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Full Menu for Meat Producers at PASA Conference

Posted by at Jan 27, 2014 08:27 AM |

Annual Gathering To Offer Numerous Sessions for Cattle, Hog, Sheep, Turkey Farmers

MILLHEIM, PA January 27, 2014 – Livestock farmers will find a full slate of programming tailored to their interests at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, Feb. 5-8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.

On Feb. 6, PASA hosts two intensive, daylong tracks for meat producers as part of the event’s pre-conference schedule. Aimed at experienced farmers and ranchers raising cattle on pasture, “How to Take Your Grass-Based Enterprise to the Next Level” is set explore a variety of successful models for grazing management systems.

For “Diversifying Poultry with Turkeys, Ducks, Geese & Guineas,” PASA is teaming up with the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) to offer a session for producers looking to add turkeys, guineas and waterfowl to their farms.

“I'm really looking forward to PASA,” says Greg Gunthorp, an APPPA board member who will present during the conference. “The enthusiasm shared by the people attending conferences such as PASA is very contagious. It’s virtually impossible to attend a PASA conference and not come back recharged with excellent ideas.”

The schedule of main conference workshops includes a long list of topics designed for meat producers, from backyard poultry basics to on-farm, nose-to-tail hog harvesting. The lineup of speakers features several notable names in sustainable agriculture, including Craig Haney, livestock manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY, and Gunthorp, who owns Gunthorp Family Farm in Lagrange, IN, one of the largest pastured poultry operations in the country and a favorite of Chicago chefs.

“I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of progressive movers and shakers in the Pennsylvania and surrounding local food scene,” says Gunthorp.

Now in its third decade, Farming for the Future has grown into one of the largest and most respected gatherings on sustainable agriculture in the country, a multi-day affair comprising intensive pre-conference tracks, two plenary sessions and over 100 main conference workshops. The Farming for the Future Conference is made possible in part by Opening Keynote sponsor Lady Moon Farms and PASAbilities Sponsor Kimberton Whole Foods.

Registration is open to the public. To register, and to view a full schedule of conference programming, visit

Kristin Hoy, Conference Manager
(814) 349-9856, ext. 11

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