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Vermont Farmers to Learn About Oilseed Crops at Annual Workshop

Field of Sunflowers

South Burlington--On March 3 farmers will have an opportunity to learn how they can diversify into oilseed crops, including strategies for successful production and the latest Vermont research,  at the 2014 Annual Oilseed Producers Workshop.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program will host the meeting at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $20 and includes lunch.

Farmers are asked to register by Feb. 26 either online at www.uvm.edu/extension/oilseedmeeting or by phone at (802) 524-6501 or (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont only). Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Susan Brouillette at either number by Feb. 17.

The agenda includes presentations by researchers and Extension specialists from Vermont and Pennsylvania on oilseed meal for fertilizer, production of high quality culinary oils and tips for successfully growing sunflowers, canola, flax, soybeans and other oilseed crops in the Northeast. Participants also will learn about small-scale oil processing equipment and UVM research on oil press designs including demonstrations of different presses.

Speakers will be Chris Callahan, Heather Darby and Hannah Harwood, all from UVM Extension, and Ryan Elias and Doug Schaufler, Pennsylvania State University.

The workshop is sponsored by UVM Extension, Penn State Extension, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.