Iowa grazing supporters have planned a great 2013 edition of the Iowa Grazing Conference this summer. They encourage those who use grazing in their livestock operations to put the June 25-26 event on their calendars and register now to attend. Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers has been involved with the conference for several years and says this year's event will offer classroom and field experiences with information you can take home and use.
"Our featured speaker is Garry Lacefield, a grazing and forage specialist from the University of Kentucky, and we have a great variety of breakout session topics for attendees," says Sellers. "Improving grazing management, using cover crops, using annual forage crops for hay and pasture, using grazing to improve wildlife habitat and environmental impacts of grazing are just a few of the topics on the agenda."
Conference will be held at Creston in southwest Iowa, anyone who is interested in learning more about grazing systems is welcome to register and attend
The conference is at the Southwestern Community College campus in Creston in southwest Iowa. It runs from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 to noon on Wednesday, June 26. In addition to breakout sessions and a producer panel, the event also has a pasture walk and barbeque meal the evening of June 25.
"The organizing committee has planned an extensive program, with topics ranging from forages to management and economics to grazing and wildlife," Sellers says. "Breakout sessions also include cover crops and the environment, and we'll have live animal and weed and brush control demo sessions as well."
Conference speakers will provide timely information you can take home and use
Details and registration information are available through program sponsors -- the Iowa Beef Center website and the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council website. Other sponsors and planners include ISU Extension and Outreach, the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Southwestern Community College and Practical Farmers of Iowa.
"The conference speakers will provide useful and timely information from university and industry perspectives, and the producers who attend will have access to a wealth of knowledge at a great price," Sellers says. "Members of IFGC or PFI can attend the two-day event for $40, and those who aren't members will pay $50 when registered before June 24. Walk-in registration is $10 higher."