The 2004 Conference of American Forage and Grassland Council will be held in Roanoke, Va., June 12-14.

Forage producers, industry representatives, scientists, educators and anyone interested in learning about forage agriculture are urged to attend. Attendance is anticipated between 400 to 500 people.

The theme of the conference is “Farmers, Forage and the Future.” The event will include the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Grazing Conference and will feature a tour of the Shenandoah Valley on June 13; a special dairy session on June 14; and on-farm discussions at two-pasture-based dairy farms near Dublin, Va., on June 15.

The conference also includes joint session of the Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference.

The joint conferences will feature concurrent sessions on tall fescue, harvesting quality forage, equine forage and grazing for dairy herds. A nutrient management symposium will also be held concurrent with the sessions on June 14.

Oral papers will be presented as well as a competition for emerging scientists, forage spokesperson competition and distinguished grasslander award.

A professional field tour is scheduled on Sunday, June 13. Participants will tour the Grazeland Dairy owned by Phillip Witmer and Delta Springs Farm owned by the Charles Horn family.

The field tour includes talks about grazing tolerance of legumes in fescue and fescue grazing management. Participants will also hear about the Appalachian Pasture Raised Beef Project.

A post-conference tour will visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Appomattox and the D-Day Memorial. A spouses tour will be held on June 14 and June 15.

To register, call 540-231-5182. The conferences will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The lodging deadline is May 10. For more information on lodging at the conferences, call the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center at 866-594-4722.

The American Forage and Grassland Council is the primary organization in the United States representing forage agriculture. The annual meeting gives producers, industry, research and Extension an opportunity to discuss new developments and promote the value of forages.

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