Upcoming Events

February, 2018

Feb 6, Online: Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Opportunity

Drs. Sierra Burrell and Keren Rozensher, Veterinary Medical Officers with Veterinary Services, will be presenting on one of the 2017 Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services (SPRS) Priority Projects: The Niche Stakeholder Working Group (NSWG). The NSWG is a group tasked with reaching out to niche stakeholders, with whom APHIS has not traditionally been closely involved in the past, and work with them on biosecurity, animal disease control, and other APHIS concerns. Some examples of these niche producers include, but are far from limited to, pastured poultry producers, pastured pork, alternative fiber-producing species, and heritage livestock breeders. This webinar will introduce the NSWG and outline the work they’ve done in FY17, and the work they plan to do in the future with the help of APHIS across the country.

Feb 7, Greensburg, PA: Cattle Feeders Seminar

Farm operators are invited to listen to beef and meat specialists discuss topics pertinent to the cattle feeding industry.

Feb 7, State College, PA: Silvopasture: Integrating Trees, Forage, & Livestock in Farm Ecosystems

Full day workshop at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture “Farming for the Future” Conference. The foundational concepts of silvopasture challenge our notions of modern agriculture and land use as we know it. For centuries, farmers in North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages and offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. This workshop immerses participants in the concepts of the practice, engaging participants in assessment activities and case studies to help them define approaches specific to their landbase and farm needs.

Feb 12, Harrisburg, PA: Grazing and Forage Workshop

Join us for this coast-to-coast Grassroots Grazing and Forage Workshop series bringing together regional experts in seed selection, forage, grazing and organic farming to discuss ways to optimize milk value. Veterinarian Greg Brickner will share the science and production methods that can improve the marketability of Organic Valley products, along with local experts.

Feb 14, Franlin, PA: Northwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Enhancing Productivity will cover enhancing productivity of beef cattle operations using reproductive management and technology.

Feb 15, Belle Vernon, PA: Southwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Enhancing Productivity will cover enhancing productivity of beef cattle operations using reproductive management and technology.

Feb 19, Burlington, VT: Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Winter Conference

his annual event is one of Vermont’s largest perennial gatherings of farmers and eaters who share an interest in food systems, sustainable agriculture, and (does it go without saying?) delicious food. There are many workshops and programs of interest to graziers.

Feb 19, Burlington, VT: Silvopasture: Integrating Trees, Forage, & Livestock in Farm Ecosystems

Full day workshop at the Northeast Organic Farming Association - Vermont’s 35th Annual Winter Conference. The foundational concepts of silvopasture challenge our notions of modern agriculture and land use as we know it. For centuries, farmers in North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages and offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. This workshop immerses participants in the concepts of the practice, engaging participants in assessment activities and case studies to help them define approaches specific to their landbase and farm needs.

Feb 21, Franlin, PA: Northwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Managing Cows for Success will cover forage needs of a profitable cow herd.

Feb 22, Belle Vernon, PA: Southwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Managing Cows for Success will cover forage needs of a profitable cow herd.

Feb 27, Indiana, PA: Pennsylvania Forage Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 Pennsylvania Forage Conferences! There will be two conferences taking place this year – one in Grantville and one in Indiana. Dr. Dan Undersander, Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin will deliver the keynote address. Undersander’s research objectives include determining factors affecting alfalfa plant health and survival; best management for harvested forage – big bale wrapping, fermentation of silage; optimum management practices for intensively grazed pastures considering forage, yield, quality, and effect on wildlife.

Feb 27, Lancaster, PA: So you want to raise sheep or goats?

Production basics, breeding, feeding, health issues.

Feb 27 - Apr 3, Online: Soil Health

The Cornell Small Farms Program presents this six-week online course. The health and productivity of the soil forms the basis for any farm’s success, profitability, and ecological sustainability. Successful farmers need to develop a holistic approach to preserving and building soil health and fertility. Stewardship of the soil is arguably the most important job of any farmer or gardener. This course is for field crop, vegetable, and livestock producers. We expect that students will have some experience in managing soils, even if minimal. Farmers looking for more productive soils to increase forage and crop production will benefit from taking this course.

Feb 28, Grantville, PA: Pennsylvania Forage Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 Pennsylvania Forage Conferences! There will be two conferences taking place this year – one in Grantville and one in Indiana. Dr. Dan Undersander, Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin will deliver the keynote address. Undersander’s research objectives include determining factors affecting alfalfa plant health and survival; best management for harvested forage – big bale wrapping, fermentation of silage; optimum management practices for intensively grazed pastures considering forage, yield, quality, and effect on wildlife.

Feb 28 - Apr 4, Online: Improved Grazing Management

The Cornell Small Farms Program presents this six-week online course. Grazing is more than simply turning livestock out onto a green “warehouse” and hoping for the best. With sound grazing management, you can reduce your workload, keep your animals happier and healthier, and improve the overall productivity and profitability of your farm. Well-managed grazing systems also provide greater environmental benefits and enhance habitat for many wildlife species. This course is designed for livestock producers who have already initiated grazing practices on their farm, and who have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of their animals and of their pasture ecosystems. Producers who do not yet have livestock are welcome to participate.

Feb 28, Franlin, PA: Northwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Feed Cost will cover how much your feed is really costing.


March, 2018

Mar 1, Belle Vernon, PA: Southwest PA Beef Meeting

The Beef Management Workshop: Feed Cost will cover how much your feed is really costing.

Mar 8, Butler, PA: Western PA Regional Soil Health Workshop

The Allegheny County Conservation District and USDA-NRCS will be hosting the Western PA Regional Soil Health Workshop, featuring Barry Fisher, Leroy Bupp, Ed Thiele, and Rick Griebel. Topics include:

  • Adapting management for cover crops in a soil health cropping system
  • Integrating no-till with cover crops
  • The importance of soil organic matter
  • Planting green
  • No-till planter setup tips

Mar 15, Danville, PA: 4th Annual Connecting Soils and Profits Conference

Featuring: Ray Archuleta, Steve Groff & Dr. John Tooker, Brochure and Information coming soon.

Mar 21, Port Matilda, PA: Dairy Transition Workshop

Transitioning the family dairy business can be extremely challenging, often with many years of planning involved. Volatile milk prices can throw even more obstacles into the mix. To help farm families navigate this process, the Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn State Extension are hosting Dairy Transition Workshop.

Mar 21-22, Clarion, PA: Western PA Grazing Conference

Keynote speakers: Teddy Gentry and Greg Judy. Tracks include cow-calf efficiency, soil health, grass finishing, winter feeding. See the event brochure for details. A scholarship is available for Venango County producers.


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