Monday, August 15, 2016

Alfred State: Grasstravaganza gets good crop of attendees

Photo l-r: Justin Morris, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil health specialist; Derek Barney, herdsman at the Alfred State Farm; Nancy Glazier of Cornell University Cooperative Extension; and Fay Benson of Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Held at Alfred State for the first time ever Aug. 4-6, this year’s Grasstravaganza event was a “huge success,” according to Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department.
Roughly 120 people attended the three-day event for farmers, conservationists, and consumers who are interested in soil health, grazing, and sustainable agriculture. Grasstravaganza featured presentations from nationally recognized grazing and soil health experts, specialized workshops, and a trade show.
Attendees were also able to take tours of farms in West Sparta, Angelica, Birdsall, and even Alfred State’s own 800-acre farm, which is home to horses, alpacas, swine, poultry, sheep, and both conventional and organic dairy herds.
“We had fantastic speakers and workshops, and ACES did an awesome job with providing the food,” Schroeder said. “Grasstravaganza was a huge success, as we received an even greater number of attendees than we had anticipated. I would say it is very likely Alfred State will host this event again.”
Alfred State would like to thank its fellow sponsors of this year’s Grasstravaganza, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the New York Grazing Coalition, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District, Agri-Dynamics, Animal Welfare Approved, Steuben Trust Corporation, Dairy One Forage Laboratory, CRV, King’s AgriSeeds Inc., Maple Hill Creamery, Organic Valley, Farm Credit East.