Events calendar

Friday, September 18, 2020
9:30 am ET

Be safe: de-escalation and personal safety: Navigating Conflict & Tough Conversations in Agriculture

Stressful times in agriculture can trigger difficult conversations that many of us dread – whether we’re delivering bad news, are on the receiving end of it, or are helping farmers or farm families make sense of it all.  Fortunately, these situations don’t have to be uncomfortable or unproductive. 

In this series of five engaging 30-minute sessions, you’ll learn tips and strategies for having constructive interactions that can lead to better outcomes for everyone involved. You will also learn precautions to keep yourself safe in highly charged situations. These online sessions are an adaptation of a three-hour workshop we offered in 2019 . Whether the content is new to you or you simply want a refresher, we hope you’ll participate and share the opportunity with colleagues.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Lenders, mediators, farm advocates, agency staff, Farm Business Management and Extension educators, agricultural advisors and business people, farmers, veterinarians, clergy, social service providers, and anyone else who interacts with farmers or agriculture.

DATES:  MondaySeptember 14 – Friday, September 18, 2020

TIME: 8:30-9:00 a.m. each day

ONLINE PLATFORM: Zoom

COST:  None

REGISTRATION:  https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscuCqqTwuGNZC6lTDtFBPwujTamTV8go_

SCHEDULE

Monday - Bring your best self forward

Tuesday - Embrace conflict and change 

Wednesday - Name and frame the conversation 

Thursday - Listen for success

Friday - Be safe: de-escalation and personal safety

SERIES OBJECTIVES

  • Reduce personal anxiety and fear about interpersonal conflict.
  • Explore the connection between conflict and change.
  • Understand how self-awareness and group dynamics contribute to successful outcomes.
  • Recognize the importance of using framing and reflecting techniques in discussion.
  • Learn precautions you can take to keep yourself safe at work – both in and outside your office.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Denise Stromme, M.A. is a University of Minnesota Extension educator in the Center for Community Vitality. She has more than 35 years of experience helping adults develop the skills, connections, and confidence they need to realize their goals. Born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Denise has degrees in Education and Intercultural Management which have led her to live and work across the U.S. and abroad. A member of the Minnesota law enforcement community will teach Friday’s session on de-escalation and personal safety.

This workshop is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-170. The MDA and USDA are equal opportunity employers and service providers. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact Stephen Moser at 651-201-6012 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.

1:00 pm ET

Dismantling and Rebuilding the Food System after COVID-19: The 5Ds of Redistribution

Some groups feel the brunt of harms in the food system caused by shocks like COVID-19 more than others. Food systems also concentrate power and resources. How might redistribution of risks and benefits play a role in building resilient food systems? Join experts Dr. Charlotte Coté, University of Washington, Dr. Ernesto Méndez, The University of Vermont, Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Michigan State University, Dr. Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, and Dr. Neva Hassanein, University of Montana in discussing redistributive policy tools towards the “5D of Redistribution”: Decolonization, Decarbonization, Diversification, Democratization, and Decommodification.

Register here: https://ubc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wZeTyfvkShiF8dyIpsD9dw 

1:30 pm ET

The Awakening: 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 https://thelandconnection.org/event/mwc-2020/