Grazette Newsletter - January 2012
January 2012 Edition
Another year has come and gone, and in its place is a new one full of potential for opportunities and change. We can hope that winter is kind to us, relatively short, and that our livestock will be out on green, lush pastures sooner rather than later. Take the time to assess your farms performance in 2011, and set goals for improvements and new methods of achieving them this month - New Year’s resolutions can apply to farming too!
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Upcoming Pasture Workshops and Related Events
Farm Business Planning Course
When: Begins Thursday, January 5th – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (14 weeks)
Where: Visit Groundwell Center Web site for more information
In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s Business CENTS Program, the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming in Ithaca will be offering an intensive Farm Business Planning Course this winter. The class will cover all major aspects of the farm business start-up process including assessing your land, infrastructure and equipment needs; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. The class will run for fourteen weeks, meeting every other Thursday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm from January 5th through April 12th. Instructors are Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader and Matt LeRoux, Agriculture Marketing Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; and Leslie Ackerman, Director of the Business CENTS Program of Alternatives Federal Credit Union, along with area farmers whose stories illustrate the benefits of business planning and financial management skills. For more information and an application visit the Groundwell Center Web site.
Carbon Farming Course
When: January 17th to February 5th
Where: ThreeFold Education Center, Chestnut Ridge, New York and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, New York
Carbon Farming combines cutting-edge agricultural practices with the tools of ecological design to build healthy soil and profitable farms. Top farmers and researchers from around the world are gathering at this unique event to train landowners, farmers, policy-makers, and investors in the best practices of carbon farming. Speakers include Dr. Ann Adams, Holisitc Management International; Darren Doherty, Regen Ag; Dr. Wes Jackson, The Land Institute and Dave Jacke, Edible Forest Gardens; Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, and more! For more information visit the Carbon Farming Course Web site.
16th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
When: Friday and Saturday, January 20th to 21st
Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont
Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin as well as local and regional speakers. Dr. Grandin will present two sessions focused on livestock issues, and an evening session for a general audience. “The Gourmet Butcher” Cole Ward will be cutting pork and lamb for the all-day meat pricing, production and processing workshop on Friday. There will be sixteen additional workshops on Saturday, plus lunch time discussions over a grass-fed and locally grown feast. Affordable accommodations and an enjoyable experience for the whole farm family. For more information email Jenn Colby or call 802-656-0858.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Winter Conference
When: January 20th to 22nd
Where: Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs (Saratoga County)
This year will mark the 30th anniversary of our annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference, the premier organic educational event in New York State! The 2012 Winter Conference will focus on the spirit of cooperation upon which the organic movement is built. Join us in January to celebrate the great tradition of cooperation that enables us to share our knowledge, innovative solutions to agricultural challenges, and support for the growing community of those who wish to farm in a more sustainable way!
Our 2012 lineup features veteran producers including Michael Phillips, Dr. Guy Jodarski, Didi Emmons, Rachel and Steffen Schneider, Elizabeth Henderson, Mark and Kristin Kimball, and many others. There will also set time for the Organic Tradeshow, where exhibitors will have a chance to interact with conference attendees. Beginning farmers won’t want to miss the Beginning Farmer Mixer on Thursday, January 19th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. For a complete schedule, online registration, scholarship applications, and more information, please visit the conference Web site. The pre-registration deadline is January 6, 2012! To register over the phone, please call Katie at 585-271-1979, extension 512. For questions regarding programming, sponsorships, tradeshow or advertising opportunities, please contact Matt Robinson at 585-271-1979, extension 503, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday and Thursday, January 25th and 26th
Where: Century House Hotel and Conference Center, Route 9, Latham (Albany County)
The Annual Meeting includes presentations and posters addressing relevant pasture research projects and other educational tools that have been developed in the Northeast. This year’s sessions will cover nutrient management on pastures, conservation benefits of pasture, grass species and varieties grazing trials, organic methods for seeding and managing pastures, silvopasture techniques, and more. Visit the Grazing Guide Web site for more information and details, or e-mail Jim Cropper.
Winter Green-Up Conference
When: Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th
Where: Century House Hotel and Conference Center, Route 9, Latham (Albany County)
Join us for one of the most popular wintertime grazing conferences in the Northeast for some of the best speakers on important topics! This year’s conference will feature Eddie Draper from Wye Angus Farm at the University of Maryland, Kathy Voth of Livestock for Landscapes in Colorado, Greg Judy of Green Pastures Farm in Missouri, and others from New York. Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County Web site for details, or call Gale at 518-765-3500.
Granite State Graziers 6th Annual Grazing Conference: Restoring Grazing Lands
When: Saturday, February 25th
Where: Holiday Inn, Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire
Featuring Kathy Voth of Livestock for Landscapes and Brett Chedzoy of Cornell University Cooperative Extension. For more information, e-mail Bill Fosher call or 603-399-9975. For information and a downloadable brochure, visit the Granite State Graziers Web site.
Thanks! There was an encouraging response to our call for new GLCI Steering Committee members – we’d like to welcome Morgan Hartman, Anja Preylowski, Brett Chedzoy, Allen Young, and Corrina Aldrich to New York State GLCI! They represent different areas of the state (Albany, Cayuga, Schuyler, Erie, and Washington Counties), as well as different grass-based farming operations (beef and dairy), and partner agencies (Cornell Cooperative Extension and Soil and Water Conservation Districts), which is an ideal combination of interests and expertise.
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