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January 16, 2024

Indiana Forage Council Annual Meeting to highlight the importance of forage-livestock agriculture, includes tour of Freshly Dairy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Indiana Forage Council (IFC) Annual Meeting will take place Feb. 5. Open to the public, the event will be led by Purdue Extension-affiliated speakers and facilitators and includes a tour of Freshly Dairy, a regional, family-owned dairy. Dinner is included for $25 per person.

The agenda is as follows (all times ET):

  • 3 p.m. — Freshly Dairy Tour, 3974 W. Old SR 34, Lizton
  • 4:30 p.m. — Annual Meeting, Cochran’s Catering Hall, 29 W. Main St., Jamestown
  • 6 p.m. — Dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. — Awards and Speakers
  • 8 p.m. — Adjournment

Featured speakers Ronnie Boehm, IFC spokesperson, and Zack Ireland, owner of Freshly Dairy, will discuss the importance of forages in their livestock businesses.

Jason Tower, IFC president and superintendent, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, says, “The interaction between the tour hosts, speakers and event attendees is always a highlight at the IFC annual meeting and seminars. These contacts can turn into great mentors for each other as ideas are shared and relationships are built.”

Keith Johnson, professor of agronomy at Purdue, adds, “Participating in the Indiana Forage Council’s tour of Freshly Dairy, annual meeting, meal, awards program and seminar will be a great way to meet new people, renew acquaintances and learn new developments in forage-livestock agriculture.”

The deadline to register is Jan. 28. For more information, contact Elysia Rodgers at or 260-925-2562.

Writer/Media contact: Ashvini Malshe, 765-496-7480,

Sources: Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800,

Jason Tower, 812-678-4427,

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

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