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Top speakers set for forage conference

“MAKING FORAGES Work Harder” is the theme of the 30th annual conference of the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Friday, Oct. 24. Nationally-known speakers will address key forage issues facing producers.

Forage Specialist Gary Lacefield with the University of Kentucky will lead the program with a talk titled “Establishing Forages for Success.”

“Lacefield is co-author of Southern Forages, which is used as a textbook in more than 50 colleges and universities and by forage producers across the country,” said John Jennings, forage specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Wink Allison will tell producers how to stretch acreage with winter annuals. Allison is a Louisiana State University researcher with considerable experience in winter annual forages.

Producing horse hay has become a big forage cash crop in Arkansas, according to Jennings. He said a panel of experts will discuss what it takes to be successful in the horse hay market. They'll discuss horse hay from the hay producer, the hay consumer and horse nutritional management standpoints.

Jennings said he'll advise producers about alternative fertilizer options and matching them with forage production to maintain stands and productivity.

Registration for the conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds on Roosevelt Road in Little Rock. Registration costs $30 and $10 for students and spouses. It includes membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council, affiliate membership in the American Forage and Grassland Council, conference proceedings, sponsor exhibits and lunch.

The American Forage and Grassland Council membership also comes with a subscription to the Forage Leader newsletter and Hay and Forage Grower magazine. A short business meeting will be at the end of the conference.

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