“There are a lot of farmers and researchers testing a lot of interesting approaches.  We hope folks will join us to learn and to share!”

That’s the message that UVM Extension Agronomy Outreach Professional Laura Johnson is hoping to share with Vermont’s agricultural community this year as she and a team of farmers, UVM Extension staff and faculty, and colleagues from state agencies prepare for the 2019 Winter Farmer Meetings.
She says, “It’s part of our annual effort to offer dairy and custom crop growers an opportunity to stay up to date on the latest cropping practices.  There’s a focus on no-till practices and equipment, cover cropping, water management and nutrient management, and a chance to hear from other farmers about how they’re working with all of those.  We’re also especially excited to offer several of these in locations convenient for folks in the Connecticut River watershed on the eastern side of the state.”
“Plus farmers can get water quality credits that they’ll need to comply with nutrient management regulations, and pesticide applicator credits so that folks who are already certified can get credits to keep their certification.  And farmers who are seeking manure applicator certification can take the exam at the end of the workshop in Newport on 3/21.”
“We want to make it easy for folks to get the latest results and findings, and be able to start the season off right.  Everyone’s working so hard to balance productivity and environmental stewardship on their farms, and we are all here to help them figure out their best ways to do that.”
The “Fine-Tuning Your Crops & Soils Program 2019” meetings will be offered:

  • March 19, 2019    Bradford Fire Hall, Bradford, VT   9:30 - 3:05
  • March 21, 2019    East Side Restaurant, Newport, VT, 9:30 - 4:00 pm (includes custom manure applicator exam)
  • March 26, 2019    Hartness House, Springfield, VT  9:30 - 3:05
  • March 27, 2019    Castleton Fire Hall, Castleton, VT  9:30 - 3:05

Registration for each session is $25, with an additional $30 certification fee for those seeking to take the manure applicator exam on March 21.  (It’s okay to take the exam and submit payment after.)


Cheryl Herrick