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Hay and pasture conference set for Jan. 19

December 22, 2011

The Tri-State Hay and Pasture Conference will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at Garrett College in McHenry, Md.

Presentations at the conference will challenge farmers to think about their farming operation and how forages can be part of their future.     

If you are in the forage business (grow hay, silage or pasture) you need to understand how plants grow and how soil type and properties impact forage production and grazing systems.

Bob Hendershot, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service state grassland conservationist and state Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative coordinator in Ohio, will lead the conference. Hendershot has a pasture-based sheep operation near Circleville, Ohio, and occasionally grazes stocker cattle.

A variety of other topics and speakers will round out the program. Certified crop adviser and pesticide and nutrient management certification credits will be offered.

Registration for the conference costs $15 per person before Jan. 13 and $20 after Jan. 13. Checks should be made payable to Garrett EAC and sent to Hay & Pasture Conference, University of Maryland Extension, 1916 Maryland Highway, Suite A, Mtn. Lake Park, MD 21550.

For more information, call 301-334-6960 or go to www.mdforages.umd.edu/UpcomingEvents.htm.

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