Wednesday, February 26, 2020 -- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    No-Till Cover Crop Symposium

    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton in Burlington, Vt.

    Sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension’s Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team in Middlebury and the Northwest Crops and Soils Program in St. Albans. David Brandt from Carrol, Ohio and Scott Magnan from St. Albans, Vermont are our featured speakers, with additional presentations by researchers and farmers.

    Registration is required by February 21, 2020

    $75 per person. No conference fee refunds.
    If you are a student, call 802-388-4969 for more registration information


    PLEASE NOTE that UVM has a new registration system, which is called the UVM's Non-Credit Course Catalog.  All payments need to be done online via the registration system.  If you do not wish to use a credit card online, you must call UVM's Non-Credit Course office and register over the phone, 802-656-8407. Registrations at the door are also available. USD funds only if check or cash. If you are a student, please contact Karen Gallott at 802-388-4969 for more registration information.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact
    Karen Gallott at 802-388-4969 or toll free in VT at 800-956-11125 by February 6, 2020 so we may assist you.


    Poster Submission Opportunities

    Graduate students involved in regional (northeast) research on cover crops, no-till (or reduced tillage) and/or soil health are invited to submit a poster to present at the annual UVM Extension No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium.

    More info on poster submission

    Research can involve any agricultural crop, though the focus of our symposium has traditionally been on dairy forages and grain crops. The poster session will be held during registration and two exhibitor/poster sessions throughout the day. See previous poster descriptions.
    Applicants should submit applicant name(s), title of research and/or poster, an abstract (400 words or less), and a PDF of the poster if possible. Applicants should submit this information to by January 24, 2020.  
    Students must also register for the symposium, but will receive a discounted rate.
    We typically have around 175 attendees at this conference, half of which are farmers/producers.  Participants are also researchers, students, government employees, technical service providers and non-profit employees.


    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Become a sponsor and receive public recognition, logo placement on promotional materials, ads in the conference proceedings, exhibitor table, and more.

    More info on sponsorship

    PDF icon Initial Sponsor Letter (PDF)
    PDF icon Sponsor Exhibitor Form (PDF)
    Contact Karen Gallott at (802) 388‐4969 (toll free in Vermont:  800‐956‐1125);


    Featured Speaker: David Brandt

    Conference Presentation: Soil Health at Work including special break-out session

    David Brandt farms 1,150 acres in Carroll, Ohio who utilizes cover crops and no-till to promote soil health. He is a cover crop seed dealer with Walnut Creek Seeds and has been profiled by NRCS. He has worked with and received awards from many conservation and farming groups, and is committed to participating in research.
    Brandt substantially reduces his fertilizer costs with multi-species legume cover crops. "Our nitrogen use in fields without cover crops is 170 pounds an acre," comments Brandt in an interview with Ohio NRCS. "Where we have cover crops and longtime no-till, we’re down to about 20 pounds an acre. That’s more than $100 an acre per year nitrogen savings, and we’re not sacrificing any yield."
    Recently, Brandt has been working with researchers at OSU to reduce input costs of both fertilizers and herbicides through the use of soil health practices, including cover crops.

    Featured Speaker: Scott Magnan

    Conference Presentation: Precision No-Till in Vermont including special break-out session

    Scott Magnan runs Scott Magnan's Custom Services in St. Albans, which offers custom crop services, performing practices such as manure spreading, round bailing and planting. The company is networked with Woodchuck Custom Harvesting offering bunk packing and mowing. Scott has been an innovator in bringing precision agriculture to the area integrating it into his own operation and other area farmers business plans as a dealer for Ag Leader technology and Yetter Manufacturing. Scott offers precision Ag training and support through a CWF grant to assist with proper utilization of investment. Scott is the current chair of the Farmers Watershed Alliance. He has been a participant in UVM Extension projects including several projects with the no-till planter. Scott grows and sells crops using the farm as a tool for his own trials. 

    See our agenda

    UVM Extension:
    Research results from UVM Extension projects with manure injection, tile drainage, cover cropping, no-till, interseeding, 60-inch corn and MORE!

    • Updates from the field

    David Brandt – plenary on Soil Health at Work

    • Hear from a Soil Health champion on how he has made soil health a primary driver of a profitable cropping system on his farm for several decades. Want more?  Attend his breakout session to ask specifics

    Scott Magnan - plenary

    • Precision agriculture can play an important role on any farm, but especially on farms who use no-till, cover crops and manure.  Scott will share the powerful ways to use it on Vermont farms.  Want more?  Attend his breakout session for a roundtable discussion and troubleshooting session.

    Farmer Panel

    • Jeff Sanders will facilitate panel of successful no-till and cover crop farmers from Vermont on how they manage the ‘pinch points’ of their cropping systems and how they have navigated through these challenges to make improvements and refinements to maximize the benefits of these systems.  Bring your questions!

    Breakout Sessions:

    • NEW THIS YEAR:  we will have breakout sessions to focus in on the details of no-till, cover cropping, precision ag, innovative grazing, and manure.  These will be roundtable discussions where participants can dive deeper and get into specifics with experts in the field.

    Economics of Conservation

    • Hear from a business planner and an agronomist on how to capture the economic impacts of no-till and cover cropping on your farm, and how to use profitability to aid in your decision-making.  How can you make no-till and cover cropping pay?

    DON’T MISS…trade show, door prize raffle, hot lunch, CCA credits, water quality credits, manure applicator credits and pesticide credits!!

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