DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference will feature speakers and topics of interest to producers raising livestock on patures. The conference Jan. 18 will be held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, just south of Stephens Auditorium, in Ames.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the morning speakers at 9 a.m. Lunch at noon includes the IFGC annual meeting and award recognition, and is followed by a producer panel and speakers. Starting at 3:15 there will be two breakout sessions, each with two options to choose from, and the day ends at 5 p.m. with a networking opportunity for speakers and attendees.
Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist and IFGC past president, said Iowa Forage and Grassland Council is partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa to offer the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions presented by Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker from On Pasture, an online source of science-based, easily understood and relevant information from research to help producers learn more about raising livestock on pasture in profitable and healthful ways.
Conference topics and speakers
- Establishing Alfalfa in Silage Corn – Dr. John H. Grabber, USDA-ARS, Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI
- Corn Silage Quality: Before, During and After Storage – Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist
- When to Spend Your Money: Fake Science or Good Practice – Kathy Voth and Rachel Gilker, On Pasture
- Alternative Water Systems – Producer Panel: Ron Dunphy, Justin Rowe, Patrick Wall
- Will Grazing Save the Planet? – Voth and Gilker
- Grazing Management for Wildlife – Adam Janke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist
- Iowa Fence Law – Christine Tidgren, Iowa State University Center for Ag Law and Taxation
- Using BRaNDS to Stretch Feed and Forage Supplies Following a Drought – Garland Dahlke, assistant scientist, Iowa Beef Center
- Soil Health – Doug Peterson, NRCS regional soil health specialist
“Thanks to support of our sponsors the cost to attend the conference is low,” Sellers said. “IFGC and PFI members pay just $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Non-members pay $60 or $70 respectively. IFGC 2018 membership dues also can be paid at this time.”
Conference sponsors are from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education – or SARE - program, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service, PFI, Dow AgroSciences, Barenbrug and La Crosse Seed. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org