2020 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference Coming to Fairlee January 17 & 18

The 24th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference will return to Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on January 17-18.  The event is for farmers to learn about grazing essentials, soil health, advanced sheep and cattle genetics, pastured pork, current research and other practices - and enjoy the opportunity to network with fellow farmers. 

Conference coordinators Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Meghan Sheradin of the Vermont Grass Farmers Association agree, “Our goal is to help farmers learn what they need to create greater resilience for themselves and 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.

Keynote speaker Jason Rowntree will present at 10:45 a.m. 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

Links to registration, workshop details, more information about Dr. Rowntree and much more at https://www.vtgrassfarmers.org/conference/  Guests who require a disability-related accommodation to participate are asked to let Jenn Colby know at (802) 535-7606 or jcolby@uvm.edu by January 6 so we may assist you.

The 2020 conference is part of a whole week of learning, planning and gathering around the potential for the Northeast region to support livestock farmers, maintain working lands and contribute to environmental regeneration through well-managed grazing.  See grazingguide.net for more information about the January 15 and 16, 2020 Northeast Pasture Consortium gathering.

Established in 1994, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus.   Part of the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Extension, the Center cultivates partnerships, supports innovative research and practices, and informs policy to advance sustainable food and farming systems.  Learn more at https://www.uvm.edu/extension/sustainableagriculture.

Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) was founded in 1996 with support from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Service. VGFA is a farmer-led non‐profit organization with the mission to organize and promote livestock grazing outreach and education programs in Vermont.  Membership consists of farmers, non‐profits, businesses, and landowners who work to support every Vermont farmer’s efforts to improve their pasture management. Visit www.vtgrassfarmers.org.

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