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Mar 30

The Microbiome: What is it and How Might it Impact Organic Dairy Production?

2:00 pm EDT

Join eOrganic for a new webinar on the microbiome and how it relates to organic dairy production! The webinar will be presented by a team of researchers who are currently conducting a study on the microbiome and mastitis in organic dairies, with funding from the USDA NIFA OREI. The webinar takes place on March 30, 2020 at 2PM Eastern, 1 Central, 12 Mountain, 11 Pacific Time.

Register now at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f4M76BkWTIaFHPx1em5w9g

Over the past decade, our understanding of microbes has changed dramatically thanks to advanced sequencing technologies. We now know that our world is dominated by an invisible universe of bacteria, viruses and fungi – they exist in and on our bodies, our animals, our soils, and even our houses and farms. This invisible universe is termed the “microbiome”, and it is essential to the normal functioning of plants, humans and animals -- including livestock animals. For example, recent evidence supports the idea that the microbiome of the cow udder plays a critical role in mastitis. In addition, the microbiome could be an incredibly rich source of therapies and preventives for diseases of livestock animals. These potential tools could be especially important for organic producers, as they may represent an effective alternative to compounds such as antimicrobial drugs. In this webinar, we focus on describing the microbiome and its important characteristics; and we discuss current research that is trying to leverage the microbiome to improve animal health, welfare and productivity. This webinar is the first in a series on the microbiome and its potential applications to dairy production and mastitis.

Drs. Noelle Noyes and Luciano Caixeta are Assistant Professors at the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Minnesota; Dr. Bradley Heins is Associate Professor of Organic Dairy Production in the Animal Science Department at University of Minnesota; Dr. Vinicius Machado is Assistant Professor in Veterinary Sciences Department at Texas Tech University; and Dr. Pablo Pinedo is Associate Professor of Dairy Management Systems at Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences. Chris Dean is a graduate student at University of Minnesota working on the microbiome.

Mar 31

Update on Organic Crop Insurance Options for 2020-2021

2:00 pm EDT

Join eOrganic and the Organic Farming Research Foundation for a webinar about organic crop insurance options for 2021! The webinar takes place on March 31, 2020 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). It's free and open to all, and advance registration is required.

Register now at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9wxMcpa6QeeTtSElmrdOCg

About the Webinar

Managing risk is of utmost importance for all farmers, especially for organic producers. During this webinar, attendees will learn how changes to federal crop insurance programs in the 2018 Farm Bill may impact organic and transitioning farmers. Presenters will also discuss several provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that can help organic farmers build healthy soils and thereby reduce on-farm risks including those related to climate change. The webinar is open to all including farmers and ranchers, policy makers, extension agents and more. This project supports the Risk Management Agency’s goal of increasing access to risk management practices and programs for underserved audiences. This webinar is funded in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, under Award #RM18RMEPP522C020.

About the Presenters

Mark Lipson is currently (since 2016) staff affiliate for “organic policy studies” at UC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). He still gets his hands dirty as a partner in Molino Creek Farm in Davenport, CA. He was Policy Director at Organic Farming Research Foundation (1995-2010) and was the first USDA Organic & Sustainable Ag Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary (2010-2014). At USDA HQ Mark led the Department-wide Organic Working Group and co-led the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. His portfolio covered crop insurance, conservation programs, food safety regulations, and other policy topics.

Mark Schonbeck has worked for 33 years as a researcher, consultant, and educator in sustainable and organic agriculture. For the last five years, Mark has been the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s top soil health researcher and writer. He has participated in on-farm research into mulching, cover crops, minimum tillage, and nutrient management for organic vegetables. For many years, he has written for the Virginia Association for Biological Farming newsletter and served as their policy liaison to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Find all eOrganic upcoming and archived webinars at https://eorganic.org/node/4942

Apr 01

Getting started with 'Hosting on-farm educational events'

7:00 pm EDT

This program is part of a 13-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2020 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series. A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available at https://events.anr.msu.edu/begfrmr2020/. A registration fee of $5 per webinar, or ½ price fee of $32.50 for all 12 webinars is required. Limited scholarships are available – contact MSU Extension Educator Jim Isleib at isleibj@msu.edu for scholarship details. If you register after a webinar is completed, a link to a recording of the completed webinars will be provided within 3 days.

Abbey Palmer, MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center

Hosting educational events at your farm is a fun way to involve the community in your business and increase knowledge of local food systems—but where do you start?  This webinar will offer ideas for hosting on-farm learning opportunities for other farmers, schools, and the general public.


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