Healthy Soils for a Healthy Organic Dairy Farm -- Broadcast from 2011 NOFA-NY Organic Dairy Conference

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This presentation was given a the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, held on November 4, 2011 in Syracuse, New York. 

About the Broadcast

Healthy soils are the cornerstone of a productive and sustainable farm. Join Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont, and Dr. Cindy Daley, California State University—Chico, as they review the art of managing soils to for optimum crop productivity. They will discuss how to build and maintain healthy soils and soil testing for nutrients and overall health. They will share recent on-farm research results that show the changes in forage quality and milk production on amended and non-amended organic pastures.

About Our Speakers

Heather Darby is an agronomist at the University of Vermont Extension. She received her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Agronomy and her Ph.D. in Horticulture at Oregon State University. Heather was raised on a dairy farm in northern Vermont and, with her husband, is the sixth generation to operate the family farm which currently provides organic vegetables sold directly to customers as well as a custom grazing operation. Heather's practical farm and academic experiences have compelled her to focus her work on sustainable agriculture and promotion of environmental stewardship of the land. To that end, she has developed applied research and outreach programs in the areas of fuel, forage, and grain production systems in New England.

Cindy Daley is a professor at the College of Agriculture at the California State University, Chico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science at the University of Illinois and her PhD in animal science--endocrinology at the University of California, Davis. Cindy is the faculty supervisor and manager of the Organic Dairy Teaching and Applied Research Unit at CSU-Chico where, in 2007, she spearheaded the effort to transition the dairy to a certified organic operation. The dairy supports 80 cross-bred milking cows, as a seasonal system; the farm has certified 115 acres as organic to support curricular enhancements, including an integrated organic livestock/cropping system and organic vegetable project with sales to food services on campus.

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Published October 27, 2011

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