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January 30, 2023

Forage enthusiasts to gather for annual meeting and seminar

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Indiana Forage Council (IFC) Annual Meeting and Seminar will take place Feb. 9, 2023, at CLAAS of America in Columbus, Indiana. The location is the North American distribution hub for the global manufacturer of CLAAS harvesting machines and tractors.

“The yearly event is an opportunity to network with individuals who are enthusiastic about the contributions that forages provide society,” said Keith Johnson, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. Scheduled events include a tour of CLAAS of America, a networking dinner and a brief awards presentation.

In addition, featured speakers Brock Kiesler and Matt Tobias will discuss the production, harvest and marketing strategies they use to produce high-quality hay. As cash-crop hay producers in Floyd and Shelby counties, respectively, they have received recognition for award-winning hay entries in the IFC’s hay-quality contest.

Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension director and educator, Dekalb County, said, “This will be my last annual meeting as the president of the Indiana Forage Council, having served the last two years. It has been a pleasure to see the changes in the forage industry and meet so many people from across Indiana that have similar interests.”

Registration and agenda details can be found on the IFC website and Facebook page.

Writer: Ashvini Malshe, 765-496-7480,

Source:  Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800,

Elysia Rodgers, 260-925-2562,

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

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