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Winter Agronomy Meetings Help Farmers Thrive in Tough Times

Holstein Cow in Field

Burlington--Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a day-long meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Participants will hear from cooperative Extension and industry experts from several Northeast states on new options to control costs, improve crop yield and quality and improve animal health.

Speakers and topics for the 2013 Vermont Agronomy Plus sessions will vary depending on the location and will cover a diverse range of topics including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm. Other topics include the new Farm Bill, risk management, cost-saving alternatives to commercial fertilizer and effective, low-cost soil nutrient management practices.

All meetings will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the following locations:

Jan. 8: Morrisville--Stone Grill Pub and Restaurant, 116 Vermont Rt. 15

Jan. 10:  Randolph--Vermont Tech Enterprise Center, 1540 Vermont Rt. 66

Jan. 17: South Deerfield, Mass.--UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center, 89-91 River Rd.

Jan. 18: Springfield--Holiday Inn Express, 818 Charlestown Rd.

Jan. 22: Derby--The Derby Cow Palace, 3111 U.S. Rt. 5

Jan. 31: St. Johnsbury--UVM Extension office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1 (Note the new office location)

The fee for the Vermont locations is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register online and pay by credit card, go to http://2013agronomyplus.eventbrite.com.

Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information and indicate which Vermont location.

For details or to register for the South Deerfield meeting, held in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, call Mallory at (413) 545-5221.

Contact Brent at (800) 545-8920, ext. 351 (within Vermont) or (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, by Jan. 2 to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For special dietary needs, please call two weeks prior to the meeting date.

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