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Pennsylvania Forage Conference

February 21, 2019

Keynote Presentations Given at Grantville Location(Broadcast live to satellite locations)

Forages from PA to CA:
Many Systems, Common Goals
Forage systems often differ radically, but the goals in all of them are essentially the same – growing a crop with the persistence, yield, and quality to optimize meat and/or milk production. I’ll discuss what I’ve observed from actively studying forage production throughout the U.S. and in many temperate areas of the world. In the process, I hope to stimulate thinking about how we can get the most from our forage based systems in this era of depressed prices and variable weather patterns.

Ecotypes and Endophytes 
What’s New in Tall Fescue Varieties?

Tall fescue is a widely adapted and highly resilient cool season grass. New varieties make fescue an excellent choice for many forage systems. I’ll dis-cuss new developments in tall fescue improvement, including types and value of endophytes and the differences between and advantages or disadvantages of summer active vs. summer dormant cultivars, particularly in PA.

About Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Brummer

Dr. Charlie Brummer grew up on a diversified crop, livestock, and vegetable farm in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, and studied agronomy at Penn State before graduate school at the University of Georgia. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in 1993, he has been on
the faculty at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and currently, at the University of California, Davis. At Davis, he is the director of the plant breeding center. Charlie conducts research on the agronomy, breeding, and genomics of alfalfa, tall fescue, and other forage crops with colleagues throughout the U.S. and the world. He teaches courses in forage crop management and advanced plant breeding. In 2017, he was president of the Crop Science Society of America.

Kyle Imhoff

Kyle Imhoff has been the Pennsylvania State Clima-ologist since 2015 and joined the Climate Office in 2011. In addition to long-range forecasting, Kyle’s research interests include numerical weather predic-tion, weather risk assessment, and decision support tool development. Kyle is a member of the Ameri-can Association of State Climatologists and teaches courses in weather forecasting and climate studies.

Dr. Alyssa Collins

Dr. Alyssa Collins is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology at Penn State. Her research and extension focus on applied disease management in corn, soybean, and other field crop systems. She is also the director of the Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center where she oversees research and extension activities in agronomy, horticulture, and environmental impacts of ag practices.

George Lake

George Lake is the owner and operator of Thistle Creek Farms in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. A retired Marine colonel and commercial airline pilot for Continental Airlines, George has turned his attention to producing high-quality grass-fed beef.

Conference Locations


Holiday Inn Harrisburg- Hershey 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA 17028 Phone: (717) 469-0661


Westmoreland Co. PSCE Office
214 Greensburg-Donohoe Station Rd # E, Greensburg, PA 15601


PSCE Office Auditorium463 North Perry Highway Mercer, PA 16137


Union County Extension Office343 Chestnut Street, Suite 3Mifflinburg PA 17844


Bradford PSCE Office Large Meeting Room200 Main Street, Suite 3 Towanda, PA, 18848


February 21, 2019


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