Forage and Grassland Council Conference Set for Feb. 6

Beef cattle grazing in harvested field of corn (Photo: Iowa State University Extension & Outreach)

Experts to discuss grazing, water improvement and more

The 2024 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council conference is set for Feb. 6 in Ames. The event returns to Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., just to the southwest of Jack Trice Stadium.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introduction at 10 a.m. Two presentations are on tap for the morning session, including experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Lunch at noon is followed by the council’s annual meeting. The two afternoon sessions run from 1-3 p.m.

Conference topics and speakers

  • “A tool for the grazing revolution: virtual fencing.” Meghan Filbert, No Fence.
  • “Corn residue grazing: current recommendations and adjustments based on new data.” Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
  • “Cultivating resilience: exploring traits and tactics with warm-season annual forage.” Shelby Gruss, forage specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • “Livestock water improvement ideas from the drought.” Jeff Matthias, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service.

All attendees also can enter a drawing for some door prizes courtesy of the show sponsors.

The conference is open to the public for $45. IFGC members pay $30 and those who have not yet paid dues can do so during the online registration process. Preregistration is encouraged to allow for adequate meal count.

See the agenda, registration form and map to Reiman gardens on the conference website.