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Experts from UVM and Northeast to Speak to Oilseed Producers

Berlin--Oilseed production is increasing in Vermont as more producers are discovering the benefits of growing sunflowers, canola, soybeans, flax and other crops for culinary oil, high-protein livestock feed and fuel.

The 2013 Oilseed Producers Meeting, March 19 in Berlin, will provide an opportunity for interested growers to learn about the latest agronomic research as well as production, processing, end use and more from farmers and researchers in the Northeast. The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program is sponsoring the free annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites at Maplewood, 223 Paine Turnpike.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants who register by March 8.

Anyone interested in attending should call the UVM Extension office in St. Albans at (802) 524-6501 or e-mail Hannah Harwood

(hannah.harwood@uvm.edu) or Heather Darby (heather.darby@uvm.edu) to register or for more information. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, contact Susan Brouillette at the above phone number by March 8.

Several UVM experts are on the agenda including Dr. Sabrina Greenwood, a UVM Department of Animal Sciences assistant professor, who will speak on feeding oilseed meal to livestock and Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension agronomist, with an update on the Northwest Crops and Soils Program's agronomy research. Chris Callahan, UVM Extension agricultural engineer, and Hannah Harwood, a UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program technician, will present the preliminary results of their research on evaluating different press designs.

Dr. Alan Eaton, a University of New Hampshire Extension entomologist, will discuss bird damage to crops and how to identify and manage these pests. Dr. Doug Schaufler, senior project associate with Pennsylvania State University's Farm Operations and Services, will talk about production and quality testing of culinary oils. The program also includes a lengthy roundtable discussion and panel for Vermont farmers who have diversified into oilseed crops.

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