NOFA-NY Announces Speaker for Second Annual Conference

1/2/2013

Join NOFA-NY on March 1, 2013, for the second annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference at the Holiday Inn in Auburn. The event will feature experienced organic keynote speaker Jerry Brunetti, founder of Agri-Dynamics.

In 1979, Brunetti founded Agri-Dynamics with a vision of providing a line of holistic animal remedies for farm livestock, horses, and pets. After witnessing firsthand the devastating results of conventional, chemically dependent, grain-based rationed farming practices, Brunetti embarked on a crusade to educate and consult for farmers who made the wise choice to transition to ecologically responsible and sustainable farming. He works toward improving soil and crop quality and livestock performance and health on certified organic farms.

Brunetti will share his perspective on how organic dairy and field crop farmers can address the current challenges in agriculture so that they find success and optimism for moving forward.

The day's program will highlight workshop topics including: Soil Sampling and Test Reading with CROPP soil agronomist Mark Kopecky; Herd Health with Brunetti; Growing Small Grains with Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens, owners of Lakeview Organic Grain; Sprouting Fodder with dairyman John Stoltzfus; Farm Transfer with FarmNet director Ed Staehr and more.

The conference will include a half-day intensive session on transitioning to organic dairy management; new farmers and farmers interested in transitioning are encouraged to attend.

NOFA-NY Certified LLC staff will be available again this year throughout the day to answer questions on organic certification. Be sure to take time to visit the expanded trade show and speak with company representatives. Partake in a delicious organic lunch made with products donated by local farmers and business members and prepared by Holiday Inn executive chef Todd Field. There will be programming for both new and veteran farmers alike, so bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange. 

Space remains available for those interested in sponsoring the event or participating in the trade show; find more information at nofany.org/dairyconference. For more program details, visit the NOFA-NY website or contact Bethany Wallis at  585-271-1979, ext. 513, or bethany@nofany.org.