Northwest Crops and Soils Program : University of Vermont

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Conferences and Events

View this page for upcoming Events as well as conference proceedings of past events.

Our 2014 Summer Events

Summer Organic Dairy Series, Making the Most of Your Forages

These four events are collaborated with NOFA-VT ($20/person includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven)
View the Summer Series flyer.

July 18th—Grazing, Summer Annuals and No Grain Organic Dairy Production,
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Beidler Family Farm, Randolph, VT, Brent and Regina Beidler
We will spend the day touring their farm looking at the specifics of their grazing system, on-farm summer annuals research, and how they transitioned to no grain production.

August 19th—Summer Annuals, Irrigation and Cow Health,
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fournier Farm, Swanton, VT, Earl Fournier and Sons
Earl and Heather Darby will cover how summer annuals and irrigation can get you through the summer slump.

August 28th—Soils, Foliar Sprays and Nutrient Dense Forages,
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT, Jack and Anne Lazor
Come learn about increasing the energy and the photosynthetic capacity of your crops through foliar feeding and soil fertility management. Strategies for blending, preparing and applying your own home made “chicken soup for the soil” will be demonstrated. View the flyer for this field day.

Sep. 9th—Crop Diversification, Hay in a Day, and Robotic Milkers and Grazing,
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at North Hardwick Dairy, Hardwick, VT, Nick and Steve Meyer
At this workshop we will discuss their crop diversification and hay in a day system and Heather Darby will cover related research and on-farm trials she has been working on. In the afternoon, Sarah Flack, NOFA-VT Farm Advisor, will lead a pasture walk with the Meyer’s discussing intensive grazing and how this fits in with their new robotic milker.

In addition to the Summer Organic Dairy Series, the following events were offered this summer -

July 10—Farms Protecting Water Quality,
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A FREE event in collaboration with Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC), Franklin Watershed Committee (FWC), Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA), and Champlain Valley Equipment (CVE).
Starting from Franklin Elementary School, we visited several local farms to see how innovative practices are being implemented to protect water quality. We ended the tour with a visit to a camp on Lake Carmi that has been certified to be Lake Wise. View a wonderful slide show of the tour done by Denise Smith of FNLC.

July 24th—Annual Northwest Crops & Soils Field Day, Feeding the Soil, the Plants and the Community, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. at Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT
You will have the opportunity to tour the Research Farm, where over 40 crop and soil experiments are being conducted, and you will receive up-to-date information on our research.
Please note that registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the farm tour starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.
The cost of this event is $25 per person and free to farmers.
View the field day flyer.

July 29th—Cover Crops & Pollinators, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT
Join John and Nancy Hayden of The Farm Between, and Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist, for this twilight field day on cover crop choices and their potential benefits to pollinator populations. This workshop will be beneficial to any farmers that rely on insect pollination for their crops, farmers interested in multi-use cover cropping, as well as landowners interested in pollinator conservation. This is a free event.
View the field day flyer.

August 5th—Dry Beans and Grains, Morningstar Meadows Farm, Glover, VT
The Johnsons grow 8 types of beans including heirloom varieties. They also grow 10 acres of mixed grains for a diverse livestock. Seth will talk about their fertilizer program, weed control, harvesting, and processing.
View the field day flyer.


Past Conference Proceedings and Materials

10th Annual Grain Growers Conference — March 13, 2014
“Grow it Here”

  • Keynote Speaker, Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT. The Culture of Grain in Our Culture
  • Heather Darby and Susan Monahan, UVM Extension 2013 Small Grain Research Results
  • Tate McPherson, Aroostook County Maine. Maine Seed Company LLC
  • Andrea Stanley, Valley Malt, MA. Specialty Malts Grain-ing Traction
  • Bruno Vachon, Malterie Frontenac, Quebec. Malting Barley – Local Sources
  • Frank Kutka, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Farm Breeding Club, ND. Breeding Better Corn On-Farm
  • Frank Kutka, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Farm Breeding Club, ND. What’s New With Specialty Seeds and Grains?
  • Seth Johnson, Morningstar Meadows, Glover, VT. Dry Beans
  • Melanie Hernandez and Beth Ruman, River Moon Farm, Craftsbury Commons, VT. Small-Scale Dry Bean Production.
  • Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin, Elmore Mountain Bread, Elmore, VT. Elmore Mountain Bread
  • Joe Bossen, Vermont Bean Crafters Company, Waitsfield, VT. Bringing Dry Beans to Market dotted-line-large
  • 2014 Annual Oilseed Producers Workshop — March 3, 2014

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    5th Annual Vermont Hops Conference — February 27, 2014

    Online proceedings for the the 5th Annual Vermont Hops Conference are available for $25 and include both video recordings and PDFs of all presentations. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus at: If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings by going to You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.


    2014 Northwest Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting — January 21, 2014


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