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Show Me the Money: Grazing Strategies for Farm Profitability

  • Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Alfred State College, Central Dining Hall - Allegany Room, Alfred (Allegany County) – This day-long conference, which is a follow-up to last year’s Grasstravaganza, will highlight the use of cover crops for grazing and improving soil health. The agenda will kick off with Russ Wilson of Forest County, PA, who with his wife and children operates Wilson Land & Cattle Co on 220 acres. They raise cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, and honey bees and custom graze for other producers. Russ will discuss “Adaptive Grazing Management and Using Multi-Species Covers as part of a Grazing System. Also, Dave Hartman from Penn State Extension in Lycoming County, PA will follow with “Using Annual Forage Species to Improve Grazing Systems” focusing on how diverse mixtures can serve the purpose of improving soil health, holding soil, and providing cheap forage. After lunch (provided) the conference will move to Alfred State College’s organic dairy farm pastures, where Fay Benson of Cornell Cooperative Extension will conduct a “show and tell” with the NYCG Soil Health Trailer, and Jonathan Barter from the Steuben County SWCD will discuss cover crop mixtures that have been planted at the farm as a demonstration of how mixtures can be beneficial. Cost is $15/person if registered before June 23rd and is $20/person for walk-ins. Contact Phil Schroeder at 607-587-3983 for more information – campus maps are available at www.alfredstate.edu/maps. Sponsored by Alfred State College, USDA-NRCS, New York Grazing Coalition, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.