Events calendar

Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 am ET
12:00 pm ET

NAFSN Leadership Circle Meeting

Monthly NAFSN Leadership Circle meeting

1:30 pm ET

Drone Wars: 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day

The 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is fast approaching. This year's challenges have pushed us beyond the Midwest and into the virtual realm where we are excited to present a series of three short, interactive virtual field days. 
This virtual field day series will showcase tools and techniques for mechanical weed control in both row crops and specialty crops. Sam Hitchcock Tilton, mechanical weeding specialist, will be joined by farmer/experts Peter Seely and Jared Oomen to demonstrate a variety of tools and tool-set up, explaining details and taking farmers’ questions live.  
The virtual field day schedule is as follows (all events will take place 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. CDT on Facebook Live)
  • September 11 — Episode 1: Drone Wars, an exploration of camera-guided cultivation in row crops
  • September 18 — Episode 2: The Awakening, a demonstration of tool set-up and in-shop adjustments
  • September 25 — Episode 3:  The First Encounter, precision cultivation in direct-seeded vegetables
Attendees from any state will be eligible to earn 1 CEU per session (3 total CEUs available) in Crop Management with their CCA number. This series is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partnerships with Practical Farmers of Iowa and The Land Connection.   
To register and find additional information, including an overview of the tools being demonstrated, please visit
8:00 pm ET

Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule"

Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule"

September 11th & 12th 2020



This event is FREE and open to the public.


People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. This conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more!


Keynote SpeakersAnna-Lisa Cox, author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality and Terry Cosby, USDA - NRCS.

Other speakers include Kevin McGruder, Ph.D. and Cornelius Blanding, President of the Federation of Southern Cooperative.

Sponsored by Community Solutions, Antioch College, and The Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.





Friday, September 11, 2020

Evening Keynote Address by Anna-Lisa Cox Time: 7:00pm


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Conference Start Time: 9:00am

Registration: 8:15am

Location: Virtual 

9:00am–4:00pm: Resource Fair with Central State University and Ohio State University extension offices, USDA, Farm-Credit of Mid-America

9:00am–9:30am: Kevin McGruder, PhD, Moderator/Speaker

9:30am–10:30am: Keynote Speaker: Terry Cosby, USDA - NRCS.

10:30am–11:00am: Break

12:30pm–1:30pm: Lunch and Conversation

1:30pm–3:00pm: Breakouts Sessions –McGregor Hall, 45 min. Breakout sessions to run concurrently; 1:30pm - 2:15pm; 2:15pm - 3:00pm

3:00–4:00pm: Farming Cooperative Presentation - Cornelius Blanding, President, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

4:00pm–5:00pm: Where do we go from here? - Facilitated discussion

Conference Adjourns