Meeting and Tradeshow Set for November 7

Hay from East Tennessee field

The 2014 Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold its annual meeting on Friday, November 7, at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Photo of East Tennessee hay by P. McDaniels, courtesy of UTIA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold its annual meeting and tradeshow on Friday, November 7, at the Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium in Nashville.

“Several emerging issues will highlight this year’s program,” says Gary Bates, director of the University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center.  “The lineup of speakers is outstanding and should provide for a very interesting day.”

Ryan Goodman, who maintains the website which boasts more than 11,000 followers, will be discussing then need for interaction between the ag industry and non-ag society. He will also discuss the opportunities of social media in agricultural relations. Other topics include preventing herbicide resistance in pasture weeds, managing nuisance wildlife and techniques for low-cost heifer development.

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 as well as lunch. The meeting will conclude by 3 p.m. CST.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for any farmer who’s looking to produce forage and grasses as profitably as possible,” says 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 or by email at

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 Beef and Forage Center, 865-974-7208,