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★★ December 11 - Livestock Conservancy Annual Members Meeting, 7pm Eastern. Log-in and call-in information can be found in the Member Area of LivestockConservancy.org.

★★ December 31, 2018 - DEADLINE to update information and submit ads for the Livestock Conservancy's 2019 Breeders and Products Directory. If needed, log in to update your information online here. Email Ryan Walker or call 919-542-5704 for more information about advertising in the directory.

2019 Events

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January

January 10-11 - The Minnesota Organic Conference will be held in St. Cloud, MN. 30+ breakout sessions on soils, crops, livestock, certification, marketing, & more. Featured speakers: Sean Sherman, Founder/CEO of the Sioux Chef, and Mary Jo Forbord, Farmer and Registered Dietician. Visit www.mda.state.mn.us/moc for more information.

January 12-27 - The National Western Stock Show will be held in Denver, CO. This event features more than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits each year. Visit www.nationalwestern.com for more information.

January 18 - February 9 – The 123nd Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will be held in Fort Worth, TX. The event features world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, carnival/midway fun, live music, unique daily shopping and nightly rodeos. Over 1 million visitors and 22,000 head of livestock participate each year. Visit www.fwssr.com for more information.

January 18-19 - The 23nd Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference will be held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Visit https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html for more information.

January 23-26 - The American Sheep Industry Association Convention will be held in New Orleans, LA. Visit https://www.sheepusa.org/Events_2019Convention for more information.

January 23-26 - The EcoFarm Conference "Resilience is Fertile" will be held in Pacific Grove, CA. Visit www.eco-farm.org for more information.

January 23-26 - The Southern SAWG Conference "Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms" will be held in Little Rock, AR. Visit www.ssawg.org for more information.

February

February 6-9 - The PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held in Lancaster, PA. Visit www.pasafarming.org/conference or call 814-349-9856 for more information.

February 7 - The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference will be held in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/oclc/ or call 919-542-2402.

February 14-16 - The 40th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference "Just Farming: The Path Before Us" will be held in Dayton, OH. Sustainable food and farming workshops, a trade show, from-scratch meals, a kids' conference, childcare, and keynote speakers. Visit www.oeffa.org/conference2019 for more information.

★ February 16-17 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Belton, TX. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

March

March 8-10 - The Organic Growers School Spring Conference will be held in Asheville, NC. 70+ sessions per day: practical, affordable, regionally-focused workshops on growing, permaculture, homesteading, and urban farming. Trade show, seed exchange, kid’s program. Visit www.Organicgrowersschool.org for more information.

April

April 25-27 - The Pacific Overland Expo and Auction will be held in McMinnville, OR. Horse drawn vehicle & equipment auction, blacksmithing, leatherworking, stagecoach rides, vendors, and more. For more information, visit www.pacificoverlandauction.com, call 503-434-7524, or email carrolll@co.yamhill.or.us.

★ April 27-28 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Asheville, NC. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

May

★★ May 19-25 - International Heritage Breeds Week will be held worldwide to raise awareness of endangered Heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. Heritage breed farmers and the public are encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness culminates with Heritage Breeds Day where many farms, ranches, and organizations will hold local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities. Visit www.HeritageBreedsWeek.org to learn more.

June

★ June 1-2 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Frederick, MD. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

July

 

August

★ August 3-4 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Albany, OR. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

August 12-14 - The Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held in Kearney, NE. Visit https://grassland.unl.edu/ for more information.

September

★ September 13-15 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Seven Springs, PA. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

October

★ October 19-20 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Topeka, KS. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

★★ October 24-27 - The Heritage Livestock Conference will be held in Santa Rosa, CA. Click here for more information.

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2018 Events

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2018 Events

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January

January 6-21 - The National Western Stock Show will be held in Denver, CO. This event features more than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits each year. Visit www.nationalwestern.com for more information.

January 11-12 - The Minnesota Organic Conference will be held in St. Cloud, MN. 30+ breakout sessions on soils, crops, livestock, certification, marketing, & more. Visit www.mda.state.mn.us/moc for more information.

January 12 - February 3 – The 122nd Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will be held in Fort Worth, TX. The event features world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, carnival/midway fun, live music, unique daily shopping and nightly rodeos. Over 1 million visitors and 22,000 head of livestock participate each year. Visit www.fwssr.com for more information.

★ January 17-20 - The Southern SAWG Conference "Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms" will be held in Chattanooga, TN. Visit www.ssawg.org for more information.

January 19-20 - The 22nd Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference will be held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Visit https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html for more information.

January 24-27 - The EcoFarm Conference "Sow Good" will be held in Pacific Grove, CA. Visit www.eco-farm.org for more information.

January 30-February 1 - The Grazing Conference "Covering All Ground" will be held in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Landowners, farmers, graziers, and agency staff will gather to discuss beef, dairy, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and more. Visit www.grassworks.org/events/grazing-conference/ for more information.

January 30 - February 3 - The American Sheep Industry Association Convention will be held in Denver, CO. Visit https://www.sheepusa.org/Events_2018Convention for more information.

February

February 7-10 - The 27th Annual Farming for the Future Conference will be held at Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Visit www.pasafarming.org/conference or call 814-349-9856 for more information.

February 15-17 - The 39th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference "A Taste for Change" will be held in Dayton, OH. Sustainable food and farming workshops, a trade show, from-scratch meals, a kids' conference, childcare, and keynote speakers. Visit www.oeffa.org/conference2018 for more information.

February 16-17 - The Southern Iowa Grazing Conference will be held in Bloomfield, IA. Contact 641-662-2600, ext. 307 for more information.

★ February 17-18 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Belton, TX. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

★ February 17-18 - The Power of Poultry: Breeding a Better Bird will be held in Belton, TX. In this interactive session, you will learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds. This session will include hands-on instruction for handling live chickens for the purpose of breeding birds and their evaluation as well as hands on egg selection from a variety of quality and ages. This session is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind experience! For more information, visit https://www.motherearthnews.com/store/product/the-power-of-pountry-breeding-a-better-bird-belton-tx

March

March 1 - Pro-Grassive 100% Grassfed Dairy Conference will be held in Fort Plain, NY. Contact 315-697-9589 or visit https://www.farmers.coop/events/pro-grassive-100-grass-fed-dairy-grazing-conference for more information.

March 6 - The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference will be held in Mount Olive, NC. Livestock Conservancy staff will present on raising heritage goats in the southeast. For more information, visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/oclc/ or call 919-542-2402.

March 9 - The Forum for Rural Innovation will be held in Winchester, VA. The purpose of the forum is to showcase new and exciting projects and programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability. The day will be filled with exhibits and panels, offering opportunities for networking and education. Hear how individual farms, businesses and universities are planning for agriculture. Visit www.biz.loudoun.gov/forum for more information.

March 9-11 - The Organic Growers School Spring Conference will be held in Asheville, NC. 70+ sessions per day: practical, affordable, regionally-focused workshops on growing, permaculture, homesteading, and urban farming. Trade show, seed exchange, kid’s program. www.Organicgrowersschool.org.

March 20-24 - The Bandera Fiber Arts Retreat & Hill Country Festival will be held in Bandera, TX. Course in at-home fiber processing, demos and talks about spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet, natural dying demos & discusssion, small livestock, livestock management. Visit https://suzoos.com/bandera-fiber-arts-retreat/ for more information.

March 24 - A lecture titled "Animal Domestication" will take place at Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills, IL. Volunteer Samira Bamberger will give a lecture on animal domestication at 1pm and a more in-depth look at 3pm. A tour of the museum's heritage livestock is included. Visit www.garfieldfarm.org, email info@garfieldfarm.org, or call 630-584-8485 for more information.

April

April 6-8 - The Florida Cracker Horse Association Spring Ride & Annual Meeting will be held. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Florida-Cracker-Horse-Association-118238931877270/ for more information.

April 21-22 - Pastured Providence Farm School will be held in Chillicothe, OH. The program aims to equip both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture. Visit www.pasturedprovidence.com/school for more information.

April 28 - A workshop "Backyard Chickens" will take place at Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills, IL at 1pm. Join Garfield Farm Museum's Dave Bauer and volunteer Samira Bamberger for an introduction to raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Reservations preferred. Visit www.garfieldfarm.org, email info@garfieldfarm.org, or call 630-584-8485 for more information.

April 28 - Heartland Highland Cattle Asociation's 7th annual Highland Cattle Auction will be held in Lebanon, MO. There will be a great selection of Highland animals available for you to acquire registered and unregistered breeding stock, feeder animals and excellent beef. Come early to see the animals up close in their pens and get more infomation from their owners. Visit www.highlandauction.com for more information.

★ April 28-29 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Asheville, NC. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

May

May 5-6 - The 45th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. Visit www.sheepandwool.org for more information.

May 20 - The Garfield Farm Museum Rare Breeds Show will be held in Campton Hills, IL from 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the midwest display rare and historic livestock. Individual breeders may offer livestock, poultry, and byproducts for sale. Visit www.garfieldfarm.org, email info@garfieldfarm.org, or call 630-584-8485 for more information.

★★ May 20-26 - International Heritage Breeds Week will be held worldwide to raise awareness of endangered Heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. The week of awareness was launched by The Livestock Conservancy in America in 2015 and heritage breed farmers and the public are encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness culminates with Heritage Breeds Day where many farms, ranches, and organizations will hold local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities. Visit www.HeritageBreedsWeek.org to learn more.

June

June 2-3 - The Flag Wool and Fiber Fest will be held in Flagstaff, AZ. Visit www.flagwool.com for more information.

★ June 2-3 - Mother Earth News Fair, Frederick, MD

June 6-8 - The World Pork Expo will be held in Des Moines, IA. Each year, 20,000 pork producers and other professionals make World Pork Expo the world's largest pork-specific trade show. Visit https://www.worldpork.org for more information.

June 9-10 - The Estes Park Wool Festival will be held in Estes Park, CO. Visit www.estesparkeventscomplex.com/wool-market.html for more information.

June 15-16 - Sheep is Life will be held in Tsailé, AZ. Visit http://navajolifeway.org for more information.

June 10 - The SVF Annual Visitors Day will be held in Newport, RI. Take free self-guided tours through the historic Swiss Village, peek into the state-of-the-art facilities and meet the SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff, visit Chip, a rare Tennessee myotonic goat born from a frozen embryo, and learn about other endangered breeds of livestock, attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations, and shop SVF’s selection of farm products and heritage breed meat. Visit http://www.svffoundation.org/news/2018-annual-visitors-day/ for more information.

June 23-30 - The American Dairy Goat Association National Show will be held in Columbus, OH. Visit nationalshow.adga.org or call 717-979-6044 for more information.

June 29 - July 1 - The Black Sheep Gathering will be held in Albany, OR. Visit www.blacksheepgathering.org for more information.

July

July 10-12 & 24-26 - Garfield Farm Camps will be held in Campton Hills, IL from 9am-noon. Children ages 8-15 will learn about 1840s farm and prairie life. Activities include feeding animals and museum tours. Reservations required. Visit www.garfieldfarm.org, email info@garfieldfarm.org, or call 630-584-8485 for more information.

July 13 - A Heritage Breed Poultry Workshop will be held at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT. In this workshop, Master Breeder Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch will expose the history of poultry and how we got where we are. He will showcase why Heritage breeds are an important source of genetics, the importance of independent breeders and hatcheries, flock management, and how to educate the consumer on the importance of maintaining heritage breeds for nutrition and genetics. Lastly, Frank will show us what is possible in the world of heritage breeds and the work that desperately needs to be done. The Sterling Farm will have raised a sample of Frank’s heritage/”standard” breed chickens alongside the modern Red Ranger breed and Cornish Cross hybrids. Trial information will be on hand for participants.Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/good-shepherd-heritage-breed-poultry-workshop/ for more information.

July 15 - The Exchange Place Farm Fest will be held in Kingsport, TN. Every July, Kingsport's community-wide Fun Fest celebration takes place all over town, which includes Exchange Place, the area’s living history farm which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Known as FarmFest, the focus is on children’s “play” and “chores” and demonstrations of summertime activities on a 19th century farmstead, which includes meeting the horses, cow, sheep, donkey and pigs who live at Exchange Place. Completely free to the public, due to the generosity of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, all the historic buildings will be open on Sunday, July 15, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Drinks and light snacks are also available. Visit https://www.exchangeplace.info for more information.

August

★ August 4-5 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Albany, OR. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

September

September 6-8 - The 2018 Rocky Mountain Horse Association International Grand Championship Horse Show will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park. A General membership meeting will be held on September 5th at the horse park. Visit https://www.rmhorse.com or email executivedirector@rmhorse.com for more information.

★ September 14-16 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Seven Springs, PA. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

September 20-22 - The Navajo-Churro Sheep Association Annual General Meeting will be held in Cortez, CO. Visit http://www.navajo-churrosheep.com/ for more information.

September 23-24 - The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival will be held in Canby, OR. The festival includes workshops, demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars, and kids' activities. Visit www.flockandfiberfestival.com for more information.

September 27-30 - The American Milking Devon 2018 Regional Show will be held in conjunction with the Virginia State Fair, Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA 23047  First ever AMD Mid-Atlantic Regional Show, a great opportunity to showcase our tri-purpose breed to 50,000 visitors per day. Email OLDGJEPENFARM@yahoo.com or call Richard Larson, 540-829-5683 for more information.

September 29-30 - The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will be held in Tunbridge, VT. The event celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage. Visit https://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/ for more information.

October

October 6-7 - The 2018 Heritage Breeds Festival will be held at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, VA. Family-friendly event including demonstrations, hayrides, games, meat tastings, music, and more. Exhibitors and vendors wanted to display your heritage breeds & sell agricultural/heritage breed related merchandise to the public. For more information contact Crystal Ritenour at 540.905.9031 or critenour@ayrshirefarm.com.

October 13 - The Canadian Horse Expo will be held in Harwinton, CT. The day will consist of under saddle/harness demonstrations, equine-related seminars, presentations about the breed and a Breeder’s Barn featuring farms, horses for sale and stallions standing at stud from Canada and the US. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/canadianhorseexpo, email threefoldfarm@comcast.net, or call 978-697-7910.

★ October 13-14 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Topeka, KS. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

October 16-21 - The American Dairy Goat Association Annual Convention will be held in Minneapolis, MN. Visit https://convention.adga.org or call 828-286-3801 for more information.

October 26-28 - The Sixth Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium will be held in Davis, CA. This year’s theme: Donkey Psychology and Behavior: a Celebration of the Thoughtful and Loyal. In depth course on behavior shaping, theory and practice, including lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, series of donkey trainer demonstrations, including BLM burros trained by UCD students, and a BLM burro adoption event, scientific lectures on research related to donkey biology, medicine, and the protection of endangered donkey breeds. For more information, visit donkeywelfaresymposium.homestead.com, https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyWelfareSymposium, or email donkeysymposium@gmail.com.

November

★★ November 8-11 - The Heritage Livestock Conference will be held at Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN. Click here for more information.

December

★★ December 31 - DEADLINE to update information and submit ads for the Livestock Conservancy's 2019 Breeders and Products Directory. If needed, log in to update your information online here. Email Ryan Walker or call 919-542-5704 for more information about advertising in the directory.