Aaron Helmick Monroe Co. Farmer, will be the featured speaker at the educational dinner meeting to be held at Jackson's Mill on January 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be at the Dining Hall and the program at the Assembly Hall.

The dinner will cost $3.00/person with reservations that are made by Wednesday, January 2 at the Extension Office 304-462-7061. The discount on the meal is possible thanks to sponsorship from the West Fork Conservation District, Wes-Mon-Ty Rural Conservation and Development Council, and the WVU Extension Service.

Aaron, Tara, and Andy Helmick live on and operate, Little Brown Cow Dairy, a grass-based dairy operation in Monroe County, WV. Both Aaron and Tara are natives of the state and hold agricultural degrees from WVU. Aaron and Tara work on the farm with no outside income and have very little outside labor.

In the spring if 2013, they will have 150 crossbred cows to freshen which will be milked throughout the year. Aaron has a unique situation because the farm his family operates is a leased farm, which has both positive and negative aspects. The Helmick's operate their farm strictly from a business perspective. As a result, their production decisions must be economically viable for their operation.

Aaron's experience on his farm is relevant even though his is a dairy farm and we have no dairy in the area. Aaron will discuss the business aspect of the farm, which is important for any type of farming operation.

Participants can also earn three pesticide recertification credits. Again, reservations are due by January 2, 304-462-7061.

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