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Grab your spot at Indiana Grazing School

There are two locations and two dates to choose from to attend this informational event.

Tom J. Bechman, Midwest Crops Editor

May 16, 2023

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All things grazing will be fair game when the Indiana Grazing School convenes in June. There are two locations and two dates offered. Sign up now and claim your spot.

“We have a strong lineup of topics and speakers to address the most important issues related to improving and maintaining pastures and grazing livestock successfully,” says Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.

The grazing schools are sponsored by the Indiana Forage Council in conjunction with the Purdue Agronomy Department. Each school will cover a wide range of topics. Expect discussions on soil fertility and tutorials on plant identification for those interested in improving mixes of species and quality of forage in pastures.

Get down to the nitty-gritty about watering choices, fencing options and overall alternatives for efficient grazing systems. There also will be discussion about animal health, a key to maintaining productive grazing systems, Johnson says.

What you should know

The first school will be offered June 9-10 at the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, or SIPAC. It’s located at 11371 East Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, Ind.

The second school will be the following week, June 16-17, at the Randolph County Extension office, 1885 S. U.S. Highway 27, Winchester, Ind.

The format for each school will be sessions from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, local time.

Cost is $75 per person, and $50 for additional people from the same farm. Register by June 2.

Find more information and the registration form at the Indiana Forage Council website at Direct questions to Jason Tower by emailing [email protected] or calling 812-678-4427.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Midwest Crops Editor, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman became the Midwest Crops editor at Farm Progress in 2024 after serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer for 23 years. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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