2021 “Virtual” Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference featuring keynote speaker Dennis Hancock

The Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference on March 11 is going virtual. Keynote topics include U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center: Focusing on Impact, and The Baleage Balance: Moisture, Fermentation, and Risks.

The annual Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference offered by the Michigan Forage Council with support from Michigan State University Extension is going virtual this year. This great educational event is free of charge and offered to forage producers and those with interests in agriculture. The virtual platform will hopefully attract even more graziers and forage producers to participate in this event. The conference is designed to help producers learn about new and innovative ideas, approaches, and solutions to challenges in the Great Lakes regions' forage-based agriculture systems.

The keynote speaker this year is Dennis Hancock, the new director of the USDA Forage Research Center in Madison, WI. Hancock was the longtime forage specialist at the University of Georgia before coming to Wisconsin. His sessions will highlight the impact of forage research that is being conducted at the Forage Research Center and “The Baleage Balance: Moisture, Fermentation, and Risks.” Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist, will be giving an MSU Forage Research update; and producers Mike Lauwers and John Strieter will be covering topics on value added straw and hot air forages. MSU Extension educator Phil Kaatz will be covering details to forage excellence, and Michigan Forage Council secretary and forage producer Jerry Lindquist will be giving a Michigan hay supply update.

This is a free event; however, registration is needed to receive the webinar meeting link to your email address. Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/2021GLFGC/. The webinar link will be emailed following registration. Attendees will be able to join via smartphone, computer, or tablet. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 10, 2021.

We are seeking sponsors for this year’s conference at a cost of $50 for each sponsor. We will recognize all sponsors during the conference and of course you and your company members may all participate for free online or via phone by signing up on the registration website. Complete details for participant and sponsorship registrations can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/2021GLFGC/. Please log in and confirm your sponsorship by March 8 to guarantee your business is listed as a sponsor during the conference. The Michigan Forage Council Annual Meeting is at 1 p.m. using the same link.

For more information, contact Phil Kaatz at 810-667-0341 or kaatz@msu.edu , Kim Cassida at cassida@msu.edu, or Kable Thurlow at thurlowk@msu.edu or 989-426-7741.

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