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Forage Conference Focuses on Recovery

24 October 2012

US - Severe drought has taken a toll on forages in Arkansas. "Focus on Recovery" is the theme of the 2012 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Forage Conference set for Thursday, 1 November.

Conference topics were selected to help producers affected by the severe drought. The conference will be held at the Agora Center in Conway at 705 E Siebenmorgen Road starting at 9:00 a.m. Topics will be covered by nationally known speakers and long-time experts.

Speakers from Oklahoma State University and the Noble Foundation will talk about what they learned from the 2011 drought for rebuilding forages, livestock herds, and about the actual market value of forages.

Breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover best management for grazing winter annual forages, weed control issues, and a demonstration of smart phone and iPad apps for farm use.

The afternoon session will feature a producer panel discussing what practices worked best during this year's drought. A wrap-up summary will be given titled "Making the most of your unplanned pasture improvement opportunity".

Registration can be paid at the door by cash, credit or debit card, or cheque.

The registration fee is $45 per person or $50 per couple and includes lunch, conference materials, and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council and American Forage and Grassland Council.

Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. Pre-registration is encouraged to help with conference planning, but is not required for attendance. Anyone wanting to improve their forage system should attend this conference.

For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Amore'e McGowan at 501-671-2171 or contact any AFGC board member.

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