Well-known animal behavior expert Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at three winter forage conferences in Virginia.

Presented by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension, the meetings will take place Jan. 18 at the Wytheville Meeting Center, Jan. 19 at the Madison Heights Community Center and Jan. 20 at the Weyers Cave Community Center.

Grandin is an author and Colorado State University animal scientist best known for designing low-stress livestock handling facilities. Her designs are used in several countries and two of her books made the New York Times best-seller list. She was named one of Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people of 2010.

Fred Provenza, professor emeritus in Utah State University’s department of wildland resources, and John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation livestock economist, are also on the program. Provenza will discuss grazing behavior and Anderson will cover the global economics of animal agriculture.

The conferences will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit the VFGC Web site at vaforages.org/.