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Saturday, January 21 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Strategies to Strengthen Beginning and Experienced Grazing Dairy Farmers

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Young and beginning dairy farmers need to build equity and experience.  Older and more experienced dairy farmers need to ease their own workload, find a committed labor pool, and consider ways to pass their knowledge and possibly the farm to a new generation.  Two fresh strategies may offer options for grazing dairies at both ends of the relationship.  Rick Kersbergen of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is the New England Educational Coordinator for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program www.dga-national.org/, which matches Master Grazers with Apprentices for a minimum time commitment of two years. Jenn Colby of UVM Extension is leading a SARE Partnership grant to learn more about the experience (and recommendations) of custom graziers and organic dairy producers working together to manage dry stock away from grazing land prioritized for milk-producing animals. 


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Jenn Colby

Program Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Jenn Colby is the Program Coordinator for the Pasture Program at the UVM [Extension] Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She has a B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics, both from the University of Vermont. Jenn coordinates conference and workshops, provides staff support to the VT Grass Farmers Association, manages multi-media outreach and coordinates pasture and livestock-based educational... Read More →
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Rick Kersbergen

Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Rick Kersbergen is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. His primary focus for the last 15 years has been sustainable dairy and forage cropping systems. His current research focuses on no-till and cover crop systems in corn silage rotations. Rick is a Certified Crop Advisor with the American Society of Agronomy and collaborates with numerous organizations, including the Maine Grass Farmers Network, the Maine... Read More →

Saturday January 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm

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