Welcome to the Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Website
2016 Date— March 1, 2016
2016 will mark our 32nd Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference with a day filled with
education and information about agriculture and grazing related topics.
This conference has grown throughout the years, and we hope you will plan to join us in 2016.
For 31 years, the Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference planning committee has coordinated this annual event focusing on educating and enlightening those in the forage production industry. We strive to bring in professionals, both talented and versed in their fields of study, to convey the latest research and developments or simply expand on time-proven principles. This year will be no exception. With a world-renowned keynote speaker and a multitude of breakout sessions, I believe you will easily find a topic of interest. Bringing in nearly 500 attendees each year, this premier conference will give you a chance to visit with old friends and make new, while gaining new and sharing old trade secrets.
It is a pleasure to have Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Director of Sustainability Project for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as our keynote speaker this year. Kim coordinated the Beef Checkoff sustainability research program. A program that provided the beef industry with its first sustainability assessment of the beef value chain, and a clear path toward improving sustainability in the future. Amongst being an industry spokesperson, Dr. Stackhouse-Lawson serves on the executive board for the Global Roundtable on Sustainable beef, as well as a subcommittee chair for the Five Nations Beef Alliance. We are pleased to have Dr. Stackhouse-Lawson with us this year.
Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of topics in our breakout sessions, then be sure to visit our trade show during the breaks. Our vast room of vendors and exhibitors will bring you in touch with the latest products sure to fit your needs. I want to give a big thanks to all our vendors and sponsors whom are a large contributor in making this conference so successful.
From early in the day to the final sessions, you will likely run into several members of the planning committee that can be identified by their matching tan shirts. While they don’t just share in the pride of wearing identical shirts, they also share the pleasure of organizing one of the elite forage conferences in the country. Committee members represent the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts of southwest Missouri, University of Missouri Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, Missouri State University – William H. Darr School of Agriculture, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The strong partnership that we share makes this conference possible.
On behalf of the planning committee, I wish you an enjoyable day and thank you for your attendance. As always, we welcome your ideas and comments on ways to improve on the conference.
2015 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Committee Chairman