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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – It is once again time to register for the Alabama Forage Conference. Held every two years, this year’s conference will be Dec. 4 at the Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the conference, there is a pre-conference tour, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center.

Leanne Dillard, an Alabama Extension forage specialist, said there are a lot of exciting things planned for the conference and tour.

“On the tour, people will see the current research being conducted on many different areas of the forage industry,” Dillard said. “Some of these research areas include legume-tall fescue mixtures, forage gardens, cool-season forage mixtures and calf weaning and backgrounding.”

Speakers and Topics

Dillard said the conference will host many speakers, discussing a variety of topics that deal with the conference’s main theme of Diversifying Alabama Forage Systems.

“The keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Beck, an associate professor and endowed chair of ruminant nutrition and forage management at Oklahoma State University,” Dillard said. “His research deals with nutrition and production and management of growing and finishing beef cattle. His research has focused on the use of annuals in tall fescue and bermudagrass systems to increase forage quality and extend the grazing season.”

In addition to the keynote speaker, there are many other speakers and breakout discussions scheduled.

  • Kim Mullenix
    • Alfalfa and Bermudagrass
  • Leanne Dillard
    • Grazing Cover Crops
  • Jim Bostick, Leanne Dillard, Andy Tipton and Katie Mason
    • Breakout Session I: Forage Hot Topics
  • Josh Elmore, Paul Beck, Kim Mullenix, Kent Stanford and Russell Carrell
    • Breakout Session II: Extension the Grazing Season

In addition to the slated speakers, there is a tradeshow where producers can interact with over 20 companies and stakeholder groups.

“The conference is a great opportunity for producers to interact with Extension agents and industry professionals alike,” Dillard said. 

Registration

Online registration for the conference is open until Nov. 19. The registration cost is $65 per person, which includes both the pre-conference tour and the conference. To register, visit the Alabama Cattlemen’s website. For more information, visit www.aces.edu or contact Dillard at alabamaforages@auburn.edu or 334-844-7514.

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