If you're caught up in the cover crop frenzy, you might want to catch a rapidly approaching meeting in your area, whether you're a dairy farmer or not. The Purdue University Extension Dairy Team and Indiana Professional Dairy Producers in partnership with the Indiana Forage Council are sponsoring a series of meetings over the next two weeks. Each meeting begins at 9 a.m. and runs to 2:30 p.m. local time.
Topics will vary from meeting to meeting, but one session will be offered at each and every meeting. Using Cover Crops to Your Advantage will be discussed at each meeting. Representatives of the Indiana Forage Council and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are responsible for conducting this session.
Dates are Feb 28, at Byron Seeds, Parke County, call 317-695-8228; Feb 29, Back Forty Junction Restaurant, Decatur, call 260-724-3355; March 1 at the Elkhart Community Center in Goshen, call 574, 535-0554; March 6, at the Log Inn in Warrenton in Gibson County, call 812-867-3216; and the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds near Columbus on March 7, call 812-379-1665.
Jim Dickrell will discuss diary policy at the Rockville, Decatur and Goshen meetings. Dairy policy is key since the farm bill discussion is slated to begin this year, despite educated guesses that there may not be an actual farm bill passed until 2012. An ag attorney will discuss regulation at the Decatur (Adams County) and Goshen meetings. At Rockville, Warrenton and Columbus a Purdue Extension specialist will discuss reducing mastitis in your dairy herd.
At Warrenton and Columbus, renewable energy specialist in Purdue Extension, Chad Martin, will present a discussion on energy audits for dairy farms.For costs and registration information, contact each location at the numbers provided, or contact Purdue Extension diary specialist Tamilee Nenich at 765- 494-4283.