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Spring Forage Conference set for Feb. 22 in Springfield


The 27th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield.

"Each year this conference attracts an increasing number of people interested in learning more about management strategies for forages and livestock," said Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

This year's keynote speaker will be Jim Lents, a purebred Hereford cattle breeder from southwest Oklahoma. His seed stock operation caters primarily to commercial cattlemen, and in recent years has become a destination for producers intently focused on forage-based livestock and beef. His cattle have been distributed into twenty-five states and Mexico.

Lents is considered a leading authority on the principles of linebreeding and their application. He speaks on regional and national programs, has authored several national magazine articles, and has been the subject of several others.

The conference will also feature breakout sessions on topics like forage diversity, grass based genetics, soil health and microbe management, holistic grazing management, harvesting quality hay, poultry litter versus commercial fertilizer, managing existing forages, various grazing philosophies, goats, strip grazing, and weed and brush control through management.

A banquet luncheon is included with the advanced registration cost of $25 (or $35 at the door).

To pre-register by Feb. 15 or to get more information, contact the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District at 417-831-5246, ext. 3. Conference information and a registration form are also available on the Internet at http://agebb.missouri.edu/sfc.

The conference is co-sponsored by several southwest Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Missouri State University, University of Missouri Extension, MU Southwest Research Center, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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