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Newsletter - Let's talk about SARE

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education - SARE.  I typically hear the acronym followed by the word "grant".  If you're into sustainable agriculture, take advantage of what SARE has to offer.  There are a few opportunities coming up - including a webinar tomorrow (!) on their Farmer Rancher grant.  Also, there are a ton of great resources available in print and online, more below!
-Jake Overgaard  UMN Extension Educator
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Join MN SARE for Farmer Rancher grant webinar
The SARE Farmer Rancher Grant program is accepting proposals until December 8th, 2016.

To that end, on Tuesday, November 1st, from 6-8 pm SARE Farmer Rancher Grant coordinator Joan Benjamin and MN SARE Coordinators Wayne Martin and Kate will provide an overview of the SARE Farmer Rancher grant program and answer any questions you may have
The meeting link can be found here.  For planning purposes we ask that you register for this webin…

Learn about transitioning to organic

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a 2nd series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops, December 5 - 7, 2016 in Lamberton, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN. 
TheseFREE, one-day workshops are for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and farmers currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops will be primarily directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome. Dates and Locations: Monday, December 5, 2016 – Lamberton, Minnesota Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – St. Cloud, Minnesota Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Rochester, Minnesota

Each workshop runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Building on the information and feedback from last year’s workshops, 2016 topics include;

business plan development and marketingunderstanding soil microbesweed biologymechanical weed management Experienced organic farmer, Carmen Fernholz, will be returning to present and field questions. Our team from the University of Mi…

Newsletter - Dispatch from the National Small Farms Conference II

I had a dream last week about starting a farm…it was a disaster.  I had a partnership with two close friends who both have farming experience and would be great to work with – but then there were a whole bunch of other partners I didn’t know.  They were working on these projects that made no sense at all.  The details are foggy, but they were working on something that was exceptionally time consuming, really elaborate, and had no chance of making any money - and I couldn’t convince them it would not work.
Where am I going with this? First and foremost, my nightmares are atypical.
Secondly, this feeds into my “Dispatch from the National Small Farms Conference, Part II” on profitability.
Also, there is a grant opportunity for livestock producers available, and a research opportunity for organic produce farms that use manure.

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From the National Small Farms Conference:  Small farm profitability:  I attended several presenta…