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Friday, January 17
 

8:00am

Registration Open
Check in to receive your name badge and conference packet. Walk-ins are welcome.

Friday January 17, 2020 8:00am - 5:00pm

9:00am

Outdoor Hogs: Finding the Balance, A Panel Presentation
Join us for a panel presentation with three farmers raising hogs in the great outdoors. We will discuss winter management, pasture rotations, woodlot systems and more. You can expect the panelists to share their experiences as well as a vision for the future of outdoor pork production in a changing marketplace for meat.

Speakers
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Phelan O'Connor

Pigasus Meats
avatar for Bill Parke

Bill Parke

Owner, Blackview Farm, Ontario, Canada
Bill and his wife Michelle and their 2 children run Blackview Farm in Listowel Ontario, Canada. They work 100 acres which are carefully managed using Rotational Grazing techniques and Holistic Management practices. They raise grass-fed and finished registered Black Angus, pasture... Read More →
avatar for Peter W Burrows

Peter W Burrows

Owner, Brown Boar Farm
Brown Boar Farm began operations in 2007 with a mission to produce wholesome, naturally raised pork in an environmentally friendly way. They specialize in heritage breeds raised on pasture or in the forests. They are vertically integrated handling breeding, farrow to finish, and direct... Read More →


Friday January 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

Winter Cattle Management - Visit to Northeast Corner Beef Farm
Dave and Jody Horan began raising beef in 1974, and have learned much since then. They currently raise Registered Hereford breeding stock.  A barn fire in 2007 provided an opportunity to redesign their housing into an easier-to-manage and easier-to-calve system.  PLEASE NOTE: We will be meeting at Lake Morey FIRST and leaving by 9:15 am promptly, then traveling as a group to visit both farms.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Horan

Dave Horan

Farmer, Northeast Corner Farm
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: We have been married since 1972 and have four wonderful grown children and five grandsons. Our son Joshua works steadily on the farm alongside Dave to keep the work manageable. We began raising sheep and a few beef cattle in 1974 on a much smaller farm in West... Read More →


Friday January 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Northeast Corner Farm

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Friday January 17, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am

10:45am

Outdoor Hogs: Finding the Balance, A Facilitated Discussion
We want to hear from you! Vermont pig producers are innovative and creative as they look to grow their skills and knowledge to succeed in a changing marketplace. We are looking to tap into the collective knowledge and expertise in the group as we take a big-picture look at the future of the swine industry in Vermont and New England. Colene Reed will facilitate a discussion with the morning panelists and attendees in the second half of our Friday morning hog intensive.

Speakers
PO

Phelan O'Connor

Pigasus Meats
avatar for Bill Parke

Bill Parke

Owner, Blackview Farm, Ontario, Canada
Bill and his wife Michelle and their 2 children run Blackview Farm in Listowel Ontario, Canada. They work 100 acres which are carefully managed using Rotational Grazing techniques and Holistic Management practices. They raise grass-fed and finished registered Black Angus, pasture... Read More →
avatar for Peter W Burrows

Peter W Burrows

Owner, Brown Boar Farm
Brown Boar Farm began operations in 2007 with a mission to produce wholesome, naturally raised pork in an environmentally friendly way. They specialize in heritage breeds raised on pasture or in the forests. They are vertically integrated handling breeding, farrow to finish, and direct... Read More →


Friday January 17, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Waterlot - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

10:45am

Winter Cattle Management - Farm Visit to Strafford Creamery at Rock Bottom Farm
Earl will be hosting us for a look at their winter dairy management system, including cow and heifer housing, and manure management. We'll learn about the different systems Earl has used on this steep hillside farm, which have evolved as bedding materials, results and management preferences have changed. PLEASE NOTE: We will be meeting at Lake Morey FIRST and leaving by 9:15 am promptly then traveling as a group to visit both farms.


Speakers
avatar for Earl Ransom

Earl Ransom

Strafford Organic Creamery
Earl Ransom grew up milking cows on this 600-acre farm.  He and his wife, Amy Huyffer, carry on his family’s tradition of managing the land organically, with no herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers.Their herd of 50 mostly-Guernsey cows grazes on rotational pastures for... Read More →



Friday January 17, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Rock Bottom Farm

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday January 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

1:00pm

Grazing Cattle Genetics: How to Get from Point A to Point B
Developing the “right” genetics for cattle on grass is often quoted as a key to profitability and success, but what does the term “right genetics” mean for your goals, and how do you practically make good decisions to get there?  Our three speakers come from a variety of perspectives in beef and dairy and will share some of the numbers, goals, decisions, and results they’ve experienced.  Jason Rowntree, Ph.D. of Michigan State University has studied genetics for forage-finishing and profitability of beef cattle. Dr. Sheila Patinkin of Vermont Wagyu has been using ultrasound and other data to select sires for particular traits.  Brent Beidler of Beidler Family Farm maximized selection over 20 years of grass-based dairy farming to increase forage efficiency, improve profitability and ultimately transition the herd to a grass-only system.  

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Patinkin

Sheila Patinkin

Founder and Owner, Vermont Wagyu at Spring-Rock Farm
Founder & Owner of Spring Rock Farm/Vermont Wagyu Head of Marketing, Advertising, Finance, Data Management, Breeding Genetics, Embryo sorting and anything else not listed... Read More →
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Brent Beidler

Beidler Family Farm
Brent Beidler is a long time organic dairy farmer from Randolph Center, VT.  He and his wife, Regina, milked 40 cows for 20 years shipping milk to Organic Valley.  The last 12 years the farm eliminated grain feeding for the herd. That decision was driven by a desire for increased... Read More →
avatar for Jason Rowntree

Jason Rowntree

Michigan State University
Jason Rowntree is an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. He coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $6 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other... Read More →


Friday January 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

1:00pm

Sheep Genetics: Tools, Decisions and Practical Applications
The sheep industry has been in decline for decades having lost significant market share to imports.  However, we have the tools and resources to turn this trend around.  For many years, the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) has developed methods for improving productivity of flocks under a variety of management strategies.  Combining detailed on farm record keeping with advanced statistics, NSIP generates Estimated Breeding Values that can be used to select for traits that are economically important to your operation.  Tom will explain the benefits and pitfalls associated with this method of quantitative genetic selection and how he’s taken a balanced approach to improve his home flock in the areas of parasite resistance and weaning percentage.  Tom will discuss an ongoing transition in his operation to an entirely grass-fed program.  He will explain how he effectively uses estimated breeding values to increase production of grass-fed lamb and the implications for these methods in the northeast region and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hodgman

Tom Hodgman

Co-Owner and Co-Operator, Waldoview Farm
Tom Hodgman owns and operates Waldoview Farm, a forage-based seedstock producer of Katahdin Sheep in Winterport, Maine.  Tom holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Unity College and an M.S. in Range Management from Washington State University.  Following a career of nearly 3... Read More →



Friday January 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Edgewater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

2:30pm

2:45pm

Custom Grazing: Beef Cattle, Dairy Heifers, & Small Ruminants
Have you considered either paying for, or getting paid for, custom grazing services?  Is your first question, “how much per head per day?” Join custom graziers Troy Bishopp and Amber Reed as they share lessons learned from their experience with beef, dairy and sheep. From logistics to communication to building relationships to (yes) price, this session will connect technical skills learned and discussed throughout the day into pros and cons of a business opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Reed

Amber Reed

Maplemont Farm
Amber lives on a small sheep farm in Barnet, Vermont on the banks of the CT River with her husband Chris and their kids. Before they bought Maplemont, the land there had not been farmed for at least 50 years. They have been busy restoring their historic farm by fencing the fields... Read More →
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Bishopp Family Farm
Affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, Troy is a well-seasoned grass farmer, a grasslands advocate, and a voice for grassfed livestock producers to the media, consumers, restaurateurs and policy-makers.


Friday January 17, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

4:00pm

UVM Focus Group: Climate Adaptations Resources
Join the University of Vermont for a focus group on climate change adaptation resources (such as websites, budgeting tools, visual imagery of different management practices). The purpose of this session is to pilot a small set of climate change adaptation tools and resources for farmers specifically in Vermont. These resources were identified through interviews with farmers, and we would like to hear more from YOU about how to improve these materials and gain insight on new tools and resources that farmers may need. Farmers will be compensated $50 each for their time, with the focus group running from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm on January 17th.  There is a maximum limit of 15 farmers who can participate. To register your interest please contact Meredith Niles at mtniles@uvm.edu if you would like to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Niles, PhD

Meredith Niles, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
Meredith examines food systems sustainability and policy with a focus on food security and climate change and farmer behavior and policy perceptions.


Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Garden View Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

4:00pm

Tradeshow Open with Refreshments
Click Attend for this session and have the opportunity to fill out the Friday Conference Evaluation through Sched!

Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Morey Room - Lake Morey Resort

4:00pm

Research Poster Session
View research posters along with the tradeshow in Morey Room. Take the opportunity to speak with members of the research teams.

Friday January 17, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Morey Room - Lake Morey Resort

5:00pm

Kenya Regenerative Agriculture Presentation
Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate will share photos and stories from his recent trip to Kenya. 

Speakers
avatar for Seth Itzkan

Seth Itzkan

Co-Founder, Soil4Climate
Seth Itzkan is Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He is an environmental futurist investigating innovative means of land management that offer hope for reversing global warming. He is a TEDx speaker on restoring grasslands and with planned grazing. He has consulted for The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the US Bureau of the Census. He is a graduate of Tufts University, College of Engineering and the Studies of the Future Program at University of Houston-Clear Lake. His private... Read More →


Friday January 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

6:00pm

Buffet Dinner--Buy tickets through the Conference!
A terrific buffet dinner is available Friday night, featuring food from some of our favorite local farms, but the dinner cost is not included in the day registration ticket.  If you'd like to join us for dinner, or bring in a friend for the evening, grab your tickets HERE. Limited seats are available.


Friday January 17, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dining Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

8:00pm

Farmer Origin Stories - Open Mic
How did you become the farmer you are today? Stories of our mentors, our "Aha" moment, our tests, our trials and our triumphs. Please contact Colene Reed at colene.reed@uvm.edu if you would like to get on the list of story tellers.

Friday January 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Steamboat Lounge - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA
 
Saturday, January 18
 

8:00am

Breakfast with the Tradeshow
Welcome to the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference and meet the vendors at this year's tradeshow.

Saturday January 18, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Morey Room - Lake Morey Resort

8:00am

Registration Open
Visit the registrations table to check-in, ask questions. Remember Walk-Ins are welcome, so spread the word!

Saturday January 18, 2020 8:00am - 5:00pm
Main Lobby - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

9:00am

Workshop Session 1
We have added the workshop descriptions for the first workshops of the day! Take a look at your choices for the time slot 9:00 am to 10:15am.

Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

9:00am

Leading from the Land
The biggest problems of our time are consequences of measuring and paying farmers for "one thing" and extracting wealth from the land and rural communities. Look around and ask yourself - is this a time for half-measures, new paint on a burning barn, or tepid leadership?

It's time to hire farmer watershed contractors to grow the measured natural capital infrastructure and ecosystem services we all need. Watershed contractors will grow the topsoil, biodiversity and working watersheds necessary to sustain the next thousand years of Vermont history. Understood realistically, this will be the largest energy and infrastructure project in history. To make this happen, we will need to wield and shape existing and developing science, technology, financial instruments and economic models.

One year ago, Vermont farmers and allies offered critical leadership with their proposal to the Vermont legislature of a pilot project:  "Hiring Vermont farmers to produce healthy soil, clean water and a sustainable working landscape." Their courage and planning triggered progress and the skeleton of a new paradigm in Vermont that would been considered impossible just 12 months ago.

Abe will outline tools and strategy available to take watershed contracting movement to the next level, and suggest a timeline to make 2020 the year that Vermont farmers stopped being policy and price-takers and launched ecological economic development on the land that will show the world the meaning of the saying "Vermont is small but mighty." He will ask for your leadership, for your collaboration with other farmers and organizations, and what your next step will be.


Speakers
avatar for Abe Collins

Abe Collins

Co-Founder, LandStream Inc
Abe is a lifelong grazier, consultant and cofounder of LandStream Inc. Abe has worked though his life to grow topsoil, shepherd deserts back into prairies, measure landscape-function, and build practical tools to equip farmers and ranchers to contractually grow natural capital and... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Garden View Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

9:00am

Four Core Grazing Concepts
There are many terms for managed grazing, but the core concepts of good grazing remain the same across all types of systems.  Aimed at early stage grazing managers (and maybe folks who are tangling with their current pasture results!), this session combines photos, drawings, and audience interaction to help you get off to the right start.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Colby

Jenn Colby

Pasture Program Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Jenn Colby helps livestock farmers find success and lead quality lives. Under this overarching theme, she coordinates the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference, partners with the VT Grass Farmers Association, manages multi-media outreach and provides leadership to pasture and livestock-based... Read More →



Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Edgewater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

MIG, Mob, and More: Adjust Grazing Management to Get the Results You Want
Sometimes called Management-Intensive, sometimes called Adaptive Multi-Paddock, sometimes called Mob, good grazing management has plenty of similar principles across multiple styles and situations. How can you harness the similarities, and some genuine differences, to manage your land and animals for particular results? Veteran graziers Bill Fosher and Troy Bishopp will talk through how they’ve actively used principles in their practice in beef, sheep and dairy situations.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Fosher

Bill Fosher

Edgefield Farm
Bill Fosher started farming in 1989 in Hadley, Mass., and hasn’t been able to stop since. After years of moving from place to place, he and his wife, Lynn Zimmerman, have put down roots in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire, not far from where Bill grew up.  Vegetables... Read More →
avatar for Troy Bishopp

Troy Bishopp

Bishopp Family Farm
Affectionately known as “The Grass Whisperer”, Troy is a well-seasoned grass farmer, a grasslands advocate, and a voice for grassfed livestock producers to the media, consumers, restaurateurs and policy-makers.


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Waterlot - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

What Are My Options to Rejuvenate Old Hay Fields?
Have you recently bought or leased a rundown farm? Have your existing hay fields lost their zip? Are you looking for new ideas to ramp up your hay production?  UVM Extension Agronomists Sid Bosworth and Laura Johnson have been combing through their toolbox of options to help you start, re-start, and move your hay field into overdrive.

Speakers
avatar for Sid Bosworth

Sid Bosworth

Forage Agronomist, UVM Extension
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the  University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He  has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage  crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied... Read More →
avatar for Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Agronomist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Laura joined the Center in 2018 after returning to her roots in the Upper Valley of VT/NH. Her educational and professional career includes a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University, which led to her work in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Costa Rica on diversified fruit... Read More →



Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

Make Ready! Getting your defense together on parasites with new treatments and strategies.
A primary concern for any small ruminant producer is control of internal parasites. In particular, the Haemunchus contortus, also known as the barber pole worm, can be deadly within a fairly short amount of time and have a serious impact on the productivity and profitability of a flock or herd. Decades of chemical de-wormer usage has contributed to a worldwide problem of resistance by these pests to most drug treatments. So what is the best way to keep animals healthy and productive and the farm profitable? Come hear about the latest research results on preventive practices and treatments.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms: for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Captain's Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

Lean Farming and Effective Pasture-Based Livestock Production
The idea of Lean is to look for opportunities to both eliminate waste and add customer and owner value to your operation. What is it that you are currently doing that does not serve an essential need for your farms customers, employees and owners? Join us for a look at ways that pasture-based farms are eliminating waste in all their processes, from moving animals to new pasture to how to process orders and bring your products to market. Learn about the 8 types of waste and how you can work to eliminate them. Effective staff (or sole operator) training, mistake-proofing essential tasks, and the steps used to make daily improvements in each of your processes will be discussed, and we'll do activities focused on starting to make improvements in your own operation.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Hennessey

Bruce Hennessey

Owner, Maple Wind Farm
Bruce was a classroom teacher for eleven years, teaching students mathematics and science before joining his partner Beth to create Maple Wind Farm in Huntington, VT in 1999. A pasture-based diversified livestock and organic vegetable operation, the farm producers 100% grassfed beef... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Lakeside - Lake Morey Resort

9:00am

Ranching for Profit Principles: A Panel Discussion
Have you seen articles about Ranching for Profit (RFP) School and wondered what it was all about? Have you heard that RFP promotes “magic formulas” for success and profitability? Get beyond the hype and the mystery to learn about some of the take away principles taught through the RFP experience directly by 2019 graduates of the first Northeast school.

Moderators
avatar for Meghan Sheradin

Meghan Sheradin

Executive Director, Vermont Grass Farmers Association

Speakers
avatar for Marc Cesario

Marc Cesario

Farmer, Meetingplace Pastures
Meeting Place Pastures is located in Cornwall, Vermont - in the heart of Addison County. We raise grass-fed beef and certified organic eggs. Like much of Addison County, our land is well suited for livestock. One of the things that can be relied upon in our region is the growing of... Read More →
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Beth Whiting

Maple Wind Farm
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Ben Nottermann

Snug Valley Farm


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Terrace Ballroom - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

9:00am

Kid's Conference - Morning
The full-day kids’ conference targeted for kids ages 6-12 runs concurrent to the sessions on
Saturday. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts, storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference (Seeking Balance in Times of Change), we will be doing some amazing balancing experiments and kid yoga! Children should be ready to be inside and out, plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.
Led by Carrie Riker from North Branch Nature Center and Rachel Popoli from Burlington Forest Preschool. The kids’ conference is here to help you make the most of your conference, but we do need you to pick up your kids for lunch!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Burlington Forest Preschool
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 9:00am - 12:15pm

10:30am

Keynote Address: A Pasture View on Restoring Carbon to Our Soil - Jason Rowntree
Seventy percent of the world’s terrestrial carbon is stored in land, which is three-fold more carbon than contained in the atmosphere. Because of tillage or overgrazing, roughly half of the pre-Green Revolution soil carbon has been eroded. This soil loss has caused challenges to functioning water cycles combined with increases in sedimentation and eutrophication in large water bodies.

To counter these agriculture challenges, there is growing research that indicate there are agriculture practices that can actually restore large amounts of carbon back into the soil while improving water cycling. These agriculture practices are considered ‘regenerative’ because they leave the land improved from an ecosystem service standpoint.

Is regenerative agriculture the silver bullet in terms of agriculture’s future and climate mitigation? This notion will be discussed by the presentation of a series of datasets from Lake City AgBioResearch Center, Michigan State University along with case studies performed on regenerative farms in the United States.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Rowntree

Jason Rowntree

Michigan State University
Jason Rowntree is an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. He coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $6 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 10:30am - 12:15pm
Terrace Ballroom - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

12:15pm

Lunch
Saturday January 18, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Dining Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

1:30pm

Exploring the Potential to Expand Northeast Ruminant Meat Production
With ample rainfall, a temperate climate, and rolling topography, the Northeast U.S. should have significant biological capacity to produce grass-finished meat. Realizing this potential, however, requires confronting economic, logistical, and other practical barriers to the development of viable supply chains. The USDA-funded “Overcoming Supply Chain Barriers to Expanding Northeast Ruminant Meat Production” project [NIFA Award No. 2016-68006-24744] began in 2016 with the goal of better understanding how much grass-finished meat the region could produce. Over the past four years, the team has explored these issues in consultation with a group of stakeholder advisers using a variety of methods. We have conducted a survey of USDA-inspected slaughter facilities, performed a case study of an active supply chain, and used modeling to estimate the biological capacity of the region to produce meat and the economics of processing and distributing that meat with existing infrastructure. This talk will present a synthesis of what we learned. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christian Peters

Dr. Christian Peters

Tufts University
Dr. Peters’ research interests lie in the developing field of sustainability science, within the thematic area of food systems. Within this broad, trans-disciplinary field, Dr. Peters focuses on the modeling of food systems.


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

1:30pm

The New Face of Farming - Panel Discussion
Join in the discussion as we shine the spotlight on helping the next generation of regenerative farmers and producers succeed. 
We hope to host an honest discussion about the real issues facing young producers, both on a personal level and in the industry. How can this community help the next generation of producers succeed, if they aren't Joel Salatin or Allison Hooper...yet?
Panel Participants:
Baird Swift, Hannah Doyle, Mathieu Choinere, and Morgan Beckwith
Moderated by Ben Hewitt

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hewitt

Ben Hewitt

Lazy Mill Hill Farm
avatar for Mathieu Choiniere

Mathieu Choiniere

Choiniere Family Farm
avatar for Hannah Doyle

Hannah Doyle

Farmer, Boneyard Farm
John and Hannah Doyle met on the western slope of Mount Mansfield during the summer of 2008, while they were hiking Vermont’s Long Trail. Hannah was headed northbound and John was hiking southbound, but all plans are subject to change. They got married in 2014 on the summit of Mansfield... Read More →
avatar for Baird Swift

Baird Swift

Haynes Dairy
avatar for Morgan Beckwith

Morgan Beckwith

Owner, Ice House Farm
Morgan and Chad Beckwith of Ice House Farm have an adaptively grazed, certified grass-fed, goat dairy in the Green Mountains of Goshen, Vermont. We produce 100% grass-fed goat cheese, kefir, yogurt, and other products on our farm. We believe that healthy soil and healthy animals are... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Terrace Ballroom - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

1:30pm

Kid's Conference - Afternoon
The full-day kids’ conference targeted for kids ages 6-12 runs concurrent to the sessions on
Saturday. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts, storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference (Seeking Balance in Times of Change), we will be doing some amazing balancing experiments and kid yoga! Children should be ready to be inside and out, plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.
Led by Carrie Riker from North Branch Nature Center and Rachel Popoli from Burlington Forest Preschool. The kids’ conference is here to help you make the most of your conference, but we do need you to pick up your kids for lunch!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Burlington Forest Preschool
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center. She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District. She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the afterschool... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Garden View Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, Vermont

3:00pm

Using Video to Connect Customers with Where Their Food Comes From
You have an opportunity to talk to customers about where their food comes from. By using video, you can create stories that convey your values to help foster customer loyalty and empower them with product knowledge to improve their future purchasing experience with your farm business. From comical to educational, there are many ways to create videos.

This workshop will cover how video marketing could work for you, the types of videos you could possibly create, how to make DIY video production as easy as possible, equipment needed, dos and don’ts, and ways to share them with your customers. After this session, you will be able to walk away with actionable steps that you can take to increase product awareness while creating a connection between consumers and their farmers.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Nottermann

Kelly Nottermann

Communications Manager, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Kelly Nottermann is the Communications Manager for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. She manages marketing communications, public relations and social media for VSJF’s programs, including the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. She has held various marketing, writing and social media... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

3:00pm

Pastures & Tree Integration: Fodder Banks, Hedgerows, Wind Breaks, and Shade
What is agroforestry and how can farmers utilize the different practices to increase biodiversity, mitigate land degradation, and enhance their livelihoods. Learn about the various land-use practices that combine the use of livestock and tree crops. The talk will cover several practices including, silvopasture, windbreaks, riparian forest buffers and much more…

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Giroux

Meghan Giroux

Interlace Commons | Interlace Agroforestry Farm
Meghan Giroux is an agroforestry researcher and practitioner. Meghan owns Interlace Agroforestry Farm, a developing 23ha farm in Whallonsburg, New York, designed to demonstrate the usefulness of agroforestry land-use practices. She is the director of the associated nonprofit, Interlace... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lakeside - Lake Morey Resort

3:00pm

Rural Vermont presents On-Farm Slaughter
In Vermont, there are many legal processes for slaughtering meat and poultry. From non-inspected personal-use exemptions to State or USDA inspected processing of livestock. This panel brings together representatives from all ends of this spectrum to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the different approaches they have used in their operations. Rural Vermont will moderate the panel and will be able to respond to questions related to the policy, history, and technicalities of the “on-farm processing” side of the regulations.
Photo Credit: Meg Juenker 

Speakers
avatar for Carl Russell

Carl Russell

Earthwise Farm and Forest
Carl B. Russell and his wife Lisa McCrory own and operate Earthwise Farm & Forest in Bethel, VT. They raise organic vegetables and grass fed livestock, use draft animals for logging and field work, and offer workshops on skills for sustainable livelihoods. Farm products for sale include... Read More →
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Mary Lake

Mary Lake is a shearer, butcher and shepherd based in Tunbridge, Vermont. She shears for over 200 farms throughout Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. She learned how to butcher at The Royal Butcher, where she slaughtered and cut meat for about five years. After leaving the sla... Read More →



Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Waterlot - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

3:00pm

Farmer Innovations - Niche Products
How could niche products fit into your farm business? You may have wondered what a gaggling flock of geese would be like in your barnyard, but what are the economics behind the enterprise? How do they interact with the land? Let's hear from three innovative farmers that are raising a variety of unique products. Fatty goose livers, rabbits, duck eggs and more will be featured as we learn from co-presenters Bill Parke, Ashlyn Bristol, and Keith Drinkwine. 

Speakers
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Ashlyn Bristle

Rebop Farm
Ashlyn Bristle co-owns and manages Rebop Farm, a grassed based raw dairy and pasture-based meat farm in Brattleboro, Vermont, with her husband, Abraham. Small-scale dairy is her passion, as is sharing skills to help people better engage with the local food system.About their farm:"Rebop... Read More →
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Bill Parke

Owner, Blackview Farm, Ontario, Canada
Bill and his wife Michelle and their 2 children run Blackview Farm in Listowel Ontario, Canada. They work 100 acres which are carefully managed using Rotational Grazing techniques and Holistic Management practices. They raise grass-fed and finished registered Black Angus, pasture... Read More →
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Keith Drinkwine

Lisa and Keith Drinkwine own and operate Flatlander Farm in Starksboro, Vermont, where they raise pastured chicken, duck, goose and goat for meat as well as duck eggs. Flatlander Farm specializes in slow-growing pastured poultry production. Their birds are given plenty of space in... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Edgewater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

3:00pm

Beef Profitability Indicators in a Cold, Wet Climate.
In 2010, the MSU Lake City AgBioResearch Center changed research objectives from a conventional cow-calf production system to a holistically managed grazing system. During this timeframe, management strategies shifted to moderate cow size, dramatically lower inputs and market cattle through grass-finishing value chains. Important indicators of profitability such as grazing days per acre, mature cow size, grass-fed carcass weight and quality grade among others were monitored. Learn about the economic impact of these changes during the last decade and about future opportunities for farmers and ranchers who manage regeneratively.

Speakers
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Jason Rowntree

Michigan State University
Jason Rowntree is an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. He coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $6 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other... Read More →


Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Terrace Ballroom - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

3:00pm

State and Federal Program Opportunities to Enhance Good Grazing in Vermont
Are you excited to start grazing more intensively, but can’t afford the infrastructure to make it happen?  Do you already manage your grazing intensively and wonder if there is financial support to reward your efforts?  Several VT NRCS and VT Agency of Agriculture programs might be a good fit for your situation, whether you are looking to convert, refine, or augment what you have now.  Our speakers will describe different program requirements with some pros and cons to help you decide what might be the best fit for your situation, as well as sharing resources about how and where to apply.

Speakers
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Joe Buford

VT Natural Resource Conservation Service
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Ben Gabos

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
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Clark Parmelee

VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets



Saturday January 18, 2020 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Captain's Room - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

4:30pm

Ice Cream Social and Closing Remarks
Scoop up some Ice Cream, Generously Donated by Strafford Organic Creamery.
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Saturday January 18, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Morey Room - Lake Morey Resort