Farmers from Alabama and the Southeast have the opportunity to hear from leaders in forage production at the 2011 Alabama Forage Conference, being held in north Alabama.

Kent Stanford, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the conference provides producers with an excellent opportunity to learn the latest information and research on forages and grazing management.

“It’s a great one-day conference at an excellent cost,” says Stanford. “For example, John Jennings with Arkansas Extension will talk about ways to extend the grazing season.”

The Dec. 1 conference will be held at Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

As part of the conference, participants will be able to select from three concurrent sessions in the afternoon including one on clovers, another on weed control and a final one targeting nutrient management.

Topics include finishing beef on grass, an update on endophyte-infected tall fescue, weed control in pastures and hayfields, and using by-products and specialty fertilizers.

It will also feature vendor exhibits related to forage and beef cattle production.

Registration before Nov. 18 is $25 per person and includes lunch. The fee is $30 per person after that date. Checks should be made payable to the Alabama Forage and Grassland Coalition.

Interested producers can register for the conference by sending their name, address and registration fee to Alabama Forage and Grassland Coalition, c/o Kay Holloway, 201 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, Ala. 36849.

For more information about the conference or if you are interested in having an exhibit, contact Eddie Jolley at (334) 887-4564 or eddie.jolley@al.usda.gov or contact Kent Stanford at (256) 557-1206 or stanfmk@auburn.edu.