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2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference

VT Technical College
Randolph, VT

UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program and NOFA-VT’s Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program invite you to attend the 2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference. This year, we will be looking at “resiliency” as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy.

We are very excited that Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, staff ruminant nutritionist and veterinarian at Organic Valley / CROPP Cooperative, will kick off the conference by addressing high forage diets for optimal animal health and milk production. We are also honored to be joined by Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of University of Vermont Department of Plant and Soil Science, who will provide a keynote on looking at ways to build farm resilience through soil health and crop diversification.  Our third keynote will be conducted by Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems who will address wide swath haylage harvest and other best practices for harvesting and storing forages.

Of course, the conference wouldn’t be complete without our annual research updates—this year, we’ll focus on soil and forage quality projects—and our farmer panel. This year, our farmer panelists will share their strat- egies for achieving high quality forages on three different types of organic dairy farms.

Register for the conference online by February 26, 2014. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Deb Heleba at debra.heleba@uvm.edu or Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or susan.brouillette@uvm.edu by February 19, 2014 so we may assist you.