The 2019 Annual Meeting and Seminar was held in the Lusk Room at Turkey Run State Park on February 28. After business was conducted attendees enjoyed a meal that was followed by an award ceremony and a seminar.
The Outstanding Producer Award recognizes a producer who excels in the production and utilization of forages on their farm. The 2019 award went to the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center.
The Maurice E. Heath Award was established upon Mr. Heath’s retirement from Purdue University. He was a strong advocate for soil conservation and forage research and education. The recipients of this award are recognized for their contributions to soil conservation and/or forage research and educational endeavors. Anna Morrow, a Director of the council, was the award recipient for her efforts in the layout and distribution of the quarterly newsletter.
Featured speakers at the seminar were Sara Creech and Jarred Brooke. Sara, owner of Blue Yonder Organic Farm, discussed how personal tragedy led to healing through farming and how working with nature led to restoration and hope. Her farm raises produce and pasture-raised meats.
Purdue University Wildlife Specialist, Jarred Brooke discussed common farmland wildlife, their habitat needs, and the steps forage producers can take to integrate wildlife into their farm businesses.