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February

13: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #5, Seed Saving, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
14: Phytophthora & Downy Mildew Workshops for Vegetable Growers #3, Pickling Cucumber, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., learn the latest research-based strategies for managing cucurbit downy mildew and Phytophthora capsici in pickling cucumbers, 5 RUP credits available, $35/person, includes light morning refreshments and lunch, register online at events.anr.msu.edu.
15: Branch County RUP Training Only, 8:30 a.m.-noon, reivew of Core Pesticide Applicators Manual to prepare for the MDARD exam takes place on this day cost is $20/person training will only run with a minimum number of participants, Branch County MSU Extension office, 570 Marshall Rd., #C, Coldwater, MI.
16: Heritage Skills Classes, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., full and half-day classes offered, pre-paid registration required and includes lunch for all classes, lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., registrations accepted through Feb. 1, all registration fees held until  minimum participant number is met, full classes: Beginning Crochet ($30), Huck Embroidery ($35), Intermediate Knitting ($30), Spicy Spiral Table Runner ($40), Utensil Basket ($40). Half-day classes (morning classes 8:30-11:30 a.m., afternoon classes 12:30-3 p.m.): Beginning Wool Applique (AM- $25), Paper Folded Jewelry (AM/PM - $20), Toothbrush Rag Rug (PM- $20). Elkhart County Purdue Extension office, 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 CR 34, Goshen, IN, www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/elkhart or 574-333-0554.
18: Branch County Farmers Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Branch Area Careers Center, Coldwater, MI.
18: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #1,  7-8 p.m, Drainage Management for Nutrient Retention, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
20: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #6, Small Farm Business Start-Up, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
23: Washington State Lambing School, Mabton, WA, www.wssp.org.
25: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #2,  7-8 p.m, Tillage in Michigan Soybean Systems, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
26: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Kickoff Meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 10461 N. 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI, klotzmis@msu.edu or 269-671-2402.
27: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #7, Small Farm Meat Chicken Production, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
28-March 1: Improving Farm Health Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $10/person, held at Kellogg Community College's campuses in Albion and Battle Creek, MI, eander32@msu.edu.
March

4: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #3,  7-8 p.m, Herbicide Efficacy Under Weather Stress, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
6: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #8, Pruning Small Fruits, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
6-7: Missouri University Extension Shearing School, Jefferson City, MO, 573-681-5859 or brindisie@lincolnu.edu.
6-8: Farm Women's Symposium, excellent opportunity for women involved in agriculture to learn, develop valuable networks, renew friendships and provide inspiration for another year in the farming world, Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor, MI, www.farmwomenssymposium.com.
11: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #4,  7-8 p.m, Cover Crop Profitability, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
11: Tools to Navigate a Challenging Farm Economy, 8:30 a.m.-noon, provides farmers with some answers and food for thought to address pressing economic challenges, no cost to attend but registration required as seating is limited, First Church of God, 21083 Spencer Rd., Cassopolis, MI, laportej@msu.edu or 269-445-4438.
12: Calhoun RUP Training & Testing, review of Core Pesticide Applicators Manual to prepare for the exam, those taking the exam will need to sign up on MDARD's website and bring a separate check, Calhoun County MSUE office, County Building, 315 W. Green St., Marshall, MI, 269-781-0784.
13: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #9, Quality Hay & Pasture, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
14: Free Training & Certification for Fresh Produce Growers on FDA's Produce Safety Rule, training will cover the curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, provides FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, how to manage your operation to reduce risks associated with fresh produce contamination and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan, 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. training, noon lunch (on your own), 1:15 p.m. training, 4 p.m. evaluation, certificate application, modules included: intro to produce safety, worker health, hygiene & training, soil amendments, wildlife, domestic animals & land use, agricultural water, post-harvest handling & sanitation, how to develop a farm food safety plan, at least 1 supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training, class is limited to maximum of 40 attendees, registration closes 5 days prior to the event or until full, Fremont Public Library, 104 E. Main St., Fremont, MI, pre-registration required online at events.anr.msu.edu/2019SpringPSA.
16: Washington State Lambing School, Ellensburg, WA, www.wssp.org.
18: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #5,  7-8 p.m, Improving Crop Production Income, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
20: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #10, Selling to Wholesale Buyers, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
22-23: Shipshewana Spring Nationals, farm show starts at noon both days, truck & tractor pulls start at 6 p.m. both days, Michiana Event Center, Shipshewana, IN, 614-436-1761, jon@ntpapull.com or www.ntpapull.com.
25: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #6,  7-8 p.m, Tar Spot in Corn & Other Emerging Diseases, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
27: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #11, Farm Financial Management: The Next Step, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
April

1: 2019 Field Crops Webinar Series #7,  7-8 p.m, Crop Marketing Outlook & Strategies, 1 MDARD pesticide recertification credit available for each live webinar, $20 for the full 7-part series or $5 per individual session, register at events.anr.msu.edu.
2-6: Washington State Beginning Shearing School, Moses Lake, WA, 509-754-2011 x 4313 or smithsm@wsu.edu.
3: 2019 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series #12, Cover Crop Types & Uses on Your Farm, beginning farmers and others with basic information needs are invited to participate in this series of 12 online programs addressing crop and livestock production, farm business and marketing on Wednesday evenings, get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, each 60-minute webinar will begin at 7 p.m. and will include  opportunities through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other ag experts and the presenter, $5 per webinar or $30/full series (50% savings), you may register for any and all  courses at any time even if they have already past (you will receive a link to the recorded program), registration and brochure found online at events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr19.
7: Washington State Advanced Shearing School, Moses Lake, WA, 509-754-2011 x 4313 or smithsm@wsu.edu.
9: Free Training & Certification for Fresh Produce Growers on FDA's Produce Safety Rule, training will cover the curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, provides FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, how to manage your operation to reduce risks associated with fresh produce contamination and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan, 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. training, noon lunch (on your own), 1:15 p.m. training, 4 p.m. evaluation, certificate application, modules included: intro to produce safety, worker health, hygiene & training, soil amendments, wildlife, domestic animals & land use, agricultural water, post-harvest handling & sanitation, how to develop a farm food safety plan, at least 1 supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training, class is limited to maximum of 40 attendees, registration closes 5 days prior to the event or until full, Menominee County Extension, S904 US-41, Stephenson, MI, pre-registration required online at events.anr.msu.edu/2019SpringPSA.
10-12: Sheep Scanning Certification School, Manhattan, KS, 785-532-1672 or arcrane@ksu.edu.
11: Free Training & Certification for Fresh Produce Growers on FDA's Produce Safety Rule, training will cover the curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, provides FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, how to manage your operation to reduce risks associated with fresh produce contamination and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan, 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. training, noon lunch (on your own), 1:15 p.m. training, 4 p.m. evaluation, certificate application, modules included: intro to produce safety, worker health, hygiene & training, soil amendments, wildlife, domestic animals & land use, agricultural water, post-harvest handling & sanitation, how to develop a farm food safety plan, at least 1 supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training, class is limited to maximum of 40 attendees, registration closes 5 days prior to the event or until full, St. Ignace Public Library, 110 W. Spruce St., St. Ignace, MI, pre-registration required online at events.anr.msu.edu/2019SpringPSA.
11-13: Shepherd's Cross Shearing School, Claremore, OK, www.shepherdscross.com.
12-13: Ohio Shearing School, Hebron, OH, rhigh@ofbf.org or www.ohiosheep.org.
13: California Ram Sale, Porterville, CA, www.californiawoolgrowers.org.
25-28: Oregon Sheep Growers Association Shearing School, Douglas County, OR, johnandpeggyfine@charter.net or 541-673-0369.
26-27: Tennessee Annual Shearing School, Murfreesboro, TN, 615-519-7796 or shepherdboy1@yahoo.com.
26-27: Western Pennsylvania Shearing School, Scenery Hill, PA, wob10@psu.edu or 724-438-0111.
27-28: Washington County (NY) Fiber Tour, www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org.
May

4-5: 46th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, West Friendship, MD, www.sheepandwool.org.

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