Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference Offers Information and Innovation

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2011 Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference (IFGC) offers expert presentations and technological innovations. Set for Nov. 21-22 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, the event begins with registration and round table discussions the first evening, and includes general and breakout sessions, and specific times for visiting with exhibitors. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers said IFGC members and non-members alike will benefit from attending this annual event.

“Speakers from Grassland Oregon, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Land O’Lakes start the conference with valuable information ranging from high sugar grasses to grass species uses and management to quail management,” Sellers said. “Presenters from Dow Agriscience, LLC and W-L Alfalfas also will present timely topics on Roundup® Ready alfalfa and weed and brush.”

Sellers is joined on the agenda by ISU Extension farm management specialist Tim Eggers and Iowa State student Samantha Smith to present findings from focus groups on pasture rental rates, cow sharing agreements and custom grazing. Sellers and Eggers will present a separate session on grazing business arrangements and pasture rental tools.

Preregistration for both days, with meals included, is $40, and continues through Nov. 16. Fee is $50 per person after that date. The conference brochure with full agenda and registration information is available on the IBC website

For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-774-2016 or by email at