Even with a few minor scheduling glitches, the National Hay Association (NHA) is expecting more than 300 people to be on hand Sept. 1-4 when the group’s annual convention takes place in Lexington, KY.

“We had to schedule this year’s meeting about two to three weeks earlier than normal and over a holiday weekend to ensure enough meeting and hotel space,” says Don Kieffer, executive director. “Initially, we were thinking that might hold down attendance some. But from what we’ve seen so far, registrations seem to be right on par with recent years.”

Historical climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss will be the featured speaker. Browning-Garriss, author of the Browning Newsletter, will offer insights on what’s been behind weather developments in the U.S. and internationally over the past several years. She’ll also provide a forecast of what lies ahead.

“Evelyn was a very popular speaker at our 1992 and 2000 conventions,” notes Kieffer. “And, given some of the weird weather, we’ve experienced recently (abundant growing-season rainfall in the U.S., drought in Russia, flooding in Pakistan, etc.), we thought this would be a good year to bring her back. She is one of the most sought-after speakers in the weather forecasting business.”

Along with the Browning-Garriss presentation, scheduled for Saturday, convention-goers will hear from experts on a variety of topics at Friday morning’s educational session. Topics to be addressed include hay for horses; the past, present and future of horses in Kentucky; and an update on Roundup Ready alfalfa. There will also be presentations on producing and marketing hay and the 50-year history and future plans of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council.

Registrations are still being accepted. To learn more, go to the NHA Web site or phone Kieffer at 800-707-0014.