By Don Ball
Statewide forage conferences have been held in Alabama on an every-other-year basis since 1997. Each has been a great success, with attendance averaging around 300 people. The 2007 Alabama Forage Conference will be held on December 13 at the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association building, which is just east of Troy on Highway 231. It promises to be the best yet, with experts from five states speaking on important topics.
This event is open to interested persons from throughout Alabama as well as from other states. In addition to the excellent program, exhibitors will be on hand to provide information regarding useful commercial products. Exhibits will open at 8 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration will be $20 prior to December 1 and $30 at the door.
Another interesting aspect of the conference will be the Alabama Hay Contest, which is being sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Hay and Forage Committee. Any Alabama forage producer is eligible to enter for a fee of $15 per sample (the analysis report alone is worth this). The top three entries in each category will receive a plaque or prize, but the identities of persons who submit non-winning entries will be kept confidential. The deadline for entries is November 16.
Additional information on both the Forage Conference and Hay Contest is available at www.alabamaforages.com
Don Ball is an Extension Forage Crop Agronomist with Auburn University.