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2007 Georgia Forage Conference


Georgia Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition (GGLCC) is sponsoring a Forage Conference in
January and February, 2007. The conference will be held at four locations in the state-- Floyd,
Greene, Sumter, and Appling Counties. Conference speakers will discuss how to deal with the
effects of drought on forage production and utilization, and provide the latest information for
managing the pests that typically result when forage is stressed. In addition, area producers will
talk about their operations, and offer their insight into effective management and resource
conservation. The conference should benefit producers as well as those providing them technical
assistance. Conference participants will learn innovative approaches for managing drought, and
be challenged with new ideas to improve the efficiency of forage/livestock operations.



CONFERENCE LOCATIONS AND DATES
Sumter County – January 31
NRCS - Jimmy Carter Plant Material Center
Americus


Appling County – February 1
Park Avenue Bank Lodge
Graham


Greene County – February 20
Greene County Agriculture Education Facility
Greensboro


Floyd County – February 27
The Forum Civic Center
Rome

Maps for each location are available by contacting Dennis Chessman at (706) 546-2061 or the GCA office at 478-474-6560.


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Dennis Hancock

Dr. Dennis Hancock is Forage Extension Specialist, University of Georgia. In his position, Dr. Hancock seeks to extend information on forage establishment, management, and quality testing for pasture, hay, and silage systems and develop an applied research program to resolve basic issues facing forage/livestock producers in Georgia. He grew up on a 100 acre cow-calf farm. He started at UGA on December 1, 2006. From 2000 to 2002, he worked as a County Extension
Agent in Kentucky, and in addition has conducted research related to baled silage, potassium fertility in forages, and has developed forage applications for precision agriculture. He has a B.S. in Agriculture from Berea University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.





Tim Murphy

Dr. Tim R. Murphy, Professor of Weed Science at the University of Georgia, conducts weed science research and outreach education programs in turfgrasses, forage crops and noncropland areas. He completed his B.S. degree in Agriculture at Berea College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Clemson University.


Dennis Chessman

Dr. Dennis Chessman has been NRCS State Grazing Land Specialist in Georgia since January 2006. Prior to coming to Georgia he was Assistant Professor in the Agriculture Department at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. As Grazing Land Specialist he works with NRCS field personnel, and agriculture partners including GGLCC to help producers develop sustainable forage production systems. Dennis received the B.S. at Stephen F. Austin, the M.S. at Kansas State University, and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.

In addition, two to three producers from each area will present information on their management and operations.

TENTATIVE AGENDA (may vary depending on location)
8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome

9:15 First Aid for Stressed Forages (Part I) - Dennis Hancock

10:00 Producer Presenter

10:30 Break

10:45 Weed Management and Herbicides for Forages - Tim Murphy

11:45 Lunch (provided with conference registration)

12:30 Producer Presenter

1:00 First Aid for Stressed Forages (Part II) - Dennis Hancock

2:00 Break

2:15 Producer Presenter

2:45 Making the Most of Available Forage - Dennis Chessman

3:45 Adjourn



2007 GEORGIA FORAGE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION



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Name (include all names if registration is for more than one person)



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Mailing Address



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City State Zip Code



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Daytime phone no. including area code email address



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Organization (if applicable)



Registration Fee:

Early Registration -- $12.00

Registration fee after the deadline dates -- $18.00



Early Registration Deadlines:

January 23, 2007 for Sumter OR Appling Counties

February 12, 2007 for Floyd OR Greene Counties



PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE ABOVE DATES TO AVOID THE LATE
REGISTRATION FEE.



Please circle the conference you will be attending:



Sumter County (1/31) Appling County (2/1) Greene County (2/20) Floyd County (2/27)

Fee paid before early registration deadline………………………. $12 _______



Fee paid after early registration deadline………………………… $18 _______



Total number registering _______ Total enclosed: $ _______



Registration fees should be paid with check or money order. Please do not send cash.



Make checks payable to: CCSC – GGLCC



Return this completed registration form and appropriate fees to:



Georgia Forage Conference

GGLCC c/o GCA

P.O. Box 24510

Macon, GA 31212


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DENNIS CHESSMAN - (706) 546-2061


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Billy Moss
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North Region FFA
204 Four Towers - UGA
Athens, GA  30602
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