Extension News

Conservation Initiative Group Offers August Grazing Conference

7/15/2009

AMES, Iowa --The end of the summer will bring a grazing conference to south central Iowa, sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center.

The conference, “Optimizing Grazing and Enhancing the Environment,” held by the Iowa Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, will be Aug. 25 and 26 at the Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake, located near Moravia. 

Fred Provenza of the Utah State University Department of Wildland Resources will be the kick-off speaker for the conference.  Provenza will also close the conference on the second day.  Other speakers include Rob Kallenbach from the University of Missouri and two speakers from the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla.

In addition to Provenza speaking on understanding behavior as a means to better manage landscapes, other topics addressed will be year-round grazing management, grazing management to benefit livestock and wildlife, optimizing fertilizer dollars, and incorporating annual forage crops into a grazing system. 

Paired with presentations on these topics will be an evening pasture walk on Aug. 25 featuring Iowa State University research on grazing riparian areas.  A weed and brush control demonstration will also be a part of the evening events. 

Attendees can earn continuing education credits by attending this conference. Certified crop advisors earn 7.5 hours of credits and veterinarians earn seven hours.

A pre-registration fee of $50 is due by Aug. 10 to the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, 900 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. For more information, contact co-chairman Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension livestock specialist, at (641) 203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu; or Brian Peterson, retired NRCS state grassland conservationist, at (641) 344-1026 or bckapeterson@gmail.com. The agenda and conference location details can be found at www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Sponsors for the event include the NRCS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, Rathbun Land and Water Alliance, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, South Central Iowa Area Partnership, and the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers and is comprised of faculty and staff from ISU Extension and the colleges of agriculture and life sciences and veterinary medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center’s members work to develop and deliver the latest in research based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about the Iowa Beef Center, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Contacts :

Harris Sellers, field specialist, (641) 774-2016, sellers@iastate.edu

Taylor Gerling Shore, Iowa Beef Center Communications Specialist, (515) 294-9124, tgerling@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu