"Forages: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities" is the theme of the 16th annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Zion Church located 2.9 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 62, near Clarion. More than 30 companies and organizations will exhibit products and services during the event.
This year's conference will focus on the changes and challenges that grass-based farmers are facing and where they can find opportunities in the future. Sessions will cover topics such as getting the most out of forages, extending the grazing season, marketing opportunities, multispecies grazing and equine pasture management.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Garry Lacefield, forage specialist from the University of Kentucky. He is a native of McHenry, Ky., and grew up on a crop-livestock farm in the western Kentucky coal field area. He has authored and co-authored over 300 extension publications, papers, articles and book chapters, and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He serves on a number of state and national boards and committees and is past president of the American Forage and Grassland Council.
USDA-NRCS grazing specialists Sid Brantley from Kentucky and Tom Calvert (retired) from Somerset Co., Pa., will discuss multispecies grazing opportunities. Brian Moyer, PSU Extension, will talk about finding and keeping customers, and Dr. William Wise, veterinarian, will talk about keeping horses healthy on pastures.
Please register before March 1, 2013. Registration is $30 per person and includes a hot buffet lunch. Mail the registration and fee payable to:
Headwaters RC&D Council
Attn: Brittany Dittemore
109 N. Brady St., 2nd Floor
DuBois, PA 15801
Conference information can be obtained from the Headwaters RC&D website at www.headwaterspa.org
, or by calling 814-503-8653.