Welcome to the 38th Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference!
I and the planning committee want to welcome you to the 38th Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference. Through the years this conference has always provided participants with excellent knowledge and education in current management strategies for optimum performance of there forage and livestock operations. The current conference will continue that tradition and hopefully you will be able to take information and use it to the betterment of your farming operation. In addition, we plan on an in-person conference as we have done in years prior to 2021 at the Oasis Convention Center.
For the previous 12 months committee members from 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 College of Agriculture, and the Missouri Department of Conservation have been working to plan this conference. In addition, this committee’s partnership with the Missouri Forage and Grasslands Council/Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative is important to planning and conducting this conference. Through the planning process we have identified current topics as well as presenters that will provide excellent knowledge in the areas of livestock and forage management that can be used to the betterment of your farming operation.
The year’s conference keynote address will be given by Corbitt Wall who is the commercial cattle manager and livestock market analyst for DV Auction. Corbitt will discuss the state of the livestock industry and where we are headed. Corbitt is a fourth-generation cattlemen that hosts a daily news production called the “Feeder Flash.” Corbitt has also pursued his passion of livestock auctioneering for the past 25 years. Corbitt spent an 18-year career with the US Department of Agriculture where some of his responsibilities included grading market ready cattle being delivered on Chicago Mercantile Exchange contracts and authoring the USDA National Feeder and Stocker Cattle Summary. Corbitt and his family have spent many years in the stocker cattle industry and recently relocated back to the Texas Panhandle, after 16 years in northwest Missouri where he operated a small stocker cattle operation with his three daughters. Corbitt is known for his suggestions on the best way to sell cattle as well as ways for the cattle industry to not end up like the pork and chicken industry. Corbitt’s will answer questions in a breakout session following his keynote address.
The breakout sessions are designed to educate and provide forage and livestock producers management strategies on current topics for optimum productivity of their farming operations. With four sessions offered for each time‐slot, there is a variety of presentations to choose from. Presenters are experienced, talented and eager to share their knowledge to improve the performance of your forage and livestock operation. In addition, there will be two breakout session that are repeated during the day, dedicated to sheep and goat multispecies grazing and herd health management.
Our vendors and exhibitors are another highlight of the conference each year. The planning committee appreciates their support to make the conference a premier event. Take some time to visit with them. You will make some invaluable contacts and reacquaint yourself with other producers whom you have gotten to know over the years.
As a participant of the conference thank you for your attendance and support. Should you have questions or need assistance please look for a committee member who will be wearing a name tag and a tan shirt. Also please provide comments on this year’s conference and provide ideas to help in the planning of next year’s conference by filling out the questionnaire that you receive in the bag of materials at the registration desk. Again, on behalf of the planning committee thank you for your attendance, hopefully you enjoy your day and receive information that will lead to the betterment of your farming operation.
2022 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Planning Committee Chairman