UACES Facebook Forage conference and tour scheduled for Nov. 3

Forage conference and tour scheduled for Nov. 3

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Oct. 11, 2017 

Fast Facts:

  • Conference offers insight into best management practices for grazing pastures, even in tough seasons
  • Cost is $45 per individual, $60 for couples or $10 for students
  • Tour scheduled for afternoon

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Growing fall pasture can be an uphill battle in dry years — but the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has the expertise to help producers make the best of any situation.

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 The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council’s Fall Forage Conference and Forage Tour is scheduled fort Friday, Nov. 3, at the Pauline Whitaker Arena on the University of Arkansas farm in Fayetteville.

Jane Parish, professor and director of the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, will be the featured speaker. Parish will speak about how changes in their research farm winter grazing management strategies saved nearly $70,000 in hay feeding cost. 

John Jennings, Professor of Forages from the Division of Agriculture, said attendees can also expect to learn about grazing strategies for dairy management, as well as the findings of Division of Agriculture research into quick-growth forages. 

“These are fast-growing forages to turn to when other options are not available,” Jennings said. 

In the afternoon program, attendees will tour the University farm to see studies on fall and winter forage options as well as silvopasture — the practice of intermingling grazing, forestry and livestock production — work on how different forages grow under different tree species. 

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with a welcome and introductions 9:00 a.m. Registration can be paid at the door by cash, check or credit or debit card. The conference fee is $45 per person, $60 per couple, and $10 for students. Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. 

Pre-registration is encouraged to help with conference and lunch planning. 

“Anyone wanting to improve their forage system should attend this conference and tour,” Jennings said. 

For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Linda McCargo at 501-671-2171. The Pauline Whitaker Arena is located just off exit 66 on I-49 at 1335 W Knapp Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704. 

To learn about pasture grazing in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.  

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.   

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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