Keynote speakers include: Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines of Organic Valley/CROPP in La Farge, Wis., on high forage diets for optimal animal health and milk production; Dr. Fred Magdoff, UVM emeritus professor, on building farm resilience through soil health and crop diversification; and Dr. Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems LLC in Kinderhook, N.Y., on wide-swath (hay in a day) haylage harvesting and other best practices for harvesting and storing hay.
In addition, Willie Gibson, a NOFA-Vermont dairy and livestock advisor, will lead a motivational exercise designed to help farmers learn how to cope with stress. Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension agronomist, speaking on key management strategies for high yields and quality forages, will be joined by a panel of organic dairy farmers who will discuss how they maintain soils and forage quality on their farms.
Organic dairy producer to address Vermont grains conference
Jack Lazor, co-owner of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vt., has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference, March 13, in Essex, Vt.
Lazor's talk will focus on grain production in cold climates, based on his experiences with growing grains for human consumption and feed for his Jersey herd. The organic dairy farmer is a co-founder of the Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA).
Registrations are due by March 10. The fee, which includes lunch, is $45 per person and $40 for NGGA members. Conference details and online registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/extension/grainconference. The registration form and payment also may be mailed to Grain Growers Conference, UVM Extension, 278 South Main St., Ste 2, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please make checks payable to University of Vermont.
Farm Credit East: 2014 Pulse of Ag Survey
Farm Credit East is conducting a brief survey to learn more about Northeast producers' 2013 results and expectations for the year ahead. Anyone engaged in the business of agriculture, commercial fishing or forest products in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island is invited to participate. Survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $250 Visa gift cards.
The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and the responses are mostly multiple choice. Responses will be kept confidential and be used only for statistical purposes.