Upcoming Events

December, 2017

December 3, Portsmouth, RI: Advanced Pasture Management Seminar & Pasture Walk

Guest speaker Sarah Flack. In this all-day workshop we will cover what you need to know to set up a new grazing system, or troubleshoot and improve an existing one. We start the day from the perspective of pasture plants, and then shift to look at grazing from the perspective of the livestock. This will provide a solid understanding of how to meet the needs of the plants and livestock so that both can thrive.

December 4, Augusta, ME: NOFA-NY - Farmland Access Conference

The 2017 Farmland Access Conference will happen on Monday, December 4 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference will provide a venue for day of learning, discussions, and dialog, where participants will get an opportunity to grapple with the challenges of how to provide for a farm’s future when a farmer is ready to step back from the work, and how next generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition and make their mark on the future of Maine and New England’s Food System.

December 5, State College, PA: Women Farmers: setting the Table for All

PA-WAgN and Presenting Sponsor Kitchen Table Consultants (in cooperation with Community Partner PASA) present our annual symposium on December 6, 2017 at Celebration Hall in State College, PA. Leah Lizarondo of 412 Food Rescue will keynote the day long event. Panel discussion and workshops on the agenda.

December 6, Rochester, VT: Agritourism Workshop: Dairy Tours and Overnight Farm Stays

Experience agritourism at some of Vermont’s premiere destinations. Whether you are new to agritourism or have years of experience, you are invited to join farmers as well as agricultural, tourism, and insurance professionals for farm tours and discussion about what works and what doesn’t. Topics will include safety, liability, marketing, and more. Resources and follow-up technical assistance will be available.

December 6, Indiana, PA: So you want to raise sheep or goats?

Learn the basics of sheep and goat production in this overview meeting. Topics will cover basic production practices, reproduction, feeding and nutrition, health care, marketing tips and financial aspects. The meeting will also offer information on grant funding that is available to help get your enterprise started. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

December 7, Rockwood, PA: So you want to raise sheep or goats?

Learn the basics of sheep and goat production in this overview meeting. Topics will cover basic production practices, reproduction, feeding and nutrition, health care, marketing tips and financial aspects. The meeting will also offer information on grant funding that is available to help get your enterprise started. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

December 7, New Alexandria, PA: Dairy Discussions

Each Dairy Discussions meeting focuses on current dairy-related topics relevant to producers in the region. Come as you are. Bring a dairy friend or two. Enjoy the laid back discussion format. Feel free to contribute yourself to the discussion. Meetings begin at 11 a.m. and run no longer than two hours. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

begins December 7, Hudson, NY: Local Lamb Lessons

HVADC presents a series of six workshops and associated on-farm seminars to explore business opportunities in the sheep industry. The curriculum will emphasize breed selection suited to the local land, product development suited to the local market, and sheep-farm mentors available to assist with dairying, wool development, meat market development; we will also provide the needed business expertise to help new sheep farmers master the balancing act of serving all three market segments within their farm management plan.This training is aimed specifically at the beginning farmers and/or current farmers who are interested in building a profitable sheep enterprise.

December 14, Indiana, PA: Generation Next: Calf Workshop

Successful calf and heifer management is vital for the profitability and sustainability of dairy operations. 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. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

December 15, Chambersburg, PA: Generation Next: Calf Workshop

Successful calf and heifer management is vital for the profitability and sustainability of dairy operations. 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. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)


January, 2018

January 2, Ebensburg, PA: Dairy Discussions

Each Dairy Discussions meeting focuses on current dairy-related topics relevant to producers in the region. Come as you are. Bring a dairy friend or two. Enjoy the laid back discussion format. Feel free to contribute yourself to the discussion. Meetings begin at 11 a.m. and run no longer than two hours. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

January 16, Huntingdon, PA: Transition Cow Management

Different practices and recommendations to achieve good standards. This will include animal comfort, feed management, physiology, metabolic profile and health monitoring of the transition cow. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

January 16, Marion Center, PA: Dairy Discussions

Each Dairy Discussions meeting focuses on current dairy-related topics relevant to producers in the region. Come as you are. Bring a dairy friend or two. Enjoy the laid back discussion format. Feel free to contribute yourself to the discussion. Meetings begin at 11 a.m. and run no longer than two hours. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

January 16-February 20, online: Climate Smart Farming

Cornell Small Farms Program presents an online course: The earth’s climate is always in flux, but today’s rate of change is far beyond what previous generations of farmers have had to face. In this six-week online course, learn to identify the key impacts on your farm, and how to develop a plan of action to both increase resiliency to extreme temperature and precipitation events, or short term drought, as well as strategies to reduce your farm’s greenhouse gas footprint. Participants will learn from climate experts, educators, and fellow farmers on ways they can proactively approach challenges such as drought, flooding, summer heat stress, changing seasons, freeze risk, and heightened pest and weed pressures. These practices are not only good for climate preparedness, but also help farms increase their bottom line by building soil health, reducing stress on animals, increasing energy efficiency and efficiency of farm inputs, and protecting crop yields.

January 19-20, Fairlee, VT: Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Join more than 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states at this perennial winter conference for a cross-section of the region’s livestock production. Our 2018 conference features keynote speaker Diana Rodgers, RD. In addition to her keynote topic, “Kale vs. Cow”, she will be a featured presenter in our Friday workshop intensive focused on marketing, communication with customers, meat quality, and fresh vs. frozen cooking.

January 18-February 22, online: Commercial Sheep Production

Cornell Small Farms Program presents an online course: Managing Your Flock for Success. Have sheep or thinking about getting a flock? Producers of all experience levels will find something for them in this lively, wide-ranging course. There is no one right way to raise sheep – just a palette of options for you to choose from, to suit your farming objectives and lifestyle. Taught by experienced sheep producers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, this course will cover many of these different options, and strongly encourages active student participation.

January 19-21, Saratoga Springs, NY: NOFA Organic Farming and Gardening Conference

This year’s theme—Healthy People, Healthy Planet­—recognizes the intersection of health and agriculture. We will celebrate the production of nutritious food in an organic system that maintains and encourages the well-being of the earth and all inhabitants. The Keynote Speakers, David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé, will address their experiences working in the fields of geology and biology. The husband and wife duo will also discuss their book, The Hidden Half of Nature, which reveals why good health—for people and for plants—depends on microbiomes. Our Farmers of the Year, Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens, will share their experiences of opening and running Roxbury Farm, a community supported organic farm, as well as Courtens’ work at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. Additional speakers will provide everyone with well-rounded information on living a healthy life in a sustainable style.

January 23, Lancaster, PA: Transition Cow Management

Different practices and recommendations to achieve good standards. This will include animal comfort, feed management, physiology, metabolic profile and health monitoring of the transition cow. (MULTIPLE DATES AND LOCATIONS)

January 25-26, Latham, NY: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting

January 27, Latham, NY: Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Beef Conference

January 28, Dighton, MA: 2018 Southern New England Livestock Conference


February, 2018


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