Banner of agriculture photos.

Production agriculture is facing the reality of lower net farm income for the coming growing season. Forage production, the third largest commodity crop in Michigan, is poised to be an area of profitability.  

Join MSU Extension Specialists, Educators and guest speakers to learn more about areas pertaining to the profitability of forages in 2018.

This program, located in three convenient locations and open to all. Forage producers of alfalfa, grass, and corn silage as well as others such as custom forage harvesters, agribusinesses, veterans, and others interested in learning about forages are invited to attend.  


Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist: Alfalfa & Grass Mixes for Higher Income & Quality

Dr. Tim Dietz, Monsanto: The Economics of HarvXtra Alfalfa

Dr. Manni Singh, MSU Cropping Systems Agronomist: Choosing the Best Corn Silage Hybrid - Yield & Quality

Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension Forage Educator: Forage Supply Side Economics

Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing Educator: Optimizing Manure Economics for Forage Fertility

Cost: $10 per person (includes lunch and materials)

                                     2018 Times, Dates, & Locations

Registration 9:30 a.m.             Program 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.               all locations

Bad Axe, MI

Tuesday, March 13

Franklin Inn
1070 E Huron Ave.         
Bad Axe, MI 48413

Shepherd, MI

Thursday, March 22

Winding Brook Conference Center (RESD)
8240 S Genuine Rd      
Shepherd, MI 48883

Coldwater, MI

Tuesday, March 27

4-H Cabin
Branch County Fair
262 South Sprague St. Coldwater, MI 49036

Download Event Flyer

Registration for Optimizing Forage Profitability in 2018 is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 21, 2018.

Registration for Optimizing Forage Profitability in 2018 is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2018.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Tina House at 810-667-0341 or Phil Kaatz at