A forage equipment test-drive, farm and equipment-manufacturing tours and educational seminars will be part of the Sept. 18-20 National Hay Association (NHA) Convention, to be held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.

Opportunities to network and business meetings will take up much of the first day of the conference. On Sept. 19, Krone North America will offer a tour of its facility, a ride-and-drive event and a welcome by its new president and CEO, Tommy Jones, says Paul Dugger, NHA executive director.

The group will also travel to the nearby Oakland farm of Larry Jones, NHA president, to test-drive a BiG M 420 CV self-propelled mower and inspect displays of other equipment.

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“We’re glad to be a part of the convention,” says Kristine Walker, Krone NA marketing manager. “Any time we can get together with producers and learn from them, it’s a great opportunity for us.”

At one of two Sept. 20 morning sessions, Jackson, TN, attorney Nancy Choate will speak on estate and succession planning.

“That’s an area that has been lacking in agriculture in general,” Dugger says. “We’ll talk about how people are planning for the future.”

Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky Extension forage specialist, will lead an educational session entitled "Forages: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities." Several NHA members will explain how unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can be used in ag operations. The evening will include the annual awards reception and banquet, with Lacefield serving as the keynote speaker.

The cost to attend the conference is $389, not including extra events or accommodations. Visit www.nationalhay.org to pre-register by Sept. 5. For more information, contact Dugger at nhaexecoffice@gmail.com or call 615-837-5560.