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This project is designed to increase engagement of Cooperative Extension Personnel in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Departments of Agriculture, other state and local agencies, USDA agencies and NGOs, and farmers in the production, processing and marketing of natural locally grown meats and other products for consumers. From 2008 to 2011 project work focused on increasing production of local meat in the region. The tri-state project worked to improve livestock producers' and agricultural service providers' knowledge and skills in the areas of forages and grazing, studied the relationship between local meat production and animal processing, and created a strategic plan to increase the production and availability of local meats. In the recent three year plan (2011-2014) the project focused on Health Care for our Food Animals.

The 2017-2020 Tri-State SARE project, Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production, will focus on animal nutrition as it relates to health and well-being of animals, pasture management and nutrient management decisions/plans. Responses to our project needs assessment in January  helped us shape and determine the direction of the next three year project, through 2020. They identified several areas that show a significant need/desire for further education and training for agricultural service providers and for farmers. 

Workshop topics in 2019 will include: establishing new pastures, improving existing pastures, proper managment of exisitng pastures and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture.

Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture.


Upcoming 2019 Workshops:

- CT field training - Fri. July 19th
4-H Education Center at Auerfarm; 158 Auer Farm Rd. Bloomfield, CT from 9:00 am to 12 noon

Click below for the 2019 programs

All 2019 SARE Classroom Workshops
All 2019 SARE Field Workshops


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Register here for any or all 2019 workshops

See the References & Links tab to view the 2018 and 2019 presentations 

Upcoming Agricultural Events

Silvopasture and Agroforestry 101 Healthy Soils Workshop

August 14th 9:30 am to 4 :00 pm
Hidden Blossom Farm
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