February is shaping up as another busy meeting month for hay and forage growers around the country. Here’s a quick look at what some major organizations have planned:

Feb. 4-5, Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference: Prospects for using technology in forage production will spotlight this event, to take place at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE. Forage research in the state, forage seed technology and tablet and smart phone apps for agriculture are specific topics to be explored. Sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.), the expo will include a trade show and fundraising auction. For more information, call N.A.M.A. executive director Barb Kinnan at 800-743-1649 or visit www.alfalfaexpo.com.

Feb. 11, Forage Seminars at World Ag Expo: Hay market analysis from Seth Hoyt, author of The Hoyt Report, will lead off the Forage Seminars offered the first day of World Ag Expo at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA. A presentation on five top production practices for improving alfalfa yield and profitability, a session on adjusting harvesting equipment to increase quality and a panel discussion on Shredlage, a new method of corn silage processing, are also on the agenda. The seminars are hosted by Hay & Forage Grower and Mycogen Seeds. For more on the Feb. 11-13 World Ag Expo, visit www.worldagexpo.com.

Feb. 20, 34th Kentucky Alfalfa Conference: A panel discussion on adjusting and maintaining hay-making equipment will be one of the conference’s featured presentations to be held at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green. Sponsored by University of Kentucky Extension and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, the event will include other educational seminars, an awards presentation ceremony and a silent auction. See conference details. For registration information, contact Christi Forsythe at 270-365-7541, ext. 221, or cforsyth@uky.edu.

Feb. 27-28, Idaho Hay and Forage Conference. The science and politics of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops will get attention at this year’s conference, to be held at the Best Western Burley Inn in Burley. Presenters will also provide practical information producers can use when making GMO-related decisions. Other sessions will be offered on industry trends, markets, forage varieties, weeds and irrigation. More than 35 vendors will be displaying products and services at the conference trade show. For more information, call 208-888-0988 or visit www.idahohay.com.

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