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2021 Virtual Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference

Thursday, March 11, 2021

9 a.m. - Noon EST

Michigan Forage Council Annual Meeting 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Held Online Via Zoom

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.

This is a free event. However, registration is needed in order to receive the webinar meeting link to your email address.

9:00 a.m.         Welcome & Opening - Gary Carmichael, MFC President


9:10 a.m.         Keynote speaker: Dr. Dennis Hancock, Center Director, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

                       "U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center: Focusing on Impact"


9:50                 MSU Forage Research Update, Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist   


10:20               Producer talks – Value-added Hay & Straw Repackaging, Mike Lauwers, Capac Forage Producer – Hot air for forages, John Strieter, Bay Port Forage Producer


10:45               Keynote speaker: Dr. Dennis Hancock  

                        “The Baleage Balance: Moisture, Fermentation, and Risks";


11:15               Michigan Grazing Dairy Industry Trends, Tom Cook, St. Johns Dairy Grazier


11:30               Details to Forage Excellence – Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension Forage Educator


11:45               Michigan Hay Supply Update (observations and trends from Michigan’s Forage Council Board of Directors) – Jerry Lindquist, MFC Secretary, Forage Producer


Noon               Conclusion of the 2021 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference


1:00 - 2:00       The Michigan Forage Council (MFC) Annual Meeting


2:00                 Adjourn

Potential sponsors that are interested in supporting the 2021 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference please proceed to the "Sponsor" button below.


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 with Lapeer MSU Extension at 810-667-0341 or