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Friday, January 10, 2014

Adapting to Changes in Business & Climate: Organic Land Care

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Description: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Southbury, CT

COST: $115 NOFA members or AOLCPs, $130 for all others

Join the 2013 Annual Gathering of NOFA's Organic Land Care association for a day of dynamic presenters, networking opportunities, and chances to learn about exciting projects and initiatives of use to professionals. Keynote Tom Tavella will speak on the future of the SITES initiative and implementing projects with landscape architects.

CONTACT: More info at www.organiclandcare.net/education/annual-gathering or register at ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-nofa-olc-annual-gathering-2013/ or contact CT-NOFA at (203) 308-2584.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

NOFA-Mass Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA

COST: $50 for NOFA Member Adult General Conference Admission if registered by 12/15 ($60 until 1/10, $70 at the door, and extra costs for seminars and special courses)

Over the years, NOFA/Mass has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, Michael Phillips, Jean Jeavons, Karen Washington and other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. This year's Winter Conference will offer a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, an all-day seminar and keynote by Restoration Agriculture author, Mark Shepard. The children’s conference (for ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for your kids to get educated.

CONTACT: More information at www.nofamass.org/winterconference#.UqHieOLFpw9 or register at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1317429 or call (508) 572-0816.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Water Quality & Agriculture Workshop

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Marshfield Town Hall, Marshfield, VT

COST: Free and lunch is provided.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District as part of the Winooski Headwaters Community Partnership invites you to attend a workshop on water quality and agriculture. Come hear local Vermont experts talk about important issues affecting the state of Vermont, including meeting the state's water quality goals, preventing nutrient pollution, maintaining soil health and the programs available to farmers to meet these goals and actions.

CONTACT: Laura at 802-288-8155 ext.104 or email: laura@winooskinrcd.org

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Friday, January 17, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses to planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

18th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT

COST: $40, depending on membership and attendance

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Michigan State livestock specialist and farmer. Dr. Bartlett manages 360 sheep and 200 stocker cattle on his MI ranch, participates in on-farm research, and consults on grazing and animal handling. He is a board member of Holistic Management International and uses planned grazing and biological monitoring approaches to improve soil health and help his operation be successful.

The conference will feature day-long intensive sessions on Friday January 17 with a keynote and 24 workshops on Saturday January 18. Topics covered will include grazing impacts on soil health, animal handling, parasite management, adding value, and more. Conference agenda in development. Sponsorship and tabling opportunities available.

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.to learn more. Or visit www.uvm.edu/pasture for downloadable sponsorship package.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Empire State Producers Expo

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, NY

COST: TBA

Presented by the New York State Vegetable Growers Association, this show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of this state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. The Center's Farming & Climate Change Coordinator Joshua Faulkner will be presenting a session for attendees.

CONTACT: (315) 986-9320 or info@nysvga.org or nysvga.org/contact

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2014 Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: American Legion Hall, St. Albans, VT

COST: $25, including lunch

Learn about growing winter forages, corn and soybean diseases in the Northeast, reintroducing meadow fescue, getting the most from Nitrogen, recycling of agricultural plastics, improving soil health and maximizing homegrown feed in the ration, as well as receive updates from the 2013 cropping system.

Presenters include Gary Bergstrom, a Professor at Cornell University, Kurt Cotanch, the Forage Lab Director at Miner Agriculture Research Institute, Tom Kilcer from Advanced Ag Systems LLC in NY, Steve Woodruff from NRCS's East National Technology Service Center in Greensboro, NC, Anne MacMillan, an Agrichemical Toxicologist with the VT Agency of Agriculture, and UVM Agronomists Dr. Heather Darby, Dr. Sid Bosworth and Dr. Dan Hudson.

The conference brochure is here: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2014-brochure-final.pdf

Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

CONTACT: You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoildairy or by calling Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vt. only). If paying with a check, please make payable "UVM".

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Friday, January 24, 2014

NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

COST: $80 for Sunday only - $275 for entire weekend. Dinners available for separate purchase.

Note: Please see conference website for specific start and end times for various components of the weekend.

Features keynote speakers Gary Paul Nabhan, internationally-renowned nature writer and food and farming activist, and 2014 NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year Brian Bennett of Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, NY. The NOFA-NY Winter Conference offers a great line up of workshops on a wide range of topics from dairy farming to urban gardening, from food policy to business planning plus a special childrens conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers. Each year, the planning team strives to inspire, as well as inform, and to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and reciprocal teaching and learning.

CONTACT: Learn more at www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference. Or contact Marne Coit, Education Director, at marne@nofany.org.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Food Diversity, Human Health & Climate Change

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen Medical Center Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Gary Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona will offer this discussion will explore the links between food crop diversity and human health, in the context of how both may be affected by climate change. Climate change will affect both the distribution and yields of many place-based fruits and heirloom vegetables. However, many new strategies are being employed to get more diversity back into the hands and diets of low-income families which are already nutritionally at risk. Nutritional ntervention success stories from diabetes-prone populations in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico and Hawaii will be featured. There will be a book sale and signing after the talk.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at FletcherAllen.org/Healthsource.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Soil Carbon Coalition Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: St. Johnsbury, VT (contact the event organizers at SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com)

COST: (confirm with event organizers at SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com)

A workshop by Peter Donovan, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Peter Donovan has been establishing baseline measurements for soil carbon change on innovative land managers from Mexico to Canada, Vermont to California as part of the Soil Carbon Challenge, a competition to see how quickly land managers can change atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter. This workshop will cover scientific understanding of carbon and carbon cycling, as well as its importance in the understanding of climate, soil, and farming. Some of it will be participatory. All are welcome, but farmers and other land managers especially are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT: SoilCarbonIsCool@gmail.com

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

NOFA-NH Winter Conference & Mixer

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH

COST: $75 for one-day member adult registration, $35 for students, $25 per day per child. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Two days of keynote speakers (including Gary Nabhan, Ben Hewitt and Jack Lazor), workshops, networking, and intensives. February 1 is open to eaters, gardeners, community members, and farmers, and February 2 is a day of intensives programmed with farmers in mind, featuring learning opportunities ranging from Intro to Small Engines, to Marketing to the Institutional Market, to Cover Cropping & Crop Rotation to Manage Pests & Weeds, to Alternative Annual Forages to Compliment Your Feeding Regime & Mob Grazing Basics,

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2014/ or else call (603) 224-5022 or e-mail jen@nofanh.org with any questions.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

NOFA-NH Winter Conference & Mixer

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord, NH

COST: $75 for one-day member adult registration, $35 for students, $25 per day per child. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Two days of keynote speakers (including Gary Nabhan, Ben Hewitt and Jack Lazor), workshops, networking, and intensives. February 1 is open to eaters, gardeners, community members, and farmers, and February 2 is a day of intensives programmed with farmers in mind, featuring learning opportunities ranging from Intro to Small Engines, to Marketing to the Institutional Market, to Cover Cropping & Crop Rotation to Manage Pests & Weeds, to Alternative Annual Forages to Compliment Your Feeding Regime & Mob Grazing Basics,

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2014/ or else call (603) 224-5022 or e-mail jen@nofanh.org with any questions.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 374 Emerson Falls Rd., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Vt. SBDC (Small Business Development Center), 1540 Vt. Route 66, Randolph, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

While permaculture design practices are typically applied to creating productive homes and agricultural land, permaculture design ethics and principles, when applied at the broader scales of community, regional, and urban planning, have a great impact on creating a human environment with ecological integrity. Starting with a clear understanding of the mistakes and challenges inherent in our present economy – including petroleum dependence and extreme weather -- this course focuses on how to redirect our society and its infrastructure back into alignment with the earth’s natural cycles, one region at a time. Ideal for architects, regional and city planners, community organizers, land trusts, watershed groups and local food advocates, this course will provide participants with the vision and tools for coordinating and synthesizing efforts for improving regional economies and the quality of life for future generations.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT 05674

COST: $875

While permaculture design practices are typically applied to creating productive homes and agricultural land, permaculture design ethics and principles, when applied at the broader scales of community, regional, and urban planning, have a great impact on creating a human environment with ecological integrity. Starting with a clear understanding of the mistakes and challenges inherent in our present economy – including petroleum dependence and extreme weather -- this course focuses on how to redirect our society and its infrastructure back into alignment with the earth’s natural cycles, one region at a time. Ideal for architects, regional and city planners, community organizers, land trusts, watershed groups and local food advocates, this course will provide participants with the vision and tools for coordinating and synthesizing efforts for improving regional economies and the quality of life for future generations.

CONTACT: Charlotte Leib, Community Outreach Coordinator, outreach@yestermorrow.org or 802-496-5545 Register at www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/permaculture-for-regional-planning-ecological-models-of-economic-development.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: (see details with Feb. 9 event)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (see details with Feb. 9 event)

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Stone Grill Pub & Restaurant, 116 Vt. Rt. 15, Morrisville, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (see details with Feb. 9 event)

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (see details with Feb. 9 event)

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Permaculture for Regional Planning

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 189 VT Rte 100, Warren, VT

Note: please contact Yestermorrow directly for specific daily class times.

COST: $875

Please see 2/9/14 event for details.

CONTACT: Register at thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/%28S%28e03cs0afxcxy3245rtb2vk45%29%29/Form.aspx?regkey=RpYOYPxE37984zLE6vpj%2bg%3d%3d&qid=21230 or call 888-496-5541.



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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing St., Newport, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Permaculture for Regional Planning: Eco. Models of Econ. Dev.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (see details with Feb. 9 event)

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Agronomy Plus

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Nolin-Murray Center (at St. Mary’s Church), 40 Summer St., Springfield, VT

COST: $25 per person (includes lunch if you register 3 or more days prior)

Thriving in the new dairy economy requires that managers examine new options to control costs, increase crop yield and quality, and improve animal health. Join us this February as we discuss: ? Practices and strategies to maximize forage yield and quality. ? Optimizing N-rates on corn and forages. ? Understanding your true milk production costs. ? Practices to preserve and improve soil quality ? Calf rearing for more productive cows ? Tile drainage basics, & dairy farming “across the pond”!

Attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and discussions with UVM Extension faculty and staff: Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, Daniel Hudson, Dennis Kauppila, Tony Kitsos and Julie Smith.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-vt-agronomy-plus-tickets-10115185793. Contact Brent Passut at 802-751-8307 for directions, with any questions. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Brent by February 1 at 802-751-8307 so we may assist you.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Dudley C. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: TBA

Join 1500 farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, service providers and consumers at the 2014 NOFA Winter Conference for a weekend of workshops, dynamic speakers, fun activities for kids, a great trade show (come visit the Center's table!), and delicious food.

CONTACT: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference or 802-434-4122.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Dudley C. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: TBA

Join 1500 farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, service providers and consumers at the 2014 NOFA Winter Conference for a weekend of workshops, dynamic speakers, fun activities for kids, a great trade show (come visit the Center's table!), and delicious food.

CONTACT: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference or 802-434-4122.

*New Farmer Coaching with UVM Extension's New Farmer Project will be available at this event.
Are you a new or aspiring farmer looking for land, capital, skill development, or business planning advice? Or, have you been farming for a few years and are now considering diversifying, expanding or reaching new markets? Attend a one-on-one coaching session with a Vermont New Farmer Project consultant to identify steps you can take to meet your farm priorities. New farmers may also request a feedback session on their draft written business plans. For more information and to sign up, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-223-2389 x203, newfarmer@uvm.edu.

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Action Planning for Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT

COST: $50 NOFA members, $65 non-members

This day-long intensive is part of the 2014 NOFA-VT conference, and is geared towards farmers. Join researchers and extension educators from the University of Vermont who are partnering with farmers to develop long-term farm management strategies under weather extremes. The session will build on the successful intensive offered last year with a similar topic, and will include themed “resilience stations" exploring on-farm best management practices, monitoring for adaptive management, financial planning, policy incentives,and personal care. As a participant, you will be asked to bring your farm maps and other information to the session where you will develop an individualized “climate change resilience action plan.”

Presenters: Joshua Faulkner, UVM Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator; Kate Westdijk, UVM Food Systems Research Specialist and Clinical Herbalist Intern; Eric Noel, co-owner of Health Hero Farm; John Hayden, co-owner of The Farm Between; Jenn Colby, UVM Grazing Specialist; Kirsten Workman, UVM Agronomy Outreach Professional for Field Crops and Nutrient Management; Sam Smith, Intervale Center Farm Business Specialist; Sarah Noel Larose, VT Natural Resources Conservation Service; Liz Brownlee & Connor Steman, former UVM Field Naturalist Program Master’s students; and Lindsey Ruhl, Master's student in UVM Plant and Soil Science.

CONTACT: Pre-register by February 4th (registrations will also be accepted through the end of the NOFA winter conference 2/15-16): nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/monday#resilience

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Climate Change and Vermont

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Description: Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen Medical Center Campus, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

Alan Betts, Ph.D, Atmospheric Research, is offering this talk illuminating how climate and the natural ecosystems of the Earth are being transformed by greenhouse gases from our industrial society. How is this affecting Vermont? Come learn what strategies and mind-set are needed to mitigate, adapt and build resilience.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-2278 or registering online at FletcherAllen.org/Healthsource.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: 6 Forum Locations in VT:

UVM Extension Office
374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
NRCS

USDA Service Center
617 Comstock Road
Berlin, VT 05602
NRCS

USDA Service Center
27 Fisher Pond Road, Suite 1
St. Albans, VT 05478
NRCS

VT Agency of Natural Resources Office
100 Mineral Street
Springfield, VT 05156
NRCS

USDA Service Center
170 South Main Street, Suite 4
Rutland, VT 05701
NRCS

UVM Extension Office
23 Pond Lane, Suite 300
Middlebury, VT 05753
NRCS

COST: Free

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the February 18th SARE-sponsored National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Join the conversation at one of nearly 200 Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums to be hosted nationwide by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cooperative Extension offices.

There is no cost to participate, but please contact the site you plan to attend to register and confirm both the location and other program details. Providing an RSVP will help host locations make adequate accommodations.
Each forum will feature a live-streamed video broadcast of the opening sessions of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb. Following the broadcast, discuss with fellow forum participants how cover cropping can build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience into your farming system.

The broadcast will feature:
Howard G. Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (invited)
Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association president
A panel of expert producer conservationists:
Dave Brandt (Ohio)
Gabe Brown (North Dakota)
Dan DeSutter (Indiana)
Clay Mitchell (Iowa)

The forums are open to anyone who would like to hear about and discuss the prospects for cover crops and soil health improvements on American farms and ranches. The broadcast will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST for participants from the Eastern, Central, and Mountain regions of the United States. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 to 45 minutes ahead of time for check in and introductions.

CONTACT: Mary Jacobson 802-951-6796 ext. 221

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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No-Till & Cover Crop Symposium

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $130 for both days, or $75 for single-day attendance.

UVM Extension's crops and soils teams are pleased to announce a two-day conference that is the first of its kind in Vermont. With over 10 sessions during these two days, there will be opportunities to discover the latest information about no-till crop production and growing cover crops.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=ntcc-symposium.html, or download the conference brochure here: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/pdfs/2014-ntcc-brochure.pdf. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Donna Brown by February 3 at 802-388-4969 so we may assist you.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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No-Till & Cover Crop Symposium

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd., Burlington

COST: $130 for both days, or $75 for single-day attendance.

UVM Extension's crops and soils teams are pleased to announce a two-day conference that is the first of its kind in Vermont. With over 10 sessions during these two days, there will be opportunities to discover the latest information about no-till crop production and growing cover crops.

CONTACT: Please register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=ntcc-symposium.html, or download the conference brochure here: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/pdfs/2014-ntcc-brochure.pdf. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Donna Brown by February 3 at 802-388-4969 so we may assist you.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Climate Change Cafe

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street, Brattelboro

COST: Free, but participants are welcome to contribute light refreshments

A supportive, conversational environment for people who are concerned about climate change AGENDA: * updates on divestment campaign, particularly the SIT and Vermont Academy initiatives * Paul Cameron, co-founder and Executive Director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the Town of Brattleboro to reduce carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and alternative transportation, and member oft the Town Energy Coordinator, willI give some history on what the Town, BCP, and other groups have accomplished in the past towards carbon reduction and resilience, what he sees as priorities and opportunities in the future, and what citizens can do to help in this effort.

CONTACT: Post Oil Solutions, 802.869.2141, info@postoilsolutions.org

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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CT NOFA's Winter Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

COST: TBA

Conference keynote will be Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stay tuned for more details.

CONTACT: www.ctnofa.org/winterconference/index.html or 203-308-2584 for more information.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Online self-paced course at: www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.Umab1BDFpw-

COST: Free

Global population is expected to top nine billion by 2050. Supplying this population with safe, secure, and healthy food will challenge the world’s agricultural resources and production systems. Recent weather trends indicate that precipitation and temperature patterns are changing, and are already impacting agricultural
production in a variety of ways.

The Animal Agriculture and Climate Change online certification course has been developed to equip Extension Educators and other Agricultural Service Providers with the background necessary to instruct and advise farmers and ranchers in all aspects of animal agriculture and climate change. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between animal agriculture and climate change, both nationally and regionally, right from your office or home. This 12-hour, self-paced course will prepare you to discuss the topic with clientele and provide the resources to incorporate it into existing programming. It also qualifies for continuing education credits from Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/68219/aacc-online-course-registration#.Umab6hDFpw8. For more information about the course, see the brochure at www.extension.org/pages/66987/online-animal-agriculture-climate-change-certification-course#.UmacPBDFpw8, and for questions about registration contact David Schmidt at schmi071@umn.edu

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2014 Annual Oilseed Producers Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, VT

COST: $20

At this meeting, growers, processors, and researchers will share their experience with oilseed crops like sunflower, canola, soybeans, and flax. Interest in these crops is increasing, as oilseeds add value to farms in the form of feed, fuel, soil amendments, and culinary oil. Topics include agronomic research updates, uses for oilseed meal, on-farm economics and feasibility of oilseed production, report on small-scale press evaluations, culinary oil quality, oil taste-testing and Hemp legislation and research. We will also have processing demos including oilseed press and bleaching equipment.

CONTACT: Register for the conference online at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=oilseedmeeting.html by February 26, 2014. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 or susan.brouillette@uvm.edu by February 17, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Organic Farmers Business Course

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Tech Randolph Center Campus, Allen House, 1 Main Street, Randolph Ctr., VT

COST: $70.00

Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. You will find your farm’s profit centers, learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. This all day course will be part lecture, part group work sessions, and part demonstration.

The course will address:
* Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
* Making a Profit on YOUR Farm: what is making money and what is not
* Your Marketing Strategies
* The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
* Key Farm Financial Statements: what they are and why they are important
* Employee Management
* Quick Business Fixes

CONTACT: Molly Willard, mwillard2@vtc.vsc.edu, 802-535-5315, www.vtc.edu/right.php/pid/40/sid/565

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Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 124 Main St, Randolph, VT

COST: $25
UVM Extension's Northwest Crops & Soils Program and NOFA-Vermont's Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance program invite you to attend the 2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference.
This year, we will be looking at "resiliency" as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy. Keynote speakers include Drs. Silvia Abel-Caines of Organic Valley/CROPP; Fred Magdoff, UVM emeritus professor; and Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems. We will also include our popular research updates - with a focus on soil and forage quality projects - and our farmer panel.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is required, register at: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/?Page=organicdairy.html Or for more information contact Deb Heleba debra.heleba@uvm.edu or Susan Brouillette 802.524.6501.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Holiday Inn, 75 North Street, Auburn NY

COST: $60, kids under 12-free

NOFA-NY is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference. The conference will be held at the centrally located and easily accessible Holiday Inn in Auburn, New York, just west of Syracuse. Veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management are all welcome. This year’s program includes a half-day intensive workshop entitled “Keeping ‘Family’ in the Family
Farm.” NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be available throughout the day-long conference to answer questions. Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange.

Pre-Registration Deadline: Postmark by February 28th. Walk in registrations welcome

CONTACT: Stephanie Backer-Bertsch, Registration Coordinator, 585-271-1979 x509, register@nofany.torg.

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Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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NH Vegetable and Berry Growers Association Annual Meeting

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alan's Restaurant, 133 N Main St, Boscawen, NH

COST: $28 (members) or $32 (non-members)

Featured Speakers: Brian Spencer from Applied Bio-Nomics, Ltd. is a specialist in biological control in greenhouse and high-tunnel settings and he’s joining us from the west coast to share some of his knowledge.
David Handley, University of Maine Vegetable Fruit & Specialist, and this year he will share his work on sweet corn and berry crops. Jack Manix co-owns Walker Farm in Dummerston, VT, which has 30 certified organic acres of vegetables and fruits as well as 22 greenhouses, half of which are organic. Walker Farm sells mostly through direct marketing at the Farm stand and garden center.

CONTACT: NHVGBA nhvbga.wordpress.com/

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Organic Growers Meeting: Friends and Foes - Eco. Pest Mgmt.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Urban Forestry Center, 27 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth NH

COST: $10

Agenda:
9am - Registration
9:30 am - Recognizing Friends on Farms & in Gardens: Beneficial Insects Alan Eaton, UNH Extension
10:30 am - Top 5 Insects of 2013 and their Management, Ruth Hazzard, University of Massachusetts
11:30 am - Minimizing and Mitigating Crop Losses, Linda Grames, USDA Farm Service Agency and Becky Sideman, UNH Extension
12:00 pm - Lunch – Bring a bag lunch and network with participants & speakers
1:00 pm - Top 5 Diseases for 2013 and their Management Cheryl Smith, UNH Extension
1:30 pm - Five Challenging Weeds, and Ecological Weed Management Basics, Becky Sideman, UNH Extension
2:00 pm - Break
2:15 pm - Farmer to Farmer Session: Speakers and growers will join in a discussion about organic pest management; bring your questions, and come learn from other growers and share your expertise! Facilitator: Ray Conner, NOFA-NH
3pm - Depart

OONTACT: Online registration is strongly encouraged: www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=16141 Suzanne Hebert, 603-862-3200, suzanne.hebert@unh.edu

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: KVCC, 92 Western Ave, Fairfield ME

COST: Prices vary with registration type

Featuring keynote: Forrest Pritchard “Economics of Grass Based Livestock Systems” A professional farmer, writer and public speaker, Pritchard holds degrees in English and Geology from William and Mary. His farm, Smith Meadows, has been featured on NPR and the Washington Post. One of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, Smith Meadows has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for 15 years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Ten Book by Publishers Weekly, Washingtonian and NPR’s The Splendid Table.,

CONTACT: Register at: www.umext.maine.edu/forms/waldo/MGFN/reg.htm Rick Kersbergen, 1.800.287.1426, richard.kersbergen@maine.edu

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vermont Ag. Plastics Recycling Pilot Program Accepting Drop-Offs

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Bennington, Highgate, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Montpelier,

COST: Free

Casella Resource Solutions is offering free Agricultural Plastic Product Recycling to all Vermont producers, at the five locations listed above.

Producers must follow these steps for items to be accepted. Best Management Practices for preparing plastic films/nursery containers for recycling:
* Keep plastic/containers as clean and dry as possible,
* Shake out/knock out pebbles and clumps of soil,
* Roll or fold used film plastic into pillow-sized bundles,
* Store used plastic off the ground, out of mud, gravel and grit,
* Separate difference types of used plastic by color and type.

Best Management Practices for preparing maple tubing for recycling:
* Only polyethylene (PE) tubing will be accepted: no PVC. (PVC plastic sinks in water, PE does not),
* Plastic fittings (spouts and connectors) can be left in place,
* Remove all metal from tubing,
* Coil tubing into loops or cut in lengths 4’ long. (Keep large coils light enough to lift),
* Tie coils with a piece of drop line.

GRIT AND GRAVEL DESTROY RECYCLING EQUIPMENT - AVOID OR REMOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

CONTACT: Annie Macmillan anne.macmillan@state.vt.us, (802) 828-3479 with questions.

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