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Grazing research for Minnesota's future- 2011 video conference


Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for the first-ever Grazing Video Conference - an opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing research needs. This innovative, interactive event will be held at five Minnesota locations allowing graziers to attend the location closest to them. Locations include Thief River Falls, Grand Rapids, Lamberton, Rochester, and Staples; registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Three presentations will be in-person at each of the five MN locations. The remaining presentations will be live and interactive via video broadcast across all locations. The goal is to enable broad involvement without large time- and mileage-commitments for participants.

The 'grazing-edge' research presentations include:

Grasses for Minnesota Grazing Systems by UMN-Extension Forage Agronomist Paul Peterson (presenting from Thief River Falls).

Grazing Management of Annual Ryegrass in Combination with Rape or Turnips Seeded on Cattle Winter Feeding Areas by UMN-NCROC Agronomist Russ Mathison (presenting from Grand Rapids)

Cycling & Loss of Nutrients in Pastures: There's No Substitute for Good Management by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Michael Russelle (presenting from Lamberton)

Maintaining Pasture Productivity: The Effects of Extent & Timing of Grazing by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Geoff Brink (presenting from Rochester)

Silvopasture: An Agroforestry Management Practice for Woodland Grazing by UMN-Extension Agroforestry Specialist Diomy Zamora (presenting from Staples)

Crossbreeding Dairy Cattle For Improved Milk Production on Pasture by UMN-WCROC Dairy Scientist Brad Heins (presenting from Staples)

Statewide Grazier Panel (GLCA members presenting from each location)

MFA, GLCA, and Sponsor Updates (presented from each location)

Preregistration by November 22 is only $5.00 and includes lunch and proceedings! On-site registration is $15. Preregister via www.midwestforage.org/grazing.php, or contact the MFA office for assistance. The location is the Winona State University-Rochester Campus, 859 30th Ave SE, Room ST 108 (Rochester).

This pioneering event is co-hosted by the Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA), Natural Resources Conservation Service, MN Department of Agriculture, MN Cattleman's Association, University of Minnesota Extension, and Midwest Forage Association. Major sponsors include Albert Lea Seed, Barenbrug USA, Forage First, K Fence, Land Stewardship Project, and Stearns DHIA Laboratories. Site sponsors include Arrowhead Area Regional Farm Bureau, Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District, Leaf River Ag Service, Newport Laboratories, and North Central Feed Products

Please join this unique opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing-research needs. Your input is important

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