Upcoming Events

December, 2019

Dec 2-3, Harrisburg, PA: Women in Dairy Conference

Hosted by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, and planned by a great committee of dairy producers and dairy industry leaders, the Women in Dairy Conference promises to be a strong learning and networking opportunity for women in the dairy industry. The 2019 conference will focus on coping with stress in a positive way. Keynote speaker Sadie Fredericks, of Blue Diamond Dairy, will kick off the conference. The keynote will be followed by some outstanding breakout sessions, and conclude with small group facilitation and discussion.

Dec 3, Preble, NY: Freestall Cow Comfort Workshop

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 4, Amsterdam, NY: Freestall Cow Comfort Workshop

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 10, Online: Technology Tuesday: Precision Feeding Technology

This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

Dec 10, Belleville, PA: Generation Next: Calf Workshop - Weaning through Pre-Bred Heifers

Optimizing growth and health of young heifers requires high quality feeds, proper diet formulation, disease prevention, and overall proper management techniques. Cows may not reach their full genetic potential for future productivity if proper feeding and management of calves and heifers are not met.

Dec 12, Cazenovia, NY: Tie Stall Cow Comfort

The Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement and effects on production. Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through facility assessment. Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion.

Dec 16, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Mortality composting, let’s do it right

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

January, 2020

Jan 7, Ballson Spa, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 8, Cobleskill, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 9, Cooperstown, NY: Livestock Techniques Hands-on Workshop

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

Jan 11, Worcester, MA: NOFA-MA Winter Conference

We at NOFA/Mass are thrilled to announce that our 2020 Winter Conference Keynote Presenter will be the award-winning journalist Carey Gillam! Gillam is a former senior correspondent for Reuter’s international news service and veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience covering American corporations and agribusiness. She specializes in biotech, pesticide development, and the environmental impacts of food production in the United States. Her articles appear regularly in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Environmental Health News and the US Right to Know.

Jan 15-16, Fairlee, VT: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting

Preliminary information on our 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jan 16, Chambersburg, PA: Franklin County Graziers

Speakers are Greg Brann and Beau Ramsburg.

Jan 17-18, Fairlee, VT: Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

The event is one of Vermont’s largest perennial gatherings of the people who raise animals on pasture, and the service providers that support them. Day One features deep-dive sessions devoted to especially important topics (in recent years ranging from agroforestry and silvopasture to direct marketing, slaughter and butchery, and soil science). Day Two is when keynote speakers present, and we offer a full complement of workshops to address the learning needs of both beginning and experienced farmers. Naturally, we serve grass-based Vermont-grown dairy and meat throughout the event!

Jan 17-19, Syracuse, NY: NOFA-NY Winter Conference

In January 2020, NOFA-NY will hold our 38th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference! For many years, we have held the Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs, but I am excited to bring the conference to Syracuse this year. I hope we can reconnect with all of you who haven’t been able to make it to eastern New York. This year’s theme is Extending the Table. At NOFA-NY we are looking to be a more open, inclusive, and welcoming organization, and I believe that theme reflects this intent. In 2018, NOFA-NY moved our office to Syracuse, a multi-cultural city with people from all corners of the world. Syracuse is on the land of the Haudenosaunee, or the Onondaga Nation. I give thanks to the original peoples whose land we now occupy.

Jan 21, Quarryville, PA: Diversifying the Dairy: From Silvopasture to Market  Silvopasture is a form of agroforestry that combines trees, forage, and livestock to create an integrated and intensively managed grazing system. Because silvopasture can both sequester more carbon and help pastured livestock farmers withstand severe weather, the approach will likely become increasingly utilized as farmers work to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

During this workshop, you’ll explore how Fiddle Creek Dairy—a pastured livestock farm that produces 100-percent grass-fed milk, yogurt, and cheese—has been working with Austin Unruh from Crow and Berry Land Management this past season to develop silvopasture areas within their grazing paddocks. In addition to the environmental benefits, these tree plantings will offer more shade for the grazing herd, potentially produce more forage per acre, and eventually provide new potential products for Fiddle Creek to market.

You’ll also learn how, since its beginning, Fiddle Creek has been working to diversify its dairy product line in response to the available market and demand.

Jan 25, Boalsburg, PA: Horse Health Symposium

The Horse Health Symposium is geared towards the horse owner or horse enthusiast who wants to learn more about maintaining a healthy horse. A variety of horse health related topics will be covered during this one-day event.

Jan 27, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Facilitating dairy teams: Tips, tricks, and to dos

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Jan 27, Cooperstown, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 28, Norwich, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 29, Morrisville, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

Jan 30, Fonda, NY: Dairy Forage Options for Marginally Drained Land

February, 2020

Feb 4-5, Jackson, MS: Grazier’s Grassroots of Grazing School

Taught by Jim Gerrish, the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer and the author of Management Intensive Grazing and Kick the Hay Habit

Feb 5-8, Lancaster, PA: PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Each February since 1992, farmers, food system professionals, educators, advocates, homesteaders, and others who are passionate about building a better food system have gathered at our annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference for four days of intensive learning on 100+ food and farming topics.

Feb 6-7, Jackson, MS: Management-Intensive Grazing School

Jim Gerrish will sharpen your grazier skills and show you the what and the how in making your grass farm productive and profitable.

Feb 12, Online: Dairy Grazing Webinar: Pasture Forage Mixtures: Agronomic Aspects

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Feb 18, Woodstock, VT: Farming as a Business Panel Discussion

Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series December 2019 - February 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

Feb 19, Dauphin County, PA, and satellite locations: 2020 Pennsylvania Forage Conference

Details forthcoming.

Feb 24, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Considerations for on-farm processing

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Feb 29, Concord, NH: NH Grazing Conference

Leap into better pastures! The annual NH Grazing Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Concord, NH. We’re still working on the agenda, but we’re planning on covering topics ranging from pastured poultry and swine to marketing farm-raised meats.

March, 2020

Mar 11, Online: Dairy Grazing Webinar: Pasture Forage Mixtures: Livestock Aspects

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

Mar 23, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Workforce Focus: Managing with multiple generations

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

April, 2020

Apr 27, Online: Dairy Management Mondays: Management aspects of culturing

Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Live webinars can be viewed on the day of the program.

June, 2020

Jun 5-7, Brattleboro, VT: Strolling of the Heifers 2020 Parade and Expo

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade

December, 2020

Dec 1-4, 2020, 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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