Upcoming Events

December, 2018

Dec 2-5, Reno, NV: 7th National Grazing Lands Conference: Taking the Gamble out of Grazing

This conference will provide you with a forum for discussion and exchange of grazing land information and technology, an opportunity to identify grazing land research and program needs, and a chance to see new products and services. At this national grazing conference, the NGC endeavors to have livestock producers with very good grazing operations who are also good speakers giving the presentations at the conference. The NGC also tries to have good and equal representation from all parts of the country. This includes producer speakers from the Eastern U.S. that are managing the pasture operations well.

Dec 8, Troy, NY: FAMACHA and Parasite Workshop

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting sheep and goats in the Northeast. In this workshop producers will be taught the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms. As part of this workshop we will also have a hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm) health exams to determine the need for de-worming, and fecal egg counts.

Dec 11, Online: Robotic Milking Update

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

Dec 12, Lancaster, PA: PA Women’s Agricultural Network Annual Symposium

Dec 17, Online: Dairy Financial Analysis

Penn State Dairy Management Mondays: Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month starting on September 24, 2018 and running through April 22, 2019. 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.

Dec 19, Online: Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture)

Andre Brito (University of New Hampshire

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, farm employees, and agribusiness professionals-experienced or novice, conventional or organic, and covers current research and basic management issues of interest to dairy grazers and the industry representatives that support them.

All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date.


January, 2019

Jan 8, Online: Activity and Rumination Research

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

Jan 15, Lowville, NY: Dairy Day

Dairy Day is a program for dairy producers held from 10 am to 3 pm. Two locations will be offered: January 15th will be at the Elks Club in Lowville and January 16th will be held at the Ramada Inn in Watertown. Lunch will be provided. Topics include discussing options in the dairy industry, the dairy beef business, regional research updates, and a keynote presentation from Andrew Novakovic of Cornell University. Lastly, there will be a discussion on emerging issues as well as plenty of time for questions.

Jan 16, Watertown, NY: Dairy Day

Dairy Day is a program for dairy producers held from 10 am to 3 pm. Two locations will be offered: January 15th will be at the Elks Club in Lowville and January 16th will be held at the Ramada Inn in Watertown. Lunch will be provided. Topics include discussing options in the dairy industry, the dairy beef business, regional research updates, and a keynote presentation from Andrew Novakovic of Cornell University. Lastly, there will be a discussion on emerging issues as well as plenty of time for questions.

Jan 16, Online: Grazing Management in Robotic Milking Herds

Howard Straub (Michigan State)

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, farm employees, and agribusiness professionals-experienced or novice, conventional or organic, and covers current research and basic management issues of interest to dairy grazers and the industry representatives that support them.

All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date

Jan 17, Chambersburg, PA: Franklin County Graziers Winter Meeting

The Franklin County Graziers Winter Meeting (Grazing Conference) will be held on Jan 17, 2019 at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church with registration at 9:00. We are working on setting up on line registering through “Eventbrite”.

This year’s speakers are: Russ Wilson grazes beef, cow/calf to finish and mules. Russ also custom grazes for other producers from Forest County, PA. Tim Elder a beef producer from Venango County, PA. Tim is also the Grazing Specialist in the Northwest, Clarion, PA.

Jan 18-21, Saratoga Springs, NY: NOFA-NY 2019 Winter Conference

In January 2019, NOFA-NY will hold our 37th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference! This year’s theme—Climate of Change—recognizes the ever-changing world in which we live. It is not only climate change, but also changing markets, changing policies, and a changing understanding of how we relate to the earth and each other. This theme explores how we can remain resilient as an organic community. Our parallel Seed Conference will teach us how to exist as a truly self-sustaining, full circle.

Jan 18-19, Fairlee, VT: Vermont Grazing and 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.

Jan 21, Online: Rumen development in the transition calf

Penn State Dairy Management Mondays: Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month starting on September 24, 2018 and running through April 22, 2019. 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.


February, 2019

Feb 3-9, Burlington, VT: Livestock Profitability School

The one-week course aims to help you find the breakthroughs that will increase your profitability, improve the health and productivity of your farming operation, and improve your quality of life. The school is designed for all types of pasture-based livestock farming (beef, sheep, dairy, etc.), and is appropriate for all regions and farm sizes. This is not a school focused on production practices, but rather an intense business school focused on looking at your farm business and what could make it more profitable. This opportunity is meant for farmers serious about investing in their businesses.

Feb 6-9, Lancaster, PA: Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Each February, thousands of farmers, homesteaders, educators, and other food system professionals gather for four days of intensive learning on more than 160 food and farming topics.

Feb 18, Online: Workforce Focus: “Ready, Set, Perform!”

Penn State Dairy Management Mondays: Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month starting on September 24, 2018 and running through April 22, 2019. 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 19-20, Grantville, PA: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Feb 20, Online: Integrating Annuals into your Grazing System

Brook Wilke (Michigan State)

This series of webinars are geared toward dairy producers, farm employees, and agribusiness professionals-experienced or novice, conventional or organic, and covers current research and basic management issues of interest to dairy grazers and the industry representatives that support them.

All webinars are from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date

Feb 21, Grantville, PA: PA Forage Conference


March, 2019

Mar 18, Online: Workforce Focus: “A look in the mirror - What’s your leadership style?”

Penn State Dairy Management Mondays: Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month starting on September 24, 2018 and running through April 22, 2019. 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, 2019

Apr 22, Online: Communicating with Hispanic workers

Penn State Dairy Management Mondays: Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. All webinars will be presented on the third Monday of the month starting on September 24, 2018 and running through April 22, 2019. 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.


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