CHARITON, Iowa – Beef producers interested in learning to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources may attend the southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing this series, which consists of five day-long modules set for May through November. The program brochure is available on the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) website.
“The series will cover concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock with topics ranging from the importance of managing forage to legal fencing and lease issues to winter feeding plans,” Sellers said. “All sessions will have classroom and field segments.”
Sellers and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) area grasslands specialist Rick Sprague are coordinating the program. Discussions will be led by ISU, NRCS, industry and producer grazing experts.
“This series was developed by ISU Extension, NRCS and industry staff to deliver timely materials and hands-on workshops for producers interested in improving their forage management system,” Sellers said. “Producers will learn how to improve the productivity and use of their land.”
The workshops are scheduled for May 26, June 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Nov. 15. Each session begins at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 607 6th St., in Corning, and concludes at a farm location in early afternoon. Grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Beef Center, the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, and Dow AgroSciences help keep the series cost low at $75. Participants are urged to attend all sessions, but fees for individual sessions are available. The fee includes a meal and educational materials for each session.
Producers are asked to register by May 21 by contacting the Adams County Extension Office at 641-322-3184, or by emailing Sellers at firstname.lastname@example.org.