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World-Renowned Nutritionist to Speak at Vermont Grain Growers Conference

Essex--A keynote presentation by Dr. Julie Miller Jones, an internationally acclaimed nutritionist and cereal chemist, highlights the ninth annual Northern Grain Growers Conference, March 14 in Essex. Grain growers and bakers also will hear from a number of experts on bringing back small grain production to North America and other topics relating to small-scale grain production and processing.

The conference, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA),  will be held at the Essex Resort and Spa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a networking session from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration, due by March 7, is $40 per person for NGGA members, $45 for non-members. Lunch is included.

Register online at Or send a check, made payable to University of Vermont Extension, to Grain Conference, UVM Extension, 278 S. Main St., Ste. 2, St. Albans, VT 05478. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, call Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501 or (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) by March 1.

Jones, an emeritus professor and Distinguished Scholar of Food and Nutrition at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., will discuss Wheat Belly: Fact and Fad, a book by William Davis, and dispel some common misconceptions regarding consumption of wheat products and weight gain. She also will talk about gluten intolerance, its prevalence and the need to eliminate gluten for individuals with gluten intolerance and allergies.

Dr. Stephen Jones (no relation) will share some of the challenges and success stories of reintroducing small grain production to areas, including the Northeast, and how this has led to new economic enterprises for growers from milling to baking and brewing. Jones is a wheat breeder and director of the Northwestern Washington Research Center at Washington State University.

Growers also will hear from Klaas and Peter Martens from Lakeview Organic Grain in Penn Yan, N.Y., on small grain processing, hulling and using cover crops and soil amendments to build soil health. In addition, Peter will talk about his experiences with German grain production and machinery.

Thom Leonard, a consultant for Heartland Mill in Marienthal, Kansas, will describe how to use existing infrastructure to market specialty heirloom wheat varieties. Vermont experts on the program include Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm in Westfield, on growing grains and building rations for livestock feed, and two bakers, Randy George, Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex, and Jeffrey Hamelman, King Arthur Flour in Norwich, who will demonstrate how to make waffles and crackers from locally grown grains.

For more information, call (802) 524-6501 or e-mail Heather Darby ( or Erica Cummings (