Winter Agronomy Meetings Help Farmers Thrive in Tough Times


Facing low profit margins heading into the new year, many dairy farmers are looking for ways to survive--and thrive--in these tough economic times.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension is sponsoring a daylong meeting at six locations for farm operators and managers to help them improve profitability in the new dairy economy. Participants will hear from cooperative extension and industry experts from several Northeast states on new options to control costs, improve crop yield and quality and improve animal health.

Speakers and topics for the 2013 Vermont Agronomy Plus sessions will vary depending on the location and will cover a diverse range of topics, including soybean and snaplage production, successful implementation of high-forage diets, maximizing forage yield and quality, modern vaccination programs and ways to control high feed costs and reduce feed losses on the farm. Other topics include the new Farm Bill, risk management, cost-saving alternatives to commercial fertilizer and effective, low-cost soil nutrient management practices.

All meetings will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration starting at 9:30 a.m., and will be held at the following locations:

January 8: Morrisville, Stone Grill Pub & Restaurant, 116 Vermont Route 15
January 10:  Randolph, Vermont Tech Enterprise Center, 1540 Vermont Route 66
January 17: South Deerfield, Mass., UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center, 89-91 River Road
January 18: Springfield, Holiday Inn Express, 818 Charlestown Road
January 22: Derby, The Derby Cow Palace, 3111 U.S. Route 5
January 31: St. Johnsbury, UVM Extension office, 374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1 (Note the new office location)

The fee for the Vermont locations is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register online and pay by credit card, go to

You can also send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to UVM Extension, c/o Brent Passut, 374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 1, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Please include contact information and indicate which Vermont location.

For details or to register for the South Deerfield meeting, held in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, call Mallory at 413-545-5221.