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Friday, January 20
 

8:00am

Registration Table Open
Friday January 20, 2017 8:00am - 7:00pm
Main Lobby

8:30am

Refreshments Available
Friday January 20, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Downstairs Hallway

9:00am

Farm Business Building Part 1: Planning for the End at the Start: Elements of Farm Business Success
Speakers
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Liz Gleason

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
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Sam Smith

Business Advisor, Intervale Center
Sam brings a passion for farming and food systems to his work at the Intervale. He grew up in Southern Vermont, went to UVM, and recently received a MBA in Sustainability from Antioch New England.  He has worked as both a livestock and vegetable farmer, and been involved in the Vermont agricultural community for over 15 years.  When he is not at work Sam enjoys cooking, gardening, and getting out to enjoy the mountains with his... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

9:00am

Grazing: Is there an App for That?

In times of digital record keeping and streamlined data access, come to explore some of the available grazing apps that can help you measure, manage and maximize your pasture utilization and livestock production.

Change the guessing for more reliable information and manage your animals, paddocks, forages, stock density and other records on the palm of your hand.

We will longitudinally explore grazing app aspects such as, user friendliness, cost, OS platform, specs, availability to download data or plot a map on your phone or computer among other capabilities.

 

This workshop will provide information without endorsing any particular app.


Speakers
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Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced interdisciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, land use change, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 10:45am
Downstairs Hallway

10:45am

Farm Business Building Part 2: Measuring Business Health and Preparing for the Next Steps
Speakers
avatar for Jean Conklin

Jean Conklin

Agricultural Loan Officer, Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
Jean Conklin of Haverhill, NH is an Agricultural Loan Officer at the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC).  Jean joined VACC in 2016 after 12 years at Yankee Farm Credit, ACA, where she was a Senior Loan Officer and Farm Tax Specialist.  Prior to that Jean was an Extension Dairy Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension for 16 years working in northern NH.  While with UNH CE she participated in a SARE funded month long... Read More →
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Betsy Miller

UVM Extension Farm Viability


Friday January 20, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Theatre

10:45am

Introduction to goGraze

Have you been looking for a way to wrap nutrient management planning and grazing documentation into one handy tool? UVM Extension is in the final stages of testing goGraze, a stand-alone (or companion to goCrop) app that helps estimate and plan for forage availability based on livestock needs and land production.  Come get a sneak peek of this new software, which can help you keep plans and records all in one place. 


Speakers
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Lindsey Ruhl

Technician, UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils Team
Lindsey Ruhl is a Crops and Soils Technician with UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program.  Lindsey’s role in developing goCrop is to work closely with the programmers of goCrop to build a robust and dynamic nutrient management tool and expand goCrop’s functionality with additional capabilities like goGraze.


Friday January 20, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Edgewater

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday January 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Farm Business Building Part 3: Finding the Right Lender for Your Business Stage and Situation
Speakers
avatar for Jean Conklin

Jean Conklin

Agricultural Loan Officer, Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
Jean Conklin of Haverhill, NH is an Agricultural Loan Officer at the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC).  Jean joined VACC in 2016 after 12 years at Yankee Farm Credit, ACA, where she was a Senior Loan Officer and Farm Tax Specialist.  Prior to that Jean was an Extension Dairy Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension for 16 years working in northern NH.  While with UNH CE she participated in a SARE funded month long... Read More →
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Leah Fury

Community Capital of Vermont
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Benneth Phelps

Director of Farmer Services, Dirt Capital Partners
Benneth joined Dirt Capital Partners in 2016 as the Director of Farmer Services to further develop and refine the company’s approach to investing in land in partnership with farmers, and the company’s organizational culture and infrastructure.  Previously, Benneth was Loan and Business Assistance Manager at The Carrot Project, where she spent five years evaluating loan applications and working with farm and food... Read More →
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Bruce Urie

Vermont Farm Fund


Friday January 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Theatre

1:00pm

Using A Grazing Chart To Accomplish What You Want and Limit Stress

Using A Grazing Chart To Accomplish What You Want and Limit Stress.

So you have a grazing plan, now make it come alive on the land.  Join veteran grazier, Troy Bishopp, in a real-life, meat and potatoes, four season grazing strategy process using a grazing chart to predict changes in recovery periods and see trouble brewing while developing management scenarios to meet your goals and reduce stress.  Topics to include:  Starting the season, managing the flush, dealing with weather extremes, infrastructure concerns, grazing taller, planning for time off, stockpiling, winter grazing, bale grazing and finding ways to save money at every decision.

Troy will play show and tell from his own farm experience on how adopting a flexible strategy and being a proactive manager has pushed his grazing days to 260 in the snow belt of upstate NY.  He will show real grazing examples of how he wrecked and how livestock and nature taught him the right profitable approach to implementing a consistent grazing season.  Beware, reality can be a hard pill to swallow.

Participants please review your own grazing plan and know animal needs and goals you have for your farm so we can have a comprehensive conversation from all angles in developing a grazing chart that really works.


Speakers
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Farmer & Project Coordinator, Bishopp Family Farm
Troy Bishopp, affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, is a 32 year well-seasoned grass farmer and grasslands advocate.  Troy owns and manages Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters and parents. Their certified organic, 100% grass-fed, custom grazing operation raises dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased cool season pastures... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Edgewater

2:30pm

Refreshment Break
Friday January 20, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Downstairs Hallway

2:45pm

Farm Business Building Part 4: Farmer Panel: Reflections on Starting Farm Businesses
Speakers
avatar for Brittany Cole Bush

Brittany Cole Bush

Owner, BCB Shepherdess
My name is Brittany Cole Bush and I am a self deemed modern-day shepherdess. Inspired to participate in the restoration of landscapes through holistic management of livestock I am dedicated to the adaptation of the ranching industry to create sustainable and economically viable businesses that support the ecological integrity of the lands we raise our animals on. | | I am also passionate about the enlivening of the Sheep Industry in the... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working on all kinds of farms around the world, finally returning to Vermont where she has been raising sheep, chickens, horses and the occasional cow, on her own... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Theatre

2:45pm

Using A Grazing Chart To Accomplish What You Want and Limit Stress

Using A Grazing Chart To Accomplish What You Want and Limit Stress.

So you have a grazing plan, now make it come alive on the land.  Join veteran grazier, Troy Bishopp, in a real-life, meat and potatoes, four season grazing strategy process using a grazing chart to predict changes in recovery periods and see trouble brewing while developing management scenarios to meet your goals and reduce stress.  Topics to include:  Starting the season, managing the flush, dealing with weather extremes, infrastructure concerns, grazing taller, planning for time off, stockpiling, winter grazing, bale grazing and finding ways to save money at every decision.

Troy will play show and tell from his own farm experience on how adopting a flexible strategy and being a proactive manager has pushed his grazing days to 260 in the snow belt of upstate NY.  He will show real grazing examples of how he wrecked and how livestock and nature taught him the right profitable approach to implementing a consistent grazing season.  Beware, reality can be a hard pill to swallow.

Participants please review your own grazing plan and know animal needs and goals you have for your farm so we can have a comprehensive conversation from all angles in developing a grazing chart that really works.


Speakers
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Farmer & Project Coordinator, Bishopp Family Farm
Troy Bishopp, affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, is a 32 year well-seasoned grass farmer and grasslands advocate.  Troy owns and manages Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters and parents. Their certified organic, 100% grass-fed, custom grazing operation raises dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased cool season pastures... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Edgewater

4:00pm

Hay Management for Bobolinks Decisionmaking Session A

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 stephen.swallow@uconn.edu with a copy to bobolinkproject@gmail.com or call 860-486-1917.


Speakers
avatar for Anwesha Chakrabarti Chakrabarti

Anwesha Chakrabarti Chakrabarti

Graduate Student, University of Connecticut
avatar for Stephen Swallow

Stephen Swallow

University of Connecticut



Friday January 20, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Lakeside West

4:00pm

Tradeshow Open (with refreshments)
A great opportunity to mingle with resources and businesses to help your farm.  A list of tradeshow participants will be updated right to conference time.  For now we have confirmed:
UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Vermont Grass Farmers Association
Vermont Beef Producers Association
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VEDA)
Yankee Farm Credit
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Nationwide Agribusiness
Rural Vermont
Wellscroft Fence Systems
CROPP/Organic Valley
Morrisons Custom Feeds
AgriDynamics


Friday January 20, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Morey Room

5:00pm

Buffet Dinner (Make Your Own Reservations)
Lake Morey Resort offers a buffet dinner for a limited number of conference attendees.  This is not included in your conference registration and is optional.  Please call the resort directly to make dinner reservations, at 800-423-1211.

Friday January 20, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Room

7:00pm

Watering Livestock and People in Kenya: A Maasai Visitors' Presentation and Discussion

Members of the Maasai Indigenous Project of Kenya are traveling in the U.S. to raise awareness and funds to improve water collection infrastructure in the southern region of their country in Kajaido County.  The Maasai are a nomadic, livestock-based people whose wealth has been measured in cattle and their food base has largely revolved around meat and milk from their livestock.  

Through a Vermont connection, these visitors will be coming to present about the challenges of managing water in a part of the world that only spends eight months without rain, as well as their culture and grazing management.  They will be staying through the conference on Saturday to learn more about our rotational grazing methods, and to meet new friends who love livestock as much as they do.

Donations to support their infrastructure project will be gratefully accepted.



Friday January 20, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Waterlot

7:00pm

SEED: The Untold Story

SEED: The Untold Story is an award winning documentary about the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the future of our food, from the filmmakers behind Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The film features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, and Winona LaDuke.

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

SEED is executive produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine), and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams). Visit SEEDtheMovie.com to view the trailer.


Friday January 20, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Theatre
 
Saturday, January 21
 

7:30am

Registration Table Open
Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30am - 5:00pm
Main Lobby

8:00am

Tradeshow Open (with refreshments)
A great opportunity to mingle with resources and businesses to help your farm.  A list of tradeshow participants will be updated right to conference time.  For now we have confirmed:
UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Vermont Grass Farmers Association
Vermont Beef Producers Association
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VEDA)
Yankee Farm Credit
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Nationwide Agribusiness
Rural Vermont
Wellscroft Fence Systems
CROPP/Organic Valley
Morrisons Custom Feeds
AgriDynamics
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program
Gallagher North America
SunCommon
USDA National Ag Statistics Service (NASS)


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Morey Room

9:00am

Why Does My Animal Bring Less Than My Neighbor's?

As small-scale beef producers increase production to meet regional and wholesale markets, they may not find that pay price meets their expectations.  All is not lost; understanding the needs of these markets can help producers decide which animals are a better for direct sale or auction, how to evaluate animals ready for prime time, and how to bring home a bigger check in the end.  Presented by USDA Marketing Service personnel with extensive experience in all aspects (and sizes) of beef production in the Northeast region.

 


Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Waterlot

9:00am

Hay Management for Bobolinks Decisionmaking Session B

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 stephen.swallow@uconn.edu with a copy to bobolinkproject@gmail.com or call 860-486-1917.


Speakers
avatar for Anwesha Chakrabarti Chakrabarti

Anwesha Chakrabarti Chakrabarti

Graduate Student, University of Connecticut
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Stephen Swallow

University of Connecticut



Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Lakeside West

9:00am

Managing Annual Forages for Quality
Join grain-free dairy farmer Matt Choiniere and UVM PhD candidate Caleb Goossen to talk about annual forage crops.  What role do annuals fill on a grazing farm and how do management choices affect their quality? Caleb will also present findings of a partnership study with the Choinieres looking at crop maturity and overall quality, as well as fatty acid content.

Speakers
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Matt Choiniere

Choiniere Family Farm
Mathieu Choiniere is a 4th generation dairy farmer on the Choiniere Family Farm in Highgate, VT. After receiving his degree in Dairy Herd Management from Vermont Technical College in 2015, he returned home to work on the family farm with his father and grandfather. The Choiniere Family Farm transitioned to organic in 2005, and then took the opportunity to get on the Grassmilk truck with Organic Valley in 2014. The Choiniere Family Farm will be... Read More →
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Caleb Goossen

PhD Student, UVM Plant & Soil Science Dept.
Caleb P. Goossen farmed vegetables organically in southern Vermont for 9 years, while obtaining his B.A. in Plant Biology and Sustainable Agriculture from Hampshire College in 2009.  He is a third year PhD student in Plant & Soil Science at UVM, working with Sid Bosworth, Heather Darby, and Jana Kraft.  He is researching management decision impacts on the fatty acid profile of forage crops.



Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Terrace Ballroom

9:00am

Forage Opportunities and Challenges with Cover Crops

Have you considered adding cover crops to your management system, but aren’t quite sure how they could fit in?  Join UNH Cooperative Extension presenters Heather Bryant and Carl Majewski and UVM Extension’s Dan Hudson as they describe some preliminary results from on-farm demonstration projects and discuss both the potential benefits (Extra forage! High quality!) and challenges (Timing! Potentially high ash content!) with double cropping systems with corn and/or small grains, and even some pasture.


Speakers
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Heather Bryant

UNH Cooperative Extension
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Dan Hudson

Agronomist, UVM Extension
Daniel Hudson serves the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut Watershed as an agronomist and nutrient management specialist for University of Vermont Extension and is available statewide and regionally as needed. Daniel's work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability via efficient production of high quality crops.
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Carl Majewski

UNH Cooperative Extension
Carl Majewski has been with UNH Cooperative Extension since 2002. Working with the Dairy, Livestock, and Forage Crop team, Carl’s work has focused on field crop production, including finding ways for farms to make better use of forages.



Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Captain's Room

9:00am

Grazing Fundamentals
Past Pasture Program Coordinator and Sterling College faculty member Gwyneth Harris will review the principles of grazing management including whole farm goal setting, rest & recovery, plant diversity & regrowth, feed quality, manure management, multi-species grazing, troubleshooting, and much more.

Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

9:00am

Drought Doesn't Have to be Downer
Two farmers, a service provider, many stories and a trifecta of decision-making in managing through last year’s droughty grazing season.  You’ll learn how valuable forward grazing planning is, identifying the signs of trouble, mitigating the effects with grazing strategies, when to seek counsel, when to take evasive action, finding balance in the triple bottom line and how to proceed when things return to “normal”.  Farmers Brian Maloney and Troy Bishopp, and grazing service provider Cheryl Cesario combine their experience, tools and share strategies for resilient management even when it isn’t often very pretty.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Farmer & Project Coordinator, Bishopp Family Farm
Troy Bishopp, affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, is a 32 year well-seasoned grass farmer and grasslands advocate.  Troy owns and manages Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters and parents. Their certified organic, 100% grass-fed, custom grazing operation raises dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased cool season pastures... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Cesario

Cheryl Cesario

Grazing Specialist, UVM Extension Champlain Vally Crop, Soil & Pasture Team
Cheryl Cesario is a Grazing Outreach Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension in Middlebury. She works with dairy, beef, and other livestock farmers to get the most out their pastures - balancing the needs of the animals, plants and people.  She and her husband Marc graze beef cows and dairy heifers at their farm Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, VT.  
avatar for Brian Maloney

Brian Maloney

Owner, Ferme Brylee
Former seasonal grass dairy, Custom grazer, Grassfed beef and lamb producer, direct market all farm products. Developed country style dining and wedding venue on the farm. Been grazing since the early 1990's in western Quebec.


Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

9:00am

Kids' Conference Session 1
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!     I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  A few years later, I studied at Union Institute and University in Montpelier where I gained a Master of... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool program at Twinfield Union School. She has an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Geoscience and loves to explore the... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Garden View

10:45am

A New Era of Innovative Entrepreneurship in Land and Livestock- New Pastoralism

Brittany Cole Bush (AKA BCB Shepherdess) is a non-traditional agrarian. Self-deemed a modern-day urban shepherdess, BCB is an innovative young entrepreneur in the work of land stewardship and livestock through prescriptive grazing efforts on public and private lands in California. Learn how stacked livestock enterprises in production of fiber, meat and hides as well as  prescribed grazing as an ecosystems service is proliferating in the West and other regions of the country, helping to keep multi-generational operations viable and creating new opportunities for first time graziers. BCB will talk about the work of the "New Pastoralists" and how land stewardship through grazing strategy is playing an essential role to shaping the future of the faces in ranching and farming. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Brittany Cole Bush

Brittany Cole Bush

Owner, BCB Shepherdess
My name is Brittany Cole Bush and I am a self deemed modern-day shepherdess. Inspired to participate in the restoration of landscapes through holistic management of livestock I am dedicated to the adaptation of the ranching industry to create sustainable and economically viable businesses that support the ecological integrity of the lands we raise our animals on. | | I am also passionate about the enlivening of the Sheep Industry in the... Read More →



Saturday January 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Terrace Ballroom

10:45am

Kids' Conference Session 2
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!     I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  A few years later, I studied at Union Institute and University in Montpelier where I gained a Master of... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool program at Twinfield Union School. She has an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Geoscience and loves to explore the... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Garden View

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday January 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Dining Room

12:00pm

Tradeshow Open (bring your lunch!)
A great opportunity to mingle with resources and businesses to help your farm.  A list of tradeshow participants will be updated right to conference time.  For now we have confirmed:
UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Vermont Grass Farmers Association
Vermont Beef Producers Association
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VEDA)
Yankee Farm Credit
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Nationwide Agribusiness
Rural Vermont
Wellscroft Fence Systems
CROPP/Organic Valley
Morrisons Custom Feeds
AgriDynamics
Gairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program


Saturday January 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Morey Room

12:30pm

Lunch Discussion: Needs, Barriers, and Opportunities for Transition to Regenerative Agriculture:

Join Rural Vermont for a lunchtime discussion and share what you see as the primary needs, barriers, and opportunities in your community, in Vermont, or more broadly that affect your ability to achieve health, economic security, and ecological integrity on your farm.


Saturday January 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Marked table in main dining room

12:30pm

Lunch Discussion: Vermont Beef Producers Association

The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) effective Jan 1, 2017. How it will affect large and small Vermont livestock producers. 

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Animal Health staff will also be present.


Speakers
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Roger Osinchuk

Vermont Wagyu
Raised on a 1300 acre mixed farm in north eastern Alberta, Canada.  The farm included a  200 cow/calf pair and backgrounding operation of commercial angus and angus/hereford cross cattle and 400 acres of barley and oat production.  Graduated veterinary college from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1998 with emphasis on large animal medicine and surgery.  Worked at a mixed large and small animal practice for 6 years in... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Theatre

12:30pm

Lunch Discussion: RAPs Update
The final Required Agricultural Practices are now in effect under the law.  Vermont Agency of Agriculture personnel will be available to answer any questions about the roll out of the new requirements.

Speakers

Saturday January 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:30pm

CANCELLED: Picking the Best Bull--The Art and Science of Genetics

We apologize, but the speaker for this session was unable to present due to family reasons, and we were unable to find a replacement.


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Captain's Room

1:30pm

Creative Watering Solutions Roundtable
Setting up a watering system has unique challenges, because every site and situation can be different.  Unlike fencing, it's not as easy as calling up an installation company. Join a group of experienced farmers and service providers who have faced the challenge of finding and moving water, and found creative and practical solutions to make livestock care easier.  Plenty of real examples and discussion welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Farmer & Project Coordinator, Bishopp Family Farm
Troy Bishopp, affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, is a 32 year well-seasoned grass farmer and grasslands advocate.  Troy owns and manages Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters and parents. Their certified organic, 100% grass-fed, custom grazing operation raises dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased cool season pastures... Read More →
avatar for Marc Cesario

Marc Cesario

Owner, Meeting Place Pastures
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Joe Ladouceur

Farmer, Bowman Road Beef



Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Waterlot

1:30pm

Exploring the Impact of the Bedded Pack Ecosystem on Mastitis Transmission Pathways on Dairy Farms

Ever wonder what is hanging out on your pack?  It’s not just cows!  This will be a presentation of early results in ongoing research into the relationship between bacteria, flies, and microscopic animals in bedded pack dairy systems.  What’s the difference between the bacteria living on a mastitic teat and a clean teat?  What do horn flies have to do with it?  How about stable flies?  How do predatory mites fit into the picture?  Come ponder these questions and more with wide-eyed but friendly UVM graduate student Tucker Andrews.


Speakers
avatar for Tucker Andrews

Tucker Andrews

Research Assistant, University of Vermont
Tucker Andrews is a master’s degree candidate and research assistant at the University of Vermont. After spending the past 15 seasons working on vegetable farms, he recently returned to school to pursue questions about communication networks in soil. He grew up in West Bolton, VT, where he still lives and farms.


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Lakeside West

1:30pm

Successful Case Studies and Business Models for Contract Grazing on Private and Public Lands
What opportunities are there for grazing services in the Northeast and how can innovative approaches to evolving your operation be able to support production of livestock while stewarding open spaces? Keynote Brittany Cole Bush will use this time to go into more depth about the nuts and bolts of contract grazing. 


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Terrace Ballroom

1:30pm

Bale-Grazing: Between the Tortoise and the Hare

There are a number of ways to build soil – and there are a number of different costs associated with the various options for doing it.  Correlations tend to run with greater costs and faster methods, and the less expensive options being pretty slow. Bale – grazing – the practice of keeping animals outside in a pasture set up with bales of hay for round -the -clock access, during the non-grazing season, is right there in the middle – not too expensive and can make fast work of soil building. We’ll take a look at the benefits and drawbacks – on animal health, the economics, environmental impacts, and the soil building results. Bring your questions and experience to share!


Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working on all kinds of farms around the world, finally returning to Vermont where she has been raising sheep, chickens, horses and the occasional cow, on her own... Read More →
avatar for Dan Hudson

Dan Hudson

Agronomist, UVM Extension
Daniel Hudson serves the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut Watershed as an agronomist and nutrient management specialist for University of Vermont Extension and is available statewide and regionally as needed. Daniel's work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability via efficient production of high quality crops.


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Edgewater

1:30pm

Introduction to goGraze

Have you been looking for a way to wrap nutrient management planning and grazing documentation into one handy tool? UVM Extension is in the final stages of testing goGraze, a stand-alone (or companion to goCrop) app that helps estimate and plan for forage availability based on livestock needs and land production.  Come get a sneak peek of this new software, which can help you keep plans and records all in one place. 


Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Ruhl

Lindsey Ruhl

Technician, UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils Team
Lindsey Ruhl is a Crops and Soils Technician with UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program.  Lindsey’s role in developing goCrop is to work closely with the programmers of goCrop to build a robust and dynamic nutrient management tool and expand goCrop’s functionality with additional capabilities like goGraze.


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Lakeside East

1:30pm

Kids' Conference Session 3
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!     I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  A few years later, I studied at Union Institute and University in Montpelier where I gained a Master of... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool program at Twinfield Union School. She has an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Geoscience and loves to explore the... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Garden View

1:30pm

Soil Health for Grazing Farms

Our basic expectations for soil are distorted by the degraded state of many agricultural soils. We should aim to improve "Soil Health", defined as the continued capacity of a soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and people. However, published explanations and guidance focus on cover crops and reduced tillage on crop farms. The four major recommendations are to disturb the soil less, keep it covered, grow roots throughout the year, and diversify crops and rotations. How can we take these soil health concepts and apply them to improve soil health on grazing farms and pastures?


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Howlett

Bruce Howlett

Soil Conservationist, VT NRCS


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Theatre

3:00pm

Alternative Barnyards: Woodchip Pad Wintering Systems

Woodchip heavy-use areas (aka ‘woodchip pads’) use a designed drainage system and large, screened woodchips as a surface material instead of concrete.  These alternative systems could be a potential solution for small-scale livestock producers in our region wanting to protect pastures during sensitive times of the year, save on construction costs, and improve animal performance, while also reducing environmental impact to water quality.  We are actively studying these systems, and have worked with university and research farms to construct several in the Northeast over the past few years.  This session will discuss their design, as well as some of our research findings, observations, and thoughts on future study.   


Speakers
avatar for Joshua Faulkner

Joshua Faulkner

Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua works as the Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator for the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  In this position, his primary goal is to help address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture. His experience lies in agricultural hydrology and the processes by which agricultural systems impact water quality and the surrounding environment. He obtained a BS in Biological Systems Engineering from... Read More →



Saturday January 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Captain's Room

3:00pm

Strategies to Strengthen Beginning and Experienced Grazing Dairy Farmers

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. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jenn Colby

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 →
avatar for Rick Kersbergen

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
Waterlot

3:00pm

On Pasture: A Tool for All Seasons

When we describe something as a “tool”, people often think about a physical apparatus, but tools can be much more than that.  Join Rachel Gilker, co-founder of the online grazing information service On Pasture to learn more about how this tool can help you learn new techniques, talk with graziers and researchers from around the world, and even build your business visibility—year round.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Gilker

Rachel Gilker

Editor and Contributor, On Pasture
Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Climb it Change: Trees and Shrubs as Vertical Forage Systems for Goats
Do your part in the mitigation of global warming, soil erosion, and water imbalances by introducing, using, and managing woody perennials in your world of forage production for goats.  Call it agroforestry, silvopasture, cut-and-carry, or extensive grazing, you can add fast growing trees and shrubs to feed an animal species that has evolved to eat a largely arboreal diet.  Starting with some pasture basics, we will go vertical and share experiences and ideas for forage species, rotations, and potential dry matter production levels.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Delaney

Carol Delaney

Carol Delaney Consulting
Carol Delaney, Carol Delaney Consulting, remains steeped in the study of small ruminants long after her tenure as Small Ruminant Dairy specialist from 1998 to 2008 with UVM Extension. She published A guide to starting a commercial goat dairy in 2012 and co-wrote a chapter on goat management with Ann Starbard in the Dairy Goat Handbook published by Langston University in 2016. Her current PhD thesis will examine the optimum dietary fiber level... Read More →
avatar for Ann Starband

Ann Starband

Crystal Brook Goat Dairy
Ann Starbard, Crystal Brook Goat Dairy, has set up and then run her commercial goat dairy for almost 20 years in Sterling, Massachusetts. She has favored grasses and browsing plants to round out her goats’ rations in the growing season. In 2016, her book, The Dairy Goat Handbook, was published to capture and share her hard-earned knowledge of managing goats and a cheese business.


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

3:00pm

Root Development Under Different Grazing Regimens

Roots of forage plants respond when grazed up on the surface of the pasture. And that response varies according whatever that regimen up above happens to be. We’ll take a look at some typical pasture plants grown in specially made boxes that give us access to their root growth below following different grazing treatments.  We’ll talk about the importance of that root response, and what to aim for to keep those pasture plants healthy and in optimum production. We’ll discuss what plants are best for pastures and grazing animals, and what you might think about when setting up your grazing system, and how to keep your pastures in top production.


Speakers
avatar for Sid Bosworth

Sid Bosworth

Forage Agronomist, UVM Extension
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research in the areas of alfalfa management, nutrient and manure management of cool season grasses, weed control, and pasture management and forage quality. ... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working on all kinds of farms around the world, finally returning to Vermont where she has been raising sheep, chickens, horses and the occasional cow, on her own... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Kids' Conference Session 4
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating on Lake Morey, and some fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!     I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  A few years later, I studied at Union Institute and University in Montpelier where I gained a Master of... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool program at Twinfield Union School. She has an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Geoscience and loves to explore the... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Brylee Farm: New Enterprises to Bring Financial Diversity

Is it enough to build a business around pastured meat or milk?  What about the many other possibilities to help bring farm financial success and stability?  Join Ferme Brylee co-owners Lise Villeneuve and Brian Maloney as they describe the ups and downs of creating a complementary agritourism business including the time commitment, doing diversification without a strong centerpiece operation, managing people, and working together closely as a couple.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Maloney

Brian Maloney

Owner, Ferme Brylee
Former seasonal grass dairy, Custom grazer, Grassfed beef and lamb producer, direct market all farm products. Developed country style dining and wedding venue on the farm. Been grazing since the early 1990's in western Quebec.
avatar for Lise Villeneuve

Lise Villeneuve

Owner, Ferme Brylee
Worked 30 years as a nurse, retired from the health care system in 2013. Passionate about cooking, food, and nutrition. Now managing all direct marketing aspects of the farm and the country style dining at Brylee Farm.



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

3:00pm

Soil as a Climate Solution: Research, Policy and Activism

This session will consider soil as a climate solution, focusing on research, policy and activism. Seth Itzkan, who is co-founder of Soil4Climate, has just returned from the international climate conference in Marrakesh (COP22) and will discuss the latest science and review initiatives on soil and climate from France and the Commonwealth of Nations. Jesse McDougall of Studio Hill Farms in Shaftsbury, Vermont, will discuss his efforts in crafting the Vermont Regenerative Agriculture Certification Bill that will be reintroduced into the Vermont Senate this term.

Seth is the co-founder of Soil4Climate, a Vermont-based organization with global reach.

 


Speakers
avatar for Seth Itzkan

Seth Itzkan

Co-Founder, Soil4Climate
Seth Itzkan is co-founder of Soil4Climate, a Vermont-based organization with global reach, advocating for soil as a climate solution. Seth lectures extensively on the topic and has three times been to the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe to learn about Holistic Livestock Management and to see it in action in villages and farms in the region. Seth's 2012 TEDx talk "Reversing global warming with livestock?" helped set the stage for... Read More →
avatar for Jesse McDougall

Jesse McDougall

Studio Hill, LLC
Regenerative Farmer at Studio Hill LLC and Lead Author of Vermont’s Regenerative Agriculture Bill.


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

4:30pm