During the past 21 years "managed grazing" has gone from being a fringe practice promoted by a committed group of visionaries to a management system that is widely accepted and implemented as a way to reduce costs, build soil and water resources, keep animals healthy, and produce high quality food. This year's 22nd annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference will be held Jan. 17-19 at The Patriot Center in Wausau. The event will highlight cutting edge technology and how putting it to on-farm use will shape the future of grazing & agriculture.
"For the 2013 conference, we've sought out people who are pushing the envelope with creative ideas— as well as for those with a solid grazing background," says Kay Craig, GrassWorks board member.
"Because successful grazing requires innovation and adaptability, these are often the same people."
Local graziers will participate in a climate change panel discussing its effect on grazing and in several breakout sessions that include diverse topics, such as getting started in grazing, robotic milkers, using computer or phone apps on the farm, pastured hogs & poultry, and direct marketing.
GrassWorks will welcome nationally known speakers Shannon Hayes, accomplished author, E. Ann Clark –University of Guelph, and Dr. Allen Williams of LMC, LLC. E. Ann Clark will speak at two sessions on Thursday, including the keynote to start the conference. Shannon Hayes will start out Friday with her keynote "Real Cows in a parallel Universe" and be part of other sessions throughout the day, with a book signing session Friday afternoon. During Saturday, Dr. Williams will provide insights on soil building and grass finishing beef.
The event features 20-plus workshops, a tradeshow, silent and live auction, musical jam session, delicious locally raised grass-fed foods and numerous networking and community building opportunities for a full conference fee of $210. Daily rates also apply.
GrassWorks is happy to be working with Organic Voices to have the conference sessions recorded and available onsite so attendees won't have to miss any of the valuable presentations we have lined up.
GrassWorks is currently seeking food donors and volunteers. Scholarships are available on a limited basis for farmers in economic need.
For more information or to register, contact Lanice Szomi at 715-965-8324 or email her at email@example.com.