We are glad to be able to share events likely to be useful for livestock farmers through this calendar, and do our best to keep these listings up-to-date and accurate.  Please do check with event hosts and venues directly for all details, including the possibility of event cancellations or switches between in-person and online formats. If you would like to receive the monthly calendar in your inbox, please sign up here

Sat Oct 23 2021

  • Pasture Walk at Scuttleship Farm
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    81 Basin Harbor Road, Panton, VT 05491

    Cost: Free for VFGA members, $10 + tax for non-members

    Join Annie Hopper and Sean Willerford for a pasture walk discussing rehabilitation overgrazed pastures, upgrading aging infrastructure, and pastured poultry. Annie and Sean raise 6,000 meat birds, 88 ewes, 30 mother cows, and manage over 150 acres of land. Join them at their second farm location to hear fresh ideas to solve common New English grazing farm issues.

    Registration<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-walk-at-scuttleship-farm-tickets-182018260517> is recommended; event will take place rain, snow, or shine.
    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Meghan Sheradin, meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org<mailto:meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org> or 802-989-0534 for assistance.

Tue Oct 26 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

Sun Oct 31 2021

  • Financial Training For Livestock and Poultry Farmers Application Deadline
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Virtual

    Cost: Free, but a limited number of farms will be selected ($800 total value)

    Online Course Subscription:
    Food Animal Concerns Trust is now accepting applications for their new financial training program. FACT will provide a limited number of a one-year subscriptions to FFI’s Edible-Alpha digital resource hub which offers both live and on-demand courses and educational content. Content includes courses such as Sources & Uses of Capital Finance Planning Workshop; Getting Your Food Products Online; 13-Week Rolling Cash Flow: Forecasting & Debt; and Building a Valuable Food Brand Course.

    Boot Camp:
    20 farms will be selected to participate in a 4-day intensive Boot Camp led by FFI experts and hosted by FACT. The immersive boot camp training arms farmers and ranchers with the knowledge and skills they need to profitably grow their business and raise money, including topics such as: Financial systems and reports that will stand up to scrutiny by banks and investors, a credible business plan with realistic assumptions about future growth, a digital financial package to share with business stakeholders to support fundraising. All Boot Camp participants will also receive an annual subscription to the on-demand training described above.
    The Boot Camp will be held virtually and applicants may choose from two sessions:
    Session 1: December 7-8, 2021 and January 11-12, 2022
    Session 2: February 1-2 and March 1-2, 2022

    Contact: One application<https://form.jotform.com/211895832775166> can be used to apply for both opportunities. For more information about any of these opportunities, please email Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director at lmckenna@foodanimalconcerns.org.

Tue Nov 02 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

Tue Nov 09 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

Tue Nov 16 2021

  • 2021 Maple Business Short Course
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Online

    UVM offers two online short courses for current and prospective maple syrup producers this fall. Each
    course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to teaching assignments linked to business planning tools that get participants making decisions about how to advance their business objectives. Registration in now open! Classes are offered at no cost to attendees with support from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding.


    Maple Business Planning: This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor). Register Here for Maple Business Planning<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHcXHGtN3EOq6zucQlYpZwrWn1hV7FVPpDIy1JJnQfxUMFdOMzRGODRPNlZFT01ZWjlHUkY3TE1FNiQlQCN0PWcu>.

    Course Dates: Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16 from 7:00 - 8:30 EST pm EST.

    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Christi Sherlock at christi.sherlock@uvm.edu<mailto:christi.sherlock@uvm.edu> or 802-476-2003 by October 8, 2021, so we may assist you.

  • NE-SARE Farmer Grant Application Deadline
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

    Cost: Free (grants up to $30,000 are available)

    Northeast SARE<http://www.northeastsare.org/> has released the Call for Proposals for its Farmer Grant Program, see: www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant<http://www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant>. Proposals are due online by Nov 16, 2021 for projects starting in Spring 2022. Farmer Grants<http://www.northeastsare.org/FarmerGrant> are intended for farmers and growers who want to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques; they are not intended to provide start-up funds or be used to finance farm equipment or expand farm operations. Learn more at a free webinar on 10/5: https://go.uvm.edu/sarefarmergrantwebinar.

    Contact: Learn more and download the Call for Proposals at https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Thu Jan 20 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.

Fri Jan 21 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.

Sat Jan 22 2022

  • 2022 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Online

    Save the date for the 26th Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference! Details for our virtual event coming soon.