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Oct 17

Performance Nutrition Considerations for Service Members and Veterans

11:00 am EDT

Join the MFLN Nutrition & Wellness team and former Army Dietitian Kimberly Feeney, MS, RD, CSSD for this sports nutrition webinar Performance Nutrition Considerations for Service Members and Veterans. Learn how to assess energy needs, macronutrient needs and timing,  fluid needs, supplements, and fad diets affecting athletes. Questions? Contact us at MilFamLN@gmail.com.

Learning Objectives

Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

·     Accurately assess energy and nutrient needs and provide a nutrition prescription based on physical activity level.

·     Identify potential benefits and risks of popular dietary trends in athletes.

·     Objectively evaluate dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness.

1.0 CPEU approved for Registered Dietitians


Kimberly Feeney, MS, RD, CSSD

Experienced Performance Dietitian
Tactical Performance Dietitian, United States Air Force
Prior Army, currently Air Force civilian

How to Connect

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at milfamln@gmail.com. The recording of this webinar will be posted a couple days after the live session.

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Visit our How to Join page for full information on viewing options and troubleshooting tips.

Cover Image: Licensed by R. Allen photo from Shutterstock by Peter Bernik

Oct 17

Organic Seed Production Part 6: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy

2:00 pm EDT

For the second year in a row, the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) are presenting a series of six webinars on organic seed production. The webinars cover everything from planting to harvest, to the economics of seed production. The series is part of an organic seed internship program organized by OSA and MESA, but the free webinars are open to everyone. Advance registration is required--registering just once will allow you to attend all the webinars. The series will cover the same topics as the 2016 series, but whether or not you attended last year, you are welcome to join and type in questions for the presenters. Starting on May 16th, there will be one webinar on the third Tuesday of each month through October at 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain and 11AM Pacific Time. Dates are:

  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • Sept 19
  • Oct 17

Register for the 2017 Organic Seed Production Webinar Series at:

If you would prefer to watch the recordings from the 2016 series, they are available along with additional resources in at the following links:

Find out more about the organic seed internship program at https://learn.mesaprogram.org/courses/organic-seed-internship/


Tue, May 16, 2017: Introduction and Crop Planning

  • Which crops should I grow?
  • Field planning
  • Recordkeeping

Tue, Jun 20, 2017: Trials and Selection

Conducting on-farm variety trials is a valuable investment of time and resources to ensure you are planting the best crop, variety and stock seed source for production of your seed crop. Field selection or roguing of a seed crop throughout the production cycle can further refine and improve the quality and performance of a variety or population. This webinar will cover the basics of conducting on-farm variety trials including sourcing germplasm, field plot design, trial evaluation, and making sense of the data. Presenters will also cover basics of field selection or roguing to improve performance of open pollinated seed crops.

Tue, Jul 18, 2017: Diseases and Pests

Management of disease and pests in seed crops can be even more critical than in food production. Seed crops may encounter disease and pests unique to the plant reproductive phase and avoidance of certain seed borne diseases is critical for seed quality. Seed crops are a long season crop, often growing over twice as long and twice the size of a food crop, requiring additional management practices to reduce pests and diseases. This webinar will cover basic field practices for avoiding diseases and pests in seed production and post harvest. Presenters will also provide guidance on prevention, testing and treatment for seed borne diseases in organic seed production.

Tue, Aug 15, 2017: Seed Quality, Harvesting and Equipment

Deciding when and how to harvest seed can be one of the most tenuous steps that will ultimately impact the yield and quality of your seed crop. This webinar will cover basic principles for determining the optimum timing of harvest and guidance on how to harvest either by hand or with equipment. Presenters will also cover tips and tools for preliminary threshing and drying post harvest and addressing inclement weather during the harvest process.

Tue, Sep 19, 2017: Seed Cleaning and Recordkeeping

Cleaning seed can be either gratifying or frustrating depending on your knowledge, equipment, and space for handling seed. This workshop will cover the basics of cleaning wet and dry seed by hand or with small to large-scale equipment. Farmer participants will share their seed cleaning tricks, tools and facilities and engage in trouble shooting questions with participants. Tips and resources for record keeping will help ensure seed lots are in order at the end of the season and you can recall cleaning methods in future years.

Tue, Oct 17, 2017: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy

Good business relations and management skills are critical to the success of all seed operations whether selling direct market or wholesale. Seed for wholesale is normally grown under contract with a retail seed company that will then pack and sell seeds to farmers and gardeners. Success in wholesale contracts requires assessing the costs of production and rate of return as well as building a good relationship with the contracting seed company. Join this webinar to hear from seed company representatives and a seed grower about when and how to plan for contract production and how to assess profitability. Presenters will also share perspectives on the details to consider in a contract including terms for pricing, over-production, field roguing, and seed cleaning.

Additional Resources


Funding for this program is provided by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Oct 17

The 60 Strategies of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard

2:00 pm EDT

Join Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, and Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, as they go strategy-by-strategy through the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard, the very popular tool for evaluating any lunchroom's ability to "nudge" students toward making healthier food choices in schools by applying behavioral economics principles. In this 60-minute webinar, they will share the rationale behind each research-backed strategy as well as photographs of the strategies in action and tips for implementation. Bonus: This webinar can be used as a training tool!

You may register before-hand or right at the start of the webinar using the link above. 

*This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be available here afterward* 

Learning Objectives: 

  • List the eight sections of the Scorecard
  • Understand the rationale behind each of the 60 strategies
  • Know how to implement each of the 60 strategies
  • Correctly complete the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard, on paper or online using our online Scorecard Tracker



Erin Sharp, Adam Brumberg

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