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July 2014

July 1 ,2014
Controlling Flies to Keep Your Organic Cows Happy and Healthy
Twin Oaks Dairy LLC, Truxton, NY

Join Kathie Arnold at Twin Oaks Dairy to see the Spalding CowVac first hand in an organic dairy system. Hear what additional methods the Arnolds use in order to strive for optimum comfort and production for their herd. Tour the Arnold’s farm and see how this exemplary dairy manages their farm. Learn how to develop a fly control program from Keith Waldron, a Cornell University Senior Extension Associate who serves as the Livestock and Field Crop IPM Coordinator with the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program. Special thanks to Spalding Fly Predators for co-sponsoring this event and providing lunch.

Registration Instructions: To pre-register, go to: or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm.

July 1, 2014
Value Added Grains Variety Trials
Cornell Freeville Organic Research Farm, Freeville, NY

Join us for a twilight field trials tour of value added grains. This event will include discussion with David Benscher, Research Support Specialist of the Cornell/OREI value added grain project, Gary Bergstrom, Cornell Plant Pathology, Elizabeth Dyck from OGRIN, and other OREI partners. There will also be equipment demonstrations. Registration Instructions: This event is FREE of charge. call Stephanie at 585-271-1979

July 4-5, 2014
Horse Progress Days, Mt Hope, Ohio

For more info, call: 330-857-6340, ext 6 or go to:

Friday, July 18th, 10:30-2:30
On-Farm Summer Annuals Research and No-Grain Production
Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Ctr, VT.

Heather Darby and her team will be available to share their up-to-date research and trial information as well. Brent and Regina Beidler have run their certified organic dairy since 2000. They milk around 40 cows, using 195 acres of crop and pasture land, and for over seven years have produced milk on a no grain diet.

Cost is $20. Lunch will be provided by NOFA-VT Pizza Oven. Call Susan Brouillette or Heather Darby at 802-524-6501 for any questions or go to:

July 21, 2014
Organic Dairy High Quality Forage Production
Stine Farm, Redwood, NY

Bill Stine of Stine Farm welcomes you to tour his farm and learn about his forage production system. Hear how he maintains production with a baleage and hay based ration. See his pasture system and learn what practices Bill has implemented to be a successful organic dairy farmer. To pre-register call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm.

July 17-19, 2014
Grasstravaganza 2014: Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY 

Speakers include Ray Archuleta, the NRCS “soil guy” from North Carolina, Jerry Brunetti of Agri-Dynamics, and Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri researcher, writer, and now cattle rancher and consultant from Idaho.  A Thursday evening dinner will kick-off the conference, and tours will be held on both Friday and Saturday afternoons.  Sponsored by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, NY Grazing Coalition, and Morrisville State College.  Visit for updates on the conference agenda and registration.

July 18-20, 2014
Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference
Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa

For more info: 563-382-5990 or go to:

Thursday, July 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annual Northwest Crops and Soils field day
Workshops, and various tours in Vermont

"Feeding the Soils, the Plants, and the Community" is this year's theme for our Annual Northwest Crops and Soils field day. Please join us on Thursday, July 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for this information filled field day, as well as a great BBQ lunch. Cost is $25 per person and there is no charge for farmers (but you still must register).

Click here for the field day flyer. And please register online at

Highlights include - perennial grass varieties, pod-irrigation systems, cover crop mixtures and interseeding, winter forages, summer annuals, no-till cropping and manure injection, alternative fertilizers, oilseed varieties, flax weed control, and our new hop ranch.

Three afternoon tours will be offered -
- a SOIL HEALTH TOUR to highlight strategies to improve your soil. Frank Gibbs, NRCS soil health expert from Ohio will give you a hands-on tour of the soil and how to evaluate soil health on your farm.
- a GRAIN TOUR will be focused on growing grains for food grade markets. Special guests, Andrea and Christian Stanley of Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, will teach us the latest information about malting grains.
- a HOPS TOUR is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about growing hops in the Northeast. The tour will focus on fertility and irrigation systems for this crop.

July 24-25, 2014
Maine Grain Alliance’s 2014 Kneading Conference
Skowhegan, Maine

For more info: 207-717-4578 or go to:

July 30, 2014
K-Line Pasture Irrigation, Horning Farm, Penn Yan, NY

See Alvin Horning’s K-Line irrigation system, learn how he rotates his pastures for simplicity in irrigation. Hear how Alvin is using irrigation to maximize pasture production, mitigate the risk in extreme weather patterns and maintain high quality forage. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Organic Valley. Free

July 30-August 1, 2014
Grassfed Rising 2014: Polishing the Soil-Grass-Consumer Connection
Columbia, Missouri

Featuring Dr Fred Provenza, Dr. Don Huber, Greg Judy, and more. For more info, go to:




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