Brent White, Eddyville, KY, was named the 2012 American Forage & Grassland Council Forage Spokesperson during the organization’s first winter meeting in about a decade. Nearly 250 people attended the meeting, held in Louisville, KY, Jan. 9-11.

White runs a 65-head Angus-crosscow-calf operation on 420 acres in addition to a day job at a local prison.

“We don’t put up good hay in Western Kentucky, so what I try to do is maximize what I do have,” White said. He primarily rotationally grazes on pastures with orchardgrass, tall fescue and white clover.

Second-place finisher was Mike Lauwers, Capac, MI, whose operation includes 650 acres of alfalfa, mostly put up as baleage, and 250 acres of dry grass baled into large squares. His talk centered on the benefits of baleage and on comparing the tubeline and individual bale wrappers he owns.

Cliff Hawbaker, Chambersburg, PA, took third place after talking about his 300 milk cows and 200 heifers, intensively raised on 725 acres used for pasture and hay. He feeds low-moisture, wrapped bales he calls sweet hay; utilizes silvopasturing and composts manure from his dairy.

AFGC, made up of producers, university researchers and industry people from around the U.S., usually holds a three-day conference and tour during summer. But this year the tour will be held separately, May 17-18, and preceded by a Cool-Season Workshop on May 16,  in Rogers, AR. For more information, call 800-944-2342 or visit www.afgc.org.

University research posters and presentations dominated much of the two-day January conference. Some of that research will be highlighted in the February issue of Hay & Forage Grower.

Joe Bouton, Noble Foundation, was presented the Distinguished Grasslander Award for his breeding work over the past 35 years. Bouton hascommercialized 17 varieties, including Alfagraze alfalfa, MaxQ tall fescue, and Durana and Patriot white clovers.

The Emerging Scientist competition was won by Cody Zilverberg, Texas Tech University research assistant, for his paper on fossil-fuel use and associated carbon emissions in a long-term grazing experiment.

The Forage Quizbowl, a forage knowledge competition between university students, was won by University of Kentucky students Kelly Vaughan and Taylor Reiter. Purdue University students placed second.