2019 Appalachian Grazing Conference

March 7th - 9th

With so many informative presentations about livestock and forage management strategies to increase profits, the Appalachian Grazing Conference is an opportunity that Appalachian livestock producers should not miss! There will be presentations of interest to those with cattle, goats and sheep.

With a reasonable registration fee of only $150 and room rates at a discounted price, the Appalachian Grazing Conference is an excellent value.

Because of the importance of the information being presented to grazing producers, many West Virginia Conservation Districts are offering scholarships to cover the conference fee! Call your local conservation district for more information. You can find your local conservation district by visiting the WVCA District Map.

Keynote speakers for 2019 include:

Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack is the author of The Art and Science of Grazing and Organic Dairy Production.  She is a consultant specializing grass based and organic livestock production and known for her public speaking, workshops, books and numerous articles and fact sheets on a range of agricultural topics.
Sarah’s approach in her consulting, writing and teaching is to empower farmers to create their own individualized management systems that can work successfully for them, their farm and family goals. In this practical and comprehensive approach to farm management, the planning and design process always include consideration of livestock wellbeing, plants, soils, water quality, farm labor, farm profitability and farm family goal.
Her focus is on helping to create more farms with good organic and grass based management systems, which allow farmers to create positive change in their landscapes, livestock, check book and farm family quality of life. She works with dairy, beef, sheep, and goat farms, and is experienced with both organic and non-organic farming systems.
Sarah has a unique approach, which is based on what she learned while consulting, teaching and writing on the topic since the early 90’s. She grew up on a family farm in Vermont, which used mob stocking and management intensive grazing to successfully improve the productivity and ecological health of the land and livestock. Then in graduate school she studied the science and principals of Management Intensive and Holistic Planned Grazing.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Agriculture and Biology and Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont. She also has post graduate training in subjects including organic certification, business management, Holistic Management and organic production practices including: soil fertility, health care of livestock, animal welfare, and medicinal herbs. In addition to academic training, her farming experience includes management of both organic and non-organic dairy, sheep, beef, pastured poultry, and pigs.
When she is not traveling, Sarah lives in northern Vermont on her off-grid (photovoltaic) small farm. Sarah is grateful to live in a community which values great locally grown food and where she can be surrounded by cows grazing on beautiful pastures.

Allen Williams, PhD., President, GFI, LLC

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Soil Health Consultants, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, LLC. He is also a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc. He has consulted with more than 4200 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres. Allen pioneered many of the early adaptive grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and has spent the last 15 years refining those. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia. Major areas of research and business focus include soil health, cover crop/livestock integration, adaptive forage & grazing management, high attribute pasture-based meat production, and alternative marketing systems.

Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant “value add” and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across North America.

He has been featured in several of the Carbon Nation film series, “Soil Carbon Cowboys” (www.soilcarboncowboys.com), on the Dr. Oz show, ABC News, and the Kiss The Ground Documentary, and co-authored a book with Teddy Gentry, “Before You Have A Cow”.Allen is a regular contributor to “GRAZE” and “Stockman GrassFarmer” and has written articles for the “Organic Broadcaster” and many other publications. Several of his presentations and webinars can be found on the Pasture Project website at www.pastureproject.org.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Grass Fed Exchange and the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, is a Core Team Member of the Pasture Project, and Co-Investigator for Team SoilCarbon.  He also serves as an officer in the Starkville Civitan Club and is active in his local church.

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*For Vendor Registration, contact Jim Foster. Vendors who register by January 31, 2019, will be listed in the conference event program.

  • Address

    ATTN: Jim Foster
    2798 Grove Summers Road
    New Milton, WV 26411
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    304-349- 4985
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