COLUMBUS, Ind. — Livestock producers, Extension educators
and agribusiness professionals interested in improving forages and pasture
productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21 at
the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus.
The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many
Jason Tower, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center
superintendent, said the conference will highlight improved grazing management
techniques and how producers can improve bottom lines and animal
“Anytime we can have our animals grazing more days out of
the year, it saves money and helps increase overall profitability, and it can
also provide better feed quality for the animal,” Tower said.
The conference will kick off with an evening program and
tradeshow on Jan. 20. Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson will
discuss Indiana’s forage industry and contributions that are based in
“The amount of pasture growth in late summer and into early
fall is not as much as we would have liked it to have been,” he said.
“Individuals who were careful about not overgrazing will benefit next
Johnson said pastures that were overgrazed the last couple
of years would have more stress and less productivity in the coming year.
On Jan. 21, sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
cover soil health, invasive species, woodlot grazing with goats and
forage-finished versus grain-finished beef.
Registration costs $65 per person for both days and $55 for
an additional person from the same farm. One-day registration costs $40 and $35
for a second person. Meals are included.
After Dec. 20, full registration costs $75 and one-day
registration costs $50. Meals are not guaranteed for those who register after
Checks should be made payable to the Indiana Forage Council.
Registration forms can be downloaded at
Registration and payment should be sent to the Indiana
Forage Council, c/o Keith Johnson, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN
A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel with a rate
of $84. Contact the Clarion Inn at (812) 372-1541 by Dec. 20 and mention the
Heart of America Grazing Conference to receive the discounted rate.
In addition to Purdue University Extension, conference
sponsors are the Indiana Forage Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council,
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, The Ohio State University Extension,
University of Illinois Extension, University of Kentucky Extension, University
of Missouri Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service and Indiana’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and