Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 17 & 18, 2020

Finding the Balance in Times of Change

Jason Rowntree to Keynote on January, Saturday 18, 2020

View the schedule at https://24thannualvermontgrazingliv2020.sched.com


Keynote speaker Jason Rowntree will present Saturday, January 18, 2020 on current research findings about the role of grazing livestock in mitigating climate change and sequestering carbon on farms in the Northern US.  Other workshop topics include hay field renovation, beef profitability, sheep and cattle genetics, and custom grazing.

Brief Event Agenda: Click here for a more detailed agenda.
Friday Morning: Pasture Pork Intensive or Cattle Winter Housing Farm Tour
Friday Afternoon: Advanced Sheep Genetics or Cattle Genetics Discussion and the Ins and Outs of Custom Grazing (covering beef, dairy and small ruminants)
Saturday: 14 workshops and presentations including Jason Rowntree’s keynote. Other workshop topics include hay field renovation, beef profitability, Mig vs Mob grazing, small ruminant parasite prevention, payment for ecosystem services, LEAN farming, video marketing, agroforestry, farm profitability tools, on-farm slaughter, niche poultry products and plenty of opportunity to enjoy networking with fellow farmers.

The event takes place at the family-friendly Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT just off Interstate-91. To make reservations and receive the group rate of $105 per night, be sure to mention the Conference when you call 800-423-1211.

What have some of these attendees liked best about past conferences?  
  • The…workshop was very informative and took a lot of information home with me.
  • Met a lot of people and the networking was key.
  • Workshop range and quality
  • Innovative ideas, spirit of presenters
  • Loved that our children had their own “conference” 
  • Being with other farmers, hearing their experiences
  • good speakers, very knowledgeable, the topic has been in demand lately
  • Great, varied, fresh speakers
  • Seemed like there was something for everyone at every session
  • Lunch was excellent and the ice cream was delicious!
2019 Friday Workshop with Charlotte Smith
2019 Farm Marketing from the Heart Workshop with Charlotte Smith

Want to reach our audience in a dynamic way? Tradeshow tables are still available. Interested in sponsoring the conference? There is still time. The details are in the following file:


Special Opportunity the 2 Days Before the Conference: The 2020 Northeast Pasture Consortium annual meeting will be held on January 15 and 16, 2020, at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Farmers, researchers, and agricultural service providers welcome.

The full conference registration fee for all public sector members attending is $250. Farmer registration is $75. This includes the cost of an enhanced continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch for each of the two days of the meeting and evening dinner on January 15. Register online no later than January 13, 2020.


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If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Cheryl Herrick ​(802) ​656-5459 know by December 27, 2019 so we may assist you.