Decreasing winter hay feeding on the agenda


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold its annual meeting and tradeshow on Friday, Nov. 8, at Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium.
“This is an especially good year to make the effort to attend,” said Gary Bates, forage specialist with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. “Several practical questions that producers have will be dealt with during the presentations.”   
Jennifer Johnson, forage specialist from Auburn University, will provide information on practices to decrease winter hay feeding.  Forage quality and its impact on animal intake and performance will also be discussed, as well as several other topics.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. CST.  A $25 registration fee covers the cost of membership in the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council and lunch. The meeting will conclude by 3 p.m.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for any farmer who’s looking to produce forage and grasses as profitably as possible,” said Bates. “This is where Tennessee’s top producers will be, and if they can’t help you, they’ll know the other good producers in your area.” 
An accompanying trade show offers producers a look at and a lesson about the constantly changing technology necessary to make the best decisions for their farms and for their buyers. The day’s events also include a silent auction provided by the major seed, chemical and pharmaceutical companies participating in the tradeshow.
For more information about the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council, contact your county’s UT Extension office or Bates at 865-974-7208.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.


Dr. Gary Bates, UT Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-7208