Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Mushroom Growing Workshop

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NOVEMBER 17
9:00am - 12:00pm

Advanced Learning Center
South Hill, VA

THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN FILLED AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE MUSHROOM GROWING WORKSHOPS COMING SOON!

This introduction to growing mushrooms is for farmers, gardeners, woodlot owners, and individuals interested in growing mushrooms for food, medicine, and income.  

Learn about the biology and ecology of mushrooms in agriculture and forestry, and low-tech methods to grow many gourmet and medicinal species. Discussions will also include:  farm diversification with mushrooms, harvesting and post-harvest handling, marketing, and utilization of mushroom growing byproducts. The hands-on activity is mushroom log inoculating and each person will take a log home. There is an opportunity for participants to receive free spawn in exchange for information about their growing experience. More details will be available at the workshop.

Mark Jones is the owner and mycologist of Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Va., which grows the highest quality certified organic mushrooms and organic mushroom spawn. Marcus Comer is a VSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Specialist.

 

$10 REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES WORKSHOP MATERIALS.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Agent Marilyn Estes at (804) 481-0485, mestes@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

This grant and workshop series, The Virginia Mushroom Project, is a collaborative effort between Sharondale Mushroom Farm and VSU Extension.

 

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
20
10:00 AM10:00

Land Transition & Estate Planning (Nov 20) - Halifax Co

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/PVeS4Tc890UQiJPm2

 

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 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!

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4581).

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 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Dec
13
9:00 AM09:00

How to Start a Sheep and Goat Meat Enterprise

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DECEMBER 13, 2017

9am – 3 pm

Curdsville Community Center

122 School Road, Dillwyn, VA 23936

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/Dwm3TL9Wiyo0ULEJ3

 

Space is Limited.

$10 per person* (Children 12 and under free with an accompanying adult.)

Payable to "Virginia State University" by check or cash upon arrival at the workshop.

 

*includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials.

 

Sheep and goats can be raised to provide meat, milk, and fiber. They can also be raised for 4-H projects, clearing brush from an area or simply as pets.  If you are interested in raising sheep and goats for meat, this class covers all the basics you need to start your enterprise.   

 

A local producer and Virginia State University’s Extension Specialist and Researchers will review the basics of:

 

• Starting a farm business: insurance, tax, and legal considerations. 

• Everything you need to know to raise sheep and goats (breed selection, housing, supplies/equipment, fencing, feeding, marketing).

• Health of your sheep and goats.

• Reproduction (to include preparing for lambing and kidding).

• Hands-on activities including hoof trimming, body condition scoring, correct drenching techniques, lambing, etc.

 

For more information call the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 or email mklein@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 Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Jan
31
to Feb 1

2018 Cut-Flower Growers Conference

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SAVE THE DATE!

 

JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 1, 2018

 

Plans are underway for this special conference to serve growers who are interested in beginning or improving cut-flower businesses. Our tentative agenda highlights the programs and speakers who will be on hand to provide valuable education, demonstrations and helpful advice for industry practices. Save the date, and watch for more details about the location, venue and accommodations coming soon!

 

PRESENTATIONS & DEMONSTRATIONS INCLUDE:

 

Keynote Addresses from Lisa Ziegler and Mimo Davis Dschack

Marketing Flowers Panel Discussion

Cool Flowers (Lisa Ziegler)

Bulbs (Dave Dowling)

Cash and Carry Ideas for Farmers Markets; How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet, a Vase Design, Augmenting Containers, and more (James M. DelPrince)

Growing Lavender (Ellen Reynolds)

Organic Flower Growing and Companion Planting (Lisa Ziegler)

Growing Flowers in High Tunnels (Mimo Davis Duschack)

Growing Woody Varieties for Cut Flower Growers (Bob Wollam)

Orchid Growing and Care (Mark Chadwick)

Selling to Wholesale Vendors

 

Visit the website, ext.vsu.edu for updates or contact agent Susan Cheek (scheek@vsu.edu, 804-720-5539) 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
26
8:00 AM08:00

Industrial Hemp Field Day

A follow-up to last year's 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.

Check back in the spring for more information and to register. 

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Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

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November 16, 2017 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

 

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4HsomW6YKetG2h2r65-DT6gI-ComEhtNYBuFkattYAaJLrw/viewform

 

Cost is $20 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Please make your checks payable to "Virginia State University."

Ginger and turmeric have been used widely throughout history in many different types of cuisines for their spice and flavor, and these spices may also provide a number of health benefits.

Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean and package these spice crops.

This field day will include indoor presentations, a grower panel discussion, a culinary demonstration, and a field visit.

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 Agriculture & Natural Resources Program office at (804) 524-5960 / (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
15
11:00 AM11:00

Agroforestry (Nov 15) - Northern Neck

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November 15, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FORESTRY & AGROFORESTRY

Landowner Workshop

 

Callao Volunteer Fire Department

314 Northumberland Hwy. • Callao, VA 22435

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/csOvHdtzGuGzLHMu1

 

Learn more about how to maintain and improve the health, diversity and productivity of your forested land. Topics include:

Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

Restoring Ecosystems

Reducing Hazards

Improving Forest Health

Conducting a Timber Cruise

 

This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Susan Cheek (scheek@vsu.edu / 804-720-5539).

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Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

Land Transition & Estate Planning (Nov 14) - Emporia

NOVEMBER 14, 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Emporia Extension Office

106 Oak Street • Emporia, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/36dL23C9vXRRFbi03

 

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 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!

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Derrick Cladd (dcladd@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4581).

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 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

Agroforestry (Nov 14) - New Kent Forestry Center

November 14, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FORESTRY & AGROFORESTRY

Landowner Workshop

 

New Kent Forestry Center 

11301 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/EBYbhbnPYNdRdkWx2

 

Learn more about how to maintain and improve the health, diversity and productivity of your forested land. Topics include:

Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

Restoring Ecosystems

Reducing Hazards

Improving Forest Health

Conducting a Timber Cruise

 

This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu / 804-829-5675).

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Agroforestry (Nov 13) - Halifax Co

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

9:00am - 4:00pm

FORESTRY & AGROFORESTRY

Landowner Workshop

 

Wedgewood Golf Center

2131 Mountain Rd • Halifax, VA

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/2XEv1Qpfec1E4jQd2

 

Learn more about how to maintain and improve the health, diversity and productivity of your forested land. Topics include:

 

• Managing Forest Land for Vegetation

• Restoring Ecosystems

• Reducing Hazards

• Improving Forest Health

• Conducting a Timber Cruise

 

Attendees will also tour a newly thinned forest plot, view a nearby harvesting operation and visit a local sawmill during the workshop.

 

This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or contact Small Farm Agent Cliff Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu / (804) 892-4581).

 

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 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

RVA Urban Farm, Tricycle

NOVEMBER 13, 2017

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

901 Bainbridge Street

Richmond, VA

 

Soil Amendment and Composting Field Day

 

Virginia State University and Tricycle invite you for a field day to learn and discuss more about soil amendments and composting. The field day will include a tour and discussions of various on-site practices to improve the soil in a sustainable way.

A soil amendment is any material added to a soil to improve its physical properties, such as water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration and structure. The goal is to provide a better environment for roots.

Composting refers to the decomposition of organic waste or material into organic fertilizer which can be utilized by plants in our gardens. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of recycling nutrients and it is something that all of us can do in our own backyard gardens.

Speakers: Dr. Leonard Githinji, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Specialist at Virginia State University; Dr. Greg Evanylo, Professor and Extension Specialist of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech University; and Amy Wildermann, Urban Farm Manager, Tricycle.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (804) 524-5960.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please call (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. 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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UPDATE: THE PRE-CONFERENCE AND CONFERENCE HAVE BEEN FILLED AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


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.

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

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


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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Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

Drone Technology Use on the Farm

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Unmanned Aircraft / UAV / Drones: Making Farming EASY Again

NOVEMBER 7, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/NCMdnZsO77xp56AM2

VSU Small Farm Outreach Program is pleased to host a workshop led by Carlos Bratton of Aerial Imaging LLC about the operation and application of unmanned aircraft for small farms. Participants will learn about the rules and regulations for operating unmanned aircraft, UAV components, and software applications. Bratton will also discuss practical ways that UAVs can be used throughout the crop cycle, including surveying and mapping; soil and field analysis, crop and livestock monitoring, and field health assessment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Agent Tammy Holler at (804) 229-2730, tholler@vsu.edu, or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For information on this and other events, visit www.ext.vsu.edu

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Nov
2
9:30 AM09:30

Urban Ag Field Day

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Urban Ag Field Day

November 2, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am

Growing Petersburg Garden Project
535 Beech Street, Petersburg, VA 23803

Urban agriculture helps to alleviate urban food deserts, make our food as “local” and fresh as possible and decrease the “food miles” associated with long-distance transportation. It provides a wide range of community benefits, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income residents.

Join us for a hands-on field day to talk about fall gardening!

REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/2gs3v4K

Speakers: Mike Jackson, President, Think, Then Choose Wisely; Dr. Leonard Githinji, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Extension Specialist; and William Crutchfield, VSU Small Farm Outreach

THIS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (804) 524-5960.

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 Agriculture & Natural Resources 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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Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Profits through Nutrient Management

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Improving Profits Through Nutrient Management

NOVEMBER 1, 2017
10am - 12pm

Cliff Slade Farm
1111 Mount Ray Drive • Surry, VA. 23883

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/ZhGg1U4UGp9LJ10a2

Cliff Slade, a third-generation farmer and former Extension agent, and Small Farm Outreach Program nutrient management specialist Tammy Holler will lead this educational workshop on nutrient management practices that can achieve positive results for small crop production.  Participants will hear about the benefits of implementing nutrient management plan practices in organic farming, soil sampling, tissue sampling, PSNT testing, crop yields, and the importance of yield record keeping.

Nutrient Management CE credit will be offered.

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Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training

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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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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

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
19
8:30 AM08:30

Aquaculture Field Day

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OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

Aquaculture Field Day

beginning at 8:30 am

 

VSU Randolph Farm

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

 

$20 per person, includes lunch*

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/jm8DOM8MQWsFy2eb2

 

Aquaculture is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of agriculture nationwide, and one that is projected to grow due to increasing market demand for healthy, locally produced foods. The Aquaculture Field Day offers participants the opportunity to learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponic production in Virginia from the VSU College of Agriculture. Please join us to discuss current best practices and other innovative programs in these areas, and network with new and experienced growers.

 

Visit multiple stations during the day that feature pond production of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and freshwater shrimp. In addition, pond cage culture and aeration systems will be presented. Indoor stations will include aquaponics, tilapia production, tilapia hatchery and a small aquaculture product taste testing.

 

*Registration is payable by cash or check on the day of the event.

 

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 Cooperative Extension Program office at (804) 524-5496 / (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
16
to Oct 20

SunBelt Ag Expo Bus Tour with Small Farm Outreach Program

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Travel with VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program team that will include stops at
• South Carolina State Farmers Market
• Two-day Admission to the Sunbelt Ag Expo
• Tour of Bare Foot Farm on St. Helena’s Island

THE TOUR IS CURRENTLY FULL.

*Participants will pay for meals during the trip, and the cost for meals will be reimbursed.

Featured on this tour, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”® the annual event has more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss.

The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need. In addition to exhibits visitors can attend educational, entertaining seminars and demonstrations offered in a variety of specialized areas. 

Visitors see harvesting demonstrations for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, and hay, as well as tillage demonstrations, equipment driving ranges, irrigation technology and precision ag demonstrations that compare a wide range of equipment in an actual working setting. Company representatives and specialists are in the fields to answer visitor questions.

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Monday, October 16

7:30 am
Tour Departure
from VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion (4415 River Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23803)

11:45 am-12:30 pm
Lunch
at Julia Bells Restaurant - $15* per person (2513 W. Lucas St. Florence SC 29501)

12:30pm -7:00pm
Tours

            • Tour State Farmers’ Market
            • Visit to Young Plantation (2005 Babar Ln, Florence, SC 29501)

7:00 pm
Dinner
at 41 and Main Restaurant - $15* per person (343 Main St S, Tifton, GA 31794)

8:15 pm
Hotel Check-In
, Days Inn, Tifton, GA


DAY 2 Tuesday, October 17

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Depart from Hotel

8:30 am-4:00 pm
SunBelt Ag Expo
(Lunch on your own)

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Dinner
at Golden Corral - $12* per person (Tifton, GA)

7:45 pm
Return to Days Inn,
Tifton, GA


DAY 3 Wednesday, October 18

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Depart from Hotel

8:30 am -3:00 pm
SunBelt Ag Expo
(Lunch on your own)

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Dinner
at Lane Packing Orchard - $10-15* per person (50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, GA)

7:00 pm
Return to Days Inn,
Tifton, GA


DAY 4 Thursday, October 19

7:00 am
Breakfast

7:30 am
Check-Out / Departure from Hotel

12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Lunch & Tour
at Bare Foot Farms - $10* per person (939 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena Island, GA )

5:30 pm
Hotel Check-In at Holiday Inn Express
 (St. Simons Island, GA)

6:30 pm
Dinner
at Locos Grill - $9-$13* per person (2463 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522)

8:15 pm
Return to Holiday Inn Express


DAY 5 Friday, October 20

7:00 am
Breakfast

8:00 am
Check-Out / Departure from Holiday Inn Express

10:30 am
Lunch
at Fullers Restaurant - $5-$15* per person (113 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC)

5:30 pm
Arrival
 at VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion

*Payment (in cash) for meals will be collected prior to arrival at the restaurant(s). You will be reimbursed for the cost of all meals after the tour.


TIPS FOR A GREAT WEEK:

• Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes and apparel for outdoor activities in case of cool or rainy weather.

• Be on time at all requested locations to be sure there is ample time to enjoy the planned tours, activities and meals during the week.

• Extend courtesy to fellow travelers, especially those who may need extra assistance.

• Get to know the SFOP staff and interns on the tour who will help make your trip fun and informative!

Download a printable copy of the tour itinerary here.

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Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

AgSquared Introductory Workshop

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OCTOBER 13, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Johnston Memorial Library • Room 123

LIMITED TO 5 PARTICIPANTS. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

AgSquared includes a set of planning, management, record keeping, and analysis tools that work together to help your farm run more smoothly. Your seasonal crop plan transforms into your daily task list; your task list serves as the starting point for your records; and your records become the foundation for the next year’s crop plan.

Planning
Get your season started on the right foot with crop planning tools that help you plan your planting schedule, calculate your seed order, and map your field layouts.

Management
Stay on top of your farming tasks all season long with a calendar smart enough to keep your production plans on schedule - even when things don’t go exactly as planned.

Record Keeping
Simple record keeping tools help you keep track of everything that happens on your farm, and keep your records beautifully organized so that you can always find just what you’re looking for.

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VISITOR PARKING AT VSU (www.vsu.edu/about/visit/visitor-parking.php)

Participants should proceed to the VSU Police and Public Safety building (#30 on map below) to obtain a parking pass for this workshop. Your drivers license and vehicle registration are required to obtain a parking pass.

It is recommended that attendees arrive on campus 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.

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For more information, contact 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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Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Harding St. Urban Ag Center Volunteer Event

Friday, October 13, 2017

12-2pm

453 Harding Street, Petersburg, VA

Volunteers are needed to assist with cleaning up community gardening boxes and planting winter crops. Also, the Harding Street Van will be holding “pop-up” veggie sales.

All volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Marcus Comer at (804) 524-5467 or mcomer@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 Marcus Comer (804) 524-5467 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

The Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center was funded in part by a grant from USDA NIFA. 

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

USDA NRCS Small Farm Workshop

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WE'RE SORRY. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

OCTOBER 12, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex
19783 US Hwy 29S Chatham, VA

For more information, contact the Small Farm Outreach Program Office at (804) 524-3292 or Small Farm Agent Cassidy Williams (cwilliams@vsu.edu / 804-704-4033) 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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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tax Planning & Preparation

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OCTOBER 11, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm

Wedgewood Golf Center
1231 Mountain Road • Halifax, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/BvELkbiJRW6hVBc33

Designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2017 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.

For more information, contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Clif Somerville (csomerville@vsu.edu, 434-572-6524) 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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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Evergreen Swags & Wreaths

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OCTOBER 11, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/sH3KN9rOWQeE5dGU2

VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Marian Baker of Williamsburg will provide instruction and tips on creating value-added products using cuttings from evergreens. Participants will construct their own wreath to take home as part of this helpful, hands-on workshop.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Susan Cheet at (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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Oct
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tax Planning & Preparation

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OCTOBER 10, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA
 
Tax preparation season is here again. 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/w1rw59WQmzJ4lwgp1


This workshop is designed for tax professionals, accountants, farmers or anyone who will be preparing 2017 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert including steps to filing farm taxes, completing the IRS Schedule F, updates on changes to farm tax laws, and how farmers may benefit from filing farm tax forms. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact Virginia farm businesses.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact VSU Small Farm Outreach agent Vernon Heath (vheath@vsu.edu, (804) 892-4518) 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
30
9:00 AM09:00

Harding St. Urban Ag Center Volunteer Event

Saturday, September 30, 2017

9am - 2pm

Friday, October 13, 2017

12-2pm

453 Harding Street, Petersburg, VA

Volunteers are needed to assist with cleaning up community gardening boxes and planting winter crops. Also, the Harding Street Van will be holding “pop-up” veggie sales.

All volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Pamela Bingham at (804) 712-8189 or pamelabingham@gmail.com. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Pamela Bingham (804) 712-8189 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

 

The Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center was funded in part by a grant from USDA NIFA. 

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Ginger & Turmeric Field Day

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NOVEMBER 16, 2017
8:00am - 12:00pm

VSU RANDOLPH FARM
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

REGISTER ONLINE: https://goo.gl/forms/tfwsRSmC0ShTNaE72

Ginger and turmeric have been used widely throughout history in many different types of cuisines for their spice and flavor, and these spices may also provide a number of health benefits. 

Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean and package these spice crops. 

This educational event will include classroom presentations, a grower panel discussion, a culinary demonstration, and a field visit.

Cost is $20 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Please make your checks payable to "Virginia State University."

More details on the Field Day Agenda will be available soon.

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 Horticulture 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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Sep
19
1:00 PM13:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
1:00 PM13:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
1:00 PM13:00

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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