Water-use issues and concerns in the western U.S. will be one topic explored at the Nov. 2 Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council (TFGC) annual meeting and trade show, to be held at the Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville.

Keynote speaker will be Vivian Allen, a Huntland, TN, producer and Texas Tech University emeritus plant and soil scientist. Besides water use, Allen will discuss ways to manage tall fescue endophytes.

"This is an especially good year to come to the meeting," says Gary Bates, director of the University of Tennessee (UT) Institute of Agriculture’s Beef and Forage Center. The program will also feature practical sessions on beef and equine production conducted by UT Extension specialists and research scientists, he says.

Meeting registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $25 registration fee covers the cost of TFGC membership as well as lunch. The trade show will give producers the opportunity to check out new technologies. For more information, contact a county UT Extension office or Bates at 865-974-7208.