CLARION – Forages -Changes, Challenges and Opportunities is the theme of the 16th annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference. The conference will be held Tuesday, March 12, 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, multi- species 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 more than 300 extension publications, papers, articles and book chapters, and has lectured extensively in the US 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 from Somerset Co. (retired) will discuss multi species 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. 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., Second Floor
DuBois, PA 15801
Conference information can be downloaded from the Headwaters RC&D Web site at www.headwaterspa.org, or by calling 814-503-8653.