2022 Conferences & Events

Fall Farm Meeting (click to view flyer) - Thursday, October 20, 2022

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA), and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) at Rolland Rainville’s farm, Roll Land Farm for a Fall Farm Meeting.

Topic highlights include: Corn harvest, planting cover crops, updates on pasture manure injection, precision sustainable agriculture, and the state of soil health in Vermont. We will also receive an update on Lake Carmi and hear program updates from State Agencies. Water quality and custom applicator credit hours available.

Free event and lunch, but must pre-register at https://2022fallfarmmeeting.eventbrite.com. Tour of Due North Vineyards following lunch.

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Past Events

Summer Field Day with a Focus on Forages (click to view flyer) - Thursday, September 8, 2022

We joined with Richville Farm owners to discuss corn harvesting and explore options and opportunities for feeding a high forage diet. We also looked at equipment including a kernel processor and grain drills. Dairy nutritionists Patrice Vincent and Kurt Cotanch joined us to share tips and considerations for successfully feeding more homegrown forage.

Summer Dairy Series

We invite you to participate in our Summer Dairy Series hosted by UVM Extension, NOFA-VT, and VT Grass Farmers Association (VGFA). This Summer Dairy Series brochure (PDF) list all the workshops offered by our different organizations. Each event shares a registration link or contact name for more information.

Following were three events hosted by NWCS.

FOCUS ON FORAGE - Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to view the flyer (PDF).

TRANSITIONING TO MORE GRAZING - Friday, July 1, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to view the flyer (PDF).

PASTURE WALK AND PARASITE MANAGEMENT - Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to view the flyer (PDF).

Annual Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh - Thursday, July 28, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We held a successful in-person on-farm Annual Field Day (click to view PDF flyer) at Borderview Research Farm, where attendees enjoyed a farm tour, exhibitor tent, and presentations by UVM researchers. As well as a great lunch and Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

Grain Grower Series

The Northern Grain Growers Association and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program joined to bring the 2022 Grain Growers Conference to you! Three virtual programs were offered over the course of three weeks with a series of videos, presentations, and hands-on activities, each highlighting a specific grain crop in the Northeast. View the Grain Grower Series brochure for the details. YouTube video links are included below that includes captioning.

RESILIENCE IN RYE

  • 3/22/22, Ecological Rye Production with Sandy Syburg of White Oak Farm in Wisconsin. View recorded video.
  • 3/24/22, Conditioning, Aeration, and Storage of Grain with Don Hosteler of Brock Grain Systems in Indiana. View recorded video.

DYNAMIC DRY BEANS

  • 3/30/22, Dynamic Dry Beans with Heather Darby (UVM) and Sarah Pethybridge and Matthew Ryan of Cornell University. View recorded video.

THE ANATOMY OF WHEAT FLOUR

  • 4/5/22, PART 1—From the Field to the Lab with Heather Darby of UVM Extension, Carrie Brisson of King Arthur, Randy George of Red Hen Baking Co., and Jeffrey Hamelman of King Arthur. View recorded video.
  • 4/6/22, PART 2—From the Mill to the Bakery with Andrew Heyn of New American Stone Mills. View recorded video.

Industrial Hemp Conference

University of Vermont Extension and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets hosted the 4th annual Industrial Hemp Conference virtually over two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, 2022. The conference included live presentations on hemp trends, consumer knowledge, economics, CBD, grain and fiber hemp, pest and disease management, oil presses, Vermont rules updates, and more.

View our conference brochure here, to see the full agenda, speaker bios, and sponsors.

In May, we will post the videos from the Industrial Hemp Conference, either here on this website in this section, or we will share the proper link if we do not post them here.

Thank you to our conference collaborators (VAAFM and USDA NIFA) and our sponsors Bia Diagnostics Laboratories, Delmhorst Instrument Co., Neptune's Harvest, and King's AgriSeeds.

Dairy Webinar Series

The Northwest Crops & Soils Program hosted the Dairy Webinar Series  (click link to view PDF) from February 11, 2022 to March 9, 2022, which included seven (7) webinars covering a diversity of dairy-related topics from higher forage diets to cost of production to emissions and manure matters. Each webinar was recorded and we made the recordings available here.

2/11/22, Manure Matters: Sustainable Dung Ecology with Bryony Sands of UVM. YouTube video available.
2/18/22, Higher Forages Diet with nutritionists Patrice Vincent and Kurt Cotanch. YouTube video available.
2/23/22, Dairy Loose Housing Systems with Marcia Endres from the University of Minnesota. YouTube video available.
2/25/22, UVM Forage and Dairy Research with Heather Darby and Sara Ziegler. YouTube video available.
3/2/22, Green House Gas Emissions on Organic Dairy with Andre Brito of UNH and Horacio Aguirre-Villegas from University of Wisconsin-Madison. YouTube video available.
3/4/22, Genetic Considerations for Organic Dairy Herds with Glenda Pereira of the University of Maine. YouTube video available.
3/9/22, Cost of Production in Organic and Grass-fed Dairy Systems with Jen Miller of NOFA-VT and consultant Sarah Flack. YouTube video available.

Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference

The Northeast Cover Crops Council (NECCC), the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), and the University of Vermont Extension held the fifth annual Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference (click to view the conference brochure) on March 10 and 11, 2022. Check back at a later date for information on accessing the recorded videos from the conference.

In May, we will share a link here on this page of how to access the recorded videos from the 2022 NECCC Conference.

Thank you to our conference collaborators (NECCC, PASA, USDA NIFA, and VAAFM) and our sponsors NY FarmNet, Seedway, King's Agriseeds, Albert Lea Seed, BioTill Cover Crops, and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.

Discovery Acres Winter Webinar

The Discovery Farms® network hosted a free webinar titled, Cover crop and water quality: A multi-state webinar featuring the work of Discovery Farms Programs (click to view flyer) on Wednesday February 16, 2022. This included presentations from the Discovery Farms programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Vermont. View this YouTubevideo recording here.

Learn more about Discovery Acres Vermont as well as the other programs in the Discovery Farms® network by visiting at our Discovery Acres website- https://go.uvm.edu/discoveryacres.

2021 Fall Field Day at Borderview Farm

View the Fall Field Day Flyer here (PDF). On October 22, 2021 we shared the latest research in small grains, cover crops, soil health, and forages. We toured research trials evaluating perennial grass varieties, fall forages, stockpiled forages, and a variety of cover crop trials. Roy Desrochers, UVM Sensory Expert, provided provide a fun and educational session tasting and describing local grains!

We also had a dedication of the new E.E. Cummings Crop Testing Lab and celebrated the lives of our friends Erica Cummings, Ken Van Hazinga, and Jack Lazor.

2021 Hemp Production Webinar Series

The Hemp Production Webinar Series went from April to November 2021. Thank you for joining us for one or more of the webinars. We recorded and have posted all of the webinars below. You can view the final Series Flyer for some of the final webinar details. All webinars were free and lasted one hour.

Following are the links to recordings of past webinars in this series and please note that the posted video will include closed captioning:

Growing High Quality Hemp Starts. Recorded April 12, 2021.
Hemp Irrigation Systems: Maximizing Efficiency & Productivity. Recorded May 11, 2021.
The Development of Seedless Triploid Hemp varieties. Recorded May 20, 2021.
Old Solutions to New Problems: Building with Hempcrete. Recorded June 24, 2021.
Manufacturing of Hemp Products. Recorded July 29, 2021.
The State of Play: Hemp in Vermont. Recorded September 13, 2021.
Hemp Chemicals and the Effects on the Human Body. Recorded September 14, 2021.
Researching the Market - Is there a Market for the Hemp you Plan to Grow? Recorded October 6, 2021.
Assessing the Market - How are Hemp Products Different? Recorded October 13, 2021.
Hear from Someone Who's Done It - A New Hemp Venture. Recorded October 20, 2021.
Fire Safety On-Farm: Building Requirements and Facility Safety. Recorded November 4, 2021.

2021 Summer Farm Meeting - On The Farm!!

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC), and Farmer’s Watershed Alliance (FWA) held the Summer Farm Meeting at Bridgeman View Farm in Franklin. View our meeting Agenda here.

2021 Hemp Field Day (also the Hemp Training Program Intensive field day option)

UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils program hosted an on-farm 2021 Hemp Field Day (click to view detailed flyer) on August 10 at Borderview Farm in Alburgh.  The farm tour included visiting the flower/CBD, fiber, and grain trials. Then there were breakout session opportunities to participate in.

Measuring Healthy Soils - June 4, 2021, 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Part of the Northeast Healthy Soil Network Symposium. Includes Heather Darby as the moderator and panelists of farm owners, agricultural professionals, and researchers. Supported by the UVM Gund Institute for Environment. View the recorded YouTube video here. You can also view information on the Gund Institute web page, https://www.uvm.edu/gund/news/northeast-healthy-soil-network.

Manure Application Water Quality and Education Credits

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM) is providing an online opportunity to earn water quality and custom applicator credits to maintain certification.  Visit VAAFM’s Water Quality and Educational Credits webpage: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/water-quality-educational-credits to access videos and submit a form to receive credit. The videos, including the Custom Applicator Webinar from April 21st on manure injection and inline sensing equipment, are listed midway through the page. Next to the video listing is a PDF form that the applicator or farmer should submit in order to receive credit.

2021 Grain Growers Conference - Out of the Box Webinar Series

The Northern Grain Growers Association and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program brought the Grain Growers Conference to you virtually this year with three programs being offered - The Culture of Corn, The Resonance of Rye and The Splendor of Spelt.

View the Grain Growers Conference web page for the past conference details and YouTube links to the recorded presentations.

2021 Online Dairy Education Series

We offered an exciting two week online learning series covering a diversity of dairy-related topics from forage production to bedded packs to alternative milking frequencies. You will hear from researchers, local farmers, and agricultural professionals sharing the latest research and experiences from the field. View the detailed brochure here.

Following are the recorded videos, which include closed captioning, and a PDF of their presentation (if available):

March 9, Exploring Alternative Milking Intervals (YouTube video) and the presentation (PDF).

March 10, Evaluating Sensory Properties of Dairy Products (YouTube video) and the presentation (PDF).

March 12, Cow Comfort: Can it be Improved in your Barn? (YouTube video), the presentation (PDF), and the following handouts:

March 16, Forage Quality: How to Improve, Assess and Feed More Forage (YouTube video), the Quality Forage presentation (PDF) from Kurt Cotanch, and the Managing Forage Crops presentation (PDF) from Sid Bosworth.

March 18, Updates on Local and Regional Research Projects (YouTube video). Including Bedding Strategies presentation (PDF) from John Barlow, Feeding Legumes to Organic Dairy Cows (PDF) by Andre Brito, Impact of Forage Mixtures (PDF) by Miriam Snider, and Interseeding Forage Crops (PDF) by Kathy Soder.

March 19, Corn Silage Hybrid Testing Update and Management Tips (YouTube video), the presentation (PDF) from Joe Lawrence, and a Benchmarking Table handout (PDF).

2021 Industrial Hemp Conference - virtually

We had a successful Industrial Hemp Conference on Friday, February 26, 2021. Thanks to everyone that was able to join us!

The 2021 Industrial Hemp Conference proceedings are now available online. You will find the presentation videos for all the live presentations and the on-demand ones, as well as a PDF of the live presentation powerpoint (if available) and resources that were posted on the virtual conference website. The proceedings are on the eXtension website and are available for a fee of $75.

If you attended the conference on February 26 virtually, you can send me an email request to receive a voucher code to access these proceedings at no additional cost, susan.brouillette@uvm.edu. I can confirm your attendance with our master attendee list.

You can access the 2021 Industrial Hemp Conference proceedings here – https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=2033

Northeast Cover Crops Council's Conference

The NECCC's first-ever virtual conference was held on March 4, 2021. Thanks to everyone that joined us!

View the conference link for details as they are posted - http://northeastcovercrops.com/2021-conference/.

Virtual Farm Discussion Groups

We have been offering an opportunity for farmer-to-farmer discussion groups that you can connect to online or by phone. We have hosted virtual discussion groups monthly since April and are scheduling another one for December 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pmView this letter (PDF) for the general information as well as the connection information for the discussion group. This discussion group will focus on gaining your input and suggestions for our programs upcoming outreach and educational activities

Brewer and Hop/Grain Grower Events

The UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program is excited to announce a series of fun and educational events to transfer valuable knowledge about ingredient and beer sensory quality while establishing standard methods and terminology to promote effective communication between suppliers and brewers. The three events will build on each other and result in a much deeper understanding of sensory analysis and meeting the changing needs of beer drinkers. Our goal is to help you be successful through education and networking. COVID-19 procedures will be followed.

View the flyer for details and event information (PDF). We have held two events so far in September and October. The third event will be in 2021 with date and location to be determined.  Events are free. See flyer for details.

Industrial Hemp Training Program - for Agricultural/Technical Service Providers

UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) program is offering this free course in collaboration with the following organizations: Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM), Food & Markets, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), SUNY Morrisville, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA), Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NE-SARE). This course is only for Agricultural/Technical Service Providers please.

Offerings include up to 13 webinars (7 are required), up to 5 in-field intensives (1 is required), and admission to attend the 2021 and 2022 Industrial Hemp Conferences! You will also be asked to complete a pre- and post- course survey. All this is FREE and you can also earn Certified Crop Adviser credits! Sessions will be live on Tuesdays, 12pm - 1pm.

Sorry, but we are not taking on new registrations at this time as registeration was required by October 26, 2020.

The program flyer (PDF) or the Eventbrite website includes more detailed information. View the July 2021 updated Hemp Growing Season Intensive flyer showing all the session opportunities for July, August, and September 2021.

Questions? Please contact Catherine Davidson, Catherine.davidson@uvm.edu, or Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu or 802-524-6501.

Virtual Field Day Fridays - We can’t host you at the farm, but we can visit virtually!

In lieu of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Annual Field Day, we held several Virtual Field Day Fridays. You can view our flyer of the dates and topics, as well as our Funding Sources and Collaborators for our program research here Flyer (PDF).

July 24 - Small Grains; Integrated Pest Management 
August 7 - Interseeding Cover Crops; Solar Corridors; Forages
August 21 - Hops; Corn Silage Trials
September 4 - Dry Beans; Flint Corn; Behind the Scenes at the Grains Lab
September 18 - Hemp; Cover Crops

All video's from the webinars are posted online on a Map of Borderview Farm (PDF). Open this PDF file and you can click on the video you wish to watch. The video locations, match up with the research trial locations at the farm. The videos/recordings will also include closed captioning.

2020 Hemp Growing Season Webinar Series     

Coordinated by the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Join us for these webinars being offered LIVE and FREE on Thursdays from noon to 1pm. See below for dates/topics. We will record the webinars and post them to this website, as well as our Hemp web page. These recordings will also include closed captioning.

June 11th – The Vermont Hemp Rules with Stephanie Smith, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/Z02EyQkkN9U. View the presentation here (PDF).

June 18th – Getting the Season Started with Heather Darby and John Bruce of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/7ErgkuUwUUc. View the presentation here (PDF).

July 9th – Identifying and Manage Arthropod Pests in Hemp with Heather Darby and Scott Lewins of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/KbKbDkEwk2I. View the presentation here (PDF).

July 30th – Identification and Management of Disease in Hemp with Ann Hazelrigg, UVM, and Chris Motyka. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/wouZy-3Ioxk. View the presentation (PDF) here.

August 6th - CBD Post-Harvest Handling (Drying focus) with Chris Callahan, UVM. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/dIPozbV-MuY.  View information and the presentation slides (PDF) here.

August 13th – Hemp Sampling Pre-Harvest with Robert Shipman and/or Michael DiTomasso of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/9NFlbdJyS-w. View the presentation slides (PDF) here.

September 10th – Hemp Testing at Certified Labs with Robert Shipman and/or Michael DiTomasso of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. View the YouTube webinar recording here - https://youtu.be/LNw_4wQojB0. View the presentation slides (PDF) here.

This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588.

    

Webinar Series: Grazing & Forage Season Extension

Several webinars are being offered through this series collaborated by UMass Extension, UVM Extension, and UMaine Extension. Pre-registration is requested. Please click on this Webinar Series Flyer to see the details and the Go To Webinar link for registration. Following are the dates with webinar topics, which also includes the link to register (click on webinar title):

July 31, 12:15-1:00 PM, Brassicas and Other Cool Season Annuals with Heather Darby of UVM Extension
August 11, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Stockpiling with Troy Bishopp: 60 Days From Your Fall Feeding Plan
August 28, 12:15-1:00 PM, Harvesting Over-wintering Cover Crops with Sam Corcoran of UMass Extension
September 18, 12:15-1:00 PM, Bringing it All Together: Integrating Alternative Forage into Your Feed Plan with Kathy Soder of USDA-ARS

Dig into Your Day…with Cover Crops & Conservation (click to view flyer) - The University of Vermont Extension is offering a FREE Webinar Series!
This webinar series will discuss current research on cover crops and conservation in various cropping systems, interesting findings, and common obstacles to implementing a successful cover crop and no-till program. Each webinar will be 30 minutes and will end with a 15 minute Q&A session.YouTube videos of completed webinars will be posted when available.

Dates & Topics Listed Below:
Monday, 3/23/20 9am to 9:45am - Precision Sustainable Agriculture (YouTube video available) with Steve Mirsky, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Thursday, 3/26/20 9am to 9:45am - Cover Crops in the Corn/Soybean Rotation (YouTube video available) with Peter Tomlinson, Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy
Monday, 3/30/20 9am to 9:45am - Cover Crop Profitability with Rob Meyers (YouTube video available), University of Missouri Extension, Agricultural Engineering
Thursday, 4/2/20 9am to 9:45am - No-Till and Cover Crops in Organic Systems (YouTube video available) with Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University, School of Agriculture
Monday, 4/6/20 9am to 9:45am - No-Till and Cover Crops in Vegetable Systems (Organic Focus) (YouTube video available) with Natalie Lounsbury, University of New Hampshire, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Thursday, 4/9/20 9am to 9:45am - Stewarding the Birthplace of No-Till with John Young (YouTube video available), Young Family Farm, Innovative No-Till Farmer from Herndon, Kentucky
Monday, 4/13/20 9am to 9:45am - Cover Crop and Soybean Research in Vermont (YouTube video available) with Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension, Northwest Crops and Soils Program
Thursday, 4/16/20 9am to 9:45am - Cover Crops and No-Till in Soybeans (YouTube video available) with Cara Peterson, University of Maryland, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab

Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits are available through online registration or by emailing your CCA number and/or farm name to catherine.davidson@uvm.edu within 2 days of the webinar.

Grain Growers Webinar (PDF) - was held Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Included the following two webinar presentations that you can now access to watch. Each are 1 hour or under.
Growing Rye for Flavor and Function (YouTube video available) with Aaron MacLeod of Hartwick College.
Cover Crop Based No-Till and Interseeding Techniques (YouTube video available) with Erin Silva from University of Wisconsin.

PDF iconGrain Growers Conference (program brochure and agenda) - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex, VT. View our Conference web page - go.uvm.edu/2020grainsconference. This conference has been CANCELED, sorry for any inconvenience.

PDF icon2020 Winter Farm Meeting (click for meeting agenda) - Friday, February 7, 2020 at the American Legion, 100 Parah Drive, St. Albans, VT. Free event with lunch sponsored by Yankee Farm Credit. Conference web page https://2020winterfarmmeeting.eventbrite.com.

PDF icon2nd Annual Industrial Hemp Conference (click for full brochure and agenda) - Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Burlington. View our Conference  web page - go.uvm.edu/2020hempconference.

No-Till Cover Crop Symposium (click to view conference web page) - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, VT

PDF iconHop Conference (flyer) - Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Delta Hotels Marriott Burlington, Burlington, VT. View our Conference web page - go.uvm.edu/2020hopconference.

Organic Dairy Producers Conference - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT. View our Conference web page - go.uvm.edu/2020organicdairyconference.

  • Summer Organic Dairy Series - UVM Extension, NOFA-VT, and Organic Valley are collaborating and offering several organic dairy related workshops this summer. PDF iconView our flyer for the details and registration information. Workshops are offered in July, August and September and are in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.
  • No-Till Training Program - In-Field Intensives. As part of the No-Till Training Program, Agriculture Service Providers (ASP) and program participants must attend at least one (1) in-field intensive training. We are also inviting ASPs working with farmers curious about implementing no-till. We are offered 4 workshops, PDF iconIn-Field Intensives information flyer (PDF)
    • PDF icon15th Annual Grain Growers Conference (click to view brochure) is Thursday, March 28. Following are the PDF versions or links to most of the conference presentations listed chronologically.

    Paul Schwarz, PDF iconImpact of Disease on Malting Grains (PDF)
    Erik Andrus, PDF iconGrowing Rice in New England (PDF)
    Jeffrey Hamelman and Randy George, PDF icon100% Rye, NGGA Testing (PDF) and PDF iconNGGA Rye Baking Test Evaluation Form (PDF)
    Jason Furch, PDF iconRecipes from Baking Session (PDF)
    Jacob and Bruce Buck, PDF iconGrowing and Storage of Malting Barley (PDF)
    Tom Molloy, PDF iconResearch and On-Farm Experiences with Camera-Guided Cultivation in Maine (PDF)
    Jennifer Lapidus, PDF iconFrom Grain to Loaf: A regional flour mill in the south (PDF)
    Mark Bernard, PDF iconTransitioning to Organic and Value Added Products (PDF)
    Roger Rainville, PDF iconSmall Scale Oil Pressing (PDF)
    Lynn Ellen schimoler, Joe Bossen and Elijah Massey, PDF iconFinancial and Technical Assistance Resources for Farmers and Processors (PDF)
    Becca Regier, Baking session recipes. PDF iconCaraway Rye Crisps (PDF) and PDF iconBarley Cookies (PDF)
    Rye Matthews, PDF iconBasics of Growing Hemp for CBD (PDF)
    Kristy Borrelli, PDF iconRole of Cover Crops in Nutrient Cycling and Soil Health (PDF)
    Joel Steigman, PDF iconGrowing, Processing, and Milling Spelt (PDF)

    Additional links for information from Kristy Borrelli.
    Making the Most of Mixtures: https://extension.psu.edu/making-the-most-of-mixtures-considerations-for-winter-cover-crops
    Managing Soil Health: https://extension.psu.edu/managing-soil-health-concepts-and-practices

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    Gary Hirshberg, PDF iconPerspective on Organic Dairy (PDF)
    Linda Tikofsky, PDF iconMilk Quality: It's the Little Things (PDF)
    Research Updates, PDF iconCombined Slide Show from all Presenters (PDF)
    Larry Tranel, PDF iconEconomics of Grazing Dairy Heifers (PDF)
    Larry Tranel, TRANS Iowa Low Cost Parlors - link to view video - https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/parlor
    Larry Tranel, Transforming a Milking Parlor at Low Cost Fact Sheet - downloadable link - https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/12657

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    Online proceedings for the Industrial Hemp Conference are available for $75 and includes video recordings of presentations conducted during the conference. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    Monique McHenry, PhD, PDF iconCannabis as a Plant: Taxonomy and Chemistry (PDF)
    Christine Motyka, PDF iconPropagation Techniques for starting CBD Hemp Plants (PDF)
    Joe Veldon, PDF iconBreeding and Selection of CBD Hemp (PDF)
    Keanan Stone, PDF iconHemp Grain/Fiber Commercial Production (PDF)
    Trevor Hardy, PDF iconPlasticulture for Hemp Production (PDF)
    Heather Darby, PDF iconHemp Production in the Northeast (PDF)
    Steve Kostell, PDF iconMicro-manufacturing of Agricultural products for Industrial Hemp (PDF)
    Jane Kolodinsky, PDF iconMarkets for Hemp - Considerations (PDF)
    Reuben Stone, PDF iconHemp Grain Harvest & Storage (PDF)
    Jay Noller, PDF iconDeveloping Sustainable Markets for Hemp (PDF)
    Rye Matthews, PDF iconFarming Hemp in Vermont (PDF)
    Keith Morris, PDF iconPermaculture Design (PDF)
    Christine Motyka and Scott Lewins, PDF iconIntegrated Pest Management in Hemp (PDF)
    Chris Bailey, PDF iconHemp Seeds 101: Processing, Products, and Markets (PDF)
    Brenden Beer, PDF iconField to Market (PDF)
    John DiGiuseppe, PDF iconHarvest and Drying (PDF)
    Marc Tardiff, PDF iconAcadia Farms (PDF)
    Zoe Stapp, PDF iconHemp Irrigation 101 (PDF)
    Bob Escher AIA and Alex Escher, PDF iconAn Ancient Material to Solve Contemporary Problems (PDF)
    Scot Waring, PDF iconHemp Processing and Analysis (PDF)
    Jay Noller, PDF iconCBD Production Systems in Oregon (PDF)
    Heather Darby, PDF iconFertility Management (PDF)

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    Online proceedings for the 2019 Hop Conference are available for $35 and includes video recordings of presentations conducted during the conference. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    Tom Spilsbury, PDF iconBritish Hop Industry & Growing English Hops (PDF)
    Gene L'Etoile, PDF iconPests and Diseases of Hops (PDF)
    Heather Darby and John Bruce, PDF iconHistorical Hop Evaluation Trial (PDF)
    Ellen Dillenbeck and Lejla Mahmuljin, PDF iconBrewing with Wild Vermont Hops (PDF)
    Blake Crosby, PDF iconHops 101 (PDF)
    Kevin Broderick, PDF iconWhitefield Hop Yard (PDF)
    Tom Spilsbury, PDF iconThree Tier Hop Drying (PDF)

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    Hop Related Webinars and Conference Proceedings

    2019 10th Annual Hop Conference was held Thursday, February 21, 2019

    Online proceedings for the the 10th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are available for $35 and include video recordings of presentations conducted during plenary and advanced sessions. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    Following are the links to the PDF files of the conference presentations.

    Tom Spilsbury, PDF iconBritish Hop Industry & Growing English Hops (PDF)
    Gene L'Etoile, PDF iconPests and Diseases of Hops (PDF)
    Heather Darby and John Bruce, PDF iconHistorical Hop Evaluation Trial (PDF)
    Ellen Dillenbeck and Lejla Mahmuljin, PDF iconBrewing with Wild Vermont Hops (PDF)
    Blake Crosby, PDF iconHops 101 (PDF)
    Kevin Broderick, PDF iconWhitefield Hop Yard (PDF)
    Tom Spilsbury, PDF iconThree Tier Hop Drying (PDF)

    2018 Hop Power Hour Recordings (April - October 2018)

    2017 Hop Power Hour Recordings (April - September 2017)

    2018 9th Annual Hop Conference was held Friday, February 16, 2018

    Online proceedings for the the 9th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are available for $35 and include video recordings of presentations conducted during plenary and advanced sessions. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    Following are the links to the PDF files of the conference presentations.

    Morning Session

    Advanced Session

    Beginner Session

    2017 Vermont Hop Conference (February 25, 2017)

    Online proceedings for the the 8th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are available for $35 and include  video recordings of presentations conducted during plenary and advanced sessions. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    2016 Vermont Hop Conference (February 19, 2016)

    Online proceedings for the the 7th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are available for $35 and include video recordings of all presentations. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    2015 Vermont Hop Conference (February 20, 2015)

    As mentioned at the 2015 Hop Conference by Steve Polewacyk from Vermont Pub and Brewery, you can access the Hop Evaluation Excel sheet here.
    Proceedings from the 6th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are now available online. The online proceedings include video recordings and PDFs of all conference presentations. They can be accessed for a one-time fee of $35 at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    2014 Vermont Hops Conference (February 27, 2014)

    Online proceedings for the the 5th Annual Vermont Hops Conference are available for $25 and include both video recordings and PDFs of all presentations. The proceedings are housed at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    2013 Winter Hops Conference (February 22, 2013)

    2012 Winter Hops Conference (March 19, 2012)

    2011 Winter Hops Conference (February 18, 2011)

    2010 Winter Hops Conference: Hopping To It! (March 26, 2010)

    Grains Related Webinars and Conference Proceedings

    NEEOGRAIN virtual webinars was done in collaboration with ACORN, Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program.  NEEOGRAIN stands for Northeast (U.S.) and Eastern (Canada) Organic Grain Network.

    2018 14th Annual Grain Growers Conference -was held on Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Following are the links to the PDF files we had from the Grain Growers conference presentations.

    Online Proceedings of Hemp Presentations from the 2017 Vermont Grain Growers Conference

    At the 13th Annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference, held on March 23, 2017 in Essex, Vermont, five workshop sessions were dedicated to industrial hemp production. Proceedings—video recordings of the presentations—are now available online. They may be accessed for a one-time fee of $35 at eXtension’s Online campus. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email. Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    10th Annual Grain Growers Conference — March 13, 2014 “Grow it Here”

    GOING THE WHOLE GRAIN 2010 NGGA CONFERENCE

    Soil and Nutrient Management

    No-Till Tuesdays Webinar Series (2017).  Interested in no-till farming? Check out the recordings to our No-Till Tuesdays webinar series.
    You will hear from our own Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders on no-till tips and equipment considerations; PennState experts Doug Beegle and John Tooker who addressed manure and pest management in reduced tillage systems; and John Jemison and Rick Kersbergen from the University of Maine who discussed managing soils in no-till.

    Coffee Break for Cover Crops Webinar Series (2016)

    We offered a webinar series focused on practical cover cropping tips you can use on your farm and/or in your work with farmers. Links to the recordings can be found below.

    2014 - 2017 No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium

    Past proceedings and presentations. 2018 is not posted yet.

    Northwest Crop, Soil and Dairy Meeting: Tile Drainage, January 20, 2015

    2014 Northwest Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting — January 21, 2014

    Hemp Related Webinars and Conference Proceedings

    Online Proceedings of Hemp Presentations from the 2017 Vermont Grain Growers Conference

    At the 13th Annual Vermont Grain Growers Conference, held on March 23, 2017 in Essex, Vermont, five workshop sessions were dedicated to industrial hemp production. Proceedings—video recordings of the presentations—are now available online. They may be accessed for a one-time fee of $35 at eXtension’s Online campus at: Campus Extension. If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings by going to Campus Extension. You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    Oilseed Related Webinar Information

    Oilseeds Webinar (2014)

    UVM Extension Ag Engineer Chris Callahan and Penn State researcher Doug Schaufler teamed up to present a webinar on pressing oilseed crops for biodiesel and human consumption. You can access a PDF iconPDF of the presentation.

    Oilseed Producers Workshop - March 3, 2014

    Oilseed Producers Meeting - March 19, 2013

    2012 Oilseed Producers Meeting

    Downloadable for free Oil Crops Outlook from the USDA. 

    Prior Oilseed Producers Meetings

    Past 2018 and 2017 Events

    Past 2018 Events

    Tile Drainage Webinar Series - Drainage and Doughnuts

    View our PDF iconTile Drainage Webinar Series - Drainage and Doughnuts (PDF)

    Videos

    Listing of Past 2018 Events

    • PDF iconEstablishing Your Hop Yard (PDF) – Champlain Valley Hops, Starksboro, September 28, 2018
    • Grass Fed Dairy Production – The Larson Farm, Wells, September 21, 2018
    • Summer Farm Meeting – Bridgeman View Farm, Franklin, August 9, 2018
    • Summer Organic Dairy Series – July 24, Newport, Improving Milk Quality and Pasture Systems; July 25, Graniteville, Robot Grazing Systems & Forage Harvesting; and August 6, Whiting, Pasture Management and Youngstock.
    • 11th Annual Northwest Crops and Soils Field Day, July 26, Borderview Research Farm.
    • Grain Growers Conference, March 22, 2018, The Essex Resort, Essex.
    • Organic Dairy Producers Conference, March 15, 2018, VT Technical College
    • Winter Farm Meeting, March 7, 2018, Champlain Valley Equipment St. Albans
    • No-Till Cover Crop Conference, March 1, 2018, Sheraton Hotel in Burlington
    • Hop Conference, February 16, 2018, Sheraton Hotel in Burlington
    • 2018 Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) classes were held in 6 locations January - March 2018.
    • 2018 Nutrient Management Planning Grain and Vegetable classes were also held.

    Past 2017 Events

    • Cover Cropping Management on a Vegetable Farm  – River Berry Farm, Fairfax, Thursday, October 12, 2017
    • Conservation Practices on Farms in St. Albans Bay - Thursday, September 7, 2017
    • Summer Organic Dairy Series – Monday, July 31, West Danville, VT. Organic Dairy Transition – Developing a Grazing System; Wednesday, August 30, Randolph Ctr, VT. Pasture Management – Recovery After a Drought; and Tuesday, September 12, Vernon, VT. Organic Dairy Forage Management – Corn Silage and Weed Control
    • Summer Farm Meeting – Thursday, August 17, 2017, Bridgeman View Farm, Franklin, VT
    • Harvesting and Malting Barley – Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Peterson Quality Malt, Monkton, VT
    • 10th Annual Northwest Crops and Soils Field Day, Thursday, July 27th, Borderview Research Farm.
    • Manure Applicator Spring Workshop Series for custom applicators, seasonal employees or farmers who have questions about RAPs and their implications for manure application.
    • Grain Growers Conference, Thursday, March 23, 2017, The Essex Resort, Essex.
    • Organic Dairy Producers Conference, Thursday, March 9, 2017, VT Technical College
    • Hop Conference, Saturday, February 25, 2017, Sheraton Hotel in Burlington
    • No-Till Cover Crop Conference, February 16, 2017, Sheraton Hotel in Burlington
    • 2017 Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) classes were held in 6 locations January - March 2017.

    For our events, we often receive conference collaboration and additional funding provided by the University of Minnesota Digital Center for Risk Management Education Center under USDA/NIFA Award Number 2018-70027-28584. USDA and the University of Vermont are equal opportunity providers and employers.

    Following are some fact sheets from this Risk Management Education Center.

    Corn for Silage and Grain (PDF)   

    Dairy (PDF)

    • Vegetable and Berry Growers (PDF) 

    Organic Producers (PDF)