2019 Dairy & Field Crop Conference

Thank you to all who attended NOFA-NY's 8th annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference!

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ray archuleta  Ray Archuleta

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years’ experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consultants, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, MO that he operates along with his wife and family.

gabe brown  Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources. Gabe, his wife Shelly, and their son Paul own and operate a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Over 2,000 people visit the Brown's Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 17 foreign countries. Gabe is one of the partners at Soil Health Consultants, LLC, and a founder of Soil Health Academy. He is the author of Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.

Francis Thicke headshot  Francis Thicke

Francis Thicke, with his wife Susan, is the owner and operator of an organic dairy and crop farm near Fairfield, IA. They process their milk on the farm and market organic dairy products through local grocery stores and restaurants. They are also experimenting with innovative regenerative grazing and cropping practices on their farm. Francis has a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility and has in the past served as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service.


Conference Schedule

8:00 am - 9:00 am      Registration
9:00 am - 9:15 am      Welcome Address
9:15 am - 10:45 am    Ray Archuleta: Healthy Soils, Healthy Profits
10:45 am - 11:15 am  Trade Show Break
11:15 am - 12:45 pm  Gabe Brown: Dirt to Soil
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm    Lunch
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm      Francis Thicke: Nature’s Ecology as a Model for Organic Dairy and Cropping
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm      Trade Show Break
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm      Speaker Panel Discussion


Refund Policy: Conferences

We refund NOFA-NY conference registration fees for cancellation requests received up to 14 days before the event. Cancellations will be charged a $25 processing fee. No refunds are given for requests received less than 14 days prior to the first day of the event.

Thank you to our conference sponsors!


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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