Well-known grazing experts will gather in southern Iowa in late August to offer a timely program for forage and livestock producers. The conference "Optimizing Grazing and Enhancing the Environment" is slated for Aug. 25-26, 2009, at Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake near Moravia, Iowa.
Utah State University researcher Fred Provenza will "kick off" the conference with his nationally recognized studies on animal behavior, ecosystem restoration through grazing, and ways to improve both animal performance and habitat diversity.
The grazing conference offers other noted forage researchers including Robert Kallenbach from the University of Missouri, Russell Stevens and Eddie Funderburg from the Noble Foundation at Ardmore, Okla., and Iowa State University researchers Jim Russell, John Kovar, Tom Isenhart and Steve Ensley.
Two-day event features top-notch speakers & topics
A pasture walk on the evening of Aug. 25 will highlight ISU research on grazing riparian areas and a weed and brush control demonstration. The two-day conference agenda includes the following sessions.
* Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., keynote speaker: "More than a Matter of Taste: Palatability" by Dr. Fred Provenza, Utah State University.
* 2:05 p.m. breakout sessions: "365 Days of Grazing" by Robert Kallenbach, University of Missouri. "Grazing Arrangements that Benefit Livestock Performance and Wildlife Habitat" by Russell Stevens, Noble Foundation.
* 3 p.m. breakout sessions: "Optimizing Your Pasture Fertilizer Dollars" by Eddie Funderburg, Noble Foundation. "Using Grazing to Enhance Habitat" a panel discussion of producers, landowners, etc.
* 5:15 p.m. pasture walk: Gene Gibbs farm near Promise City, Iowa.
* Wednesday, Aug. 26 8:30 a.m. breakout sessions: "Incorporating Cool Season Annual Forages" by Robert Kallenbach. "Grazing Arrangements that Benefit Livestock Performance and Wildlife Habitat" by Russell Stevens.
* 9:30 a.m. general session: "Trans-generational Linkages: Lifelong Influences on Animal Behavior" by Fred Provenza.
* 11 a.m. breakout sessions: "365 Days of Grazing" by Robert Kallenbach, University of Missouri. "Optimizing Your Pasture Fertilizer Dollars" by Eddie Funderburg.
* 1 p.m. final session: "Spice of Life: Tying It All Together" by Fred Provenza.
* 3 p.m. bull session: Q and A with speakers.
Fee is $50 if you pre-register by Aug. 10; $60 afterward
Major sponsors of the grazing conference are the Iowa Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension.
A pre-registration fee of $50 is due by Aug. 10 to the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, 900 Des Moines St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Registration at the conference is $60.
For more information, contact Joe Sellers, ISU Extension beef field specialist, at 641-203-1270, firstname.lastname@example.org. The agenda and conference location details are at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/grazingconference.html
Continuing education credits can be earned by attending this grazing conference. Certified crop advisors earn 7.5 hours of credits and veterinarians earn seven hours.