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Thursday, August 4th to Saturday, August 6th
Grasstravaganza 2016: Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms
Alfred State College, Alfred (Allegany County), NY
This 2.5 day conference will feature presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics, interactive soil health related activities, and a trade show. The featured speaker this year is Dr. Fred Provenza. For more than 38 years, Dr. Provenza has produced groundbreaking research on livestock grazing behavior. This work has influenced research in areas from nutrition and foraging behavior of wild and domestic animals and humans, to rural sociology and development. Additional speakers include Justin Morris, NRCS Soil Health Specialist, Matt Ehrhart, Director of Watershed Restoration at the Stroud Water Research Center, an independent research institution focused on stream and river ecology, and Dr. Hue Karreman, is a “first generation” organic veterinarian, having begun using alternative treatments in 1988 as a herdsman on a Bio-Dynamic farm. The complete agenda and registration information is now available on-line at:
Sponsored by USDA-NRCS, the New York Grazing Coalition, and Alfred State College.
August 9, 2016
Organic Dairy Day in Morris
West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329 | Morris, MN 56267
Dairy Cattle Health with Guy Jodarski, DVM at Organic Valley. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the U of WI, River Falls, and his Doctor of veterinary medicine from the U of WI, Madison. He has been a staff veterinarian at Organic Valley since 2007 and works with farmer members to keep animals healthy without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones or chemicals.
Organic Dairy Research Update with Brad Heins, Associate Professor, Dairy Science at the WCROC.
To pre-register, contact Brad Heins at the WCROC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 320-589-1711 ext. 2118.
Registration begins at 10 am; event concludes at 3 pm.
Lunch will be provided.
APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 1, 2016
WORKSHOP ON August 8 to 12, 2016
White Eagle Lodge, Hamilton, NY
The Cornell Small Farms Program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will conduct a week-long Armed to Farm workshop at the White Eagle Lodge in Hamilton, New York this summer from August 8th through August 12th.
The program is available to military veterans in New York State who are interested in starting a farm or who have been farming for less than 10 years and who wish to learn more skills, explore sustainable and diverse enterprises, and improve or change their farm business plans.
Applications are due by July 1st
and can be submitted online here.
The Cornell Small Farms Program is sponsoring this event and along with NCAT is partnering with staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension to conduct the training. This residential, six-day Armed to Farm program has been delivered by NCAT since 2013 and is available to veterans from the Empire State at no cost through a USDA-funded Beginning Farmer Rancher Grant. The program includes classroom and on-farm learning through exercises, discussions, presentations, hands-on skill practice, and tours at host farms in the area.
Instructors include sustainable agriculture specialists from NCAT, Cornell staff, USDA agencies, and host farmers, some of whom are veterans. According to NCAT, the peer teaching by other farmers is what sets Armed to Farm apart from many other programs.
In addition, spouses and farming partners are welcome to apply. Host farm visits may include livestock, fruit, vegetable, and dairy operations with hands-on sessions. Those visits are interspersed with short classroom presentations and breakout sessions. Participants also receive a set of educational materials that include a selection of ATTRA sustainable agriculture publications and related texts.
The program includes most meals, all materials, and lodging for the week. More information about Armed to Farm and other NCAT farmer veteran resources can be found at the link www.ncat.org/armedtofarm/
August 12-14, 2016
Cultivating the Organic Grassroots Movement:
NOFA Summer Conference UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
Join 1200 people for a three-day celebration of the organic movement. Here, learning is a community action - with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun. Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. Keynote speakers: Leah Penniman, food justice activist and farmer at Soul Fire Farm and Andre Leu, international organic agronomist and President of IFOAM - Organics International. For more information, go to: www.nofasummerconference.org