Agritourism Conference – Call for Workshop Proposals

Join farmers, educators, and service providers in Rutland, Vermont for a two-day exploration of open farms. This conference uses a peer-to-peer educational model with a variety of workshops offered on April 8th. Do you have something to say? Share your story, your strategy, your ideas!

The CALL FOR WORKSHOPS is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AgtourRC4W
Proposals are DUE JANUARY 31.

More information about this event at: www.uvm.edu/vtagritourism

Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: October 23 & 24

The folks at Farm to Plate have extended the deadline to register for the annual gathering.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at Killington Grand Resort.  It is a day of workshops, working groups, and networking.

*There are some scholarships available for farmers and producers interested in attending.*

NEW REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, October 10

Click here to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/94q546/4W

 

Fiber Producers Symposium June 7th

CALLING ALL FIBER PRODUCERS (GOAT, SHEEP, ALPACA, RABBIT, ETC…)

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is putting on a Fiber Producers Symposium on Saturday June 7th & Sunday June 8th at our location in Binghamton, NY.

Renowned Ruminant nutrition speaker – Dr. Robert Van Saun (Penn State University) will be speaking on Saturday with two workshops focused on basic ruminant nutrition and nutrition for fiber production, growth and reproduction. There will also be facilitated roundtable discussions.

Sunday will focus on marketing topics as well as choosing the best products for fiber quality. A fiber will also be available for pick up that day.

$35/one day; $60 for the weekend. Visit: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/fiberproducerssymposium_203 for more information and to register.

Selling to Regional Markets

Join The Intervale Center for a panel discussion with farmers and distributors

When: Tuesday, April 1st, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Where: UVM Extension Berlin, 617 Comstock Road, Suite 5, Berlin, VT 05602

Panel: Diane St. Clair – Animal Farm, Amanda Andrews – Tamarack Hill Farm, Anthony Mirisciotta – Deep Root Organic Cooperative, Jean Hamilton – Black River Produce

Are you a new or beginning farmer interested in selling regionally? Do you want to learn more about different options for accessing regional markets?

Join the Intervale Center as we facilitate a panel discussion about different ways of selling to regional farmers’ markets, restaurants, and retailers. Come listen to two farmers talk about selling directly and two distributors talk about selling through wholesale.
We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to direct and wholesale regional markets.

Cost: The workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Maggie at the Intervale Center at maggie@intervale.org or (802) 660-0440 ext 116.

This workshop is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30500. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit http://www.Start2Farm.gov, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.”

Selling to Regional Markets

The Intervale Center presents
“Selling to Regional Markets”A Panel Discussion with farmers and distributors”
A workshop for new and beginning farmers
When:Tuesday, April 1st10:30am-12:30pm 
Where:UVM Extension Berlin, 617 Comstock Road, Suite 5, Berlin, VT 05602 
Panel:Diane St. Clair- Animal Farm
 Amanda Andrews–Tamarack Hill Farm
Anthony Mirisciotta- Deep Root Orgnaic Cooperative
Jean Hamilton-Black River Produce

Facilitated By: Sona Desai- Intervale Center

Are you a new or beginning farmer interested in selling regionally? Do you want to learn more about different options for accessing regional markets? Join the Intervale Center as they facilitate a panel discussion about different ways of selling to regional  farmers’ markets, restaurants, and retailers. Come listen to two farmers talk about selling directly and two distributors talk about selling through wholesale.

We’ll help you learn the personal, production, financial, and marketing skills needed to sell to direct and wholesale regional markets.  

Cost: The workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Maggie at the Intervale Center atmaggie@intervale.org or (802) 660-0440 ext 116.

National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health Live Broadcast on 2/18

You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system. On Feb. 18, locations in every state across the country will host Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums where farmers will have the opportunity to learn from one another while exploring local and national perspectives on cover crops.

Facilitated discussions on local issues pertaining to cover crops will follow a live-streamed broadcast of opening sessions from the national conference, including a dialogue with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (invited) and Howard G. Buffett, plus a panel discussion with expert farmers. Because the national conference attendance is limited, the local forums represent a way to include farmers, educators and researchers across the country in the emerging conversation about the use and benefits of cover crops.

“This will be a great opportunity for farmers interested in cover crops and soil health to meet up with like-minded individuals from their local area to discuss both local and national issues related to cover crops,” said Dr. Rob Myers, conference chairman and Regional Director of Extension Programs, North Central Region SARE. “We hope that farmers will come prepared with questions and ideas that they can feed back to USDA about programs and assistance needed for cover crops and soil health.”

Attendees of the local forums will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and comments on cover crops and soil health back to the leadership group at the national conference. These comments will be collected by staff at the local sites as part of the local discussion process.

The Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums will be held on Feb. 18 at over 200 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Extension offices nationwide, and is being organized in conjunction with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, Neb. Both the national conference and the local forums are jointly funded by SARE and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, with planning support from NRCS, the Midwest Cover Crops Council and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Omaha conference is invitation only; the local forums are open to the public.

For more information about the Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums and a list of forum locations, visit www.SARE.org/covercropconference.

North Central SARE funded a national survey of farmers who have grown cover crops, and found that during the 2012 drought, corn and soybean fields that had been cover cropped yielded 9.6 percent to 14.3 percent better than fields that had not been cover cropped. And with an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million acres of cover crops planted in 2012, the practice is increasingly recognized as key to sustainability, productivity and profitability.

Please RSVP to ensure adequate seating and to get specific details about the forum as programs will vary by location. Live streaming from the national conference will begin at forum locations at 9 amCentral Standard Time, except at Pacific Standard Time locations, where the broadcast will begin at 10 am Pacific Standard Time.

The 4th Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference Coming Up August 4th

If you’re interested in growing alternative crop with increasing popularity in the northeast, then this conference might be of interest!

The conference will be held at Akaogi Farm in Westminster West, VT on August 4th.

Click here to learn more about the conference and to get information regarding registration.

 

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