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.
University Plaza Hotel , Springfield, Mo
Welcome to the 32nd Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference!
For 32 years, the 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 400 attendees each year, this premier conference will give you a chance to visit with old friends and make new ones, while gaining innovative ideas to improve your operation.
This year we are pleased to have Trent Loos, a sixth generation United States farmer and strong advocate for agriculture, as our keynote speaker. Three million listeners tune in daily to hear Trent’s “Loos Tales” radio show. His mission is connecting rural and urban America by sharing the positive story of production agriculture. He travels the globe to unearth stories about the people involved in the many different facets of production agriculture and to spread the good word about food producers. In 2013, Trent traveled to 22 different states, Ireland and Canada to share his passion for an industry he truly believes in. He encourages producers to stand up and proudly tell consumers about life on their operations.
Breakout sessions throughout the day will feature an exciting variety of topics of interest to livestock producers, and be sure to visit our trade show during 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 who help make this conference possible.
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 Darr School of Agriculture, 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 for next year.
2016 Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference Committee Chairman