Tuesday, March 5, 2019
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Registration from 9 - 9:30 a.m.)

3055 W M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879
(1.5 miles west of downtown St. Johns on M-21)

This program is designed to help producers learn about new and innovative ideas, approaches, and solutions to challenges in the Great Lakes Regions' forage based agriculture systems.

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Ray Smith 
University of Kentucky, Professor & Forage Extension Specialist

Morning keynote address 10 a.m. - "Combining Reduced Lignin Alfalfa with Cool Season Grasses"
Afternoon keynote address 1 p.m. - "Optimizing Pasture Grass Productivity"

Conference Agenda: 

9 - 9:45 a.m.  Registration & Trade Show Open

10 a.m.  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Smith, University of Kentucky, " Combining Reduced Lignin Alfalfa with Cool Season Grasses" 

11 a.m.  MFC Mini Grant Results
  • Grazing Residual Height Comparison, 1' vs 4" - Boyd Byelich
  • Methods of Enhancing Summer Pasture Sods with Warm Season Annuals - Dick Divelbiss
11:20 a.m.  Forage Research Update - Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU

Noon - Lunch

12:30 p.m.  Michigan Forage Council Annual Meeting

1 p.m.  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Smith, University of Kentucky, "Optimizing Pasture Grass Productivity"

1:45 p.m.  Forage Spokesperson Contest - A showcase of Michigan forage producers vying for the opportunity to represent Michigan at the 2020 AFCG Conference

2:30 p.m.  Tradeshow Break

3 p.m.  Hay Drying Techniques - Prodcuer & Industry Panel Discussion

4 p.m.  Adjourn

The Forage Spokesman Contest will showcase top Michigan forage producers as they vie for the opportunity to represent Michigan at the 2020 AFGC Conference.

The Michigan Forage Council (MFC) will also be having their annual meeting during the event.

Registration: Early registration ends Friday, March 1, 2019.  Registration includes lunch. 

(Add $10.00 after early registration period ends)

Early Registration Costs:
MFC Members: $45
Non-MFC Members: $60
(In 2019, the Michigan Forage Council will include, with paid registration for non-members, a 1-year membership into the Michigan Forage Council)

Registrations after March 1, 2019 and onsite will incur an additional $10 per person fee and lunch may not be available.

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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 Lapeer MSU Extension, Tina House, at 1800 Imlay City Road, Suite 1 in Lapeer, MI 48446, 810-667-0341 or HouseT@msu.edu.