Fifty-eight people joined the Piedmont Forage and Grassland Council at its first meeting in Pendleton, SC, reports John Andrae, Clemson University Extension forage specialist.

“That’s a fantastic start,” says Andrae. He helped organize the council because, “We felt like we needed a voice for the forage community separate from, but complimentary to, the cattlemen’s associations and horse councils.”

The council encompasses the northern halves of Georgia and South Carolina, which have distinctly different soils than the southern halves. For more on the council, go to