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March 2015

March 4, 2015
NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference
Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY

Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange, and featuring Keynote Speaker Neal Kinsey’s talk on Know Your Soils: You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure. This year’s program includes a half-day intensive workshop entitled “Homeopathic, Herbal and Holistic Solutions to Common Situations in the Dairy Herd”. For more information, go to their website:

March 10, 2015
Producing, Protecting, Marketing Organic Grain: NYCO March Meeting
Location: NYS Ag Experiment Station Jordan Hall Auditorium, Geneva, NY

Description: 10am-2:30pm, New York Certified Organic grain and dairy farmers host presentations by Wegmans Bakery Team on their goal to use local organic grains in new line of breads; Sam Sherman of Champlain Valley Mills on marketing opportunities for organic grain; A. Fay Benson on new organic crop insurance program for organic grains, and Jeff Liebert will review work by the Cornell Plant Science Department on using crimped cover crops for producing organic soybeans. Free, bring a dish to pass for lunch. More info: 607-753-5213.

March 18 and 20
Winter Dairy Management Workshops on Milk Components
Carthage, NY and Malone, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold Winter Dairy Management workshops on March 18 in Carthage, NY and March 20 in Malone, NY. The 10am to 3pm workshops will focus on how farmers can improve the production of milk components, such as butterfat and protein, that generate premium income.

The agenda at each location includes the experience of a local dairy operator who increased farm profitability by raising milk components by applying nutrition and dairy environment practices that encourage quality milk production.

Workshop presentations by Cornell University PRO-Dairy faculty will include how milk components impact milk check income, how managing income over feed costs impacts farm profitability, and how feeding programs and dairy cow nutrition influence milk component production.

Presenters include Cornell PRO-Dairy Director and Animal Science Professor Tom Overton, dairy business management specialist Jason Karszes, and Dairy Profit Discussion Groups Leader Kathy Barrett.

The workshop fee is $35 before March 8, $50 at the door; lunch and materials included.

To register for the Carthage workshop at the Carthage Elks Club, go online to:

OR contact Ron Kuck at CCE Jefferson County, 315-788-8450, or Terri Taraska, CCE Lewis County, 315-376-5270,

To register for the Malone workshop at Mo’s Pub and Grill, go online to:

OR contact Kim Morrill, CCE St Lawrence County, 315-379-9192,

TUESDAY, MARCH 24th, 2015
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: 9:00 am - 12:45 pm: Bridport Community Hall, 52 Middle Road, Bridport, Vt AND 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Madison Dairy Farm, 2806 Smith Street, Shoreham, Vt
Cost: $30 per person

Dr. Karreman has over 25 years of experience working with dairy cows, 20 of those practicing holistic veterinary medicine

Cows send out signals continuously about their health, well-being, nutrition, and production. The challenge is how to interpret these signals and use them to maximize cow health and well-being. The 'Cow Signals' program teaches farmers how to interpret the behavior and physical characteristics of groups of cows and individual animals.

We are excited to announce that holistic veterinarian Dr. Hubert Karreman, will be here to lead us through a full-day 'Cow Signals' workshop on March 24th.

This workshop will include both classroom and barn sessions.

9:00 am - 12:45 pm: We will start the day at the Bridport Community Hall for a classroom session with Dr Karreman learning key elements of the 'Cow Signals' program. Lunch will be provided by the NOFA-VT mobile pizza oven!

12:45 pm - 3:00 pm: After lunch, we head to Shoreham (~7 miles) to the Madison Dairy Farm for a barn session putting 'Cow Signals' into practice with Dr. Karreman and farmers Jeep and Joann Madison. We will also have an opportunity to learn about current NRCS projects underway to update manure handling and nutrient management systems. NRCS field staff will be on hand to discuss how small farm operators can implement these types of practices as part of Lake Champlain water quality initiatives.

Madison Dairy Farm is a certified organic dairy farm operated by Jeep and Joann Madison along with their son Will. The farm milks approximately 60 Holstein cows and ships their milk to Horizon Organic. The farm also produces Jojo's Elixir garlic tincture.

Thank you to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Morrison's Custom Feeds for providing sponsorship so that we may bring you this great opportunity!



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