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sfcwelcome-letter-schnakenbergWelcome to the  Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Website

2017 Date—  February 28, 2017

SFC color logo2017 will mark our 33rd 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 2017.

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference!

Thank you for attending the Spring Forage Conference, offering a tradition of providing informative forage production recommendations for the past 33 years.  We have a great day scheduled.  The planning committee has worked tirelessly over the past twelve months to bring together some of the best minds in forage production to help you take the next step toward meeting your forage goals.  We are striving to bring professionals together to convey the latest research and developments or simply expand on time-proven principles. This year will be no exception.

We are delighted this year to have Allen Williams as our keynote speaker. Allen is a founding partner of Grass Fed Beef, LLC, Grass Fed Insights, LLC and a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc.  Based in Starkville, Mississippi, Allen has consulted with more than 3,500 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America.  He is well known nationally and internationally for his talent and skills in understanding the relationship of the soil and the animal products that we eat and improved grazing management techniques.  In addition to the keynote address, we are also giving Allen more time during the breakout session following the luncheon.

Carefully planned breakout sessions are designed to give a deeper exposure of ideas for the participants.   With four sessions offered for each time-slot, you are sure to find a variety of presentations to choose from throughout the day. This is a day that is packed with presenters who have experience, talent and are eager to share their innovative knowledge to improve the efficiency of your forage production.

Our room of vendors and exhibiters is another highlight of the conference each year. I greatly appreciate their support of this conference to make this a premier experience for all.  Take some time to visit the many booths that we have.  I guarantee that you will make some invaluable contacts today and will reacquaint yourself with other producers whom you have gotten to know over the years.

You will notice today that all of the committee members are wearing identical tan shirts. If you have questions about the sessions or need more information, it will be their pleasure to assist you.  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 Darr School of Agriculture, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The strong partnership that we share makes this conference possible.

Let me commend you for joining this community of livestock producers who will for sure leave today with new information to take back to their own operations. As always, we welcome your ideas and comments on ways to improve on the conference for 2018, so be sure to fill out the questionnaire provided during the last session.  On behalf of the planning committee, I wish you an informative day and thank you for your attendance.

Sincerely,

Tim Schnakenberg

2017 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Committee Chairman

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Spring Forage Conference Committee. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Spring Forage Conference Committee, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.