December 2013
Farm & Field

Forage and Grassland Conference Scheduled for December

The 2013 Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Dec. 12 at Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville. The one-day conference, hosted by the Alabama Forage and Grassland Coalition, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the top forage experts in the country.

The registration fee is $75. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

The conference theme is "Forages: Past, Present, Future." It will provide producers and farmers with a look at some of the latest research and a chance to ask questions, as well as learning new and improved ways to produce top quality and quantity forage.

The morning session will focus on the forage industry and includes Dr. Don Ball, a former Alabama Cooperative Extension System forage specialist, and Dr. Jennifer Johnson, the current ACES forage specialist.

The conference also features several nationally known forage experts: Dr. Pat Keyser, director of Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee, and Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, forage product manager at Barenbrug USA.

In addition to the morning session and discussions with Dr. Keyser and Dr. Ballerstedt, the conference includes two breakout session tracks:

Extending the Grazing Season

Pasture Weeds and Weed Control Options

A pre-conference session will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Sand Mountain Research and Extension System in Crossville. Participants will have the opportunity to see current forage research projects and interact with the research scientists. The cost of attending this session is $10. Pre-registration is required and will be first come, first served.

Attendees will be able to earn continuing education credits for confined animal feeding operations, certified crop advisers and pesticide applicator certifications.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Lake Guntersville State Lodge, available at $82.50 per night plus tax. To make reservations call 256-505-6621 or 256-571-5540 and mention Alabama Forage Conference or market code 345.

For registration and other information, contact Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eddie Jolley with Natural Resources Conservation Service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..