Five years ago, the Mississippi Forage & Grassland Council was non-existent. Today it boasts 70 members and counting, says Rocky Lemus, Mississippi State University Extension forage specialist.
“We have a board and it has been very active,” Lemus reports. “The forage council is for producers by producers, and we’re working with Mississippi State Extension Service, the Grazing Lands Coalition Initiative, Soil & Water Conservation Commission and NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) to try to meet their needs and see what issues we need to focus on.”
Field days and an annual conference have been organized. Fall forage field days will focus on stockpiling grasses to extend the grazing season.
The conference will be held Nov. 15 in Hattiesburg and will include presentations on annual grasses and grazing, an industry exhibit area, forage research posters and a hay contest.
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