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February 18, 2016  

Indiana Forage Council to spotlight low-lignin alfalfa, annual forage

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Cow and calf pairs graze in a field at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, feeding on turnips, oats and annual ryegrass. (Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center file photo/Jason Tower)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Forage Council will hold its annual meeting and seminar March 7 in Columbia City, offering livestock producers the opportunity to learn how to improve their forage-livestock business.

The meeting will be held at Ceruti's, Eagle Glen Golf Course, 125 S. Eagle Glen Trail, beginning at 4:30 p.m. A meal ($15) will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the seminar at 7 p.m. It is not necessary to attend the annual meeting to participate in the meal and seminar. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with producers and forage business professionals during the meal and after the seminar.

Speakers are:

* Winfield forage specialist Michael Laird, who will discuss opportunities associated with low-lignin alfalfa and changes in nutritional values, harvesting schedules and availability.

* Dairyman Kevin Eash of Noble County, beef and goat producer Mark Kepler of Fulton County and goat producer Jason Schneider of Allen County. Panel members will share their experiences using annual forages for their livestock.

"The seminar speakers will provide producers with excellent information to consider as they strive to make their farming business more profitable," said Keith Johnson, Purdue University forage specialist,

To register, contact Lisa Green by March 2 at or 765-494-4783. 

Writer: Cheri Frederick, 765-494-2406, 

Source: Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
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