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


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,
    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,
  • Buying, Selling and Protecting Your Farm with Conservation Easements
    Nina Young, Maine Farmland Trust,
  • Fencing Components and Design for an Efficient Grazing System
    Dave Kennard, Wellscroft

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,
    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
  • Understanding and Using a Forage Analysis
    Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension,
  • Big Picture Beef
    Ridge Shinn,,

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