New York plans organic event for March 16-17

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FARMINGTON, N.Y. — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is expanding its sixth annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference to two days, March 16-17, with Friday’s focus on half-day intensive programs.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, New York, 441 Electronics Parkway.

Keynote Speaker Jack Lazor, co-founder of Butterworks Farm, will lead the conference. Lazor has been a pioneer in alternative management practices on his dairy, moving from small-scale production to a complete grass-fed management.

In addition, the conference will honor NOFA-NY’s 2017 Farmers of the Year, Michael and Gayle Thorpe, and the NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will present on Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management.

Thursday workshops include topics such as buckwheat, on-farm energy audits, New York Organic Dairy Program updates, solutions to challenges of grass-fed dairy, resilient farming in a changing climate and more.

The pre-registration deadline is March 7 but walk-ins are welcome. To register, call 585-271-1979, ext. 1, or visit http://bit.ly/2ksFwBV.

Full conference registration is $120, and includes lunch, dinner, and brunch. Thursday only is $65.

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