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Winter Agronomy Meeting to be Held Jan. 21 in St. Albans

St. Albans--Farmers are invited to learn about growing winter forages, reintroducing meadow fescue, maximizing homegrown feed in the ration, recycling of agricultural plastics and other agronomy topics at the Northwest Crop, Soil and Dairy Meeting, planned for Jan. 21 in St. Albans.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program will host their winter meeting at the American Legion Hall, 100 Parah Drive, from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m.

The fee, which includes lunch, is $25 and may be paid online at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoildairy or mailed to Crops Meeting, UVM Extension, 278 South Main St., Ste. 2, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please make checks payable to University of Vermont.

Registrations will be accepted through Jan. 16. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend is asked to call Susan Brouillette at (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont) or (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, by Jan. 13.

Farmers will hear from a number of leading experts from throughout the Northeast including Kurt Cotanch, Miner Agriculture Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y., on dairy feeding and Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems LLC in Kinderhook, N.Y., on the basics of growing winter grains for forages. Anne MacMillian, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, will describe a new pilot project with Casella Waste, Inc. to recycle ag plastics used on dairy farms.

Gary Bergstrom, Cornell University, will discuss corn and soybean diseases in the Northeast. Steve Woodruff, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Greensboro, N.C., will talk about soil health.

Presentations by three UVM Extension agronomists will round out the program. Heather Darby will update participants on research results of reduced tillage, forage trials, corn trials, manure injection, precision feed management and other agronomy trials in Vermont. Sid Bosworth will offer an insight into why farmers should consider planting meadow fescue as a pasture grass to help reduce grain costs. Dan Hudson will discuss how to manage nitrogen in soil to reduce losses.

For more information, contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or by e-mail at susan.brouillette@uvm.edu.

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