No! Our program is created for producers as well as those who would like to become AFGC Certified Forage and Grasslands Professionals or NRTCS Technical Service Providers. TSPs are an important asset to producers who want to apply conservation practices on their land. In completing the Certified Grazier course, participants will be able to meet the first step in getting a TSP certification.
The 2013 Certified Grazier Program features six grazing-related educational programs scheduled in the Fairfield area. The programs will include informational sessions, an opportunity for one-on-one and networking interaction, and viewing of local on-farm grazing systems. Each session will meet at the Jefferson County Extension Office, with programs beginning at 1:30 p.m. After theclassroom presentations, the program will continue at selected field locations near Fairfield. Following are the dates and selected topics for each session:
June 4: Grazing Basics--Getting Started; Fertility Management; Pasture Condition Scoring.
July 30: Grazing Plan Discussion; Soil View Software Discussion; Forage Specie Selection; Stockpiling.
August 20: Forage Nutrient Limitations; Mineral Recommendations; Grazing Systems: Traditional, Missouri Wedge, Intensive Management.
September 17: Reducing Feed Costs; BRANDS software application; Economic Outlook; Cover Crops.
October 15: Feed Analysis Overview; Wildlife Discussion; Cornstalk Grazing; Weaning Protocol; Animal Health Program Discussion.
November 5: Finalize Participant Grazing Plans.
Registration fee: $100.00 for one member of an operation. This fee includes a meal for each of the six programs, refreshments, and an informational reference booklet. Additional members of an operation are encouraged to attend at a $15.00 per person per event fee. A special "Thank You" to the Southern Iowa Forage and LIvestock Comittee and Iowa Beef Center for financial support to minimize these registration costs.
For more informatin regarding the Certified Grazier Program, contact:
Jefferson County Extension Office, Fairfield, IA: 641-472-4166
Brian Peterson, Certified Grazier Program Coordinator: 641-344-1026
Byron Leu, ISUE Beef Specialist: 641-99-2298