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Spring Forage Conference planned Feb. 26 in Springfield

Native warm-season grasses will be spotlighted at the 35th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Pat Keyser, professor and director of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Native Grasslands Management. His general session on native warm-season grasses will complement several breakout sessions throughout the day. Topics include strategies for managing farm and ranch depreciation; intercropping summer annuals; retained ownership; basics of intensive-grazing management; mitigation of fescue endophyte; proper stocking rates; fertilizing for crop removal rates; toxic plants; preparing for drought; economics of renovation; and forage sustainability with soil types.

A large trade show will also be held in conjunction with the conference. Agricultural businesses and organizations will have exhibits and representatives available to discuss their products and services.

Conference registration begins at 8 a.m., with sessions running from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person in advance or $45 at the door. A banquet luncheon is included. To register or get more information, contact the Laclede County SWCD office at 417-532-6305, extension 101. The conference hotel is located at 2546 N. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield.

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