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IFGC Conference focus on grasslands, forages

By Staff | Oct 28, 2014

DES MOINES – The 2014 annual Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn and is open to all with forage and grassland issues.

Iowa State Extension Beef Program Specialist Joe Sellers, said IFGC members and non-members alike will benefit from attending this event.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, a forage production manager at Barenbrug USA. He’s written numerous articles and publications including a blog focused on human nutrition, health and diet.

His presentation is Forages Make Meat, Meat is Medicine.

Presentation and breakout sessions are planned as follows:

A). 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Benefits of Forage and Grassland With Water Quality, presented by Bruce Trautman, deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources.

B). 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Breakout session 1. subjects includes Double Grazing with Sheep and Cattle, with Harry Cope, of Cope Grassfarms; and Cover Crops Mixes, Benefits and Advantages, lead by Joe Graber, a consultant with Agri Nutrition Consulting.

C). 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Breakout session 2. Subjects include Cover Crop Use in Forage and Livestock Systems, lead in a panel discussion with, Harry Cope, and David Otte, forage manager at Green Valley Seeds; Brian Lang, a field agronomist specialist with ISU Extension, will speak on Establishment and Management of Perrinneal Pastures.

D). 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Breakout session 3. Subjects include Fertility and Fertilization, Getting the Most of Your Forage Crops, by Mark Carlton, a field agronomist specialist with ISU Extention; Dr. Ballerstedt will speak on improvements and forages.

Convention pre-registration is $40 per person which includes sessions and lunch. On-site registration is $50 per person.

Producer and public fee is $35, and industry fee is $90, and this is payable on the registration form.

The registration form is available on the Iowa Beef Council website at www.iowabeefcenter.org.

For more information, contact Joe Sellers at (641) 774-2016.

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