Webinar: Tools & Strategies to Facilitate Access to Land for the Next Generation of Farmers

Thursday, December 1, 1-2 PM EST
Resource Expert: 
Holly Rippon- Butler, National Young Farmers’ Coalition

Chesapeake Foodshed Network

Land access is one of the top challenges faced by the next generation of farmers across the country. National Young Farmers’ Coalition Land Access Program Director, Holly Rippon-Butler, will discuss how the context for accessing land has changed over the past few decades making it more difficult for farmers now than ever before. She will then provide details on various tools and strategies to help farmers gain access to land that is affordable and equitable with a focus on how organizations such as non-profits, land trusts, government agencies, and farmland investment groups can be part of the solution. Holly will review tools and strategies, share case studies from across the country, and provide time for participant questions.

Find out more and register: http://chesapeakefoodshed.net/index.php/december-2016/

Food Safety Best Practices for Farmers Market Growers:

A hands-on workshop focusing on a risk-based framework to increase fresh produce food safety from farm to consumer

Virginia Cooperative Extension

· Abingdon, Dec 1, 2016

· Roanoke, Jan 25, 2017

See the flyers and registration sheet.

Registration – Abgindon (PDF)

Details (PDF)

The Roanoke Registration will be coming soon. For now, the Christiansburg and Abingdon dates are open.

You can register via the link provided on the form. You can also connect with us on our Facebook Event Page.

National Farmers Union Presents: Growing for the Future Free Online Conference

Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!

The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways! Register now for free to join us in December for this unique opportunity!

December 5-8, 5pm-8pm EST

To learn more and register Here: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

Email Melissa Miller for any questions: melissamiller@nfudc.org


December 7th – 10:45-12:00 – Weyer’s Cave Farm to Table Conference – Farmer Veteran Coalition informational meeting

Farmer Veteran Coalition

The Virginia FVC is now taking first steps to organize. We need your input! The veteran-led FVC desires to provide information, fellowships, grants and
resources to veterans who farm or are interested in agriculture.

Download Flyer (PDF)

If you are interested:
• Contact John Fant, jsfant64@gmail.com or Allyssa Mark, allys91@vt.edu.
• Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition, at www.farmvetco.org
• Attend one of the three interest meetings this fall. Locations will be in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Eastern Virginia.

Next meeting is 10:45 to Noon on Wednesday December 7 at the Weyer’s Cave Farm to Table Conference

Webinar on Whole Farm Revenue Protection crop insurance program for Livestock Producers

December 14 – Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA)The Center for Rural Affairs is conducting a free webinar on Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) on December 14 with a focus on livestock production.  WFRP is a crop insurance option that requires crop and livestock diversity in order to qualify. The first two webinar series, focusing on specialty crop operations and commodity crop operations, were both huge successes, with over 100 individuals participating in at least one of the four webinars so far.

All are welcome to attend, and there is no cost to participate. CFRA will offer separate webinars for producers and for insurance agents.

12 noon – 1 pm EST: for producers. Register here.
1  – 2 p.m. EST: for insurance agents. Register here.

Both farmers and crop insurance agents are pretty familiar with crop insurance for commodity crops. However, many diversified farms and ranches also incorporate livestock production into their operations. There is now a crop insurance product for these diversified operations as well, available everywhere in the country. It’s called Whole Farm Revenue Protection.

These Center for Rural Affairs free webinars on how Whole Farm Revenue Protection can be applied to ranches and farms with livestock will be on on Wednesday, Dec. 14: one for producers and one for insurance agents. Whole Farm Revenue Protection is only available for livestock operations with less that $1 million in expected revenue from livestock.

Scott Marlow of Rural Advancement Foundation International and crop insurance expert Clifton Parker will share their knowledge and expertise on how Whole Farm Revenue Protection works and how to apply it to ranches and farms with livestock.

P.S. You can check out a recording of our first webinars, focused on specialty crop operations, here.