Pasture profits will be a major topic at the annual conference of the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, set for Nov. 8-9 at Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark.

Keynote speaker Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky Extension forage specialist, will open the program with a presentation on 10 keys to a profitable forage program. Later, he’ll team with Craig Roberts, University of Missouri (MU) Extension forage specialist, to discuss managing endophyte-infected tall fescue.

Other MU Extension specialists, along with representatives from USDA-NRCS, The Noble Foundation and private industry, also are on the program. Their topics will include: management-intensive vs. three-leaf vs. mob grazing, how health factors affect profits on cow-calf herds, time management in grazing systems, across-the-fence weaning and creep grazing, and new ideas for fencing and watering systems.

The council will also hold its annual business meeting, including election of officers and new board members, and will honor outstanding grassland farmers. The conference full registration fee, including banquet, is $95 plus $45 for spouse. The non-member fee is $115. One-day registrations are available.

Advance registration is required. Contact Joetta Roberts at 573-499-0886 or mfgc@mchsi.com.