There are a few spots left for this extension research project.

The University of Connecticut and University of Vermont Extension are working on a research project to create profitable markets for farmers delivering environmental benefits - and the team needs farmer input.

We’re seeking farmers who manage land with the following conditions:

  1. Have a hayfield or pasture of 10 acres or more in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
  2. The field is a good habitat for breeding bobolinks and other grassland birds.

If the answer to both of these is yes, and you’re interested in taking part in a two-hour discussion session, please let us know by emailing Juan at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at or by filling out this short form.

Focus groups will be held:

  • Thurs. March 22, UVM Extension Burlington office, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Thurs. March 22, UVM Extension St. Albans office, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri. March 23, UVM Extension Middlebury office, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (No spots currently left - but let us know if you’d like to be notified if one opens up here.)
  • Fri. March 23, UVM Extension Middlebury office, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We are limited to including 10 farmers per location, so please let us know of your interest as soon as possible! If selected you will be offered up to $150 to participate in this session, and then paid additional money for managing your land, if chosen.

Please get in touch with your interest as soon as possible by completing this short form, or by contacting Juan Alvez (; or call 802-656-6116. (We will contact you to confirm shortly thereafter.)