Upcoming Events

Since we cannot meet in person this winter, the Northeast Pasture Consortium has partnered with regional grazing organizations to provide a Winter Learning Series of free webinars on Wednesdays, from February 3 to March 21. Topics will include:

  • Silvopasture for beef
  • Solar array grazing
  • Grass based/no grain dairy production
  • Grazing 101

Details coming soon!

January, 2021

Jan 8, Online: Discussions with the Dairy Team

The Discussions with the Dairy Team webinar series will be a gathering place for dairy producers to chat with members of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team about current topics affecting the dairy industry, questions, and research.

Jan 12, Online: Pasture Management for Limited Resource Farmers

This webinar will give small livestock and poultry producers the tools they need to better understand the benefits of good pasture management. We will discuss why continuous grazing is not sufficient, how to find and create markets, and the importance of establishing a business entity and keeping it separate from one’s homestead.

Jan 14-16, Online: Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Even in these challenging times (or maybe especially in these challenging times), it is good to gather in whatever ways we can to share knowledge, build connection, and envision a future of thriving for people, communities and natural systems. That’s where our annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference comes in, and even though it’s going to look different this year, it will still be one of the largest gatherings of livestock farmers in our region. Taking place from January 14-16, it will still feature real-time conversations about new research, emerging opportunities, creative ways to address structural challenges in the farming sector, and lots of chances to interact with farmer peers, technical advisors and presenters and other experts.

Jan 18-22, Online: VFGC Virtual Winter Forage Conference

This year’s topic is Building Resilience in Grass-Based Farms. Featured speakers are Tennessee grazier, Mr. Greg Brann and Forage Specialist and Ag. Economist, Dr. Greg Halich, from University of Kentucky.

Jan 21, Online: Pasture Biodiversity for Animal Health

In this webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger will discuss how you can manage your pastures with regenerative methods to beneficially influence the health of your livestock and the ecosystem by fostering biodiversity both above and below ground. > Register

Jan 26, Online: Grazing to Avoid Trouble

Join FACT and NCAT Livestock Specialist and sheep and goat producer Linda Coffey to discuss some of the problems farmers might encounter while grazing their livestock. Bloat, toxic plants, fescue toxicity, predator control, parasite management, and more will be addressed in this hour, with time for questions. > Register

Jan 19 - Feb 5, Online: PASA Virtual Conference

Hone your craft. Grow your business. Build a better food system. Our annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is one of the largest gatherings of sustainable farmers, food system professionals, and changemakers in the nation.

Jan 26, Online: Cattle Feeders Day

Join us for the 52nd annual Lancaster Cattle Feeders Day! This year the event will be held virtually but we will enjoy the same quality of great speakers as we do in person. Get updates on the cattle feeding industry and enjoy production information that will push feedlots towards increased profitability. You will not want to miss this!

February, 2021

Feb 3 - Mar 24, Online: Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course

Interested in running a meat goat operation? Meat Goat Production and Management Home Study Course, is for goat producers interested in improving their production practices and ultimately the profitability of their operation. This is a home study course with an additional offering of three optional supplemental webinars to review materials.

Feb 11, Online: Practical Advice for Solar Grazing Sheep

Join FACT and panelists from the American Solar Grazing Association to discuss new trends in solar grazing, best practices for shepherds and solar developers, and how you can get started. > Register

Feb 12, Online: Discussions with the Dairy Team

The Discussions with the Dairy Team webinar series will be a gathering place for dairy producers to chat with members of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team about current topics affecting the dairy industry, questions, and research.

Feb 15, Online: Dairy Workforce Focus: Round Table Discussion - Workforce Successes and Struggles

The Dairy Workforce Focus: Roundtable Discussion – Workforce Successes and Struggles webinar will conclude the Workforce Focus series with dairy managers sharing successes and struggles with their day to day communication, training, and leading of their people. Join us to hear their stories and share some of your own.

March, 2021

Mar 2, Online: Soil Fertility and Species Selection

Penn State Extension and PA Forage and Grassland Council are happy to invite you to the 2021 Forage Management Series. This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Mar 4, Online: Pasture Management

Penn State Extension and PA Forage and Grassland Council are happy to invite you to the 2021 Forage Management Series. This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Mar 9, Online: Baleage Management

Penn State Extension and PA Forage and Grassland Council are happy to invite you to the 2021 Forage Management Series. This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Mar 11, Online: Changes in Forages: New Strategies

Penn State Extension and PA Forage and Grassland Council are happy to invite you to the 2021 Forage Management Series. This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

Mar 12, Online: Discussions with the Dairy Team

The Discussions with the Dairy Team webinar series will be a gathering place for dairy producers to chat with members of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team about current topics affecting the dairy industry, questions, and research.

Mar 16, Online: Forage Weeds, Insects, and Diseases

Penn State Extension and PA Forage and Grassland Council are happy to invite you to the 2021 Forage Management Series. This series provides five two-hour session on a broad array of topics related to forages. From forage fertility, to interseeding rye, we have something for everyone with an interest in forages. Speakers from Penn State Extension, USDA ARS, and industry partners will be speaking during this series to provide participants with quality information and education.

April, 2021

Apr 29, Online: Farm Energy Day: Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Dairy is arguably the heart of Pennsylvania Agriculture, and is critical to the health of farming and our rural communities. Dairy farming is also very energy intensive, and there are many opportunities to save or waste energy, depending on how the farm is designed and operated. Join the Farm Energy Day: Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency Opportunities webinar as we discuss the top opportunities for improving dairy farm energy efficiency.

July, 2021

POSTPONED TO JULY 2021 Dec 1-4, Christchurch New Zealand: International Workshop: Grazing in Future Multi-Scapes

This international workshop is to influence future mental and practical models of pastoralism in continually evolving multi-scapes. There are a series of talks that will cultivate such a shift in thinking towards future models of sustainable multipurpose pastoralism. These talks will be synthesized to establish how multifunctional pastoral systems can be re-imagined and then designed in view of the integrative dynamics of sustainable future multi-scapes.


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