Upcoming Events

August, 2017

August 1, Stevensville, PA: PASA Education Event - Summer Annuals in the Grazing Mix

Join PASA and dairy farmer John Meglich at his Little Crick Farm for a tour of John’s 100% grass-fed, certified organic dairy farm. John will focus on his use of summer annuals in his grazing system, especially the use of corn. John has been experimenting with grazing corn for years and has developed both no-till and conventional tillage systems for incorporating this high tonnage forage into his grazing regime. Challenges and benefits of these techniques will be explored, and this year’s early plantings will be assessed. John will also touch on his use of oats, cow peas, and turnips in his grazing mix. The tour will conclude with a free BBQ lunch at the farmhouse.

August 2, Lititz, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Join the Penn State Extension Equine Team for evening on-farm discussions about pasture and grazing management, soils, manure, and Best Management Practices to benefit both horses and the environment. Enjoy hands-on activities to sharpen your skills in forage and weed identification, pasture evaluation, and soil testing. Event is from 6:00-8:00 pm. Registration is required.

August 6-11, Craftsbury Common, VT: Introduction to Teamster Skills: Working Horses and Cattle

Six-day intensive. COST: $1000 covers the cost of the instruction, field trips, most course materials, three meals per day, and ground transportation between class locations.

August 7-11, Craftsbury Common, VT: New Pastoralism & Innovative Entrepreneurship

Five-day intensive. COST: $1000.

August 14, Orwell, VT: Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished: Beyond the Basics with Jim Gerrish

August 15, Charlotte, VT: Grazing Research & Field Day and Pasture Walk with Jim Gerrish

August 15-17, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA: Ag Progress Days

Ag Progress Days Ag Progress Days at Penn State, held annually during three days in August, is Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition.

August 17, Pulaski, NY: NOFA-NY - Starting with Heifers: Growing into an Organic Dairy

Many farmers are looking at alternative ways to transition into organic dairying. Tom Bonoski of Vision-Hope Dairy is planning to return to dairy production by transitioning heifers and rebuilding milking facilities to be strategically placed when the organic market opens back up in the future. Participate in a farm tour, hear alternative ideas from season inspector and Dairy Transitions Project leader Robert Perry and learn about Tom’s strategy based on a slow systems approach, not expecting transition incentives.

August 17, Greensboro, VT: Grass-fed Beef: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish

August 22, Pottstown, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Join the Penn State Extension Equine Team for evening on-farm discussions about pasture and grazing management, soils, manure, and Best Management Practices to benefit both horses and the environment. Enjoy hands-on activities to sharpen your skills in forage and weed identification, pasture evaluation, and soil testing. Event is from 6:00-8:00 pm. Registration is required.

August 23, Mechanicsville, PA: PASA Education Event - Multi-Species, Planned Grazing and Cover Crop Cocktails

How can multi-species, planned grazing improve soil health and how does a farmer integrate cover crops into the mix? Join farmer Ron Moule as he explains the planned grazing systems at Carversville Farm, a certified organic farm in Bucks County that raises dairy goats, dairy sheep, beef, chickens, turkeys, and pigs, and uses animal impact, rest, and diverse cover crop mixes for soil regeneration. He will also discuss techniques for establishing perennial pasture without tillage, and designing diverse seed mixes to meet the nutritional requirements for all species with a focus on eliminating grain from ruminant rations.

August 25, Craftsbury, VT: Soil Health for Profitability and Resilience

August 25-26, Ono, PA: South Central PA Grazing School

Attendees will recieve training from experienced graziers and other experts, visit two successful grass-based farms (dairy and beef), attend breakout sessions for beginners and advanced graziers and have plenty of opportunity to learn from each other. Who should attend: farmers interested in starting or improving their grazing system.

August 29, Cahajoharie, NY: NOFA-NY - Rotational Dairy Grazing

Organic Valley and NOFA-NY invite you to learn about multispecies rotational grazing system. Hear from Aaron Fisher as he shares his knowledge on balancing forages for both his milk cow herd and his sheep. He will share his experiences in intensive grazing on his 30 cow dairy. Mark Kopecky Organic Valley Agronomist speak on balancing soils in a grazing rotation. Learn about soil health as it pertains to both field crop production and pasture management.

August 31, Marathon, NY: NOFA-NY - Building an Organic Dairy from the Soil Up

Join NOFA-NY as we learn about assessing soil health, developing a farm design and building your dairy. Jim and Anne Phillips of Triple 3 Livestock in Cortland, NY will share their farm story and provide a tour of their new facilities. Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley Agronomist will discuss soil health as it pertains to crop production and pasture management. Fay Benson, Cornell University SCNY Regional Team, will bring the Soil Health Trailer to demonstrate variations in soil types and management systems. Fay will also share his knowledge of crop insurance options available in NY State.


September, 2017

September 13, Pottstown, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Join the Penn State Extension Equine Team for evening on-farm discussions about pasture and grazing management, soils, manure, and Best Management Practices to benefit both horses and the environment. Enjoy hands-on activities to sharpen your skills in forage and weed identification, pasture evaluation, and soil testing. Event is from 6:00-8:00 pm. Registration is required.

September 16, Bristol, VT: Pasture Management and Livestock Integration


October, 2017

October 13, Worchester, NY: NOFA-NY - Grass Based Dairy Management

Interested in transitioning to grass-based milk production or looking to find out more about fine tuning your pasture management? Join NOFA-NY and Maple Hill Creamery as we learn more on grass-fed organic cow health, breeding, grazing and feed production. Tom McGrath will share his success with restoring depleted pastures through bale grazing, chicken manure and lime applications. Tour Autumn Valley Farm and hear from Tom as he shares his experiences in producing quality feed to meet your herd’s nutritional needs in a grass-based system. Tom will also share his thoughts on dairy genetics and inline breeding with the group.


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