Practical Farmers of Iowa is Hiring a Research Coordinator

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking a diligent and respectful person to serve as a research coordinator for the research department. For over 30 years, Practical Farmers’ Cooperators’ Program has been our vehicle for helping farmers take a scientific approach to improving their farms through on-farm research. More details here.

The AgriSolar Clearinghouse and other National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) programs host in-person and virtual learning opportunities every year. Bookmark this calendar to find upcoming events they’re hosting, participating in, or think you’ll want to know about. More details here 

The Soil & Agroecosystems Lab at the University of Michigan is seeking farmers to participate in a citizen science study investigating variation in cover crop growth across different farming conditions. This research will inform site-specific recommendations for improving cover crop performance across the Great Lakes region. If you are currently growing overwintering cover crops in MI, OH, IN, IL, WI, or MN, please consider signing up!

Participation involves completing two easy steps: 1) a 15-minute online survey asking questions about soil conditions and management practices for your cover crop field(s), and 2) a short (~20 minute) cover crop field assessment in the spring. Participants will receive $50 per cover cropped field (for up to two fields) and a personalized cover crop performance report, including estimated biomass and nutrient composition.

For more information, watch this short video or visit the Blesh Lab website. Sign up here to participate: https://forms.gle/tPwbZ4EMNvkyfD1K9

Agricultural diversification is a hot topic right now. Faced with an ongoing stretch of depressed commodity

prices and environmental concerns, growers are looking for other cropping options. When UW-Madison’s

Emerging Crops Accelerator grower advisory group was surveyed last year, it identified the lack of a central

portal for information on alternative crops as one of the greatest barriers to adoption. To meet the need, UW-

Extension has launched a new website to provide growers with the information they need to help them find

alternatives.

Join CoCoRaHS! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is seeking community-based volunteers to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) using low-cost measurement tools and an interactive website

Fields of Innovation Webinar: Sustainability and Decarbonization Opportunities for Agricultural Supply Chains, Part 1 of 3 on January 27th at 12pm.  This event is the first in a three-part series exploring the complexities of emerging markets for food and agricultural products incentivizing climate-smart practices.

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is proud to present this series in partnership with Fields of Innovation 2023 sponsor, Bremer Bank, to investigate the developing ecosystem services markets creating value for reducing and sequestering carbon. Join AURI for this virtual series in January, February and March 2023.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities awarded grants in 2022 and AURI will feature several recipients to discuss their projects and how others in the Minnesota agricultural ecosystem can participate. Register here

Grassland 2.0 just released a video promoting the Heifer Grazing Compass. Check it out. Share widely! You can also Get the inside scoop on the video and the Compass here.

Nofence is hiring for our Customer Success team in the US! The position will be based at our Madison, WI office with flexibility for some remote work. Their US team is currently small, and through this position, you will have an impact on how we evolve our business while creating long-lasting relationships with our farmer customers. Apply here by February 1.

2023 UMN Forever Grower Meeting: You are invited to a grower-focused meeting on the latest research and new support available for: Kernza® perennial grain, winter camelina, winter barley, and hybrid winter rye

Please join them on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Morris, MN.  This is a free event but please register ahead of time.

Midwest GRIT is Seeking Farmers for its 2023 Cohort!

 

Join fellow agricultural entrepreneurs in the Upper Midwest in a paid peer-to-peer learning experience beginning April 2023! Midwest GRIT (Grains Resource & Immersive Training) was developed to support food-grade grain farmers and their contributions to a resilient regional grainshed!

Application period is open through March 3, 2023. Further program details and benefits can be found online at www.midwestgrit.org/apply. Learn more at our GRIT program informational webinars on Thursday, February 16, 6-7p CT (click date to register).

SFA Annual Conference is Saturday, Feb. 11th at the Gorecki Conference Center College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN. It’s $75 for current SFA members, $100 for nonmembers. Emerging Farmers are Free. Children’s program (ages 5-12)is $10. Lunch ticket in St. Ben’s excellent cafeteria: $15.  (You may also do lunch on your own.) Register HERE.

Finding Funding for Nature-Based Projects Just Got a Little Bit Easier!  Announcing a new searchable database for communities interested in funding nature-based infrastructure solutions.  Find out more details about this Nature-based Solutions Funding Database here.

Research Social Scientist position - Forest Service Northern Research Station.  You can find more details by searching the position here. You can also email Dr. Stephanie A. Snyder, Hiring Manager (stephanie.a.snyder@usda.gov). Apply by January 27th.  

GrassWorks Conference: Foraging Ahead is on February 2-4, 2023 in Wisconsin Dells, WI Learn more and register

Spring Green Campus Field Crew: The Savanna Institute invites applications for our Spring Green Field crew. Seeking applicants who share our passion for ecological agriculture. All qualified applicants are welcome; farmers and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until January 31st.

The Kitteson Soil and Water Conservation District is now hiring for a District Technician in Hallock, MN.  This full-time position will provide technical assistance to carry out the installation of conservation practices for the Kittson Soil and Water Conservation District. This position works with current technical staff, landowners, partners, and other units of government.   This position is open until filled. More details can be found here.

The Midwest Climate Collaborative, with the support of the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, is creating a Midwest Climate Asset Map. This new tool will provide researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates with the resources necessary to reach goals related to climate resilience, adaptation, policy, and mitigation. We are developing the asset map in the coming months and we want to hear from potential users about what resources and capabilities they want to see in this new tool.  All survey participants will be eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card. We will share the results and a prototype at the Midwest Climate Summit Feb. 21 - 23, 2023. Please reach out to Heather Navarro at hnavarro@wustl.edu for the survey or if you have any questions. Take the survey! 

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