The American Forage and Grassland Council will hold its 2003 conference April 26-29 at the Lafayette Hilton in Lafayette, LA.

A highlight will be “producer day” on April 28, says Ed Twidwell, a Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter agronomist who planned the program. Farmers and ranchers will hear practical topics, such as pasture management and forage marketing. A clover symposium is also scheduled, Twidwell says.

Conference goers can first attend the Festival International de Louisiane on April 26. The next day includes two tours, one of which will explore South Louisiana agriculture — including rice, crawfish, alligator and beef farms. The tour of the University of Louisiana's Lafayette Cade Farm will feature demonstrations of water quality, management-intensive grazing and no-till establishment of ryegrass.

Both tours will wind up at the LSU AgCenter's Iberia Research Station, home to research in sugarcane, beef cattle and forage, including bermudagrass sprigging.

The final day of the conference, April 29, will be devoted to scientific research papers and posters dealing with forage production.

One-day conference registration is $30; full conference registration is $90. Complete information is available at www.afgc.org.