February 3, 8:30am–3:30pmWhere
Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
The Ohio Forage & Grassland Council’s annual conference will feature “High Quality Forages.”
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kim Cassida, forage Extension specialist at Michigan State University, who will discuss “Managing Grass-Legume Mixtures” based on extensive research and experience in Michigan and her prior work in West Virginia. She and Dr. Jeff McCutcheon (OSU Extension, Southeast Region director) will also discuss “High Energy Pasture for Grass-Finished Beef” and two Ohio producers, Bill Lawhon of Knox County and Jeff Ramseyer of Wayne County will expand on that topic by discussing how they use annual and perennial forages in their grass-based beef operations.
Lin Karcher, a dairy producer in Meigs County, will discuss the transition to grass-based dairy production. Don and Megan Burgess of Hancock County will discuss how sheep breed affects use of annual forages in their operation. Todd Hager of Allen County will talk about his commercial hay operation that includes baling cover crops and reprocessing big square bales of alfalfa into small squares prior to marketing.
A six-state evaluation of “Reduced Lignin Alfalfa” will be discussed by Angie Parker of The Ohio State University and Dr. Mark Sulc and Dr. Dave Barker will provide a “Research Update” on several other forage projects.
Registration is available online. Registration will be due by Jan. 27, 2017.
Cost: $30 for Council members; $65 for nonmembers.