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Conferences and Events

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

New and Recent Events

2017 Summer Farm Meeting (click to view flyer) – Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC), and Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA) at Tim and Martha Magnant’s farm, Bridgeman View Farm. Topics to include innovative agronomic practices of interseeding, no-till, and cover cropping. Will have demonstration from soil health trailer, a rolling, solar-powered trailer to demo the value of healthy soil.

View more information and register online at


Harvesting and Malting Barley – Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Join us, University of Vermont Extension and Andrew Peterson of Peterson Quality Malt, on August 22, 2017 to visit the facility and tour the nearby barley fields. We will start the workshop promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Andrew Peterson’s barley fields on the Van De Weert farm on Route 7 in Ferrisburg. We will discuss barley harvesting and processing for malt production. At noon, we will travel to Peterson Quality Malt for lunch and to tour the facility to learn about malting small grains and grain quality requirements necessary for producing high quality malt.

The event is free but pre-registration is required so we can plan for the day and lunch. Register online at or contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or


2017 Summer Organic Dairy Series – coordinating together with NOFA-VT to bring you the following summer on-farm field days.

Monday, July 31, West Danville, VT. Organic Dairy Transition – Developing a Grazing System.

Wednesday, August 30, Randolph Ctr, VT. Pasture Management – Recovery After a Drought

Tuesday, September 12, Vernon, VT. Organic Dairy Forage Management – Corn Silage and Weed Control

All events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include lunch from NOFA-VT Pizza Oven. Cost is $30 per person or $20 for farmers. View the details in our Event Flyer and register at


Past 2017 Events

  • 10th Annual Northwest Crops and Soils Field Day was held on Thursday, July 27th.  Click here to view the event flyer. You can access the 2017 Field Day Booklet here as well, which includes information that was shared during the field day.
  • Manure Applicator Spring Workshop Series for custom applicators, seasonal employees or farmers who have questions about RAPs and their implications for manure application. View the Event Flyer.
  • Grain Growers Conference, Thursday, March 23, 2017, The Essex Resort, Essex. View the Conference Flyer with detailed agenda or go directly to the online registration.
  • Organic Dairy Producers Conference, Thursday, March 9, 2017, VT Technical College. View the Conference Flyer or go directly to the online registration.
  • Hop Conference, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Sheraton Hotel in Burlington. View the Conference Flyer or go directly to the online registration. New – view the detailed Agenda including guest speaker bios.

PAST 2016 Events
A Fall Look at Cover Crops (click to view flyer).
Tuesday, October 25: Farr Farms, Richmond. Hosted by UVM Extension, Chuck Farr and Ashley Farr and families.
Wednesday, October 26: Foote Brook Farm, Johnson. Hosted by UVM Extension Veg & Berry Program and Tony Lehouillier and family.
Thursday, October 27: A Tour of Farms in St. Albans Bay. Hosted by UVM Extension and area St. Albans Bay farmers.
Friday, October 28: Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh. Hosted by UVM Extension and Roger & Claire Rainville.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Grains & Dry Beans in Vermont at Morningstar Meadows Farm in Glover, VT. The Johnson’s and UVM Extension shared information about heirloom variety assessment, understanding disease and insect issues, and developing planting date and seeding rate recommendations, as well as dry bean seed saving, proper harvesting, cleaning, and storage techniques.

  • 2016 Summer Organic Dairy Series – Together, NOFA-VT and UVM Extension offered four on-farm workshops on organic dairy farms. View our Organic Dairy Series brochure for details. Dates and topics include:
    – 8/4/16, Integrating Irrigation into your Grazing System, Elysian Fields, Shoreham, VT
    – 8/16/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Franklin Farm, Guilford, VT
    – 8/17/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Bitter Sweet Valley Farm, East Fairfield, VT
    – 9/8/16, Organic Dairy – Infrastructure and Pasture Management, Deberville Dairy, Washington, VT

Thursday, September 1, 2016 – Successfully Starting a Hop Yard at Homestead Hops in Starksboro, VT. Kathleen and Kelly Norris shared information about the investments, challenges, and experiences in starting a hop yard. Highlights include an irrigation pond, fertilizing and equipment (including air blast sprayer and newly built hop oast).

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Hopping and Milling About at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. We had a great day talking about hops and touring yards. We had a demo of Four Star Farms hop harvester as well as UVM’s Hopster 5P harvester. After lunch, we talked about grains processing from field to flour.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Conservation Farm Practices in the Bay at Bess View Farm in St. Albans Bay. Join NWCS, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Bessette’s at their Brady Farm site located at 70 Lord Road, Swanton to learn how farmers are applying conservation practices to improve water quality in the St. Albans Bay.

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