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Friday, January 15
 

9:00am

Advanced Grazing Topics with Jim Gerrish: Part 1--Getting the Most Out of Your Pastures
  • Are you a farmer who has been managing pasture for a few years?
  • Do you want to farm for environmental benefits AND to make money?
  • Are you ready to move your grazing knowledge to a new level?

This day-long workshop is intended for pasture managers who have moved beyond the basics and are focused on refining and improving their systems.  Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and internationally. He has 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and co-founded a multi-day grazing management program that has been duplicated in fifteen other states. 

Part 1: : If you want to get the most out of your pastures, focus on the things you can control. You can’t control the price of oil or steel, so keep those things to a minimum in your business. In this session we will learn how to capture more solar energy with every acre, how to get more water into your soil, how to keep minerals cycling efficiently through your pastures, and how to create more biodiversity across and through your pasture landscape.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

10:45am

Advanced Grazing Topics with Jim Gerrish: Part 2--Stock density: The most powerful tool in the grazier's Toolbox
  • Are you a farmer who has been managing pasture for a few years?
  • Do you want to farm for environmental benefits AND to make money?
  • Are you ready to move your grazing knowledge to a new level?

This day-long workshop is intended for pasture managers who have moved beyond the basics and are focused on refining and improving their systems.  Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and internationally. He has 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and co-founded a multi-day grazing management program that has been duplicated in fifteen other states. 

Part 2:
What is the difference between stocking rate and stock density? How do you know what is the right stock density on your farm today? How do you really use stock density as a management tool? We will talk about all of these topics in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Theatre

1:00pm

Is a Dropping Milk Price Making You Think About Organic Transition?
  • Are you considering a transition to organic now or possibly sometime in the future?
  • Have you begun an organic transition and want to better understand your marketing options?

This stand-alone session will cover some of the technical aspects of transition, such as the pasture rule, what the inspection and transition process is like, and provide suggestions for starting to plan if a transition is a few years away.  Structured to be informal and tailored around the needs of the farmers in the room, pasture and business management consultant Sarah Flack and Vermont Organic Farmers Dairy & Livestock Certification Specialist will be joined by representatives from the major organic dairy companies around the region to outline their individual payment programs and requirements. 

Please note: Registration for this workshop includes an invitation to stay for the Jim Gerrish presentation on investment in grazing improvements. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack

Owner, Sarah Flack Consulting
Sarah Flack is a consultant specializing in providing practical information on grass based and organic livestock production. She is the author of Organic Dairy Production, wrote the chapter on grazing management in The Organic Dairy Handbook and co-authored Transitioning to Organic... Read More →
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Ashley Green

Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Certification Specialist, Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC
Ashley began working with organic dairy cattle in New Hampshire, with particular interest in rotational grazing and feed systems. While in NH, she also attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a BS in Environmental Science and a MS in Natural Resources with a focus... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Edgewater

1:00pm

Advanced Grazing Topics with Jim Gerrish: Part 3--Pasture-Finished Beef on Perennial Pastures
  • Are you a farmer who has been managing pasture for a few years?
  • Do you want to farm for environmental benefits AND to make money?
  • Are you ready to move your grazing knowledge to a new level?

This day-long workshop is intended for pasture managers who have moved beyond the basics and are focused on refining and improving their systems.  Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and internationally. He has 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and co-founded a multi-day grazing management program that has been duplicated in fifteen other states. 

Part 3:
What does it take to finish high-quality pasture-finished beef? Learn how to use less than ideal pastures to still create a premium beef product. Remember, what you do with it is more important than what it is.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Theatre

2:45pm

Advanced Grazing Topics with Jim Gerrish: Part 4--The Dollars and Cents of Grazing
  • Are you a farmer who has been managing pasture for a few years?
  • Do you want to farm for environmental benefits AND to make money?
  • Are you ready to move your grazing knowledge to a new level?

This day-long workshop is intended for pasture managers who have moved beyond the basics and are focused on refining and improving their systems.  Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and internationally. He has 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and co-founded a multi-day grazing management program that has been duplicated in fifteen other states. 

Part 4:
How do you figure out whether or not a particular pasture improvement project will pay off. Everything from basic fertilization to putting in a Cadillac stock water system can be evaluated with a few basic pieces of information and a plan.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Theatre

4:00pm

Tradeshow Open
Come visit a variety of businesses and organizations aimed at helping you achieve your goals.  This tradeshow area will be open throughout Friday and Saturday, and the Friday afternoon period is particularly aimed at visitation and networking before dinner. We will have some nice refreshments featuring meats from Vermont Smoke and Cure as well as a variety of local cheeeses.


Friday January 15, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Morey Room

6:00pm

Buffet Dinner--Make Reservations Directly with Lake Morey Resort
Due to the number of people attending both Friday and Saturday, Lake Morey Resort is offering a buffet dinner option, as well as their regular a la carte dinners.  This is separate from the conference and you will need to make reservations and pay for dinner on you own.  Thank you!

Friday January 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:00pm

Documentary Screening: Symphony of the Soil
Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.  We’ll pop up some Vermont-grown popcorn to serve dring the movie, and end the event with a group discussion for those who choose to participate.


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Theatre

7:00pm

Grazing Around the World
Take an excursion around the world to have a look at what stock producers and graziers around the world face on their farms, ranches, stations, and estancias. Full of before and after photos, personal stories, and international application of universally-practical grazing principals. Served up with a tasty homemade dessert featuring local products.

This session is underwritten by the Vermont Beef Industry Council.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Edgewater
 
Saturday, January 16
 

8:00am

Tradeshow Open
Come visit a variety of businesses and organizations aimed at helping you achieve your goals.  This tradeshow area will be open throughout Friday and Saturday, with refreshment breaks planned in this room to encourage visits between workshop sessions.  We'll start the day with breakfast & snacks, and end the day with an ice cream social featuring Strafford Organic Creamery ice cream and Fat Toad Farm caramel!


Saturday January 16, 2016 8:00am - 4:45pm
Morey Room

9:00am

Calve Successfully This Spring
Dr. Kent Anderson of Valleywide Veterinary Services will bring his longtime annual VT Beef Producers’ Association Calf Clinic inside to cover preparation, management, and husbandry intervention considerations for a successful calving season. Dr. Kent places heavy emphasis on the simple basics, “clean, dry, comfortable, and well nourished”, minimizing stress, and working facilities. He will also address how to recognize dystocia (difficulty calving), strategies for assisted delivery, and the needs of the newborn calf. Traditionally the presentation is very informal with questions and discussion encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Valleywide Veterinary Services
My passion for agriculture began as a young teen when my family was moved to an eight acre parcel in a south shore suburb of Boston where, with the help of my Dad and scavenged lumber from our local dump, I restored an old chicken coop. I raised thirty hens, gathered a flock of ducks... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

9:00am

Stand Up & Speak Out: Getting Involved in Policy
The professional staff and farmer board members from Rural Vermont will provide an overview of the many situations in which citizen voices can and must be heard. From town boards to our state legislature, regulatory agencies, the U.S. Congress and global grassroots movements, learn how they work and how you can influence them. Using personal stories, fun interactive activities, and the opportunity to meet other aspiring activists, this workshop will give you inspiration, confidence and practical skills to speak up for causes you care about and create the change you seek.


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Lakeside West

9:00am

Understanding Forages Gives You a Great Start
Have you read about the pros and cons of different forage plants, but struggled to identify them in the pasture?  Do you want to better understand how and why pasture plants can be used to your best advantage?  Understanding their structure and function is the place to start.  Taught by UVM Extension Forage Agronomist Sid Bosworth, this session will plenty of photos and hands-on practice with potted versions of your favorite pasture plants.

Speakers
avatar for Sid Bosworth

Sid Bosworth

UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Terrace Ballroom

9:00am

Real Life Grazing Do’s and Don’ts from the Field
Cheryl Cesario, Pasture Specialist with the UVM Extension Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture team will present a real-example slideshow of the good, the bad and the ugly she’s seen in her work and talk about strategies to reach that desired ‘good’ category.  With plenty of photos, basic concepts, and paddock sizing calculations, this is a great place for the new grazier to learn the ropes.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Cesario

Cheryl Cesario

Grazing Specialist, UVM Extension Crop, Soil & Pasture Team
Cheryl Cesario is a Grazing Outreach Specialist with UVM Extension in Middlebury. She works with farmers to get the most out their pastures…balancing the needs of people, plants, animals, and water quality. She prepares grazing plans for beef, dairy and other livestock producers... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Captain's Room

9:00am

Kids' Conference Session 1
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Education Coordinator, Lamoille County Conservation District
Carrie Riker has been the Education Coordinator for Lamoille County Conservation District since 2000.  She joined LCCD after completing her MS in Environmental Science.   Carrie organizes the annual Vermont Envirothon, Lamoille County Nature Center’s Summer Camp and Vacation... Read More →
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Mary Zentara

Mary Zentara  has worked outdoors with children and teens as a nature-based and outdoor educator for many years. She leads programs with a focus on nature awareness, primitive skills, and earth arts. She is a graduate of the Outdoor Leadership Program in Greenfield, MA and holds... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Garden View Room

9:00am

Observation Highlights From Three Research Farms
For the past three years, a UVM Extension team has been documenting the effects of different management strategies on three grass-based farms in Vermont.  The three farms, raising beef, dairy cows, and sheep, were evaluated for changes in forage, soil biological activity, energy use, costs and benefits of practices, and how the farmers themselves adapted to changes in strategies and conditions over time.  Team members will present about some of the take away observations from each farm and what they might mean in practical terms for others farmers to learn from and act on.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvez

Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in   Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in   Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced   interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Lakeside East

9:00am

Genetic Selection in Small Ruminants
This session will cover the principles of genetics, selection, and breeding programs for the improvement of animal performance and profitability. Special focus will be given to breeding for parasite resistance within a comprehensive, multi-trait selection program. Tools such as the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) and estimated breeding values (EBVs) will be introduced. The session will involve presentation, followed by a practical case study with interactive decision-making in breeding stock selection.  Presented by Joe Emenheiser, University of Vermont Extension and Melanie Barkley, Penn State Extension .

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Barkley

Melanie Barkley

Extension Educator, Penn State
Melanie is an educator for Penn State Extension, based in Bedford. She began her career in Extension as a youth educator and has covered many program areas in agriculture over a 25 year time period. Her current position focuses on livestock production, which includes serving as co-chair... Read More →
avatar for Joe Emenheiser

Joe Emenheiser

Diversified Livestock Specialist, UVM Extension
Joe was raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. His livestock experience includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching and judging. His research has focused on using ultrasound for genetic improvement of lamb composition, and on... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Waterlot

9:00am

The Creative Application of Grazing Science
As part of the background research for her upcoming 2016 book, The Art and Science of Grazing Management,  Sarah Flack toured a series of grass-based farms in the Eastern US and Europe.  Sarah will show how the core principals of good grazing management--including careful planning, observation and monitoring--are being applied in very unique ways on different farms in different climates and regions using creative application of grazing system design, infrastructure, stocking densities, and plant species selection.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack

Owner, Sarah Flack Consulting
Sarah Flack is a consultant specializing in providing practical information on grass based and organic livestock production. She is the author of Organic Dairy Production, wrote the chapter on grazing management in The Organic Dairy Handbook and co-authored Transitioning to Organic... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

10:45am

Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Speech by Jim Gerrish

Welcome and introduction to the 20th Anniversary of the VT Grazing & Livestock Conference, featuring remarks by VT Grass Farmers Association and VT Beef Producers' Association board members, and an anniversary retrospective video about grass farming produced by UVM Extension's Across the Fence team.

Keynote speaker Jim Gerrish will follow up with a presentation about "Kicking the Hay Habit", based on his book of the same name.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Terrace Ballroom

10:45am

Kids' Conference Session 2
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Education Coordinator, Lamoille County Conservation District
Carrie Riker has been the Education Coordinator for Lamoille County Conservation District since 2000.  She joined LCCD after completing her MS in Environmental Science.   Carrie organizes the annual Vermont Envirothon, Lamoille County Nature Center’s Summer Camp and Vacation... Read More →
MZ

Mary Zentara

Mary Zentara  has worked outdoors with children and teens as a nature-based and outdoor educator for many years. She leads programs with a focus on nature awareness, primitive skills, and earth arts. She is a graduate of the Outdoor Leadership Program in Greenfield, MA and holds... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Garden View Room

1:15pm

Managing Cow Costs
How do you move from you working for the cows to all the cows working for you? What can you afford to own and invest in to be in the livestock business? How is it that the most successful cattle producers in the US consistently earn double-digit annual return on investment.  Presented by Jim Gerrish, and based on 35+ years of working with cattle producers around the country.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish

Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US andinternationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers across the US, Canada... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Terrace Ballroom

1:15pm

Connecticut River Watershed Alliance
Inspired by the recent formation of proactive farmer watershed alliances in the Champlain Valley, recently a group of farmers in the Connecticut River Watershed began formation of a similar group.  Starting in the White River and Ottaquechee River watersheds, the group is inviting farmers from throughout the region to join together and combine efforts to make sure that every farmer in the watershed is engaged in water quality protection.  Members from the alliance will present on work that’s been done so far and where the group plans to go next.


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lakeside West

1:15pm

Putting Some Buzz In Your Pastures: Improving Bee Health
A decline in honeybee and bumble bee populations over the past few decades has been attributed to many factors including pests, disease, pesticide exposure, and a loss of nectar and pollen resources. Historically, an important summer food resource for honeybees has been from forage legumes such as clovers, alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil. This session led by UVM’s Sid Bosworth and Samantha Alger will focus on the interactions of forage legumes with wild bees and honeybees and ways to increase floral resources in pastures and hay fields for these important insects. In addition, they will discuss Vermont’s first year in the National Honey Bee Survey and provide some preliminary results from the first year of sampling.

Speakers
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Samantha Alger

Graduate Student, UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
avatar for Sid Bosworth

Sid Bosworth

UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Edgewater

1:15pm

The Pasture Toolbox: What Should You Expect From Your Forages, and What Should They Expect of You?
Farmers are often frustrated by low hay yields, slow recovery after harvest, poor plant persistence, low plant palatability, and invasion of undesirable pasture plants.  The root of the problem is often a lack of understanding about the characteristics of the plants in their pasture, how they respond to management, and how to manage them optimally.  In this interactive session, we will discuss the agronomic characteristics of a wide range of forage species including: birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, red clover, kura clover, white clover, perennial ryegrass, meadow fescue, reed canary grass, Italian ryegrass, smooth bromegrass, orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and more.  Presented by UVM Agronomist Dan Hudson.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hudson

Dan Hudson

Agronomist, UVM Extension
Daniel Hudson serves the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut Watershed as an agronomist and nutrient management specialist for University of Vermont Extension and is available statewide and regionally as needed. Daniel's work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Theatre

1:15pm

A Holistic Approach to Livestock Production
Come explore the connections between soil biodiversity, forages, animal and human health that can mean a more resilient approach to dairy and farming. Explore topics including soils, forages, rumen microbiome, milk fatty acids across diets.  Project lead Juan Alvez of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture will highlight tools for grass farmers to monitor grazing behavior and forage utilization in real time; the impact of grazing summer annuals on milk production, composition and fatty acid profile as well as rumen function; and how biodiversity in diet can affect overall livestock wellbeing and holistic farm success.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvez

Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in   Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in   Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced   interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lakeside East

1:15pm

Improving Gastrointestinal Parasite Control In Small Ruminants
This presentation will focus on producer options/resources available to optimize gastrointestinal parasite control in sheep and goats.  A research update on the use of birdsfoot trefoil and cranberry plants for parasite control will be included.  Presented by Katherine Petersson, University of Rhode Island, and Anne Zajac, Virginia Tech.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Petersson

Katherine Petersson

Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island
Katherine Petersson is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Department of Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science. Dr. Petersson obtained her B.S. degree in Animal Science, from Texas A&M University in 1982 and her M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in Animal... Read More →
avatar for Anne Zajac

Anne Zajac

Virginia/Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty, Virginia Tech
Dr. Anne Zajac is a faculty member at the Virginia/Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.  She is a Michigan native and received her DVM from Michigan State University and a PhD in parasitology from Ohio State University.  She has been a faculty member at Virginia... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Waterlot

1:15pm

My Land is Wet – What Can I Do?
For well over 30 years, precipitation in the Northeast has been on the increase, expanding wet areas on farms and leading to greater vulnerability along riparian zones due to increased volume and velocity of traveling water. What options are available to help farmers adapt? Kimberly Hagen, Grazing Specialist at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will share what she learned from her spring 2015 trip to Minnesota visiting farms that routinely use grazing as a tool to maintain riparian edges. Jim Eikenberry, Wetlands Specialist with the Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Service, will describe the options available to farmers with wet land, as well as what is not allowed under USDA wetland compliance rules, including cleared forest land with streams or wetlands within.

Speakers
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Jim Eikenberry

Wetlands Specialist, VT Natural Resource Conservation Service
Jim Eikenberry is the Wetlands Specialist for Vermont NRCS.  Jim’s work involves helping private landowners statewide identify wetlands on their property and also working with landowners to restore and permanently protect wetlands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Captain's Room

1:30pm

Kids' Conference Session 3
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Education Coordinator, Lamoille County Conservation District
Carrie Riker has been the Education Coordinator for Lamoille County Conservation District since 2000.  She joined LCCD after completing her MS in Environmental Science.   Carrie organizes the annual Vermont Envirothon, Lamoille County Nature Center’s Summer Camp and Vacation... Read More →
MZ

Mary Zentara

Mary Zentara  has worked outdoors with children and teens as a nature-based and outdoor educator for many years. She leads programs with a focus on nature awareness, primitive skills, and earth arts. She is a graduate of the Outdoor Leadership Program in Greenfield, MA and holds... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Garden View Room

3:00pm

Comparing Different Ways to Produce and Market Your Beef
Are you a beef producer wondering whether you would make more money as a feeder, cow/calf, or grass-finished beef operation?  Would you aim at wholesale, direct, or institutional markets? Business planning specialists Rose Wilson and Sarah Flack will highlight production-side expenses such as feed, labor and infrastructure, and market channel income potential, such as how different marketing methods impact sale margins.  They will help walk through assessing net return on investment and quality of life impacts to help you figure out what’s a good fit for you.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack

Owner, Sarah Flack Consulting
Sarah Flack is a consultant specializing in providing practical information on grass based and organic livestock production. She is the author of Organic Dairy Production, wrote the chapter on grazing management in The Organic Dairy Handbook and co-authored Transitioning to Organic... Read More →
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Rose Wilson

Owner, Rosalie Wilson Consulting


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Terrace Ballroom

3:00pm

Next Steps for Vermont’s Required Ag Practices (RAPs)
While the initial public comment period on the draft Required Agricultural Practice rules closed in December, the comments have now been incorporated into a second draft for release.  Come join this working session with Ryan Patch of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets as he walks through some of the changes so far, and talks about nest steps for the RAPs.

Speakers
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Ryan Patch

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Edgewater

3:00pm

CANCELLED--Feeding Into December: Twenty Years of Season Extension
Due to unforeseen circumstances, David is unable to present this year.  We plan to reschedule this session for 2017.  Wellscroft will still be represented in the tradeshow area.
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Do you know that it’s possible to keep grazing into December without supplemental feed?  David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm has been raising pastured sheep into early winter for over twenty years, using strategic placement and portable fencing to graze hay aftermath on neighboring farms.  David will share his experience building up forage root reserves, walking sheep to nearby pastures, and documenting comparisons of grazing vs. hay feeding on weight gain.

Speakers
avatar for David Kennard

David Kennard

Owner, Wellscroft Fence Systems and Wellscroft Farm
For the past 37 years David Kennard has raised commercial Dorset crosses using IRG to maximize the forage on the hilly, rocky terrain on the 100 acres known as Wellscroft Farm in Chesham, NH. David uses a blend of Sylva culture and agriculture to maximize the out-put of the land thereby... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lake Morey Resort

3:00pm

Troubleshooting Your Grazing System in Three Dimensions
Sometimes laying out plans on paper – whether in narrative or pictures – just doesn’t give the full breadth of what a living, functioning farm is all about. In this session we’ll set up a model farm to work through a production plan for it according to its resources and limitations. Planned as a follow up working session to last year; bring your examples and  UVM Extension’s Kimberly Hagen will help work through them in a group problem-solving session.

Speakers
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Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Captain's Room

3:00pm

Kids' Conference Session 4
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
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Carrie Riker

Education Coordinator, Lamoille County Conservation District
Carrie Riker has been the Education Coordinator for Lamoille County Conservation District since 2000.  She joined LCCD after completing her MS in Environmental Science.   Carrie organizes the annual Vermont Envirothon, Lamoille County Nature Center’s Summer Camp and Vacation... Read More →
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Mary Zentara

Mary Zentara  has worked outdoors with children and teens as a nature-based and outdoor educator for many years. She leads programs with a focus on nature awareness, primitive skills, and earth arts. She is a graduate of the Outdoor Leadership Program in Greenfield, MA and holds... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Garden View Room

3:00pm

The Plots Thicken: Using Local On-farm R&D Plots to Select Suitable Forage Species for Your Farm
Are there opportunities for you to increase profitability by choosing forage species and varieties that address various needs on your farm?  If you could increase the dry matter intake and lactation of your cows by using haylage made with lower-fiber grasses or grasses with higher fiber digestibility, would it be worth a look?   Are there higher-yielding, more persistent legume species and varieties?  What does it look like when you combine species/variety X, Y, and Z?  What kind of seeding rate is appropriate?  You can read the tech sheets on the varieties available from your local vendor, or you can take a look at them in a setting similar the one on your own farm.  UVM Extension Agronomist Dan Hudson planted 200+ mixed forage plots on multiple farms in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2014 and 2015 to demonstrate the answers to some of these questions and will present the results so far.

Speakers
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Dan Hudson

Agronomist, UVM Extension
Daniel Hudson serves the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut Watershed as an agronomist and nutrient management specialist for University of Vermont Extension and is available statewide and regionally as needed. Daniel's work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Theatre

3:00pm

Innovations in Controlling Barber Pole Worm and Treating Deer Worm in Goats and Sheep
Cornell Cooperative Extension Small Ruminant Extension Specialist tatiana Stanton will discuss preliminary results from on-farm studies in Northeast sheep flocks and goat herds of the effects of 1) dosing animals with copper  oxide wire particles on barber pole worm populations, 2) grazing birdsfoot trefoil pastures versus conventional pastures on strongyle populations, FAMACHA scores and weight gains, and 3) two different treatment protocols on recovery rates of goats and sheep naturally infected with deer worm.

Speakers
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tatiana Stanton

Sheep and Goat Extension Associate, Cornell University Extension
Dr. tatiana Stanton is a goat and sheep extension associate at Cornell University where she is part of the staff of the NE Sheep and Goat Marketing Program. In her spare time, tatiana maintains a small herd (35 doe) of high percentage Boer meat goats and chairs the Education Committee... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Waterlot

3:00pm

A National Grazing Tour of Texas
Held every two years, the National Conference on Grazing Lands is a gathering of grass-based farmers and ranchers from every corner of the country.  It’s a terrific place to learn about issues and ideas that don’t always extend to the Northeast.  UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby will give an overview of some of the issues raised at the NCGL, as well as highlights from several Texas ranches that the attendees had the chance to tour.

Speakers
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Pasture Account

Program Coordinator, NRCS
Jenn Colby is the Program Coordinator for the Pasture Program at the UVM [Extension] Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She has a B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics, both from the University of Vermont. Jenn coordinates conference and workshops... Read More →



Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lakeside East