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Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Northeast Contract Grazing Summit

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Weaver Family Farm, 4933 Peterboro Road Morrisville, NY 13408

COST: $70, pre-registration is required

A day of learning led by current contract graziers, grazing clients, local grass-fed meat and dairy companies, land aggregators and Ag business professionals will delve into the matrix of decisions for considering a contract grazing business arrangement.

Robust Topics include: What are the opportunities, what does a client want, pricing strategies, leasing land, grazing management, land/animal people logistics, liability, simple contracts, conflict resolution, real farm profiles and how to build a network of grazing professionals to name a few.

CONTACT: For information and to register, please call Troy Bishopp at the Madison Co SWCD at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110 or send in your registration to Madison Co. Soil and Water Conservation District 6503 Wes Rd. Hamilton, N.Y. 13346

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cooking, Writing and American Culture: A Conversation

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Livak Ball Room, UVM Davis Center, Burlington, VT


A panel discussion with Laura Shapiro, Molly Stevens and Rowan Jacobsen about the complex connections bewteen food, identity, and culture.

CONTACT: UVM Food Systems graduate program at 802.656.3831 or for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at:

COST: Sliding scale, $25-$75

Ground work is designed for aspiring, beginning and established farmers who want to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in selecting, operating and maintaining equipment and machinery. Farm managers, employees and apprentices will also benefit from the education and assistance.

Almost every farm reaches a point where machines become a necessity for more productive and profitable work. Ground Work participants will expand their knowledge and skills and build a mechanization plan that takes into account their skill level and existing farm operation and will help them plan for the future.

Program Format and Content: The 2015 Ground Work Program will include:

A three-part webinar series providing an overview of mechanization, an introduction to tractor and machine safety, and a framework for making decisions about purchasing tractors and machinery.
Hands-on, small group tractor skills workshops, offered in VT, NY, MA and/or CT.
Opportunities to get individual coaching and technical assistance.

Along the way, Ground Work will provide self-assessments and planning guides to help you develop a mechanization plan that fits your current situation and help you build the overall farm operation you desire.

CONTACT: Apply at or contact Beth Holtzman or 802-223-2389x204. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at or 802-223-2389 by: March 1 for the webinars and by April 1 for the hands-on session.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cultivating Value from Foodscraps: VT Organics Recycling Summit

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Judd Hall, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT

COST: $45 CAV member, $50 early bird for non-CAV members until 3/15, $60 non-CAV members after 3/15.

The 9th Annual VORS will bring together technical experts, compost producers, food waste generators, regulators, community leaders and advocates to learn about the use of organic residuals to produce compost, energy, and resilient communities. Organics include everything from food scraps and food processing residuals to manures, horticulture residuals, wood chips, sawdust, and paper products. At VORS you will also learn how to make Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) a success.

CONTACT: Register at Or contact Nicole Duch,, 802.456.1094 for more information.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

2014 Organic Production Survey Deadline

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online at:


Required of organic producers. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting its 2014 Organic Production Survey--a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification in the Unites States (those grossing less than $5,000 annually from organic sales), and those producers transitioning to organic production. This study serves as a census of all organic operations, as directed under the FY2014 Farm Appropriations Bill. Respondents are guaranteed by law (Title 7, U.S. Code) that their individual information will be kept confidential, and all known organic producers (exempt and certified) are required to respond. NASS uses the information only for statistical purposes and publishes data only in tabulated totals.

CONTACT: For more information go to

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Enhance the Efficacy and Thermotolerance of Fungal Isolates

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: 112 Jeffords Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Seminar with Agrin Davari, Ph.D. Candidate Plant and Soil Science, UVM. Refreshments at 1:00 in Jeffords 107.

CONTACT: Full listing of PSS seminars is here:

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