VFGC winter conference sets virtual schedule
The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council is going virtual with its popular winter conference series that normally moves across the state over four consecutive days.
“Building Resilience in Grass-Based Farms” is the theme for the 2021 VFGC Winter Forage Conference which will follow the four-day pattern.
There will be four online presentations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on four nights. These will be shown on Jan. 18, Jan. 19, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. With a live question and answer session on Jan. 22.
The featured speakers are a Tennessee grazier Greg Brann and a forage economics specialist with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Greg Halich.
Brann has cattle and sheep grazing on 220 of 675 acres at his Big Spring Farm and direct markets his grass-fed and finished livestock.
Halich has worked with farmers across the Southeast to improve their operations through grazing management, grazing economics and feeding strategies to enhance productivity and profitability.
Halich will discuss “Building Resilience with Grazing Management and Winter Feeding” on Jan. 18 and “Profitable Stocking Rates and Downward Spiral of Overstocking” on Jan. 20.
Brann will talk about “Building Resilience in Soils, Plants, and Animals” on Jan. 19 and “Adaptive Grazing Management: Multispecies Grazing” on Jan. 21.
There will be a VFGC Business Meeting from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, followed by a conference recap and speaker question-and-answer session until 11:30 a.m.
Early registration for the conference is especially important this year, organizers said, as participation is limited to 500 families. On Jan. 1, 2021 registration will be advertised and opened to a national audience.
Registration information is available at www.vaforages.org or a Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
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