Maine Grass Farmers Network - Annual Grazing Conference
12th Annual Grazing Conference
March 19, 2016
8:30am – 3:30 pm
Kennebec Valley Community College
US Route 201, Hinckley, ME
There is a blinking light at the Alfond campus entrance
For GPS users, use coordinates 44.669057, -69.630307
There is some construction at the exit (133) – be careful!
Merge onto US-201 N/ Skowhegan Road
Appx. 6.6 miles Campus on the Left
Featuring Keynote Speakers
|9:30-10:30||The Creative Application of Grazing Science
Sarah FlackSarah is a consultant who specializes in providing practical grazing and organic farm management education to farmers, organizations, institutions and individuals. Sarah has authored a book on organic dairy production, co-authored a second book on the subject, writes articles and fact sheets on organic and grass based livestock farming, teaches workshops, and has produced videos and webinars. Her newest book, The Art and Science of Grazing will be available from Chelsea Green Publishing in Spring, 2016.
|10:30-10:50||Coffee & Break|
|10:50- 12:00Concurrent sessions||Pasture Basics: Designing a system for your farm
Kimberly HaganKimberly is the Grazing Specialist at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of VT Extension, providing technical assistance & support for grass-based livestock farms. Kimberly has an MS degree in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England. She enjoys the problem solving of bringing farms to a more balanced relationship with the natural systems around them. Years of observations and working with grass-based systems have led her to believe that if the environment is healthy, the animals and plants are healthy and the economics of the farm will also be healthy.
Outwintering & Bale Grazing
Brett is the Senior Resource Educator, Natural Resources & Ag, Cornell Coop. Ext. in Schuyler County, NY. Brett first became involved with silvopasture mgmt. while working as a forester in the 1990’s in Argentina. Returning to NY in 2002, he began to implement silvopasture mgmt. & other innovative grazing practices at the family farm in NY’s Finger Lakes Region – Angus Glen Farms, LLC (www.angusglenfarm.com)
All That Plastic: What is possible for recycling bale wrap, plastic silo covers and other plastic used on the farm?
Nate is the Senior Field Coordinator for the Recycling Ag Plastics Project (RAPP), with Cornell Waste Mgmt. Institute. He has managed the program for over 5 years, helping coordinate educational programs around ag plastic recycling & facilitating the transportation of materials to recyclers in NY. www.recycleagplastics.css.cals.cornell.edu
Pasture mixtures and forage legumes for the long-term sustainability of beef production
Dr. Yousef Papadopoulus is a Research Scientist with the Science and Technology Branch of Ag. Canada in Turo, Nova Scotia. Dr. Papadopoulos has conducted extensive research on forage breeding & pasture management, focusing most of his attention on improving the genetics of forage species & their varieties while increasing the utilization of forage crops in modern cropping systems.12:00-1:00Lunch 1:00-2:00Silvopasture: What is its potential in the Northeast?
Brett Chedzoy2:15-3:30Concurrent sessions Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from our livestock & pastures
New technologies in fencing & livestock management
Ben is one of MGFN’s founding members, has hosted many pasture walks at his farm, Sebago Lake Ranch. He’s installed and experimented with a host of fencing options for livestock producers.
Evaluating beef animals: Indicators of carcass quality
Joe is the Diversified Livestock Specialist at UVM Extension. Joe was raised on a small family farm in PA. His livestock experience includes managing sheep farms in NY, genetic evaluation, butchering, teaching & judging. His research has focused on using ultrasound for genetic improvement of lamb composition & on evaluating pasture-based beef systems.
The plot thickens – The pasture toolbox: What should you expect from your forages, and what should they expect from you?
Dan is an Agronomist & nutrient management specialist for Univ. of VT Ext. His work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability via efficient production of high quality forage crops.
All registration includes lunch.
- Non-member registration $75
- Additional People EACH $25
- Students – 18 yrs & younger $25
- Current MBPA member – $60
- Current MGFN member – $60
- Vendor Booth – $100
For more information contact Rick Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 x1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org