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2018 Annual Grazing Conference

March 16, 2018
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Pre-registration is required
Deadline to register – March 12



From I-95 North or South: Exit 133, Skowhegan/ Fairfield (US-201)
Merge onto US-201 N/ Skowhegan Road
Appx. 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!


9:00 Registration
9:30 Introductions and Crop Insurance Segment
Gabe – Intro
Erin Roche – Crop Insurance Pasture/Forage

10:00 -10:50

Concurrent sessions

Profitable Meat Marketing, Part I: Improving Your Marketing Skills
Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Extension Tompkins County, mnl28@cornell.eduLearn 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 Fence,

11:00 – 11:50


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 Extension,

Understanding and Using a Forage Analysis
Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension,

Big Picture Beef
Ridge Shinn,, 

1:00 – 1:50 KEYNOTE SPEECH

Saving the World With Ruminants
Jeremy Engh,,

2:00 – 2:50

Concurrent Sessions

How I Started My Livestock Business: Lessons Learned
Gabe Clark, Cold Spring Ranch,

Understanding Livestock Labels: What Do They Mean?
Diane Schivera, MOFGA,

Pastured Poultry
Colt Knight, UMaine Extension,

Genetics for Grassfed Beef Production
Jeremy Engh,

Registration Rates – All registration includes lunch.

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

For more information contact Rick Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 x1014 or

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