Forages for fuel will be one of the topics of the first winter annual meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC), Jan. 9-10 at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, KY.

Kelly Tiller, president and CEO of Genera Energy LLC, will speak on the progress of a demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in East Tennessee. Local farmers are growing switchgrass for the facility.

The conference will also feature Mark McCaslin of Forage Genetics, who will talk on forages for the future, and Richard Crowder, Oklahoma State University ag economist, speaking on global challenges and opportunities for forage-based agriculture. One symposium session will be on improving forage quality using species and varieties; weed, harvest and seedhead management; and how one grower produces and markets quality hay. Forage systems and grazing management on dairies will make up a separate session.

Scientific posters; an exhibit hall representing seed, chemical, fencing and other industry companies and organizations; and Forage Spokesperson, Emerging Scientist, Photo and Essay Contests will also be held.

Details and registration are at www.afgc.org. Or contact AFGC at 800-944-2342 for information or questions.