Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference
February 23-24, 2021
We have an outstanding lineup of topics and presentations this year, including
Forage Ambassador for Barenbrug USA, as our Keynote Speaker.
For our 2021 Conference
Welcome Address from Ted Probert, 2020 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Committee Chair
I would like to extend a warm welcome to attendees of the 2020 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference! Thank you for selecting our conference as your source of educational information on forages, pasture management, and topics related to livestock production. This event has gained a reputation over the years for providing the latest in forage related research and practical tips on making the best use of southwest Missouri’s pasture and hay resources. This year’s conference promises to continue the tradition.
The conference planning committee has organized what we believe to be an excellent program for the 2020 conference. We are excited to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University back to our conference as keynote speaker. Dr. Grandin’s expertise is in the area of livestock handling facilities design. She has designed low stress facilities for packing plants and farming/ranching operations worldwide. She is a highly regarded author of numerous research articles, books, and videos on the topics of Livestock Behavior, Design of Facilities and Humane Slaughter. Her insight and discussion should offer something useful to anyone who works with livestock.
Rounding out the program will be breakout presentations dealing with pasture improvement, managing stocking rates, warm season perennials and annuals, use of forage quality analyses, nitrates in forages, and others. The planning committee has carefully selected knowledgeable and experienced industry speakers to address all these timely topics.
Please take time to visit the exhibits offered by conference vendors. The trade show is another avenue for helping you stay abreast of the latest products and services available to forage and livestock producers. Additionally, the financial support of vendors and sponsors plays a crucial role in our ability to continue offering our conference annually.
While at the conference, you will notice several people in the crowd wearing tan colored shirts bearing a Spring Forage Conference logo. These folks are members of our planning committee. Feel free to direct any questions or comments you may have concerning the day’s program or activities to them. Committee members are representatives of 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, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council/ Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. This committee works hard to bring you a useful and informative conference each year. Be sure and help us continue to do so next year by completing and submitting the conference evaluation.
I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in bringing you this year’s conference. Thanks to committee members, vendors, break sponsors, speakers, and conference attendees. It is the hope of our committee that your day will be both educational and enjoyable.
2020 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Committee Chair