Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Conference Set Oct. 30 in Conway

    The nutritional importance of beef, forage crop insurance and marketing grass-fed beef are on the agenda for the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council annual fall conference Oct. 30 in Conway.

    “This year’s conference theme is ‘Changing Landscapes in Forages’,” said John Jennings, professor-forage, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

    The agenda includes: Peter Ballerstedt, forage products manager for Barenbrug USA, who will talk about “Beef – the Real Health Food.”

    “Ballerstedt’s presentation is an eye-opening look at the role of quality beef in human nutrition and obesity,” Jennings said.

    Other topics will be covered by nationally known speakers on key issues such as grass-fed beef production and marketing, how the endangered species act and environmental regulation may affect Arkansas producers, forage crop insurance, filling in forage gaps, native grasses, and livestock water alternatives.

    The conference will be held at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church Education Building in Conway. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the welcome is at 9 a.m.

    Registration may be paid at the door by cash, credit or debit card, or check. The registration fee is $45 per person and $15 for students and includes lunch, conference materials, and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council and American Forage and Grassland Council.

    Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. Registration before the conference is encouraged to help with planning but isn’t required. For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Kim Fryer at 501-671-2171 or contact any AFGC board member.

    The Woodland Heights Education building is located at 4215 Prince Street at the corner of Prince and Hogan streets in Conway. To reach the Education Building, take I-40 to Conway; Take the Dave Ward Exit (Exit 129) and go west on Dave Ward Drive to Hogan Lane (about 4 miles). Turn right (north) onto Hogan and go to Prince Street. Woodland Heights Baptist Church is at that corner on the left.

    For more information about forages, contact your county extension office, visit or

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