Forage Focus 2015 conference and trade show
By News release
Oct. 8, 2015, Ontario - The Ontario Forage Council is preparing for the annual Forage Focus Conference, to be held Dec. 15 in Shakespeare, Ont., and Dec. 16 in Winchester, Ont.
The conference will highlight the importance of forages in improving profitability and efficiency, according to a press release from the Ontario Forage Council.
The keynote speaker at Forage Focus 2015 will be Rick Grant, president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute. Rick Grant was raised on a dairy farm in northern New York. He earned a bachelor of science in animal science from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University in ruminant nutrition, and a post-doc in forage research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From 1990 to 2003, Rick was a professor and extension dairy specialist in the department of animal science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Since February of 2003, he has been president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y., a privately funded educational and research institute focused on dairy cattle, equine, and crop management. Research interests focus on forages, dairy cattle nutrition, and cow behavior.
Joel Bagg, forage development specialist at Quality Seeds, will speak on what’s new in forages in 2015. Attendees in each location will be treated to firsthand knowledge on making quality hay for on-farm, domestic and export markets. This presentation will be delivered by a producer panel consisting of Milk Maker Forage Competition top-ranking contestants.
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