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Hudson Valley Grain School: Making Grains Work on Modest Acreages

  • Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us for the 2nd annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School which includes a Trade Show. This year’s theme is “Making Grains Work on Modest Acreages”, featuring expert talks on grain production, small-scale grain storage, and understanding grain quality parameters for brewing and distilling. 

For full event detils see printable flyer/registration form.  

Online registration:   Online registration closest midnight on Monday, 2/1/16. 

Please note:  There are no longer tables available for vendors in the Trade Show. 

Location:  Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 746 Route 23B in Leeds, NY, just off the Catskill exit 21 of the NYS Thruway, centrally located between Orange and Washington counties.  


8:45 AM: Registration and Trade Show, coffee and pastries.

9:30 AM: Learning from the Vermont specialty small grains boom - Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont

10:30 AM: Specialty/smaller scale grain drying and storage innovations - Peter Martens, PM Farms and Lakeview Organic Grain, Penn Yan, NY

11:00 AM: Decoding Malt Barley Quality: An insider’s perspective - Aaron MacLeod, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage, Oneonta, NY

11:45 AM: Demystifying Distilling: The secondary grain market you didn’t realize you probably needed - Joel Elder, Quinta Essentia Alchemy distilling consultants, Rosendale, NY

12:15 PM: Lunch and Trade Show

1:15 PM: Update on crop insurance for small grain crops - Sarah Johnston, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets

1:30 PM: Making grains work at Gleason Grains on 115 acres with dry beans, soybeans, and clover - Ben Gleason, Gleason Grains, Bridport, VT

2:20 PM: Making grains work at Four Star Farms on 280 acres with turf, hops, and corn - Gene L'Etoile, Four Star Farms, Northfield, MA

3:10 PM: Managing Grains that will be Used for Seed: testing, weeds, and diseases - Aaron Gabriel, Regional Agronomist, CCE Capital Area Ag and Hort. Program

3:30 PM: Adjourn and Trade Show

3.5 CCA credits have been approved and 0.75 DEC credit has been approved in categories 1A, 21 and 10

Registration:  Grain School registration is just $40/person and includes a catered lunch.  Registration deadline is February 1.  Sorry, no refunds.  Register early to reserve your space!  Note-tables are full for the Trade Show

 - Mail/Fax registration:  printable flyer/registration form.

 - Online registration:    

Program support by NYS Dept of Ag and Markets, USDA Risk Management Agency and the Local Economies Project.


Carrie Anne Doyle
Program Asst. - Commercial Agriculture and Community Horticulture
(845) 340-3990 x311