Annual Grazing Conference

March 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alfond Campus
Kennebec Valley Community College
US Route 201, Hinckley, Maine

Directions to Alfond Campus

From I-95 North or South: Exit 133, Skowhegan/ Fairfield (US-201)
Merge onto US-201 N/ Skowhegan Road
Approximately 6.6 miles, campus on the left

There is a blinking light at the Alfond campus entrance
For GPS users, use coordinates 44.669057, -69.630307

It says Fairfield, but the location is actually in the town of Hinkley!

Pre-registration is required.
Deadline to register: March 12

Register Online

Registration Rates: All registration includes lunch.

  • $60, Non-member registration
  • $45, Current MGFN member
  • $45, Current MBPA member
  • $25, Each additional person
  • $25,  Students, 18 years and younger
  • $100, Vendor Booth

Agenda

9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:30 a.m.: Introductions and Crop Insurance Segment

10:00 -10:50 a.m.: FIRST, Concurrent sessions

  • Profitable Meat Marketing, Part I: Improving Your Marketing Skills
    Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Extension Tompkins County, mnl28@cornell.edu
    Learn how to develop your farm’s marketing strategy and how to set specific marketing objectives to make your job easier.
  • Maintaining Soil Health in Pasture
    Tony Jenkins, USDA NRCS, tony.jenkins@me.usda.gov
  • Buying, Selling and Protecting Your Farm with Conservation Easements
    Nina Young, Maine Farmland Trust, nyoung@mainefarmlandtrust.org
  • Fencing Components and Design for an Efficient Grazing System
    Dave Kennard, Wellscroft Fencedavid@wellscroft.com

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.: SECOND, Concurrent sessions

  • Profitable Meat Marketing, Part II: Pricing for Profit
    Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Extension Tompkins County, mnl28@cornell.edu
    Find out if you are covering all your meat marketing costs – including your TIME – and bringing in a profit. Matt will demonstrate Cornell’s online calculator, which uses farm data to develop pricing for meat sold by hanging weight or by cut.
  • Ticks and Livestock: Should You Be Concerned?
    Griffin Dill, UMaine Extensiongriffin.dill@maine.edu
  • Understanding and Using a Forage Analysis
    Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension, richard.kersbergen@maine.edu
  • Big Picture Beef
    Ridge Shinn, ridgeshinn@gmail.com, www.bigpicturebeef.com

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and MGFN Board Meeting

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.: Keynote Speech

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.: THIRD, Concurrent Sessions

For more information, contact Rick Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 x1014 or richard.kersbergen@maine.edu