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January 2015

New Opportunities, Old Problems, Honoring the Soil
Jordan Hall Auditorium, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, 614 W. North Street, Geneva, NY

A three-workshop series presented by New York Certified Organic (NYCO), these free meetings begin at 10 am, and no registration is required. Please bring a dish to pass for a potluck lunch. For more details, contact Fay Benson, 607-753-5213,

January 13, 2015
Unlocking the Fertility of your Soil
Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management, will talk about soil vitality; Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain, focuses on the Soil Renaissance Initiative; and Carol MacNeil, Cornell Vegetable Team, on Cornell’s Soil Health Assessment.

February 10, 2015
Quality Forage Comes From Planning, Not By Luck
Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, will talk about the forage management required for All Forage Diets or High Forage Diets; Aaron Gabriel, Cornell Extension of Washington County, will review information on making dry hay, including certified organic hay preservatives; and a panel of organic dairy farmers will share their planning and management strategies to make high quality forage.

March 10, 2015
Producing, Protecting, and Marketing of Organic Grain
Wegmans’ Bakery Team describes their goal to use locally-produced organic grain in a new line of breads; Sam Sherman, Champlain Valley Mills, discusses marketing opportunities for organic grain; Dr. Heather Darby reviews results from her grain trials in VT; and Fay Benson presents on the new organic crop insurance program for organic grain production.

January 16 & 17, 2015
VT Grazing and Livestock Conference
Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT

Hosted by the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) and the Vermont Beef Producers’ Associations (VBPA), and coordinated by the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Don Hoglund will explain how to work with livestock for less stress to the animals, and more safety for everyone. Registration discounts are available for VGFA and VBPA members. More details about the conference as well as registration are available at Contact conference coordinator Jenn Colby at, (802) 656-5459 with any questions.

January, 2015
Stockmanship Training Workshops

Stockmanship Training Workshops with Don Hoglund will be held around VT and in NY this January. Workshops include morning presentations, lunch, and afternoon on-farm demonstrations. Space is limited. Registration before January 10 is $20 and $25, after. For details and registration, please see

January 19, 2015
100% Grass-fed Dairy Meeting and round-table Discussion with Cheyenne Christianson
Houston Run Community Center, 835 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA

Begins at 9:30 am, and the $20.00 registration includes a light lunch. For more information and to download the meeting brochure, go to this website: or contact Roman Stoltzfoos, 717-278-1070 or

Plan to Grow More!
King’s AgriSeeds’ 2015 Grow More Forage Events

January 19- Randolph Fire Hall, 70 Main St, Randolph, NY 14772
January 20- Hall Fire House, 4852 New York 14A, Hall, NY 14463
January 21- Joanna’s Café, 145 Main Street, Somers, CT 06071
January 22 - Mo’s Pub & Grill, 3357 State Route 11, Malone, NY 12953
January 23 - Winner’s Circle, 3293 New York 5, Fonda, NY 12068

Join us for a day of learning about increasing forage production on every acre. Hear from King’s staff as well as special guest speaker Cornell University’s Dr. Larry Chase. Dr. Chase will offer great guidance on ways to increase dairy productivity. His overall program is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of New York dairy farms by conducting research and providing information to adjust dairy cattle rations. These adjustments are targeted to improve the efficiency of nutrient use within the animal and decrease nutrient excretion to the environment. Gather 9:30AM, Meeting Begins at 10:00AM and ends at 3:00PM. Please RSVP King’s Office (717) 687-6224.

January 23-25, 2015
NOFA-NY Annual Conference: Soil: The Root of the Movement
Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Friday Keynote: Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, and Farmers of the Year Keynotes Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain.
For more info:, Phone: (585) 271-1979.

January 24-25, 2015
25th Annual Food & Agriculture Winter Conference
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Keynote Speaker, March “Coach” Smallwood, Executive Director of Rodale Institute. For more information:, Phone: (908) 371-1111.

January 31, 2015
NOFA-NH 13th Annual Winter Conference
Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St, Concord NH 03301

The day’s lineup is full of workshops on organic certification, keeping bees, balancing farming and family, wild edibles, nutrient dense foods, school gardens, ‘greening your machines’, gleaning, launching your value-added product, and much more. Help us welcome Janisse Ray, writer, naturalist and activist, as our keynote presenter; peruse the always-robust and fun Green Market Fair and, of course, enjoy excellent organic and local meals. $68 for NOFA/MOFGA members and $85 for nonmembers. Children’s program registration is $35. Local, organic breakfast and lunch are included in your registration.



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