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May 25, 2014

Farm briefs: May 25, 2014

Miner launches Agriculture in Society Speaker Series

CHAZY — Miner Institute will launch its Agriculture in Society Speaker Series Thursday at 7 p.m. with Dr. John Bramley at the Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center at Miner Institute, 586 Ridge Road, Chazy. Bramley will give a talk on Feeding the World in the 21st Century, paying particular attention to the challenges currently facing agriculture. The event is free and open to the public. 

Feeding the 9 billion people who will exist by 2050 is the defining challenge of our age. Food production will need to increase by 70 percent while minimizing agriculture’s environmental footprint.

At Miner Institute, everyone feel it is important to engage the farm and non-farm community alike on issues that cross-cut agriculture and society: food safety and security, environmental impacts of farming, animal well-being and sustainability of our food production systems regionally and globally. The Agriculture in Society Speaker Series will provide a means to bring science-based information to the community.

Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. His research has focused on bovine mastitis and he led a team of researchers in cloning a gene that led to the world’s first mastitis-resistant animals. He became chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Vermont in 1990 and was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station in 1999. From 2007 to 2011, Bramley was the president and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation in Vermont, which owns and operates the Old Tavern at Grafton and the Grafton Village Cheese Co. He also served as president of the University of Vermont in 2011-2012.

For more information or to register, contact Rachel at or call 846-7121, Ext. 115.

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