VFGC working with guidelines for pasture tour
The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council is going to see if the “new normal” works with its first planned on-farm event of 2020, a pasture walk on July 23 in Bath County.
The group will be holding the evening pasture walk at the Moyers Family’s Twilight Farms near Hot Springs. Va.
“Kevin Moyers and his family will showcase the improvements made to their farm and grazing system with an emphasis on his conversion of wild-type, toxic endophyte fescue to the advanced technology of a novel endophyte fescue,” a news release from VFGC said.
This on-site event is one of the first in the agriculture community bringing Virginia farmers together in person to learn from one another and experts since the national emergency caused by the COVID-19.
J.B. Daniel, forage and grassland agronomist with Virginia NRCS, said organizers have worked to be sure the pasture walk follows restrictions that follow the Phase II requirements outlined by Gov. Ralph Northam before the state entered Phase III July 1.
Space is limited to the first 50 people to register. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., with a light dinner and will try to end at 7:30 p.m. Registration is available at vaforages.org for $10 per person. Registration deadline is July 17 so enough food can be prepared.
Any questions about the event you should be directed Shawna Bratton at 540-448-3665 or email her at sbratton@AugustaCoop.com.
“Each attendee will be required to answer a few basic questions and sign a liability waiver as they arrive on-site,” according to a notification of the meeting.
“We ask that if you are sick, have even a slight fever, or minor cold symptoms or have been in contact with a person known to have had COVID-19 within the last 14 days, then please do not attend this event.”
The notification continued to stress care.
“If you have an underlying health condition that makes you an ‘at risk’ person for contracting the COVID-19 virus, then you should consider staying home. For who plans to attend, we ask that you be cautious, responsible and respectful and use social distancing practices. Be prepared to walk to the different fields since we will anyone NOT be loaded together on wagons. Unless the Governors’ restrictions are removed then we cannot even transport people who have trouble walking, so it may be too soon for you to attend in person. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to host this event while keeping your safety in mind.”
Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair or be prepared to eat supper on the hood or tailgate of their respective vehicle.
Speakers scheduled for the event are Shawna Bratton, beef specialist with Augusta Cooperative; Alston Horn with Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Daniel.
Topics to be covered include the conversion process to novel endophyte fescue and using summer annuals to prepare for the fescue conversion.
There will be an electric fence component and use demonstration as well as a conservation update.
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