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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is offering the 12-hour course on four Wednesday evenings in March to help aspiring farmers learn what it takes to start and manage a profitable farm enterprise.  The course will be held at Duke Farms Orientation Center classroom, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough on consecutive Wednesday evenings starting March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Pre-registration is required.  Click here for more information.
 
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Farm Evaluation

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey will hold this training session 2 to 5 p.m. at Fernbrook Farm CSA, 142 Bordentown-Georgetown Rd., Bordentown.  The session will provide information on the tools and methods for performing a site evaluation of a farm.  Landowners and beginning farmers will learn how to make informed decisions on the sustainability of their land for certain productin models using scientific information on soil and plants.  For more information, call 908-371-1111.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

FSMA for Farmers

The New Jersey and Delaware Departments of Agriculture will present a seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Rd., Bordentown, NJ.  The seminar will focus on preparing farmers for the implementation of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, which will occur later this year and into 2016.  There will be presentations on what auditors will be looking for on farms and other information farmers will need to know as the law is enacted.  The session is open to farmers from Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  For more information contact the NJDA at 609-292-3976.
 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Certified Pullorum Testing Class

The NJ Department of Agriculture will offer the class 5:30-9 p.m. at the NJ Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory.  Click here for directions. If you own and show poultry or are a 4-H leader or poultry club officer, you should consider being certified as a Pullorum tester for New Jersey.  The state requires all birds going to shows or fairs be tested for this disease.

Click here for registration information.
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015

NJ Junior Breeder's Livestock Symposium

The Department of Agriculture will host the sumposium at Rutgers Cook Campus Farm, former NJ Agricultural Museum, 100 College Farm Rd.  The day will feature sessions on equine show grooming and showmanship, dairy and swine breeding, animal health, poultry housing and rules, nutrition, and 4-H Avian Bowl practice.  The annual Dairy Clip-off and Equine Nutrition Jeopardy will take place.  The first Sheep and Goat Film Festival will be held -- youth created videos are due by March 12.

Click here for the registration packet. Registration is due by March 13.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

17th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium

The Symposium will be held 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horse Park of New Jersey, 626 Route 524, Allentown, NJ.  Sessions will focus on animal first aid, as well as personal protective equipment and knot-tying. 

Click here for the agenda and registration form.