Producers, industry professionals and government representatives can learn about animal health, conservation, marketing, and national regulations from agriculture experts during the fourth Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE) Ag Forum on October 1 and 2 during the show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
“Each year the forum brings in a unique lineup of top-quality speakers to discuss topics that are timely for the Mid-Atlantic’s livestock producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The agriculture industry is changing quickly and the expectations placed upon us seem greater by the day. I encourage all of those involved in animal agriculture to come and learn at KILE, and I thank this program’s organizers for developing this insightful forum.”
The forum opens Thursday with a panel discussion on riparian buffers and a concurrent session on heavy use areas and pastures. The day features two tracks focusing on meat animal and equine conservation and health topics. Friday sessions emphasize small and large ruminant issues, including an energy audit tool demonstration and discussion of small ruminant grazing genetics and handling systems and management.
The forum runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Free lunches for attendees are provided by Multimin and Animal Profiling International. Registration and parking are free.
Continuing education credits for conservation planning are available both days. Thursday provides two wildlife and buffer credits and two grazing credits. Friday also provides two grazing credits.