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Extension Grazing Conference March 17 in Fairfield

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Maine Grass Farmers NetworkThe Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) will hold its eighth Annual Grazing Conference Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

This year, MGFN has joined forces with the Maine Beef Producers Association (MBPA) to host the conference. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Bartlett, a retired Extension specialist and veterinarian who concentrated on dairy, sheep and beef education for 28 years. Bartlett is recognized as an award-winning grazing expert who has traveled internationally to study grazing systems.

Among the presenters are University of Vermont agronomist Sid Bosworth, Cornell University Beef specialist Mike Baker, and Jim Ochterski, also from Cornell. Cole Ward, a nationally known meat cutter (http://www.facebook.com/TheGourmetButcher) will present a pork-cutting demonstration in the afternoon.

MGFN also will host a grass-fed steak contest during the lunch break. For details about entering the contest, contact Rick Kersbergen at richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

Non-member registration, including lunch is $75. Discounts for MGFN and MBPA association members are available. For registration details, contact Sonia Antunes at 1-800-287-1426 in Maine or 207-342-5971 outside of Maine. Registration details also are on the UMaine Extension website (http://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/).

MGFN is a collaboration of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Maine Department of Agriculture and member farms.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Rick Kersbergen at 1-800-287-1481 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance.

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