Conference geared at helping farmers now taking registrations – Mountain Statesman

TAYLOR COUNTY—Are you a farmer who specializes in cattle, goats or sheep and would like to hear informative presentations and see demonstrations that help increase your profits? There is still time to sign up for the 2019 Appalachian Grazing Conference. 

This year’s conference will take place at the Morgantown Marriott, at Waterfront Place Hotel, on March 7-9. 

The earlier you register for this year’s event the better. Full registration paid on or before March 4 is $150, and if paid after that date, the price goes up to $175.  You can also make a single day registration for only $125.   

The price of registration covers all activities including meals and breaks.

The conference offers many informative presentations on livestock and forage management strategies to increase profits.  These presentations will be of interest to anyone raising cattle, goats and sheep.   

This year’s conference theme is “Create a Winning Combination – managing soil, water, plant and animal health.” The event will focus on farm economics, conservation strategies and how to sustain productivity in the long run. 

Hopefully, attendees will walk away having learned a lot about the management key elements of soil, plants, water and animal health to improve grasslands. 

“Our goal is to send farmers homes with an understanding about management strategies that will improve the grassland on their property and benefit their animals and our natural resources,” said Joe Gumm, chairman of the Appalachian Grazing Conference Planning Committee. 

Adding, “The Conference presents a great opportunity to learn from the presenters and connect with numerous vendors who will be displaying new technology and equipment.”

The Keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Sarah Flack and Dr. Allen Williams.

Flack is the author of “The Art and Science of Grazing” as well as “Organic Dairy Production.” 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.

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.

Williams is a sixth-generation farmer, who has pioneered many of the early adaptive grazing protocols and forage fishing techniques and has spent the last 15 years refining those methods.

He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.   

Williams 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.

The conference price includes a tour of the WVU Animal Science Farm on Thursday, March 7.  However, folks can choose to attend the tour only for the cost of $35, which includes the bus tour and a meal at the Clubhouse Grill at the Pines.

The tour will include visits to the new dairy cow loafing barn and apple orchard, as well as discussions of grazing management project and small ruminant research projects. 

The Appalachian Grazing Conference is a cooperative effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, State Conservation Commission; United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (Pennsylvania and West Virginia); West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts; West Virginia Conservation Agency; West Virginia University (WVU) Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design; and the WVU Cooperative Extension Service.

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Foster at 304-349-4985 or by email at [email protected]

For more information or to register online anytime before noon on March 6, please visit


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