Annual forage conference features tour of Purdue Agricultural Center


First Posted: 5/20/2011

The American Forage and Grassland Council and its host affiliate, the Indiana Forage Council, will present their annual conference June 12-15 in southern Indiana.

The conference, held at the French Lick Springs Resort, 8670 W. State Road 56, French Lick, is designed to advance the knowledge and use of forage as livestock feed, a means to better protect the environment and a future biofuel. It will include breakout sessions by forage experts and farm tours, including a Purdue University agricultural center.

"This is an opportunity for people to come together and contemplate and discuss forages," said Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson, a member of the Indiana Forage Council. "One of the strengths of this conference is that it features topics that relate to everything from the soil component to the raising of the crop to the feeding of the crop. Presentations will help producers make improvements on the farm in terms of raising and utilizing forage crops."

Keynote speaker will be Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and sixth generation dairy and crop farmer. He will discuss ways he sees forages playing a role in the future of agriculture.

Purdue agronomist Lori Snyder, other Purdue faculty and graduate students, and more than 40 other forage scientists from across the country will present forage-related sessions and posters.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend one of three tours. A beef tour will include stops at the Kaiser and James farms, and a sheep and goat tour will stop at Embree Farms and the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC). A hay tour at SIPAC will feature forage harvest demonstrations.

SIPAC also will host Indiana Night, which will showcase local foods.

Full conference registration prior to May 27 is $225 per person for members of the American Forage and Grassland Council or Indiana Forage Council; $250 for non-members. Discounted and single-day registration rates also are available. The full rate list, registration forms and more conference information can be found at http://www.afgc.org.

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