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Thu Jan 16 2020

  • Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting (2-Day Event 1/15 - 1/16)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

    Cost: The full conference registration fee for all public sector members attending is $250. Farmer registration is $75. This includes the cost of an enhanced continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch for each of the two days of the meeting and an evening dinner on January 15.


    The sessions currently being planned include:

    * The Dos and Don’ts of Silvopasture
    * Harnessing the Instinctive Behavior of Pigs on our Farms
    * The Fescues: Soft-leaved and Meadow
    * Pasture Soil Compaction: Identification and Remediation
    * Getting the Most out of Winter Grazing by Forage Species Selection/Management and Grazing Management
    * Pasture Management Practices for Achieving TMDL Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
    * Producer Showcase: Pasture-based farmers from VT and NH
    * The poster session<http://grazingguide.net/news/posters2020.html> will be on January 15. Poster titles are due by December 20, 2019, and abstracts must be submitted by January 10, 2020.
    Contact: To learn more and register visit http://grazingguide.net/news/NEPC2020.html

Fri Jan 17 2020

  • NOFA_NY 38th Annual Winter Conference (NY Event, Multi-Day Event)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    The Oncenter, Syracuse, NY

    Cost: Varies with options chosen.

    NOFA-NY’s 38th Annual Winter Conference is an opportunity to connect with sustainability-minded farmers, gardeners, and consumers. The conference is one of the largest in the region with more than 1,100 attendees annually, plus more than 100 educational workshops and an approximate 80 trade show vendors. This year, we are combining our two flagship events - the Winter Conference and the 9th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference into one weekend - bringing you the highest level of programming possible. We hope to see you there!

    Contact: Learn more at https://nofany-winterconference.squarespace.com/

  • 24th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference (2-Day Event 1/17 - 1/18)
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

    COST: $20 - $150 depending on Vermont Grass Farmers Association membership status and options chosen. *** There are targeted scholarships in place to support new and experienced graziers, young and beginning livestock farmers, and farmers seeking to better manage risk on their farms. Please contact Jenn at jcolby@uvm.edu<mailto:jcolby@uvm.edu> if you are interested in learning more.

    The 24th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference is here for farmers to learn about grazing essentials, soil health, advanced sheep and cattle genetics, pastured pork and other practices - and enjoy the opportunity to network with fellow farmers. Our goal is to help farmers learn what they need to make informed decisions and reduce risk on their farms.

    This year’s theme is Finding the Balance in a Time of Change, and the conference content will address that through presentations on specific on-farm practices, current research findings, and a focus on social sustainability. We are excited to host the New Face of Farming young farmers panel, and a chance to dig in to Niche Products with some creative local producers. The keynote, Jason Rowntree, will present Saturday, January 18, 2020 on current research findings about the role of grazing livestock in mitigating climate change and sequestering carbon on farms in the Northern US. Other workshop topics include hay field renovation, beef profitability, sheep and cattle genetics, and custom grazing. Co-hosted by Vermont Grass Farmers Association and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

    CONTACT: Registration and more information at https://www.vtgrassfarmers.org/conference/. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please let Jenn Colby ​(802) 535-7606 or jcolby@uvm.edu<mailto:jcolby@uvm.edu> know by December 30, 2020 so we may assist you.

Sat Jan 18 2020

  • 24th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference (2-Day Event 1/17 - 1/18)
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

    COST: $20 - $150 depending on Vermont Grass Farmers Association membership status and options chosen.

    The 24th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference is here for farmers to learn about grazing essentials, soil health, advanced sheep and cattle genetics, pastured pork and other practices - and enjoy the opportunity to network with fellow farmers. Our goal is to help farmers learn what they need to make informed decisions and reduce risk on their farms.

    This year’s theme is Finding Balance in a Time of Change, and the conference content will address that through presentations on specific on-farm practices, current research findings, and a focus on social sustainability. We are excited to host the New Face of Farming young farmers panel, and a chance to dig in to Niche Products with some creative local producers. The keynote, Jason Rowntree, will present Saturday, January 18, 2020 on current research findings about the role of grazing livestock in mitigating climate change and sequestering carbon on farms in the Northern US. Other workshop topics include hay field renovation, beef profitability, sheep and cattle genetics, and custom grazing. Co-hosted by Vermont Grass Farmers Association and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

    CONTACT: Registration and more information at https://www.vtgrassfarmers.org/conference/. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please let Cheryl Herrick ​(802) ​656-5459 know by December 23, 2020 so we may assist you.

Mon Jan 20 2020

  • Intro to Soils (3-session mini-course 1/20, 1/27 & 2/3)
    10:30am - 2:00pm
    Vermont Technical Center, Randolph Center, VT

    Cost: $375

    In this 3-session training on soils, learners will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. The group will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

    Contact: Email Molly Willard at molly.willard@vtc.edu<mailto:molly.willard@vtc.edu> or call 802-535-5315. Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/intro-soils to register.

Wed Jan 22 2020

  • Preparing for Your Lender (seminar)
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT

    COST: Free to young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. $25 per seminar or $175 for the whole series, with lunch and refreshments provided.

    Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series in December 2019 and January 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using
    financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

    1/22 topics include:
    • The 5 C’s of credit
    • Preparation
    • Common sources of lending
    • The credit continuum
    • Finding the right match

    CONTACT: For more information contact: kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com<mailto:kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com> or call 800-639-3053, or visit yankeefarmcredit.com/seminar-registration<https://www.yankeefarmcredit.com/landing-pages/seminar-registration-page> to register.

Fri Jan 24 2020

  • Mothers Who Farm (ME Event)
    4:30pm - 7:30pm
    MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME

    Cost: (not listed)
    Part of MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer in the Field series, Liz Moran of Darthia Farm will lead a discussion for mothers about ways to juggle raising children and farming or homesteading. Find out what has or hasn’t worked for others, and learn about approaches you may not have considered. Stay for a potluck dinner if you’re able.
    Contact: Learn more at https://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/mothers-who-farm

Mon Jan 27 2020

  • Intro to Soils (3-session mini-course 1/20, 1/27 & 2/3)
    10:30am - 2:00pm
    Vermont Technical Center, Randolph Center, VT

    Cost: $375

    In this 3-session training on soils, learners will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. The group will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

    Contact: Email Molly Willard at molly.willard@vtc.edu<mailto:molly.willard@vtc.edu> or call 802-535-5315. Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/intro-soils to register.

  • Facilitating Dairy Teams: Tips, Tricks, and To-dos (Webinar)
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Online: https://extension.psu.edu/dairy-management-mondays

    COST: Free

    Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers, the Monday Management Series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm.
    CONTACT: To view past webinars or register for this Live webinar visit https://extension.psu.edu/dairy-management-mondays.

Tue Jan 28 2020

  • Vermont Fresh Network's 24th Annual Meeting
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Inn at the Round Barn, Waitsfield

    Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members. Includes lunch

    The VFN Annual Meeting is a chance to connect with farmers, food producers, distributors, chefs and other culinary professionals. It combines panel discussions and plenty of informal networking opportunities, plus a chance to shape VFN's work for the upcoming year. You do not have to be a VFN Partner Member to attend the annual meetings.

    This year, topics will focus on agritourism, workforce development, the Vermont wine industry, and VFN’s upcoming 25th anniversary.

    Contact: https://www.vermontfresh.net/programs/annual-meeting-2020 or email Tara Pereira at tara@vermontfresh.net<mailto:tara@vermontfresh.net>

  • Taxes & Risk Management (seminar)
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT

    COST: Free to young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. $25 per seminar or $175 for the whole series, with lunch and refreshments provided.

    Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series in December 2019 and January 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using
    financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

    1/28 topics include:
    • Tax planning
    • Tax preparation
    • Crop insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Property insurance
    • Risk mitigation

    CONTACT: For more information contact: kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com<mailto:kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com> or call 800-639-3053, or visit yankeefarmcredit.com/seminar-registration<https://www.yankeefarmcredit.com/landing-pages/seminar-registration-page> to register.

  • Vermont Farm Show (3-Day Event 1/28 - 1/30)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Route 15, Essex Jct., VT

    COST: Free


    An annual statewide gathering celebrating Vermont’s agriculture, farms, products, and organizations. The three-day trade show also features exhibits of new equipment, farm supplies, food producers and agriculture education opportunities. This year’s participating associations include the VT/NH Christmas Tree, Vermont Beekeepers, the Future Farmers of America, and the Vermont Dairy Industry.

    Handspun fibers, jellies, silage, pies, and many other agricultural products will be judged and on display as part of the annual product competitions. For a full list of product competitions and entry rules, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/2020-product-contests.html.There will also be some great animals on display, including, a Morgan horse, sheep, and birds.


    The always-popular Consumer Night is Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Farm Show. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms.


    The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition featuring the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is another highlight. Teams will have 90 minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the adjacent Buy Local Market. Visitors will have time to taste and purchase Vermont products from the exhibitors while waiting for the Cook-off winners to be announced.


    The Vermont Farm Show is again partnering with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by inviting visitors to consider bringing a cash or food donation with them.


    CONTACT: For more information, including a list of scheduled 2020 exhibitors and association meetings, visit www.vtfarmshow.com<http://www.vtfarmshow.com/>

Wed Jan 29 2020

  • Vermont Farm Show (3-Day Event 1/28 - 1/30)
    8:30am - 5:30pm
    Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Route 15, Essex Jct., VT

    COST: Free


    An annual statewide gathering celebrating Vermont’s agriculture, farms, products, and organizations. The three-day trade show also features exhibits of new equipment, farm supplies, food producers and agriculture education opportunities. This year’s participating associations include the VT/NH Christmas Tree, Vermont Beekeepers, the Future Farmers of America, and the Vermont Dairy Industry.

    Handspun fibers, jellies, silage, pies, and many other agricultural products will be judged and on display as part of the annual product competitions. For a full list of product competitions and entry rules, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/2020-product-contests.html.There will also be some great animals on display, including, a Morgan horse, sheep, and birds.


    The always-popular Consumer Night is Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Farm Show. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms.


    The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition featuring the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is another highlight. Teams will have 90 minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the adjacent Buy Local Market. Visitors will have time to taste and purchase Vermont products from the exhibitors while waiting for the Cook-off winners to be announced.


    The Vermont Farm Show is again partnering with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by inviting visitors to consider bringing a cash or food donation with them.


    CONTACT: For more information, including a list of scheduled 2020 exhibitors and association meetings, visit www.vtfarmshow.com<http://www.vtfarmshow.com/>

Thu Jan 30 2020

  • Northeast Grainshed Symposium
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Trillium Brewing, 100 Royall St., Canton, MA

    COST: $40 - $80 sliding scale
    Hosted by the Northeast Grainshed cooperative, interested guests are invited to learn about a consumer marketing plan to shine a light on beers, bread and spirits that use locally grown grains, a discussion about the state of grain production and use in the Northeast, and help imagine a creative, constructive plan to build growth in grain-based businesses, and develop markets for farmers in the Northeast.
    CONTACT: Register at https://northeastgrainshed.com/registration/

  • Vermont Farm Show (3-Day Event 1/28 - 1/30)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Route 15, Essex Jct., VT

    COST: Free


    An annual statewide gathering celebrating Vermont’s agriculture, farms, products, and organizations. The three-day trade show also features exhibits of new equipment, farm supplies, food producers and agriculture education opportunities. This year’s participating associations include the VT/NH Christmas Tree, Vermont Beekeepers, the Future Farmers of America, and the Vermont Dairy Industry.

    Handspun fibers, jellies, silage, pies, and many other agricultural products will be judged and on display as part of the annual product competitions. For a full list of product competitions and entry rules, visit http://www.vtfarmshow.com/2020-product-contests.html.There will also be some great animals on display, including, a Morgan horse, sheep, and birds.


    The always-popular Consumer Night is Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vermont Farm Show. Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms.


    The “Capital Cook-off,” an Iron Chef-type competition featuring the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is another highlight. Teams will have 90 minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the adjacent Buy Local Market. Visitors will have time to taste and purchase Vermont products from the exhibitors while waiting for the Cook-off winners to be announced.


    The Vermont Farm Show is again partnering with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by inviting visitors to consider bringing a cash or food donation with them.


    CONTACT: For more information, including a list of scheduled 2020 exhibitors and association meetings, visit www.vtfarmshow.com<http://www.vtfarmshow.com/>

Mon Feb 03 2020

  • Intro to Soils (3-session mini-course 1/20, 1/27 & 2/3)
    10:30am - 2:00pm
    Vermont Technical Center, Randolph Center, VT

    Cost: $375

    In this 3-session training on soils, learners will look at soil classification and the ways at which chemical, physical and biological properties of soil affect nutrient management for plant growth. The group will examine issues related to soil temperature, aeration, tilth and organic matter. Participants will learn about soil testing, analysis of soils sheets and erosion calculations used for nutrient management plans.

    Contact: Email Molly Willard at molly.willard@vtc.edu<mailto:molly.willard@vtc.edu> or call 802-535-5315. Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/intro-soils to register.

Tue Feb 04 2020

  • Succession Planning (seminar)
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT

    COST: Free to young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. $25 per seminar or $175 for the whole series, with lunch and refreshments provided.

    Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series in December 2019 and January 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using
    financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

    2/4 topics include:
    • Succession planning/preparation
    • Transfer
    • Transition
    • Appropriate questions to ask
    • Common goals

    CONTACT: For more information contact: kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com<mailto:kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com> or call 800-639-3053, or visit yankeefarmcredit.com/seminar-registration<https://www.yankeefarmcredit.com/landing-pages/seminar-registration-page> to register.

Thu Feb 06 2020

Fri Feb 07 2020

Mon Feb 10 2020

  • Nutrient Management Plan Updates Drop-In Sessions (WRJ)
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Yankee Farm Credit ACA, Farmvu Dr., Hartford, VT

    COST: Free
    Did you know that farmers need to update their NMP every year to stay in compliance with the State of Vermont RAPs?
    If your plan is out of date or you need assistance in updating your plan, UVM Extension and the White River Natural Resources Conservation District can help. We are offering a nutrient management plan updating session for producers who have taken the UVM nutrient management planning class. We will provide support and a quiet space for you to update your plans.
    Please bring the following and stop in on 2/10:

    · Your nutrient management plan and any records,

    · Manure sample results for every year (or as many as you have) since you last updated or created your NMP

    · Soil sample results from every three years since you last updated or created your NMP,

    · Field records of the activities you performed annually,

    · A computer if you have one (we can lend you one if needed), and

    · Please have your GoCrop license updated before coming and have your password ready.
    CONTACT: Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nutrient-management-plan-updates-white-river-jct-drop-in-sessions-tickets-86966931433 If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu<http://mailto:%20cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu> or 802-656-5459 by January 21 so we may assist you. For more information about these sessions, or other support for your Connecticut River Valley watershed farm, please contact Laura Johnson at laura.o.johnson@uvm.edu<http://mailto:%20laura.o.johnson@uvm.edu> or 802-751-8307, ext. 356.

Tue Feb 11 2020

  • Driving Profitability (seminar)
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT

    COST: Free to young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. $25 per seminar or $175 for the whole series, with lunch and refreshments provided.

    Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series in December 2019 and January 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using
    financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

    2/11 topics:
    • The 5 key factors to profitability
    • Gross margin analysis
    • Diversification

    CONTACT: For more information contact: kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com<mailto:kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com> or call 800-639-3053, or visit yankeefarmcredit.com/seminar-registration<https://www.yankeefarmcredit.com/landing-pages/seminar-registration-page> to register.

Tue Feb 18 2020

  • Farming as a Business Panel Discussion
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT

    COST: Free to young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. $25 per seminar or $175 for the whole series, with lunch and refreshments provided.

    Yankee Farm Credit is offering the Management Development Seminar series December 2019 - February 2020, saying, “In today’s highly competitive ag environment, a firm grasp of business concepts can be the difference between success and failure. It’s essential that farmers are able to make educated decisions about their operations using
    financial information, market conditions, location, and available resources.”

    To conclude this 10-part seminar series, a farmer panel will review all past topics, and discuss the business of farming.

    CONTACT: For more information contact: kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com<mailto:kcoombs@yankeefarmcredit.com> or call 800-639-3053, or visit yankeefarmcredit.com/seminar-registration<https://www.yankeefarmcredit.com/landing-pages/seminar-registration-page> to register.

Thu Feb 27 2020

  • Nutrient Management Plan Updates: Brattleboro Drop-In Sessions
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    UVM Extension, 130 Austine Dr., Suite 300, Brattleboro, VT

    COST: Free
    Did you know that farmers need to update their NMP every year to stay in compliance with the State of Vermont RAPs?
    If your plan is out of date or you need assistance in updating your plan, UVM Extension and the White River Natural Resources Conservation District can help. We are offering a nutrient management plan updating session for producers who have taken the UVM nutrient management planning class. We will provide support and a quiet space for you to update your plans.
    Please bring the following and stop in on 2/10:

    · Your nutrient management plan and any records,

    · Manure sample results for every year (or as many as you have) since you last updated or created your NMP

    · Soil sample results from every three years since you last updated or created your NMP,

    · Field records of the activities you performed annually,

    · A computer if you have one (we can lend you one if needed), and

    · Please have your GoCrop license updated before coming and have your password ready.
    CONTACT: Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nutrient-management-plan-updates-brattleboro-drop-in-sessions-tickets-87168809255 If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu<http://mailto:%20cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu> or 802-656-5459 by February 6, 2020 so we may assist you. For more information about these sessions, or other support for your Connecticut River Valley watershed farm, please contact Laura Johnson at laura.o.johnson@uvm.edu<http://mailto:%20laura.o.johnson@uvm.edu> or 802-751-8307, ext. 356.

Wed Mar 04 2020

Wed Mar 18 2020

Tue Mar 24 2020

  • 2020 Grain Growers Conference
    9:00am - 5:30pm
    The Essex Resort & Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452

    2020 16th Annual Grain Growers Conference. Cost is $75 per person and $50 per NGGA member. View conference website, go.uvm.edu/2020grainsconference<https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/2020-grain-growers-conference> for updated information including the online registration site – https://bit.ly/35mi0dN or call 802-656-8407. Please register by 3/17/20. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 by March 3, 2020 so we may assist you.


Wed Mar 25 2020

  • Connecticut River Valley Crops & Soils Meeting
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Springfield, VT TBD

    Details are pending – please check back soon.

    If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu<mailto:cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu> or 802-656-5459 by March 4, 2020 so we may assist you.

Fri Mar 27 2020

  • Connecticut River Valley Crops & Soils Meeting
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Bradford, VT TBD

    Details are pending – please check back soon.

    If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu<mailto:cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu> or 802-656-5459 by March 6, 2020 so we may assist you.

Wed Apr 01 2020

Wed May 06 2020

Wed Jun 03 2020

Wed Jul 01 2020