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2017 Grain Growers Conference

70 Essex Way
Essex, VT

13th Annual Grain Growers Conference

We’re thrilled to have Ironwood Organics farmer Chris Wooding as our keynote speaker this year! Chris is a diversified organic farmer from eastern Ontario. The farm has recently expanded to produce organic cereals including wheat, rye, oats, and barley. He believes that a mixed farm model, along with organic agriculture practices, will provide a stable sustainable farming model that enhances biodiversity, produces premium products, and minimizes ecological impact. Chris will be leading us in a discussion of building ecological capital on your farm through regenerative agriculture practices.

NEW this year, we will be offering five sessions dedicated to industrial hemp, including information on hemp chemistry, research updates, seed production, processing, and farmer experiences growing hemp in Vermont and Canada.

Get to know what local opportunities are available for grain growers by meeting local buyers in the region.

We’re excited to welcome back Stephen Jones, wheat breeder and the Director of the The Bread Lab at Washington State University, to discuss heirloom wheat and buckwheat cultivation. Plant breeder Rich Horsley, North Dakota State University, and malt chemist Aaron MacLeod, Hartwick College, will host an intensive on growing barley for malt quality and basics of malt chemistry. Organic no-till is possible! Matt Ryan, Cornell University, will show you how. Additional conference sessions include; getting started with grains, small grain plant and seed borne diseases, dry bean production, learning to sharpen your own mill stones and much more!

Don’t forget the hands-on baking sessions!

Cost is $75 per person, $50 per NGGA member and $35 for the live broadcast of the Industrial Hemp Sessions only

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