The 2020 Northeast Pasture Consortium annual meeting was held January 15 and 16, 2020, at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.
Session 1 - The Fescues – Soft-leaved and Meadow¶
Jessica Williamson, Penn State University, University Park, PA – Overview of Tall Fescue Toxicosis
Jerome Magnuson, DLF Pickseed, Halsey, OR - Tall Fescue: Advances in Forage Quality and Palatability
Jerry Cherney, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Meadow fescue: A Perennial Grass Option for the Northeast
Session 2 – Pastured Pigs – Feed and Grazing Management¶
Phil Race, Valley View Devons, Nunda, NY - Harnessing the Instinctive Behaviors of Pigs on Our Farm
Session 3 - The Do’s and Don’ts of Silvopasture¶
Kate MacFarland, US Forest Service, Burlington, VT & Will Byrum, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, NC - What is and isn’t Silvopasture in the Northeast?
Jeff Jourdain, Jourdain Forest Management, Becket, MA – Experiences Establishing Silvopasture from a Forest
Kevin Ogles, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, NC - How to Identify the Primary Objective of Integrating Animals and Woodlands. Is Silvopasture Actually the Objective?
Poster Paper Break Session¶
Session 4 – Getting the Most out of Winter Grazing by Forage Species Selection/Management and Grazing Management¶
Jessica Williams, Penn State - Interseeding Forages into Corn to Extend the Grazing Season
Heather Darby, UVM - Extending the Grazing Season in the Northeast
Troy Bishopp, Upper Susquehanna Coalition Regional Grassland Conservation Professional - My Quest for Winter Grazing: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Randy Robar, Kiss the Cow Farm, Barnard, VT - Kiss the Cow Farm, an organic, grass-based dairy selling raw milk and ice cream, pastured eggs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.
Lora Goss, Stonefen Farm, Pike, NH – Stonefen Farm’s Grass-fed Beef Operation
Session 5 – Pasture Soil Compaction: Identification and Remediation¶
Fay Benson, Cornell University, Cortland, NY - Identifying and Quantifying Pasture Soil Compaction
Larry Hepner, Consulting Agronomist & Soil Scientist, South Kortright, NY - Soil Structure Changes Due to Pasture Soil Compaction
Session 6 - Chesapeake Bay Watershed Nutrient Management¶
Mark Dubin, University of Maryland Extension, Annapolis, MD - Reliance Chesapeake Bay States are Placing on Pasture Management Practices for Achieving their TMDL Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed