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26th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference coming January 20-22 - register now!

Burlington, VT – The Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) and UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture will again co-host the foremost grazing conference in New England from January 20 – 22nd.


For three days, farmers will have an opportunity to focus on topics specific to raising pasture-based livestock in the Northeast. The 26th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference brings together experienced and new farmers, lenders and service providers, and non-farmers seeking to learn more about ways to align with and support well managed pastured livestock production.


The virtual conference hosts national and regional experts, farmer and industry panels, live Q&A sessions and research presentations to help New England’s farmers improve their pasture management. If it eats grass and can put money in your pocket, we will be talking about it at the conference!


“We miss being in person but are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a diverse group of presenters together which would only be possible in this virtual format” states Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director of the Vermont Grass Farmers Association.

Presentations will be recorded and available for registered participants to view up to six months after the conference.


Tickets are $20 to VGFA members (up to six tickets per farm) and $40 for non-members. There is also a sliding scale option for people to pay what they can, we want everyone to be able to participate.


For full details of the conference, visit www.vtgrassfarmers.org/vglc-conference.


Content: Farmer and Industry Panels, Live Q&A Sessions with Experts and Research Presentations.

Keynotes: Certified professional speaker, certified coach, and author Ellen Froese and Author and Behavioral Ecology professor emeritus Fred Provenza

Hosted by Vermont Grass Farmers Association and UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Generously Supported by National Grazing Lands Coalition

Thursday, January 20

  • Growing Vermont Foods Outside of Vermont – Carol Degener

  • Business side of hay making. Is it worth it? – Farmer Panel, moderated by Richard Kersbergen

  • Healing the land community: Emergent patterns and useful constraints - Abe Collins

  • Examples of other States' policies that supports regenerative agriculture - Torri Estrada, Carbon Cycle Institute and Renata Brillinger from the National Healthy Soils Policy Network

Friday, January 21

  • Keynote Speaker - Ellen Froese - Culture Beats Strategy, how to come to the table to talk about hard topics with practical tools.

  • How do we make money as graziers? - Phyllis Van Amburgh

  • Farm Management Teams – Farmer Experiences - Jake Jacobs

  • Research Updates from UVM - Center for Sustainable Ag. Staff - Joshua Faulkner

Saturday, January 22

  • Grazing resilience in a changing climate Q&A - Sarah Flack

  • Speed Meet and Greet – Small Groups Networking - 10 minute virtual groupings of 4 people per group – a chance to meet new folks and connect with friends.

  • Grazing land you don't own, and making it work - Lexie Hain and Byron Palmer

  • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Fred Provenza, interviewed by Jenn Colby


You are sure to find plenty of fodder for new ideas to ruminate on as you plan your 2022 grazing season.

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