On Thursday, December 8, farmers interested in grazing will have the chance to network and communicate with other graziers and researchers during the first-ever Grazing Video Conference.
This innovative, interactive event will be held at five Minnesota locations, allowing graziers to attend the location closest to them. Locations are Thief River Falls, Grand Rapids, Lamberton, Rochester and Staples. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.
Three presentations will be in-person at each of the five locations. The remaining presentations will be live and interactive via video broadcast across all locations. The goal is to enable broad involvement without large time- and mileage-commitments for participants.
The 'grazing-edge' research presentations include:
-Grasses for Minnesota Grazing Systems by UMN-Extension Forage Agronomist Paul Peterson (presenting from Thief River Falls)
-Grazing Management of Annual Ryegrass in Combination with Rape or Turnips Seeded on Cattle Winter Feeding Areas by UMN-NCROC Agronomist Russ Mathison (presenting from Grand Rapids)
-Cycling & Loss of Nutrients in Pastures: There's No Substitute for Good Management by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Michael Russelle (presenting from Lamberton)
-Maintaining Pasture Productivity: The Effects of Extent & Timing of Grazing by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Geoff Brink (presenting from Rochester)
-Silvopasture: An Agroforestry Management Practice for Woodland Grazing by UMN-Extension Agroforestry Specialist Diomy Zamora (presenting from Staples)
-Crossbreeding Dairy Cattle For Improved Milk Production on Pasture by UMN-WCROC Dairy Scientist Brad Heins (presenting from Staples)
-Statewide Grazier Panel (GLCA members presenting from each location)
-MFA, GLCA, and Sponsor Updates (presented from each location)
Preregistration by November 22 is only $5.00 and includes lunch and proceedings. On-site registration is $15. Preregister via www.midwestforage.org/grazing.php, or contact the MFA office for assistance.
Locations for this statewide event are:
-Northland Community College, Thief River Falls
-North Central Research & Outreach Center, Grand Rapids
-Southwest Research & Outreach Center, Lamberton
-Winona State University-Rochester Campus, Rochester
-Central Lakes College, Staples
The Midwest Forage Association hopes graziers will participate in the video conference to help provide input about current and future grazing research needs.
The event is co-hosted by the Grazing Lands Conservation Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Cattleman's Association, University of Minnesota Extension and Midwest Forage Association. Major sponsors include Albert Lea Seed, Barenburg USA, Forage First, K Fence, Land Stewardship Project and Stearns DHIA Laboratories. Site sponsors include Arrowhead Area Regional Farm Bureau, Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District, Leaf River Ag Service, Newport Laboratories and North Central Feed Products.