Fall conference to focus on forages, drought
Dry weather is making an impact on the cattle industry and high input costs have farmers scrambling for ways to salvage a profit and feed their herds.
The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council is targeting these effects at the 2010 AFGC Fall Conference, "Forages--Weather or Not," to be held Oct. 29. The conference will be held at the Natural Resources Center in Conway.
The keynote speaker will be John Blanton, Ph.D., director of Ag Research at the Samuel Noble Roberts Foundation. Blanton will discuss the potential biofuel market for forages.
Shane Gadberry, Ph.D., U of A Extension beef nutritionist, will offer strategies for feeding cattle when forage is in short supply. He will include how to determine hay and forage quality and which feeds should be used to stretch short hay and pasture supplies.
Other topics include a discussion of weather patterns by specialists from the National Weather Service, and an update on educational and cost-share programs available for forage producers. Producers like to hear what other producers are doing on their farms. A panel of top forage producers will discuss what they have done to improve their forage programs especially during the recent drought.
A conference highlight will be a presentation from AFGC President Matt Flynt, winner of the 2010 national American Forage and Grassland Council spokesperson contest.
Registration cost is $30, or $10 for students and spouses. Registration includes membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council, affiliate membership in the American Forage and Grassland Council, conference proceedings, sponsor exhibits and lunch. A short business meeting will be conducted at the end of the conference. For more details contact an AFGC board member or call John Jennings, AFGC secretary, at 501-671-2350.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome at 9:30 a.m. Participants will have a chance to visit a wide range of commercial exhibitors with excellent forage management products. There will also be more than a $1,000 in door prizes.