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March 2016

March 2 and 3, 2017
2017 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference and Meeting
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Hagerstown, MD

We will be partnering with the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association to combine our Conference with their Maryland Hay & Pasture Conference. The theme of our Conference in 2017 is: “From Pasture to Table - Grass-Fed Livestock Production of Meat and Milk and Its Preparation - Their Effects on Fatty Acid Composition and Human Health”. Three technical sessions and the Producer Showcase will directly relate to our theme. The three technical sessions each cover a segment of the theme. The Ruminant Fatty Acid Production with Pastured Livestock session covers how to enhance the content of healthful fatty acids in meat and milk produced by live-stock raised on pasture. The Processing Milk and Cooking Meat effects on Fatty Acid Profiles in Consumed Grass-Fed Meat and Milk Products session covers the fate of ruminant fatty acids in processing milk and cooking meat. The third session, Human Health Implications of Consuming Grass-fed Meat and Milk Products, covers the impact of consuming ruminant fatty acids on human health. The Producer Showcase will have two Maryland farms, a beef operation and a dairy operation, that pasture their livestock. The beef farm finishes their feeder cattle on grass. More details will be available in January. Visit their website, or contact James Cropper at

March 16-17, 2017
NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference
Location: Holiday Inn Liverpool/Syracuse, NY

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is expanding its sixth annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference to two days: Thursday and Friday March 16-17, with Friday’s focus on half-day intensive programs. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, NY, 441 Electronics Parkway.

Keynote Speaker Jack Lazor, co-founder of Butterworks Farm, leads off the conference with his inspirational address: Building Butterworks Farm: Adapting to Changing Times. Lazor has been a pioneer in alternative management practices on his dairy, moving from small-scale production to a complete grass-fed management. Jack also will share his insights into carbon sequestration and the future of Butterworks Farm.

In addition, the conference will honor NOFA-NY’s 2017 Farmers of the Year, Michael & Gayle Thorpe, and the NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will present on Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management. The staff will be available throughout the conference to answer questions on this important topic.

“NOFA-NY has been working to expand the Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference,” noted NOFA-NY Education Team Director Bethany Wallis. “We are excited this year to provide even more programming for farmers, thanks to our great lineup of presenters. We welcome anyone interested in organic management; this is the place to learn. Our half-day intensive workshops cover all the basics. And the fantastic gathering of experienced farmers and industry professionals are more than willing to share their experience and expertise.”

Complete conference schedule and details are available on the website:

Thursday workshops include topics such as Buckwheat, On-farm Energy Audits, NY Organic Dairy Program Updates, Solutions to Challenges of Grass-fed Dairy, Resilient Farming in a Changing Climate, Small Scale Processing, Holistic Look at Minerals and Livestock Health, Organic Dairy Cull Cow Market, Calf Raising/Parasite Control, Strategies for Success with Organic Weed Management, and Building an Efficient and Profitable Herd: Genetics for Grass Based Dairy.

Friday, March 17 is focused on two half-day intensive workshops: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management, and the Art and Science of Grazing. Participants will also learn about Farming with a Future, and Industrial Hemp: the Next Crop in New York's Future.

The pre-registration deadline is March 7 but walk-ins are welcome.

To register, call 585-271-1979 x1, online at: or send a check to NOFA-NY, 1423 Hathaway Drive, Farmington, NY 14425. Full conference registration is $120, and includes lunch, dinner, and brunch. Thursday only is $65.00 (includes lunch); Friday only is $40.00 (includes brunch); Thursday dinner is $15.00. Children 12 and under are free. NOFA-NY members receive a 10% discount on registration costs (dinner excluded).

March 30, 2017 from 1-4pm
NYS Livestock Summit
At 8 locations throughout the state

Calling experienced livestock producers: We know you face tremendous challenges to grow your business. What are the undeveloped opportunities and how can we collectively address them?

Register Now: Cornell University's Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are partnering to host the NYS Livestock Summit on March 30, 2017 from 1-4pm at 8 locations throughout the state.

Our aim is to prioritize needs to grow the livestock sector in NY. The target audience for the Summit is the experienced producer (beef, swine, sheep, goat, poultry, exotics) AND supporting agencies/industries. Your perspective and feedback is essential to shape the future of livestock industry support in NY!

You can choose from any of the following locations around the state:

  • Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in Voorheesville, NY. Contact Hank Bignell (, 518-272-4210) or Tom Gallagher (, 518-765-3518)
  • Cortland County CCE in Cortland, NY. Contact Heather Birdsall -, 607-391-2660 x 405
  • Franklin/St. Lawrence County CCE in Canton, NY. Contact Betsy Hodge -, 315-379-9192
  • Jefferson/Lewis County CCE in Watertown, NY. Contact Ron Kuck -, 315-788-8450 x234
  • Orange County CCE in Middletown, NY. Contact Rachel Moody (, 845-344-1234), Jason Detzel (, 845-340-3990 x327), or Michele Lipari (, 845-292-6180 x129)
  • Otsego County CCE in Cooperstown, NY. Contact MacKenzie Waro -, 607-287-1292
  • Schuyler County CCE in Montour Falls, NY. Contact Brett Chedzoy -, 607-535-7161
  • Wyoming County CCE in Warsaw, NY. Contact Nancy Glazier (, 585-315-7746 or Lynn Bliven (, 585-268-7644 x18)


Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing your site host's contact information and the street addresses for all the sites.

If you have general questions about this event, please contact the host of the site closest to you (info. above).











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