2021 NC Forage and Grasslands Council Winter Conference

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The NCFGC is excited to host its 2021 Winter Conference virtually this year sponsored by Farm Credit. This event will be FREE to all participants! Only one registration is required for you to attend all four sessions. The Zoom link will be provided upon registration. This conference will be limited to 300 participants. To ensure your spot, register now!

Featured Conference Speakers: Greg Judy

Mr. Judy is the owner of Green Pastures Farm in Rucker, Missouri. With the help of his wife, Jan. They raise sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens, and mushrooms on 1620 acres. While grazing livestock on rich pasture, a main focus of theirs is building healthy soil throughout their farm. Greg Judy’s books are called “No Risk Ranching” and “Comeback Farms”. More information regarding Greg Judy and Green Pastures Farm.

Greg Brann  Mr. Brann owns and operates 900-acre Big Spring Farm in Tennessee and Kentucky. He practices management-intensive and multi-species grazing. Brann also utilizes warm-season forages, livestock genetics, and novel feeding strategies to build resilience in his farm. Behind it all has been a focus on integrating soil, animal, and plant health for the improvement of the whole system. Greg direct markets his 100% grass-fed & finished livestock. More information regarding Greg Brann and Big Spring Farm.

Other Speakers:

Dr. Alan Franzluebbers: USDA-Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Neil Rhodes:  University of Tennessee Extension Specialist Weed Management

Johnny Rogers: Amazing Grazing Program Coordinator

Andy Burlingham:  Livestock Extension Agent – Pitt County

Eve Honeycutt:  Livestock Extension Agent – Lenior & Greene County

Panel Members:  James Britt, Josh Teauge, Blake Allen Rafael Bravo

** View the conference flyer**

Breakdown of Sessions: 

All About That Waste!January 26  This session will include producers in eastern North Carolina discussing subjects including bermudagrass, annuals, and crop residue utilization. As well as hog and poultry waste utilization and its effects on soil and forages and ultimately livestock. Local Extension Agents, Andy Burlingham and Eve Honeycutt will present this information. Dr. Tom Van Dyke, NC State Extension Beef Veterinarian, will also be discussing mineral supplementation and nitrate issues in forages and hay.

Creating Your Own Opportunities! February 2  This session will focus on utilizing and optimizing forages that you have, navigating tenant-landowner relationships for leased lands, and multi-species grazing (sheep and cattle). Greg Judy, Owner of Green Pastures Farm in Missouri, and Greg Brann, Owner of Big Spring Farm in Tennessee and Kentucky will be the speakers.

FINALLY – Soil Health! February 9 This session will highlight soil health and fertility with a focus on fescue fertilization, winter stockpiling, and maintaining control of grassy weeds in new and existing fescue pastures. Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and Dr. Neil Rhodes, University of Tennessee Extension Specialist Weed Management will be the speakers.

Producer Panel – February 16 The final session will be a panel discussion that consists of local producers from across the state. These producers will have the opportunity to describe and showcase their farm and how they utilize different forages throughout the year. Johnny Rogers, Amazing Grazing Program Coordinator, will moderate the panel. **Waste and pesticide credits have been applied for.** During the conference we will also be holding a photo contest. Please submit your photos via Facebook or to mackenzie_hall@ncsu.edu. When submitting your photo please provide your full name, email, and/or phone number.

If you have any questions about the conference, call (919) 552-9111, email mackenzie_hall@ncsu.edu, or contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office.

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