Forage Spokesperson Competition


The Forage Spokesperson Contest is 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. Each producer is asked to develop a 15-minute presentation which gives an overview of their farming operation. Emphasis is typically placed upon how forage management contributes to the overall farm objectives and marketing. An additional five minutes are then reserved for questions from judges and the audience. A diverse panel of judges comprised of producers, industry representatives and government agency employees score the producers on criteria including innovativeness, practical application of sound principles, communication skill and enthusiasm. We request that no video be used in the presentation as this impedes our ability to record the presentation.

⇒ 2021 Forage Spokesperson Nomination Form (Deadline 11/13/2020)

⇒ Forage Spokesperson Rules 


2021 AFGC Forage Spokesperson Sponsor:

2020 Forage Spokesperson Competition Winners:
1st Place -- Eric Deal , North Carolina
2nd Place -- Will Bowling , Kentucky
3rd Place -- Reed Edwards , South Carolina

Eric has developed a diversified grazing system utilizing fescue, native warm season grasses and Bermudagrass.  He extends the grazing season for his cattle with stockpiled fescue and uses forage analysis to determine cattle supplement requirements.  Eric has been recognize numerous times for his conservation techniques and grazing management strategies.  He enjoys working with others to improve grassland agriculture.

2019 Forage Spokesperson Competition Winners:
1st Place -- Bryan Eash, Indiana
2nd Place -- Anne Bays, Kentucky
3rd Place -- Tim Kelley, North Carolina

2018 Forage Spokesperson Competition Winners:
1st Place -- Ted Hughes, Georgia
2nd Place -- Buron Lanier, North Carolina
3rd Place -- Dave Fischer, Indiana

2017 Forage Spokesperson Competition Winners:
1st Place -- Dan Glenn, Georgia
2nd Place -- Dalton Bennett, Virginia
3rd Place -- Steve Carr, Indiana

2016 Forage Spokesperson Competition Winners:
1st Place -- George Lake, Pennsylvania
2nd Place -- C.J. Isbell, Virginia
3rd Place -- Galen Iverstine, Louisiana

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