Heart of America Grazing Conference

– Dr. Ray Smith, Forage Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky

The 2016 Heart of America Grazing Conference will be held at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington, KY on January 25-26, 2016. Monday evening’s program will include “History of Forage Research, Extension and Teaching in Kentucky” by Dr. Ray Smith and “Gratitude: A Personal Prospective” from Dr. Garry Lacefield. Tuesday will include:

• The Secret Ingredients of Clover: Biochanin a and Isoflavonoids (Dr. Michael Flythe)
• Soyhulls: More than Just a Feed Supplement (Dr. Glen Aiken)
• “Lacefield MaxQII” Novel Tall Fescue (Dr. Tim Phillips)
• Grazing Alfalfa: Producer Perspective (Bob Hall)
• Low Lignin Alfalfa: Advantages for Hay and Grazing (Dr. Ray Smith)
• Alfalfa as a Green Manure: Putting Some Pop Back in Your Crop (Dr. Ben Goff)
• How Diversity Extends the Grazing Season at Dogwood Farm (Debbie Dulworth)
• Native Warm Season Grasses: Naturally Adapted productive Pastures (Dr. Pat Keyser)
• Grazing Corn to Maximize Late Summer and Fall Gains (Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler)
• The Economics of Extended Grazing (Dr. Greg Halich)

The HOA conference is a 5 state initiative (MO, IL, IN, OH and KY) and this year is hosted by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. Full details and on-line registration info are available on the UK Forage website: www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage . Registration before Jan. 13 is $85 for the full conference; one day and student registrations are also available. Exhibit space remains available, contact Krista Lea at ukforageextension@uky.edu for exhibitor information.