A half-century of providing forage knowledge and expertise will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council’s 50th birthday celebration on Nov. 23 at Shady Maple Banquet and Conference Center in East Earl.

The conference will feature an internationally known forage expert, an expert grazier, a well-known hay grower and others speaking on keys to profitability as well as research, the weather and the future of forages.

State Secretary of Agriculture Russ Redding will make opening comments followed by Steve Larson, Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor, who will talk about the importance of forages to agriculture.

Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky forage specialist; Dave Forgey, Logansport, IN, grazier; and Ron Tombaugh, Streeter, IL, grower and past president of the National Hay Association, will speak on keys to forage, grazing and hay profitability, respectively.

“Research is Key to Continued Forage Profitability” is the name of the presentation to be given by Neal Martin, USDA-U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center director.

Paul Knight, host of TV’s Weather World, will discuss the weather and its potential harm to growers’ profitability.

The future of forages, the American Forage and Grassland Council and the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council is Bob Hendershot’s topic. He’s current AFGC president.

A lunch, annual meeting and awards program will follow.

The conference cost is $25 through Nov. 5 and $35 after that date. For more information, contact Marvin Hall at 814-863-1019 or mhh2@psu.edu.