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Statewide organic dairy conference Feb. 13-15

NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, is hosting the Vermont's Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program-a full day of advanced workshops and roundtable discussions for organic dairy farmers during NOFA Vermont's 28th annual Winter Conference-"Celebrating the Heart of Organic"-will be held Feb. 13-15 on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Challenging economic times have required that organic dairy farmers focus more than ever on evaluating farming practices, developing new ways of doing things and carefully scrutinizing the bottom line. There has never been a better time for dairy and livestock farmers to come together to talk about what is working, and what isn't, on farms, to share ideas, and to learn from each other.

The organic dairy workshop program, Getting Down To Business In A Down Economy: What is Working for Vermont's Organic Dairy Farmers, will take place on the second day of the conference, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All organic and non-organic dairy and livestock producers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Workshops and roundtable discussions will be led by a number of Vermont's most innovative organic dairy producers and experienced dairy professionals. Topics include grazing behavior and pasture improvement; organic dairy animal health and organic veterinary care; producing high quality, high value organic milk; business diversification enterprises on the farm; farm transfer; and energy efficiency management.

The Winter Conference's keynote speaker for the day will be Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield, ("35 Years of Organic Farming in Vermont: A Personal Perspective"). Lazor is one of America's most experienced, innovative and respected organic dairy farmers.

The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference brochure with full information about the organic dairy workshops and other conference workshops, registration and more can be found on NOFA Vermont's webpage: www.nofavt.org.

For more information contact NOFA Vermont at 802-434-4122, info@nofavt.org, or Sam Fuller, Dairy and Livestock TA Program, sam@nofavt.org .

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