Upcoming Events

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 14, Online: Renewable Energy in Ag Update: Does Solar Energy Fit Your Farm?

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

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

Information on our 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jan 16, Chambersburg, PA: Franklin County Graziers

Annual event features Greg Brann from Allen County, KY speaking about improving soil through diversity in plant and animal species and management techniques. And Beau Ramsburg of Gettysburg, PA a pasture-based livestock farmer who also runs a USDA inspected, meat processing plant.

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 20, Randolph Center, VT: Intro to Soils

In this 3 day training on soils, Jan 20th, 27th and Feb 3rd from 10:30-2:00 we will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. We will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

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 25, Latham, NY: Twelfth Annual Winter Green-Up

Come join us at our twelfth Winter Green-Up, the Capital District’s original grazing conference! Hear talks from grazing experts, get to know other farmers and enjoy a buffet luncheon featuring local, grass-fed meats. Speaker info is available here, along with a printable registration form.

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, Randolph Center, VT: Intro to Soils

In this 3 day training on soils, Jan 20th, 27th and Feb 3rd from 10:30-2:00 we will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. We will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

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

Jan 28, Waitsfield, VT: The 24th Vermont Fresh Network Annual Meeting

The VFN Annual Meeting is a chance to connect with farmers, food producers, distributors, chefs and other culinary professionals. It combines panel discussions and plenty of informal networking opportunities, plus a chance to shape VFN’s work for the upcoming year.

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

Jan 28, Lancaster, PA: Cattle Feeders Day

For over 50 years, the annual Lancaster County Cattle Feeders Day continues to provide pertinent educational information to cattle feeders in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. This year topics include an update on antibiotics, a look at the global beef supply, and starting calves for success in the feedlot, plus relevant topics from members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Penn State Extension Livestock Team.

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

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

Jan 30, New Columbia, PA: Central Susquehanna Valley Winter Beef Producer Meeting

The Central Susquehanna Valley Beef Producer Winter Meeting focuses on topics pertinent to beef production in Pennsylvania. This meeting will feature topics on beef herd health, breeding soundness for bulls, and understanding the dangers of poisonous plants.

February, 2020

Feb 3, Randolph Center, VT: Intro to Soils

In this 3 day training on soils, Jan 20th, 27th and Feb 3rd from 10:30-2:00 we will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. We will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

Feb 4, Online: Part 1: Pasture Management with Sarah Flack - Soil and Plants

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the soil and plant perspective.

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 11, Online: Principles of Manure Management: Juggling the Challenges

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

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 18, York, PA: Management Strategies for Beef Heifers

Join us for Management Strategies for Beef Heifers to learn new strategies to improve growth and reproductive performance of replacement beef heifers. Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, an Associate Professor of Beef Cattle Production, Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, will be speaking at several free workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

Feb 18, Online: Part 2: Pasture Management From the Livestock Perspective

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 2 of a 3 part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the livestock perspective.

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

Enjoy the opportunity to network with producers and interact with exhibitors from both industry and government alike. Participate in sessions geared to provide practical, useable information that can be taken home and put-to-use. This year PFGC will have satellite locations for attendees and vendors in Mercer, PA; Bloomsburg, PA; Towanda, PA.

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 3, Online: Part 3: The Graziers’ Toolbox - Strategies for Pasture Improvement

Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 3 of a 3 part series on strategies for pasture management. This session will discuss tools and strategies for pasture improvement.

Mar 10, Online: Turning the Data You Have into Profit

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

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 11-12, Clarion, PA: Northwest PA Grazing Conference

This year’s 23rd Annual Western PA Spring Grazing Conference will feature Glenn Elzinga and Dr. Allen Williams. The two-day conference will be held Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at the Trinity Point Church of God, located just south of Interstate 80, Clarion exit 62.

Mar 12, Online: Managing Pig-Poultry Rotational Grazing

Back by popular demand, Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will be with us to discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Lee Rinehart is an agriculture program specialist with ATTRA serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Mar 18, Online: [Livestock Compass: A Profit Management Tool for Livestock Producers]

Knowing your cost of production makes it possible to set prices with confidence and allows a farmer to assess various livestock enterprises, different marketing channels, and actively manage their farm business for profit…a vital component of sustainability. The challenge on many farms is record keeping and having a system to compile those costs so that a producer is making sure to include all costs, including overhead, marketing, labor (including the farmer-owner’s labor) and production costs. Join this webinar to learn about Livestock Compass, a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet tool to help livestock producers measure profitability and identify ways to improve financial outcomes.

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.

Mar 25, Online: Trees for Livestock Food and Medicine

Several tree species including willow, poplar, and black locust have been extensively researched and found to offer exciting opportunities in silvopasture systems. Join us to learn about the medicinal and feed values these trees can offer ruminant livestock, and methods for managing them on your landscape. Our presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. He is also an agroforestry extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program.

April, 2020

Apr 14, Online: Finding and Addressing Dairy Facility Bottlenecks

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

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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