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Syria, VA 22743
Mark the date for January 12-14, 2014 for the AFGC Annual Meeting at the Hilton in Memphis, TN. Room rates are $99 per night plus tax. To make your reservation please contact the Hilton at 901-684-6664. Agenda and registration details to be forthcoming.
If you have an upcoming event please send details to email@example.com or fax to 859-623-8694. Please include title of event, brief description, contact person with phone number and email, and website address for additional information.
The Conservation Professional Training Program is now offering free training with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Workshops. Sponsored by NRCS, the purpose of these workshops is to have a fully-trained group of conservation professionals that can create, implement and efficiently manage CRP plans that improve our nation’s natural resources according to NRCS guidelines. Topics covered during the trainings include: understanding landowners’ objectives and assessing eligibility, developing a CRP plan according to national and state guidelines, and CRP best practices for conservation. (more info)
1/6/2013 - 1/8/2013
AFGC Annual Conference at the Cincinnati Marriott River Center in Covington, KY
The AFGC National Hay Contest do you have hay, baleage/haylage and corn silage that was harvested, baled or ensiled with conventional equipment that you would like to show off to your peers? Would you like to receive a lab anaylsis for use in marketing your hay? If the answer is yes, then participation in the Hay Contest is for you. (click here for more info)
The following Forage Classes are eligible:
Warm-Season perennial grasses
Warm-season annual grasses'
Cool-Season perennial grasses
Cool-Season annual grasses
Samples will be judged as follows:
Forage Analysis - 70%
Physical Appearance - 30% TOTAL SCORE - 100%
Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the top three entries in each category.
2013 Contest Deadline for submission is April 26, 2013
For more information including Contest Rules click here.
2012 AFGC National Hay Contest Winners
1st Dan Henderson, AR
2nd Jimmy Jarvis, AR
3rd John Ginn, AR
1st John Welch, MD
2nd Clayton Geralds, KY
1st Clayton Geralds, KY
The Emerging Scientist competitors must not have completed their last degree more than one year prior to July 1 of the year they participate. If an academic rank is held, it can be no higher than Assistant Professor. (click here for more info)
The participant must be senior author of the competition paper and must not have placed in the top three in any previous Emerging Scientist programs.
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. students' graduates are eligible to participate.
For complete rules and nomination form click here.
2013 Emerging Scientist Recorded Presentations
Evaluating the Effect of Maturity on the Intake and Digestibility of Switchgrass Hay When Consumed by Beef Steers
David Davis - Clark County Cooperative Extension - University of Kentucky
Ergot Alkaloids Produced by Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue Decrease Rumen Epithelial Blood Flow of Cattle
Andrew Foote, Niels Kristensen, James Klotz, Kyle McLeod, Lowell Bush and David Harmon
Assessment of Stockpiling Methods to Increase Late Summer and Early Fall Forage Biomass
Amber Hickman, Ozzie Abaye, Benjamin F. Tracy, Chris Teutsch, and David Fiske
Mineral Nutrient Dynamics in Grazed Cool-Season Pastures
Gordon Jones and Ben Tracy
Growth habit of rhizoma peanut cultivars affects establishment and spread when strip-planted in bahiagrass sods
M. K. Mullenix, L. E. Sollenberger, A. R. Blount, M. S. Castillo, J. M. B. Vendramini, and M. L. Silveira
Sting Nematode Reproduction and Effects on Root Weight in Tall Fescue Cultivars
B. Runsick, M.S. County Extension Agent/Graduate Student, Agriculture, Food, and Life Sciences Department, University of Arkansas
Effect of grazing legume or grass forages with our without corn supplementation on animal performance and meat quality
of forage-finished beef
A. Wright, J. Andrae, M. Miller, P Gunter, C. Rosso, E. Pavan, and S. Duckett
The Forage Spokesperson Contest is typically one of the most popular and informative sessions at the annual AFGC conference. Individual farmers are nominated by state affiliate councils to present at the national conference. (click here for more info)
Each producer is asked to develop a 15 minute presentation which gives an overview of his farming operation.
Emphasis is typically placed upon how forage management contributes to the overall farm objectives and marketing.
If interested in participating please contact a board member of your affiliate council.
Click here for additional information and nomination form.
The National Photo Contest is a competition of photographs submitted in the following categories Harvested Forages, Grazing, Education, Wildlife and Conservation, and Open. (click here for more info)
Photographs are submitted electronically, printed as an 8x 10, framed and put on display during the annual conference.
Photos are judged in each category and then an overall photo is selected as the overall winning photo.
Winning photographs are then placed in the banner header of the AFGC website.
For rules and submission process please click here
The National Youth in Grazing Management Essay focuses on essays written about anything pertaining to grazing management, including but not limited to, personal experiences in grazing management, observation or explanation of grazing practices, livestock management on pasture, fencing or other equipment related to grazing management, plant or animal species response to grazing management, or any other subject matter related to grazing management.
(click here for more info)
There are three age categories for participants—14 and under; 14-18; and 19-22.
Essays must be original composition of the entrants and can either by typed or legibly hand written.
The National Forage Bowl competition is an undergraduate team competition. The format is similar to the popular game show Jeopardy. We encourage colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to enter teams in this competition. Cash awards and plaques will be presented to the winning teams. A reduced student registration fee for the conference is available for those competing in the Forage Bowl. (click here for more info)
2013 Forage Bowl Information:
Reduced conference registration fee available for team participants.