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Uncertainty in Producing Forages for 2020

March 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference 

Conference Agenda:

9:00 – 9:45 Registration & Trade Show Open 

10:00 Keynote Speaker: Mike Rankin 

“Old dirt roads and new forage friends” 

There are a multitude of ways to produce, uti-lize, and market forage crops for livestock sys-tems. We’ll take a road trip and look at unique individuals who have carved out a successful forage utilization path. 

11:00 Forage Research Update 

Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU 

11:30 How Forage Diversity Affects Grass-fed Beef 

Logan Thompson, Lake City Research 

Noon – Lunch 

12:30 Michigan Forage Council 

Annual Meeting 

1:00 Keynote Speaker: Mike Rankin 

“The state of the alfalfa address” 

What is its future? I’ll look at some trends, attributes, and warts that currently exist with the “Queen of Forages” and what’s ahead. 

1:45 Recent weather trends and outlooks 

Dr. Jeff Andresen, MSU Weather 

2:15 Tradeshow Break 

2:45 Dealing with Rough Field Conditions 

Panel discussion to discuss mitigation of fields with soil compaction and drainage issues. 

3:15 Forage Spokesperson Contest 

A showcase of Michigan forage producers vy-ing for the opportunity to represent Michigan at the 2021 AFGC Conference in Savannah, GA. 

4:00 Adjourn

Registration Information: 

Michigan Forage Council members: $45.00 

Non-members: $60.00 

Students: $20.00 

At the door registration ADD $10.00. 

(Lunch not guaranteed with late registration) 

Pre-registration deadline March 1, 2020 

(covers all sessions, lunch, and breaks) 


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