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Forages conferences will feature international expert on livestock and wildlife grazing behavior

January 08, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT: Sue Ellen Johnson, se_johnson@ncsu.edu or 919.513.1335

A series of conferences on pasture and forage management held across the state this month will include remarks from an expert on livestock and wildlife grazing behavior. This is the second conference series on which North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council have collaborated.

Conferences will be held at the Nash County extension center Jan. 19 in Nashville, at the Union County extension center Jan. 20 in Monroe, and at the Mountain Research Station Jan. 21 in Mills River. Each conference will run 1-7:30 p.m.

Utah’s Dr. Fred Provenza will present information at each conference, along with panels of exceptional local forage managers. Provenza is often featured in Stockman Grass Farmer magazine. Among his most interesting accomplishments is the successful management of livestock and wildlife to eat weedy and invasive plants.

North Carolina forage managers will appear at each conference. In Nash County, the featured managers will be Linda Fisher, E.B. Harris and Bill Freeman, while in Union County, Rob Kalmbacher and Corey Lutz will be featured. In Mills River, George Lenze, Page Modlin and Steve Lemel will be the featured local pasture managers.

Tradeshows and dinner are included in each of the conferences. For more information, contact your local county Extension center or Sue Ellen Johnson at N.C. State University, 919.513.1335. Find contact information for Cooperative Extension county centers at www.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=countycenters.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Extension professionals serve citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, providing education and technical assistance based on research from North Carolina’s land-grant universities, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University. Extension specializes in agriculture, youth, communities, health and the environment by responding to local needs.

Posted by Natalie at January 8, 2010 02:09 PM