Spring Newsletter is Here!

View the Newsletter Here (pdf link)

In This Issue:

  • Focus on Agriculture, by Jeff Carter
  • News, Events & Info You Should Know
  • Opportunities for Grazing Funding, by Cheryl Cesario
  • Grassland Manure Injection: By The Numbers, by Kirsten Workman
  • Two Bedrock Professors Retiring: Will Be Missed in Jeffords Hall and Beyond
  • End of Gypsum Project Leaves us with Important Lessons and Questions, by Kristin Williams
  • USDA Authorized Flexibilities Help Producers During the Coronavirus Pandemic, by Jake Jacobs
  • Notes on the Wild Side, by Jeff Carter

Newsletter Highlight From Grassland Manure Injection: By The Numbers (pg. 4)    With funding from VAAFM’s Clean Water Fund and the help of Ken and Debbie Hicks at Hicks Equipment, we purchased the right equipment from the Netherlands. With the expertise of Eric Severy of Matthew’s Trucking to operate it, we began demonstrating the utility of this system. Shallow slot grassland manure injection gets liquid dairy manure just two inches below the soil where it is protected from runoff during rain events while still well within the root zone where the plants will use it. Read More

Save the Date: 2021 No-Till Cover Crop Symposium March 4-5, 2021. More information coming soon.   We’re joining forces with the Northeast Cover Crop Council to bring you a full day and a half of information related to no-till and cover cropping. go.uvm.edu/ntccs    If you missed this year’s symposium you can also read presentation pdfs and the proceedings online.

NMP Update Sessions

Did you know you need to update your NMP every year to stay in compliance with the State of Vermont Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs)?  

If your plan is out of date or you need assistance in updating your nutrient management plan, UVM Extension can help!!    

If you took a NMP class through UVM and designed your plan in goCrop, please call the office where you took your original NMP class, or contact your closest location (listed below). You will need manure sample results every year, soil sample results every three years, and field records of the activities you performed annually. You may also need updated rotation calculations, depending on your situation. UVM Extension can help you identify everything you need and walk you through the process of getting it accomplished.  

The three locations that can help you are:  

  • Middlebury Extension Office – 802-388-4969 or 1-800-956-1125  
  • St. Albans Extension office – 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130  
  • St. Johnsbury Extension office – 802-751-8307 or 1-800-545-8920 (800 numbers toll free in Vt.).    

At Middlebury UVM Extension Office

23 Pond Lane Suite 300, Middlebury, Vt

we are holding update sessions on the following days:

These sessions are for folks who have already taken a class with UVM Extension. If you have not taken a class with us, but would like help, give us a call.

Our sessions are informal. Please bring a lunch or snack if you need it to keep you going!

We have laptops, or you can bring your own. Remember to bring your NMP binder along with any records and documentation, including your login information. If your goCrop account is out of date you will need to renew your subscription with debit or credit card. If you have any other paperwork that is related to an updated NMP, such as MFO/LFO permitting, bring that along too. If you have new fields, you will need new maps and field information, including yearly and average RUSLE2 calculations.

Contact our office for more details, 802-388-4969.       

To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Karen Gallott at (802) 388-4969 or 1-800-956-1125 (toll-free in Vt. only) so we may assist you.

Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition Annual Meeting and Dinner

January 22, 2020

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Middlebury Vetrans of Foreign Wars, 530 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753

Come celebrate with the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC) as we begin a new year! Come hear about our work as an organization, our direction for this next year, and of course an evening program and entertainment that will be both fun and informative!

RSVP for the dinner by January 15! RSVP here

Cash bar and Social time at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., program starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to keep CVFC Members up to speed about current ‘hot topics’ facing the Vermont landscape and their vision of how Agriculture fits into the future of our state. Bring your questions for a good conversation!

Questions? You can also call the Middlebury Extension office at 802-388-4969.

To request a disability related accommodation, please contact Karen Gallott at 802-388-4969 or email karen.gallott@uvm.edu by January 15th so we may assist you.

2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year

November 5, 2019; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  

At the Addison Fire Station, 44 VT Rte 17, Addison, VT  

The Otter Creek Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) recently named the Correia Family, owners of Wynsum Holstein’s, as the 2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year and will be hosting an event to honor the family.   

There will be a free lunch, but please RSVP by October 18, to Pam Stefanek at Pam.Stefanek@vt.nacdnet.net   

Tony and Barbara, along with their sons Jeff and Stephen, manage a herd of over 400 Holstein’s at their medium sized operation in Addison, Vermont. Their farm is in the McKenzie Brook Watershed, which was identified as a priority area of focus for USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The Correia’s work closely with conservationists and have developed a conservation plan in partnership with the NRCS and Otter Creek NRCD. They grow corn, grasses, and alfalfa, and practice no-till, reduced-till and cover cropping. They have also worked with NRCS to install a rock-lined grassed waterway. Wynsum is named after an old English word for “pleasant natured”, and forty-five years after it was first founded, the family remains committed to conserving natural resources on and around their operation.

Buffers and Waterways Field Day

Join us Wednesday, October 16

11:00 am – 1:00 pm  

At Mountain Meadows Farm at corner of Vail Rd and Old Sawmill Rd, Sudbury, VT follow signs to the field.  

Grassed waterways and buffers are conservation practices that prevent erosion and nutrient runoff from happening in fields. Join Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC) President, Brian Kemp, at his farm in Sudbury-Orwell to see how he has used grassed waterways and buffers on his farm. We will discuss how these practices can be implemented and maintained, view both annual and perennial fields with waterways, ditch buffers and a stream buffer along the Lemon Fair. We will also talk with our partners at the Natural Resource Conservation Service(NRCS) to hear about potential funding for these practices as well. See our flyer here. Or call our office at (802) 388-4969

See our flyer here

To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Karen Gallott at (802) 388-4969 or 1-800-956-1125 (toll free in Vt. only) so we may assist you.

Grazing Field Day and Ice Cream Social!

Tuesday July 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1966

Healdville Rd, Mt. Holly, Vt 05758

Join us at Plew Farm, a diversified livestock farm owned and operated by Kevin and Patti Plew, for a pasture walk and ice cream social. The Plew’s will share with us how they manage all of their livestock – beef, pigs and poultry – on pasture and are utilizing rotations grazing principle.

Or contact Cheryl Cesario at 802-388-4969 ext 346

Warm Up with a Cup of Coffee and Our Winter Newsletter!

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In This Issue:

  • Focus on Agriculture, by Jeff Carter
  • News, Events & Info You Should Know
  • New Revenue Protection For Dairy Farmers, by Jake Jacobs
  • East Creek and McKenzie Brook Highlight 2018, by Kristin Williams
  • Reducing Farm Labor and Conservation Resources: Conservation Farmer of the Year Uses Cover Crops and No-Till
  • Grassland Manure Injection, by Kirsten Workman
  • Year in Review, Summary of Projects

View Past Newsletter Publications.

Updates on Tile Legislation and Tile Webinar Series

Two recent updates on Tile Drainage:

First, if you missed it, the Northwest Crop and Soil team organized a webinar series on tile drainage that is well worth checking out. It details why tile drainage is an agronomic tool, and covers research locally and across the US on how tile may affect water quality. There are also factsheets on pre-installation and tile maintenance.

Find all that HERE!

Second, VAAFM has just filed adopted tile drainage rule.

Here is the press release:

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

VAAFM Files Adopted Subsurface Tile Drainage Water Quality Rule

RAPs amended to include language addressing nutrient contributions from subsurface tile drainage.

November 14, 2018 / Montpelier, VT – On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) filed the adopted rule amendment to the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) with the ;Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and the Secretary of State (SOS).  The amendment includes requirements for reducing nutrient contributions to waters of the State from subsurface tile drainage on agricultural fields.  The new rule will become effective November 23, 2018.

Subsurface tile drainage removes excess water from agricultural soils below the surface, usually through a system of plastic piping (image attached).  The rule amendment was adopted on November 8, 2018 and will take effect on November 23, 2018. The requirements of the rule amendment include the required installation of rodent guards on subsurface tile drainage outlets installed or modified after January 1, 2019, the prohibition of new installation of surface inlets located within or next to cropland following the effective date of the amendment, and other provisions focused on reducing nutrient losses from subsurface tile drainage.

The formal rule amendment process began in January 2018 when the Agency pre-filed the proposed amendment with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR). ICAR reviewed an amended pre-filing set on February 12, 2018. VAAFM made several recommended changes and formally filed the proposed rule on February 28, 2018. Prior to initiating the formal rule amendment process, the Agency was engaged in various discussions and nine meetings to gather feedback pertaining to the content of the amendment, involving 190 attendees that provided insight as the rule amendment process began.

Following the filing of the proposed rule, the Agency held a public comment period which ran from February 28, 2018 through April 20, 2018. During this time frame, the Agency held three public hearings in St. Albans, Montpelier, and Middlebury to gather additional feedback on the proposed rule, in which 33 interested individuals attended. Overall, the Agency received over 50 written and emailed comments on the proposed rule amendment. The final proposed rule was filed with LCAR on August 21, 2018. The Agency attended three LCAR review hearings on September 6, 2018, September 20, 2018, and October 18, 2018. On October 18, 2018, the LCAR voted 8-1 to approve the subsurface tile drainage rule amendment.

The adopted rule amendment, an updated RAP Rule, the responsiveness summary to public comments received, and other pertinent information can be found at: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/rap-tile-rule

For more information on agricultural subsurface tile drainage, please see the Vermont Subsurface Agricultural Tile Drain Report prepared by VAAFM and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/ag/files/pdf/water_quality/Research/TD-Report/Vermont-Subsurface-Agricultural-Tile-Drain-Report-01312017.pdf

Please direct any questions regarding the proposed amendment or the RAPs to agr.waterquality@vermont.gov or call (802) 272-0323.

 

Fall/Winter Events

NMP Update Sessions  
Every winter we teach Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) classes. Because those NMP’s have to be updated yearly with both records and new plans, we also set aside time for previous attendees to come back and update their plans.  
Update sessions are free, but PLEASE RSVP!   

See your flyer for more details, or contact our office with questions – 802-388-4969

Tuesday Nov. 27 & Wednesday 28, 2018
Tuesday Dec. 11 & Wednesday 12, 2018
Tuesday Jan. 8 & Wednesday 9, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: UVM Extension Middlebury Office, 23 Pond Lane Suite 300, Middlebury, Vt.

Other Locations:
Tuesday Dec 4, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: The Stonebridge, 38 Beaman St, Poultney Vt.
Thursday Dec 6, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Pawlet Free Library, 141 School St, Pawlet Vt.
Wednesday Dec 12, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, Rutland Vt.
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Cover Crop Field Day
November 29, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Location: Field on Rattlin Bridge Road 1 mile west of Route 22A in Bridport, Vt.
Please join us to take a look at fall cover crops in Bridport, Vermont.  We will see and discuss multiple cover crop combinations in large field-scale plots including oats, winter rye, winter wheat, winter triticale, winter barley and radish. Discover the advantages and disadvantages, seeding rates, timing, manure applications and more. Special thanks to Blue Spruce Farm for hosting these plots and our field day. Water Quality Credits available for farms and CCA credits available for Certified Crop Advisers (pending approval).
Contact Kirsten Workman with questions – 802-388-4969 ext. 347
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Save-the-Dates:
Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition Annual Meeting
January 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
VFW, 530 Exchange St, Middlebury, Vt.
Join us as we celebrate another successful year promoting Vermont Agriculture. Hear about hot topics facing Vermont Agriculture and what we as a community can do, followed by evening entertainment from a local comedian. This is a free event, which includes dinner and an annual report of the Coalition’s and UVM Extension Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team work.
RSVP or call 802-388-4969.
More Information will be posted on the Coalition Website.
Vermont Farm Show
January 29, 30 & 31, 2019
Essex Jct, Champlain Valley Expo
Join us and submit your entries! VT Farm Show Website.
More information coming soon.
Our 6th Annual No-Till Cover Crop Symposium
February 28, 2019
Double Tree by Hilton, Burlington, VT
From dry conditions to wet conditions, come discuss with local farmers how adopting cover crops and no-till is helping them save fuel, money and improve crop yield. Talk to ag dealers, learn about funding programs, get updated on the latest research and approaches across the country, and help lead the soil health movement.
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Upcoming Deadlines & Important Information:
Pasture Rangeland & Forage Insurance  
Sign up by November 15, 2018
USDA’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) program was designed to
help protect a producer’s operation from forage losses due to one
peril: lack of precipitation. A crop insurance agent will be able to assist you in working through the RMA online Decision Support Tool to help you determine whether or not PRF is the right choice for your farm.
To help make your decision, there is a PRF decision tool online.
Deadline for NE SARE Farmer Grant
Applications due November 27, 2018
“Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.” More information and application online.
NOFA-VT Journey Farmer Program
Applications due December 7, 2018
“This two-year program enables new farmers to advance their farming skills and experiences while being a part of a learning community of other beginning farmers and farmer mentors.” More information and application online.
MFO- Paperwork Deadline for New NOIC
Submit by December 11, 2018
There is a newly revised General Permit (GP), as of June 2018, that VAAFM has to renew every five years, under which all MFO permits operate. This means all MFOs have to re-declare their intent to comply by filing a new Notice of Intent to Comply (NOIC) Form.
More Information can be found on VAAFM website, or call (802) 828-2430.
Manure Spreading Ban Will Come Into Effect
As of December 15. 2018, and no spreading on saturated or snow covered ground. More Information.
MFP – Market Facilitation Program Through FSA
Apply by January 15, 2019
“The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provides direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy, hog, shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries producers who have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.” Read more online, or call your local FSA office.
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(Above) Participants discussing pasture management techniques in our Grazing Planning Class including the use of a grazing stick to determine pasture yield based on plant species, plant density and pre/post grazing height.
Our Middlebury class is ongoing, but there is still a lot of time to sign up for our Rutland class – which will be held March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019. Read more information about grazing class, or contact Cheryl Cesario is you are interested in participating – 802-388-4969 ext. 346