“Grazing Systems That Meet Your Needs, Improve Production and Enhance The Environment” will be the theme of an Aug. 23-24 grazing conference at Iowa Farm Bureau headquarters in West Des Moines, IA.

Featured speakers and their topics will include: Mark Kennedy, Missouri Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) grasslands specialist, the pros and cons of various grazing systems; Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist, heifer and young cow development; Steve Barnhart, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension forage agronomist, management for diverse pastures; and Erin Herbold, ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, legal issues for direct marketers.

The program will also include producer panel discussions on wildlife and grazing, direct marketing beef and choosing the grazing system that fits your operation. A pasture walk and barbeque at the Ken Henrichsen farm near Winterset will be held the evening of Aug. 23.

The event is sponsored by the NRCS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, Dow Agro Sciences, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Registration fee for the two days is $50 in advance (payable by Aug. 16) and $60 at the door.

For more information, contact Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu, or registration information is available at www.iowabeefcenter.org.