Winter is the time many of the country’s leading hay and forage organizations hold annual meetings, educational sessions, contests and trade shows. Here’s a quick rundown of what will be offered at several high-profile events in January:

Jan. 12-14, American Forage & Grassland Council’s Annual Conference: A national hay contest, forage bowl competition, and forage spokesperson contest, along with a full slate of educational programs, will be featured at the event. It will be held at the Memphis Hilton in Memphis, TN. Get more information at the AFGC website.

Jan. 15-16, Northwest Hay Expo: Family farm transitions, transgenic alfalfa, alfalfa fertility, social security strategies for hay growers, new timothy varieties, dewpoint technology and fuel prices are a few topics on the agenda of this event, which includes a trade show. Sponsored by the Washington State Hay Growers Association, it’s scheduled at the Three River Convention Center in Kennewick. See a brochure.

Jan. 16-17, Southwest Hay and Forage Conference: Drought and water supplies, pests and fertilization will be among topics covered at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso, NM. Additional presentations will zero in on saline soil management, the dairy situation in the southwestern U.S., new mobile device technologies for agriculture and alternative waste management and energy generation on farms. The conference is hosted by the New Mexico Hay Association and New Mexico State University Extension.  See the agenda. For more information, contact Cassie Sterrett at nmhay@yahoo.com or 575-626-1688.

Jan. 20-22, Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators and Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin Joint Symposium and Annual Meetings: Avoiding alfalfa establishment pitfalls and alfalfa’s response to a new fungicide are two of 25 educational sessions to be offered in a concurrent-session format at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Other topics include alternative forage uses, alfalfa nitrogen credit recommendations, precision ag technologies, corn silage yield drivers and profit robbers and more. The event also features a trade show. Register online.

Other upcoming meetings of interest to producers can be found at Hay & Forage Grower’s Calendar of Events.

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