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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Whether you own horses, goats, llamas or cattle, you need to plan on attending the North Texas Grazing and Pasture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will be held at the Magnolia Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “This is a unique program that will address the economics of pastures, alternative forages and have a special focus on developing healthy soils that can maintain high productivity year after year. Whether you are a part-time producer with ten acres and pastured poultry or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres and 100 momma cows, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 8:15 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 8:45 a.m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including one IPM and two general CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

Topics and speakers for the conference include: Dr. Blake Bennett, agricultural economist with AgriLife Extension who will discuss the true cost of pasture forages; Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olsen, AgriLife Extension forage specialist who will cover alternative forages and their management; Willie Durham, soil health specialist with USDA’s national soil health division who will present the details of how changes in soil health can increase the productivity of pastures; and finally Laura Miller, AgriLife Horticulturalist in Tarrant County will review the impact of invasive species in pastures.

A new event during the conference will be the Pasture Plant ID Contest during lunch. Those attending will have the opportunity to identify photos of 20 forage plants and weeds with the top scores qualifying to draw for a soil sample probe.

Register on-line at or contact your local county Extension office, in Tarrant County that number is 817.884.1945. A catered BBQ lunch, refreshments and educational materials is included in the registration fee. The $25 registration will be accepted at the door by cash or check. No credit cards will be accepted. The deadline to be included in the meal count is March 16.

For more information contact the Tarrant County Extension Office at 817.884.1945.



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