Agricultural economists from University of Connecticut are paying up to $100 for volunteers to participate in one of two decision making sessions, one on January 20 and the other on January 21, during the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference at Lake Morey resort in Fairlee. They are working with ecologists from University of Vermont and other conservation groups to connect conservation with working landscapes in a manner that makes conservation profitable for Vermont’s farm businesses. During the sessions they seek your participation to learn about and develop competitive processes to enroll land in conservation programs, possibly making this part of your farm’s actual, profitable business. For example, you will be asked to consider how it might change your farming business if you were to agree, in exchange for a sufficient payment, to enroll 10 or more acres of your hayfield in a bird conservation program for one summer. Before arriving for a session, please think about how enrolling a hayfield in conservation, and delaying harvests for 65 days in summers, would affect your business. How would this change your need for labor, your management time, revenues from farm sales, need for feed for livestock, fertilizer costs, or whatever else might be appropriate to your farm business.
You can pre-register for the sessions online through https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DaxOQYDHpQ6ool or you can register during the conference. You will receive $100 to participate in the sessions. Alternatively, if you commit to participating in the session and are planning to attend the conference on both days (January 20 and 21), you can receive a full waiver of your conference registration fees. For more information please contact Stephen Swallow at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com or call 860-486-1917.