Farm Bill Programs, Stover Harvest Are Forage Conference Topics

Farm Bill Programs, Stover Harvest Are Forage Conference Topics

Annual conference for Iowa hay and forage producers will provide information on farm bill programs, grazing management, and harvesting corn stover.

The Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference on November 19-20 will provide timely information that can be taken home and used by the state's producers of hay, pasture and other forages. This year's conference to be held at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn, will address the use of grazing management to control risks of nonpoint source pollution of pasture streams.

MAKE HAY, MAKE MONEY: Hay and other forages are profitable crops as hay prices have risen dramatically following 2012 summer drought. The drought cut production this year and has resulted in tight hay supplies and high prices going into winter.

Speakers will also talk about the agronomic implications of harvesting corn stover along with ideas to improve hay production and the economic considerations of harvesting corn stover. Farm bill programs for assisting producers of forage and grassland will also be discussed. You can also visit the exhibitors to view the latest innovations and technologies for the forage industry.

In addition the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council will also hold its annual meeting as part of this year's event. Conference registration and additional details are available online. Pre-registration deadline is November 15. Registration is $40 per person prior to November 15. The registration fee includes the Monday evening session and the Tuesday session all day and a Tuesday luncheon. Late registration and registration at the door is $50 per person.

Also you can pay IFGC annual dues for 2013 at the conference or before to either renew your membership or become a member of the organization. Annual dues for 2-13 are: producer, $25; public, $25; industry $62.30. Make checks payable to IFGC. If you want to mail your registration instead of registering online send your registration to Iowa Forage & Grassland Council, 900 Des Moines St., Des Moines, IA 50309. Phone the IFGC office at 515-262-8323 if you have questions.

2012 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference agenda

Monday evening November 19: Registration is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Round Table Discussions will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

* Tuesday, November 20: Registration is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. General session is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the speakers are Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Jay Mar, the new state conservationist who head's up USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. there will be a break for conference attendees to visit with exhibitors. The general session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grazing expert Jim Russell of Iowa State University will talk about "Using Grazing Management to Control Risks of Non-point Source Pollution of Pasture Streams."

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and speaker will be Lyle Assell, who will talk about the Lucas County Bale Painting/Art Contest. Also the IFGC annual meeting will be held and awards presented.

Breakout sessions cover corn stover, profitable hay production, conservation etc.

Breakout sessions are from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Session A will cover corn stover harvesting. ISU field agronomist Mark Licht will talk about conservation and agronomist implications of stover harvesting. Session B will be a hay producer panel talking about profitable hay production practices.

Breakout session will also be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Session A will cover economic considerations of corn stover as presented by Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension area farm management specialist. Session B will learn about farm bill programs for assisting forage and grassland production. Paul Goldsmith of NRCS will present that talk.

From 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. is a break to visit with exhibitors; From 3:30 to 3:14 p.m. is a general session titled "Human Resource Management and Marking it all Fit Together." Scott Shuey, a veterinarian will make that presentation. The day's events at the IFGC annual conference ill adjourn at 3:15 p.m.

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