Welcome to the Northern Grain Growers Association
2014 10th Annual Grain Growers Conference “Grow it Here”
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at The Essex Resort in Essex, VT
We are excited to announce that Vermont’s own Jack Lazor – grain grower extraordinaire, co-owner of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont, and renowned author – will be this year’s keynote speaker! Some key topics will include dry beans, buck wheat, malting barley and much more! We will also have a Youth Education focus incorporating grains and baking into youth education.
View the detailed brochure for conference details. If you would like to be a program sponsor or exhibitor, complete this form and return it by January 20, 2014. Visit www.uvm.edu/extension/grainconference to register.
2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Vermont Technical College, Judd Gymnasium, Randolph Center, VT
This year we will be looking at “resiliency” as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy. Guest speakers include Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, staff ruminant nutritionist and veterinarian at Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science, and Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems. We will also have our farmer panel and annual research updates. View the conference brochure for more information. Visit www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy to register.
The UVM Cereal Grain Testing Laboratory will be closing on March 15, 2014 so that we can prepare for the upcoming field season! If you have samples you would like analyzed before July, please send them to us by March 15th. Payment and a completed Cereal Submission Form must accompany all request sent in. Click here for the Cereal Submission Form or visit the Lab website for more information. The lab will reopen on July 1, 2014. Thank you!
Hops Quality Analysis is now available at the UVM Lab as well. You can test for Brewing Values (BV’s) which determines Alpha acids, Beta acids and Hops Storage Index (HSI).
Payment and a completed Submission Form must accompany all request please.
Click here for the Hops Analysis Submission Form.
9/19/2013: 2013 Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative Final Report: Factors Impacting Fatty Acid Concentrations in Annual Forages. View it here.
Enjoy photos from our 2013 Annual UVM Extension Crops and Soils Field Day, which was held on August 1, 2013.
2013 Grains Research Trials Reports
2013 Flax Variety Trial (pdf)
2013 Oats Variety Trial (pdf)
2012 Grains Research Trials Reports
2012 Small Grain Forage Report with FA (pdf)
2012 Small Grain Forage Fertility Report with FA (pdf)
2012 Spring Barley Variety Trial (pdf)
2012 Winter Barley Variety Trials (pdf)
2012 Spring Wheat Variety Trial Report (pdf)
2012 Winter Wheat Variety Trial Report (pdf)
2012 Heirloom Spring Wheat Trial (pdf)
2012 Heirloom Winter Wheat Trial (pdf)
2012 Oat Variety (pdf)
2012 Organic Spring Wheat Seeding Rate Trial (pdf)
2012 Organic Spring Wheat Planting Date Trial (pdf)
2012 Organic Winter Wheat Planting Date Trial (pdf)
2012 Organic Spring Wheat Weed Control Strategies Report (pdf)
2012 Organic Corn Silage Report (pdf)
2012 Vermont On-Farm Spring Wheat Breeding Trials (pdf)
2012 Effects of Topdressing Organic Nitrogen (pdf)
2012 Reports and Executive Summaries
1) An Evaluation to Determine the Feasibility of a Multi-Purpose Grain Processing Facility in Vermont
2) Vermont Milled Grain Products Local Market Study Report, Executive Summary
3) Improving and Increasing Technical Assistance to Vermont Grain and Hops Producers, Executive Summary
Click above on PAST NEWS BITS for past bulletins of “What’s New!”.
Check out the NGGA’s new YouTube channel! You can watch our videos and subscribe!
Past research trial results from UVM Extension’s NW Crops & Soils Team:
2011 Winter Wheat N Topdress Report (pdf)
2011 Barley Variety Trials (pdf)
2011 Spring Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
2011 Spring Wheat Weed Control Strategies (pdf)
2011 Winter Wheat Harvest Date (pdf)
2011 Winter Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
In January of 2012, a group of bakers from Maine and Vermont trialed four winter wheat varieties grown in 2011 by the University of Vermont and University of Maine. Randy George from Red Hen Baking Company, Jeffrey Hamelman from King Arthur Flour, Jim Amaral from Borealis Breads, and Alison Pray from Standard Baking Company came together at the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich, VT to test-bake local wheat flours! The results were delicious. Check out the photos below.
The Northern Grain Growers Association is a “farm grown” organization. Since 2004 many of the grain growers in Vermont have been gathering together for exchanging ideas, networking, and camaraderie. The initial focus of the group was to enhance organic seed saving, plant breeding, and variety improvement. Over time the group has developed a somewhat broader focus which includes all aspects of grain production.
In recent years the interest in local grains has been increasing and the group now includes bakers, local eating enthusiasts, agricultural support personnel, and many beginning farmers.