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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Forage & Weed ID and Management Professional Development Training Project

Steve Peters

Forage & Weed ID and Management Professional Development Training Project A specially designed professional development project (PDP) in forage and weed identification and management is planned for agriculture service providers in New England over the next two years (2014-2016).

This project is open to personnel working in New England in Extension, USDA agencies, State agriculture agencies, and non-government organizations who are working with dairy and livestock farmers.

This NESARE-funded project will include two field training sessions, a series of 60-minute webinars offered monthly from November through March, and the development of resources and tools to use with farmers.   It is estimated that participant time commitment for the training and self-study will take about 40 hours per year.

Travel expenses to field sessions and project materials will be covered by the project.  The only cost to participants will be time, thought and energy related to their involvement.

By the end of this project, participants will be better equipped to advise farmers on their forage or weed related issues.  Participants are expected to actively take part and provide regular feedback regarding their related work with farmers and growers over the life of the project.

An application to participate in this project is required and can be accessed from the project website, http://pss.uvm.edu/pdpforage/

If interested, please complete the application (found on the website) and submit it to Principal Investigator, Dr. Sid Bosworth by July 8, 2014.  The training is limited to 20 participants so please fill out the application completely and submit it by the due date.

Feel free to pass this announcement onto co-workers and colleagues in New England.

This project is sponsored by USDA-SARE Northeast.