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Saturday, January 16

9:00am PST

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.

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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 PST

1:15pm PST

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.


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 →
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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 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Captain's Room

3:00pm PST

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.

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Pasture Account

Program Coordinator, Wellscroft
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 PST
Lakeside East