NEPC 2014 Annual Meeting Deadlines

Update: Here is the final agenda as of January 28.

The 2014 meeting will be February 4 and 5, in State College, PA. There are some important deadlines to be aware of:

  • The conference registration deadline is January 24.
  • Title and co-authors for poster presentations must be submitted by January 3, and abstracts by January 17.
  • If you wish lodging, the registration deadline for the Ramada in State College is January 3.
  • Update: The Ramada has agreed to honor the conference room rate through January 27.

Complete information on registration is available in the NEPC Newsletter (PDF). (Updated newsletter on January 17 with speakers and presentation titles.)

Some program highlights (see the full newsletter for the complete program):

Managing Pastures in Riparian Areas for Water Quality and Forage Utilization

David Butler, Assistant Professor Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Ground Cover Impacts on Nitrogen, Sediment, and Phosphorus Export from Manured Riparian Pasture under Rotational Grazing
Dwight Dotterer, Administrator of the Nutrient Management Program, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, MD. Maryland Revised Nutrient Management Regulations as they Relate to Riparian Pastures
Eric Hines, USDA-NRCS, Westminster, MD. Conservation Practice Options for Riparian Pastures

Northeast Region Pasture-Based Research & On-Farm Demonstration Update (Quick Overview of current or planned research)

Sarah Goslee, Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA. Northeast Ryegrass Cultivar Trials
Alison Grantham, Doctoral Candidate, Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Penn State University, University Park, PA. Pasture Annuals Trials – Environmental Responses
Denyse Schrenker, Graduate Student, Penn State University, University Park, PA. Pasture Annuals Trials – Agronomics
Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA. Mob Grazing
Les Vough, Associate Professor Emeritus & Extension Specialist, Forage Systems Management, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Growing Bermudagrass in the Mid-Atlantic States
Andre Brito, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. Flaxseed Supplementation of Organic Dairy Cow Rations Update

Pastureland National Resource Inventory – Description of Data Collection and Its Goals

Sid Brantly, National Range and Grazing Land Ecologist, USDA-NRCS, Washington, DC National Perspective
Kevin Ogles, Grazing Lands Specialist, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, NC Regional Perspective
Susan Parry, State Grassland Specialist, USDA-NRCS, Harrisburg, PA State and Data Collector Perspective

Birdsfoot Trefoil and Other Alternative Forages

Ed Rayburn, Extension Specialist-Agronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Pasture Legume, Forage Characteristics and Tannins
Don Wild, Wild Acres Family Acres and King’s AgriSeeds, Inc. Dealer, Great Valley, NY. History of Birdsfoot Trefoil Seed Production in the Hudson Valley and Alternative Forages to Consider for Pasture

Producer Showcase

Melanie Barkley, Maple Hollow Farm, Manns Choice, PA Maple Hollow Farm Polled Dorset and Tunis Sheep
Farm Speaker transitioning to organic (to be announced)

Control of Parasites in Pastured Livestock through Integrated Use of Pasture Management, Botanicals, and Pharmaceuticals

Jerry Brunetti, Soil and Crop Consultant, Agri-Dynamics, Martins Creek, PA. Use of Vermi-Tox to control Haemonchus contortus in Goats
Katherine Petersson, Assistant Professor of Animal & Veterinary Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. Organic Methods of Parasite Control in Pastured Livestock
Tatiana Stanton, Cornell Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Basics of Parasite Management of Pastured Livestock

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