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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Understanding Plants to Improve Pasture Management

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Howlett Farm (a sheep farm), 2395 Towne Hill Rd., East Montpelier, VT

COST: Free

The Center for Sustainable Ag. is a co-sponsor of this training session for farmers, NRCS employees, and partners. Topics covered include: woody and herbaceous plants suitable for grazing, plant identification, how plants grow, and how to avoid overgrazing for an optimal summer feed management program. The workshop will also highlight NRCS conservation practices used in grazing management systems. This workshop is open to the public. Farmers will gain a better understanding of NRCS’ conservation practices and grazing planning approach.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-plants-to-improve-pasture-management-tickets-16581862798. Contact Kevin Kaija, Conservation Agronomist, (802) 295-7942 extension 123, kevin.kaija@vt.usda.gov with any questions.

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On-Farm Irrigation Twilight Meeting

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Description: Hemingway Farms, 1815 Claremont Rd., Charlestown, NH

COST: Free

The purpose of this UNH Extension meeting is to review what drip irrigation options and strategies vegetable and fruit growers could be considering for the coming growing season. Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm will present a hands-on demonstration on setting up a drip irrigation system. Starting from the pond, Trevor will work his way to the field describing the various components of the drip irrigation system.

CONTACT: For more information about the meeting can contact George Hamilton at George.Hamilton@unh.edu or 603-641-6060.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Understanding Plants to Improve Pasture Management

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Island Acres Farm (dairy cows), 354 Route 2., South Hero, VT

COST: Free

The Center for Sustainable Ag. is a co-sponsor of this training session for farmers, NRCS employees, and partners. Topics covered include: woody and herbaceous plants suitable for grazing, plant identification, how plants grow, and how to avoid overgrazing for an optimal summer feed management program. The workshop will also highlight NRCS conservation practices used in grazing management systems. This workshop is open to the public. Farmers will gain a better understanding of NRCS’ conservation practices and grazing planning approach.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-plants-to-improve-pasture-management-tickets-16581959086. Contact Kevin Kaija, Conservation Agronomist, (802) 295-7942 extension 123, kevin.kaija@vt.usda.gov with any questions.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

4th Annual Water Quality Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College Judd Hall, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: Can be found at vectogether.org

Previous Water Quality Conferences focused on water quality regulations, sources of nutrient pollutants, storm water, modeling, political will, grass-roots efforts and innovative community action, implementation and funding. Progress has been made in understanding the causes and sources of Lake Champlain’s water quality problems. And it is clear that best management practices on farms and beyond can stem the flow of nutrients into the lake and other water bodies. Vermont, and others, still continue to be challenged by organizing and funding implementation of solutions. This year’s Water Quality Conference examines organizational structures and innovative approaches that have succeeded in other areas and might be applied to improvement of water quality.

The event runs from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Pre-registration includes all sessions and lunch. The panels will be focused on the following topics: Update on regulatory changes affecting water quality; A utility model for organizing the drive towards increasing water quality; Enhancing implementation of BMPs through the Current Use Program; Innovative approaches to increasing the value, and decreasing the cost, of nutrients; & Where Does Vermont Go From Here?

CONTACT: Register at vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/ or contact VEC at info@vectogether.org or 802-747-7900 for more information or with any questions.

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