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February 2015

February 3-7, 2015
Nature as Mentor, PASA’s 24th Annual Farming the Future
Conference, State College, PA

Widely regarded as the best of its kind in the East, this event brings together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually and features nationally known speakers, hundreds of workshops and much more. Visit for more details.

February 3 - 22, 2015
2015 Carbon Farming Course: Workshops in Regenerative Agriculture
Red Hook, NY

Trainers in the series include: Greg Judy, Abe Collins, Eric Toensmeier, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Dan Kittredge, Dale Hendricks, Mark Shepard and more. Sign up for individual workshops or get a discount for coming to the whole event.

February 10, 2015
Quality Forage Comes from Planning Not Luck
Phone: 607-753-5213
Contact Name: Fay Benson
Location: Jordan Hall Auditorium, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY

Description: The February 10 New York Certified Organic (NYCO) meeting at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, will focus two presentations and an organic dairy farmer panel on how to produce high quality forage. The free meeting starts at 10am in the Jordan Hall auditorium.

Tom Kilcer with Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY, will talk about the forage management practices required for all-forage or high-forage diets for dairy cows.

Aaron Gabriel with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County will present information on making dry hay, including the use of hay preservatives approved for organic dairy diets.

A panel of organic dairy farmers will share the planning and management strategies they use to make high quality forage for their cows.

The meeting includes a potluck lunch, and a discussion circle for questions and answers and brainstorming. NYCO has received support funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute and the NY Ag and Markets Crop Insurance Team.

Organic grain and dairy farmers have met at NYCO meetings since 1994 to increase their practical knowledge and expertise. Registration is not required; participants bring a dish to pass for the potluck lunch. For more details, contact NYCO facilitator Fay Benson with Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-753-5213,

February 14 & 15, 2015
33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

For more information:, Phone: 802-434-4122.

February 17 & 18, 2015
The 22nd Annual Southeast PA Grazing Conference: Maximizing Energy Harvest
Lancaster Ag Headquarters, 60 North Ronks Road, Ronks, PA 17572

Cost: $50.00 per person for those pre-registered, and $60.00 for late registration and walk-ins; $35.00 per additional person(s) from the same household (registration must be postmarked by February 9, 2015). Lunch included both days. Sorry - no refunds; no one day discounts.

For more information, and to download the meeting brochure, go to this website: or contact: Roman Stoltzfoos (717) 278-1070 to obtain a registration form and with questions.

February 25-26, 2015
Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI

The first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), being held just prior to the start of the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, will focus on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture, in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. The event will highlight research on organic farming systems, seeds and crop varieties suitable for organic production, holistic livestock care and feeding, soil health, organic markets and more. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event. Keynote speaker Chuck Benbrook will speak on The Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Evidence Based Results. Visit for full details and registration.

February 26-28, 2015
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Lacrosse, WI

This event draws more than 3,000 farmers, advocates, educators, students, and others for educational workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and a two-floor Exhibit Hall open exclusively to conference attendees. Organic University, 10 pre-conference courses that provide an extended learning opportunity, takes place Thursday before the conference opens in the evening. For more info:, Phone: (715) 778-5775.



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