Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference

2020 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference


Thursday, March 5, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Registration from 9 – 9:30 a.m.)

3055 W M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879
(1.5 miles west of downtown St. Johns on M-21)

This program is designed to help producers learn about new and innovative ideas, approaches, and solutions to challenges in the Great Lakes Regions’ forage based agriculture systems.
Keynote speaker:

Mike Rankin
Editor, Hay & Forage Magazine

Morning keynote address 10 a.m. – “Old dirt roads and new forage friends”
Afternoon keynote address 1 p.m. – “The state of the alfalfa address”

Conference Agenda:

9 – 9:45 a.m.  Registration & Trade Show Open

10 a.m.  Keynote Speaker: Mike Rankin, Editor, Hay & Forage Magazine, “Old dirt roads and new forage friends”

11 a.m. Forage Research update – Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU

11:30 a.m.  Lake City Research Update: How Forage Diversity Affects Grass-fed Beef – Logan Thompson, PhD Student

Noon – Lunch

12:40 p.m.  Michigan Forage Council Annual Meeting

1 p.m.  Keynote Speaker: Mike Rankin, Editor, Hay & Forage Magazine, “The state of the alfalfa address”

1:45 p.m.  Recent weather trends and outlooks – Dr. Jeff Andresen, MSU Weather

2:15 p.m.  Trade show Break

2:35 p.m.  Dealing with Rough Field Conditions – Panel discussion

3:15 p.m.  Forage Spokesperson Contest

4 p.m.  Adjourn

The Forage Spokesman Contest will showcase top Michigan forage producers as they vie for the opportunity to represent Michigan at the 2021 AFGC Conference.

The Michigan Forage Council (MFC) will also be having their annual meeting during the event.

Registration: Early registration ends Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Registration includes lunch.

(Add $10.00 after early registration period ends)

Early Registration Costs:
MFC Members: $45
Non-MFC Members: $60
Students: $20.
(In 2020, the Michigan Forage Council will include, with paid registration for non-members, a 1-year membership into the Michigan Forage Council)

Registrations after March 1, 2020 and onsite will incur an additional $10 per person fee and lunch may not be available.

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