
Hands-On Group Activities include: Pond Side Feeding and Research, Catfish Fingerling Transport, Pond and Cage Stocking, Catfish Pond Seining, Harvest and Handling, and Water Quality Testing

JULY 6  

• Farm Pond Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Cage Culture
Hands-On Group Activities include: Sample Shrimp Population, Water Quality Testing, Cage Construction, Pond Shrimp Growth Evaluation, Shrimp Transport and Stocking, Processing/HACCP, Tour of Processing Facility, Taste Test: Sample Fish and Freshwater Shrimp

JULY 7

• Greenhouse Production Systems/Aquaponics and Tour
• Sampling fish populations
• Over-Wintering Solar Power Energy Unit
• ABCs of RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems): 
Hands-On Group Activities include: Aquaponics Unit Construction—Greenhouse Limited-Scale Recirculation

For more information or to request specific topics that can be included during Fish School, contact Dr. Brian Nerrie at (804) 524-5903 or email bnerrie@vsu.edu

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Aquaculture Program office at (804) 524-5496 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jun
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Diversified Farming Operation Tour

JUNE 29, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Elda Gardens
328 Courtney School Rd
Midland, VA 22728 (Fauquier County) 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/SvfNDO3jrVsfNRg73

Visit this family-owned farm to see a wide range of activities from herb and vegetable production to honey, cheese and pork production. They also grow a variety of flowers for fresh and dried arrangements. Susan Cheek, VSU Extension Agent from Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program, will be on hand to lead the workshop.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Susan Cheek (804-720-5539 / scheek@vsu.edu) or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jun
28
9:00am 9:00am

Small Ruminant Fecal Egg Counts

JUNE 28, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/9VMg7ohHD4eph7zA2

Fecal egg counts are done to determine the worm load in animals and it has many uses in a parasite control program. They can be used to estimate the parasite load in an animal, show the level of pasture infestation, determine effectiveness of dewormers, and evaluate parasite resistance in animals. 

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review:

  • Small Ruminant Parasites
  • What is a FEC and what can we use it for
  • Determining dewormer resistance using FEC
  • Limitations of FEC
  • Training on how to conduct FEC

Registration fee of $10 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

Please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

*Includes refreshments and workshop supplies. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

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Jun
21
9:30am 9:30am

USDA NRCS STRIKEFORCE COUNTY WORKSHOP SERIES (Charlotte County)

June 21, 2017 | Charlotte County

5:30PM - 7:30PM
at Goldman Farm

Small Farm Outreach Agents and representatives from USDA agencies including the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a local demonstration workshop that provides information on available NRCS programs and opportunities as well as a variety on-site educational demonstrations on topics including drip irrigation, high tunnel production, no-till vs. conventional farming, and pasture grazing.

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/wNB0mnHqLgAg23c02

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-5626 or Small Farm Agents Grace Summers (gsummers@vsu.edu / 804-712-0093) or Clinton Carty (ccarty@vsu.edu / 804-481-0425)

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jun
1
9:00am 9:00am

Small Ruminant FAMACHA® Certification

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JUNE 1
9:00am - 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

SPACE IS LIMITED.

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://goo.gl/forms/fzl0Cr9ccZo6NS9z1

Despite opportunities for success in sheep and goat production, parasite control and anthelmintic resistance are major problems faced by producers. 

This approved FAMACHA® training workshop emphasizes the use of multiple techniques, such as pasture management and strategic deworming, for the effective control of internal parasites. This is important to assist producers in prolonging the efficacy of chemical dewormers on their farms. 

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review:

  • Small Ruminant Parasites
  • Dewormers and dewormer resistance
  • Alternative Strategies for Parasite Control
  • Five Point Check
  • How and when to use FAMACHA® scores (including hands-on training)

This workshop is supported by the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control, an organization that has developed research-based practices for controlling internal parasites on farms. With the exception of veterinarians and other qualified animal health professionals, you must take an approved training in order to get certified in the FAMACHA® system and receive a FAMACHA® card.

Registration fee of $20 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

Please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

*Includes lunch, notebook and FAMACHA card. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.

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May
25
9:00am 9:00am

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening MAY 25, 2017 9am - 12pm Tricycle Garden RVA Urban Farm 901 Bainbridge St Richmond, VA 23223 REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/KzW3gDH6XsH4CE3I2 For anyone interested in learning more about how to have a successful raised bed garden including tips on planning your garden area, constructing a raised bed garden, soil testing and fertility management, water management, plant and seed selection and more. Join Dr. Leonard Githinji (Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist, Virginia State University / Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Ms. Amy Wildermann (Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle Gardens), for presentations and discussions on how to start your own raised bed garden or improve your existing one. Free and open to the public.  Participation is limited. Please contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Raised Bed Gardening
MAY 25, 2017
9am - 12pm

Tricycle Garden RVA Urban Farm
901 Bainbridge St
Richmond, VA 23223

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/KzW3gDH6XsH4CE3I2

For anyone interested in learning more about how to have a successful raised bed garden including tips on planning your garden area, constructing a raised bed garden, soil testing and fertility management, water management, plant and seed selection and more.

Join Dr. Leonard Githinji (Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist, Virginia State University / Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Ms. Amy Wildermann (Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle Gardens), for presentations and discussions on how to start your own raised bed garden or improve your existing one.

Free and open to the public. 

Participation is limited.

Please contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@vsu.edu for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the VSU Cooperative Extension office of Agriculture & Natural Resources office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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May
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Farm Transition & Estate Planning Workshop

May 23

1:00pm - 4:00pm

St John Baptist Church
Woodford, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/iKpfIbQlxZUnrZTV2

This workshop will provide information and guidance on the decisions you can make today to help you plan and achieve financial and personal goals for the future!

The USDA estimates that 70% of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next twenty years. If a farm or ranch family business has not adequately planned for changes in ownership, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non-farm uses. In these scenarios, impacts of farm entry and exit on rural communities, the environment, and the national economy can be significant.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 or email SFOP Agent Michael Carter (mcarter@vsu.edu)

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