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2023 Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference

Thursday, March 9, 2023
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Registration and tradeshow starts at 9:00 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:
Dan Olson
Wisconsin Dairy Farmer, owner of Forage Innovations

Conference Agenda: 

9  A.M.               Registration & Tradeshow Opens

9:45 A.M.            Welcome & Introductions,
                           Gary Carmichael, Michigan Forage Council President

9:55 A.M.            Finding More Energy In Forages: whether dairy, beef, small ruminants or grassfeds, feeding high energy forages is the key.
Dan Olson, Wisconsin Dairyman and Forage Grower

10:30 A.M.          Break

10:45 A.M.          Forage Spokesperson Contest              

11:30 A.M.          MSU Forage Research Update 
                           Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist

Noon                  Luncheon Break

12:30 P.M.          Michigan Forage Council - Annual Business Meeting

1:10 P.M.            "Answering tough questions about tough weeds in hay and pasture fields"
Dr. Erin Burns, MSU Weed Scientist

1:50                   Afternoon Tradeshow Break

2:20                   Breakout Sessions

Room A

Room B

The Many Benefits of Grazing Dairy Heifers

Dan Olson, Wisconsin Dairy Farmer 

Inhibiting Prussic Acid for a safer and Tasty Sorghum

Dr. Shelby Gruss, MSU 

Making Fencing Systems More Effective

Andy Nevill, Nevill Fencing Supply, Inc.

You Never Get Over a Good or Bad Start When Establishing Alfalfa

Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension Educator


3:30 P.M.          Conference concludes  

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

Registration: Pre-registration deadline is Monday, March 7, 2022 close of business.  Registration includes lunch. 

(At the door registration ADD $10.00 after pre-registration period ends)

PRE-Registration Costs:
MFC Members: $45
Non-MFC Members: $60
Students: $20

Registrations after March 7, 2023 and onsite will incur an additional $10 per person fee and lunch may not be available.

After pre-registration ends March 7, 2023, there will be no refund of registration.
Accommodations for persons with disabilities or special diet restrictions may be requested by contacting the event contact one weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

This is a Michigan Forage Council Sponsored Event. Please do not attend if ill.


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