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Workshop for Grain Growers Nov. 8

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PAWLET – Farmers considering integrating corn, grain or soybean production into their farming operation are invited to attend a free workshop, November 8, at Woodlawn Farmstead in Pawlet.

Farm owners Seth and Kate Leach will talk about their investment in grain infrastructure and the benefits from adding this enterprise to their dairy operation. The seventh-generation family farm, located in the Mettawee Valley, sells dairy products, maple syrup, pasture-raised Wagyu beef and other farm products in their on-site farm store.

The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a free lunch. To register, go to go.uvm.edu/grain. The deadline to register is November 6.

If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Whitney Hull at (802) 279-7517 or [email protected] by October 18.

Whitney Hull and Jeremy Russo from University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Agricultural Business team will discuss how growing grains impacts input costs, cow health and milk production. Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders, UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils team, will discuss important agronomic practices to follow when growing grains and the benefits to soil health.

Participants also will hear from representatives from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board about funding opportunities relating to water quality impacts.

The workshop, a collaborative effort of the UVM Extension Agricultural Business program and the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team, is the first in a series. Future workshops are planned for Addison and Franklin Counties.

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