Greenhorn Grazing Series Begins 2012 Season

CHARITON, Iowa ― Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 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 IBC website.

“This five-part series is valuable for beginning graziers and producers interested in upgrading their pasture management,” Sellers said. “Presenters will include experts in grazing systems, animal performance, fencing and watering systems, and weed management.”

Sellers and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) area grasslands specialist Rick Sprague are coordinating the program that has drawn upwards of 140 participants over the past four years.

“This series was developed by ISU Extension and Outreach, 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 24, June 14, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15. All sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning with morning classroom discussions at the Adair County Extension office in Greenfield. Following a working lunch, the afternoon portion will feature activities at local farms.

Grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Beef Center, the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, and NRCS 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 Kathy Rohrig at the Adair County Extension Office by phone at 641-743-8412 or by email at krohrig@iastate.edu. Registration fees can be mailed to the office at 154 Public Square, Suite C, Greenfield, IA 50849.

For more information on the series, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at sellers@iastate.edu, or Sprague by phone at 641-782-4218 or by email at Richard.Sprague@ia.usda.gov.

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