COBLESKILL, N.Y. — Final preparations are underway at SUNY Cobleskill, as the College, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), and New York Grazing Coalition, readies to host Grasstravaganza 2019 – the premier in-season grazing conference July 25 – 27. Conference registration is open through Friday, July 12.
An unfavorably wet spring has necessitated many farms across NY, MA, VT, and CT delaying the start of the summer season, and the processes that take place in May, June, and July. Grazing management practices aimed at mitigating many of the detrimental impacts associated with conditions such as those arising this year will be among the topics of presentation at this year’s event. With a focus on “health and resiliency from soil to table,” additional subjects to be covered include soil health, small ruminant nutrition, beef processing, the application of emerging technologies, optimizing pasture and hay quality, and much, much more.
Keynoting this year’s conference will be Dr. Elaine Ingham, founder and director of research for Soil Foodweb, Inc. A leading authority on the soil food web and the ecological functions of living soil, Dr. Ingham will be speaking twice on Friday. She will be joined by SUNY Cobleskill’s Dr. Jason Evans, director of the Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill, Jessica Ziehm, of Taste NY / Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County, Victor Shelton, state agronomist and grazing specialist with USDA-NRCS – Indiana, as well as a faculty that includes regional and national experts. A complete conference agenda, with times and locations, is available here: https://web.cobleskill.edu/grasstravaganza/conference-agenda/.
Attendees have the option to register for individual days, or the full conference. Meals are included in the registration price, and on-campus lodging is available. For additional information about Grasstravaganza or event registration, visit the conference website, or contact Dr. Andrew Gascho Landis: Gaschoam@cobleskill.edu. Please be advised once again that conference registration ends on Friday, July 12.
We hope you will join us for unprecedented access to industry leaders across the grazing and agricultural landscapes. Registration remains open on the conference website: https://web.cobleskill.edu/grasstravaganza/.