The Conference theme this year is From Pasture to Table – Grass-Fed Livestock Production of Meat and Milk and Its Preparation – Their Effects on Fatty Acid Composition and Human Health. The conference will be covering the entire life cycle of pasture produced meat and milk from the time the livestock are on pasture and fed to produce a different set of fatty acids or lipids in the meat and milk compared to confinement fed livestock, to the time that the milk is processed or the meat is cooked in the kitchen, to the table where it is consumed and has an impact on the person’s health consuming the products. There has been much more research done on how the different livestock diets can impact fatty acid composition in meat and milk. There also has been research done on the fate of these fatty acids once the meat is cooked or the milk is processed for human consumption. In the meantime, nutritionists have weighed in on how these different fatty acids can impact human health for the better or worse. All 3 topics are being explored at this year’s conference in 3 separate sessions.
Registration is being handled this year by the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association as Northeast Pasture Consortium has partnered with them this year. Preregistration is a must. Deadline for registration is February 25. Hotel reservations must be made by February 20.
Three universities (Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas State) are collaborating with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to run three workshops in March 2017. The workshops are intended for education of beef producers who wish to up-skill in pasture management and renovation.
The Alliance provides educational schools to assist producers with successfully converting Kentucky 31 tall fescue to novel endophyte varieties. Schools begin with understanding fescue toxicosis, then walk producers through the conversion process. Conversion topics include establishment practices, fertility needs, smother crops, weed control, stand maintenance, and variety selection. Schools provide hands on training for drill calibration in addition to pasture walks to observe different novel endophyte varieties.
Education is a combination of University, NRCS, Agribusiness and Producers presentations to give participant the opportunity to get answers to questions from a variety of perspectives and information sources.
Schools run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration fee includes meal, refreshments and proceedings
Monday, March 6, 2017
Mound Valley Community Center, Mound Valley, KS
Registration before February 27, 2017: $60/person or $110/couple
Registration after February 27, 2017: $75/person or $125/couple Kansas Registration Form (PDF)
For program information, contact Keith Martin at 620-784-5337 or email@example.com
To register, contact Karen Walters at 620-820-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, MO
Enrollment limited to first 60 registrants
Registration before February 28, 2017: $60/person or $110/couple
Registration after February 28, 2017: $75/person or $125/couple Missouri Registration Form (PDF)
For more information, contact Eldon Cole at 417-466-3102 or email@example.com
Inviting Farmers and Ranchers of all scales and production systems
Soil health is at the heart of agriculture no matter what you grow or raise. Join us March 9, 2017 at the Plaza Conference Center in Longmont, CO for the current science, indicators and benefits of soil health. Featured speakers include Rudy Garcia, State Agronomist for New Mexico NRCS, and Meaghan Schipanski, Assist. Prof in the Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, CSU. Content includes soil health demonstrations, presentations from scientists and farmers, and networking with participants and exhibitors.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks during breaks will be included
Typical attendance 75-125 participants, of which 20% commercial hay producers, 65% beef cattle producers, ~2% dairymen, and remaining are Extension Agents and other service providers.
Deadline for signing up as a sponsor or exhibitor is March 1, 2017.
Food Tank, in collaboration with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Oxfam America, is excited to announce the inaugural Boston Food Tank Summit. This two-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is Investing in Discovery.
The SFA Western Chapter annual meeting, potluck and bread mixer from 4 to 8 p.m.April 8 at the Milan Community Center, 170 N 4th St, Milan. This meeting is free and open to all; no RSVP is required. At the meeting, several Western Minnesota sustainable farm projects will be discussed, including:
Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol’s experience with intergenerational farm transition
Anne Borgendale’s plans for local grass-fed organic cheese from Northland Prairie’s dairy.
Mike Jorgenson’s perspective on waterway buffer strip compliance.
Kathy Draeger on the new Farm-to-Grocery to Warehouse initiative
Bring your favorite bread dough ready for the oven or something for the potluck and ideas you’d like to share or learn through our farmer network. Jam session will likely follow. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education. For more information, visit www.sfa-mn.org.