Tours at both locations will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time with a grilled steak supper. After a brief presentation, the group will tour the native grass pastures with the researchers, Extension specialists, and the Center staff managing the grazing projects. Topics to be discussed include:

• Establishing native grass forages;

• Grazing management;

• Hay production with native grasses;

• Integrating forage and biofuel production;

• Managing native grasses for forage and wildlife.

Keyser says there is no cost to attend a tour, but participants should register two weeks prior to the scheduled tour date. To register, please go online to http://nativegrasses.utk.edu/, and click on the link for “Forage Tours” on the home page.

You may also register by e-mailing your name, affiliation (producer, business or agency name), and contact information (mailing address, phone, and if available, e-mail address) to mwright@utk.edu or by calling 865-974-7346 and providing that same information.

You may register multiple individuals, but please provide the requested information for each.

Support for these tours has been generously provided by the NRCS through a Conservation Innovation Grant.

The UT Center for Grasslands Management is a program of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries in the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.