LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Livestock producers looking for the latest information on forages, grazing techniques and pasture management have the opportunity to attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference this month.
The event will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne in Louisville, Ky. Registration is $35 per day per person or $50 for both days. Late registration paid after Jan. 15 is $65.
The conference is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, Illinois Grassland Conservation Initiative Association, Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, Indiana Forage Council, Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, Kentucky Grassland Conservation Initiative, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University of Illinois Extension, University of Missouri Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Each year the Heart of America Grazing Conference rotates among five states -- Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky -- and features speakers from all five states concerning a wide variety of grazing topics.
Jeff McCutcheon, an OSU Extension educator, will present information on grazing non-traditional forages, such as brassicas, chicory, eastern gamagrass, ryegrass and oats.
Other presenters include specialists from University of Kentucky, Purdue University, University of Illinois, USDA, industry representatives and producers. Topics being covered include extending the grazing season, co-species grazing, integrated weed management, management-intensive grazing, organic dairying, tall fescue, and pasture management.
Certified crop advisor credits will be offered.
For more information or to register, download the brochure athttp://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/2011%20HOAGC%20Program%20with%20columns.pdf.