Many Indiana residents made their way to Greenville, South Carolina for the American Forage and Grassland Conference on January 5 – 8. 2020.
Purdue University’s Forage Bowl Team competed at the 2020 American Forage and Grassland Conference’s Forage Bowl Competition in Greenville, South Carolina. Played like the game “Jeopardy,” the Purdue team squared off against five other collegiate teams. All four team members were students in Keith Johnson’s Forage Management class in the spring semester of 2019. The team thanks The Indiana Forage Council for the sponsorship of the student’s Purdue attire for the event.
Clay Nuhring, a member of the Indiana Forage Council, from Batesville, IN represented the Indiana Forage Council in the Forage Spokesperson Competition. Participants in the Forage Spokesperson Competition tell their story about use of forages in their farming business.
Shelby Gruss, a Ph.D. student in the Purdue University Agronomy Department was the recipient of first place in the Emerging Scientist Competition at the 2020 American Forage and Grassland Conference. Under the direction of Dr. Mitch Tuinstra, her research investigates an experimental brown midrib sorghum-sudangrass that does not produce prussic acid. She utilized field harvests, drone imagery, and trail cameras to document the preference of sheep three sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and a sudangrass hybrid by sheep.
2019 was the first year for a video competition at the American Forage and Grassland Conference. Jason Tower, Indiana Forage Council Past President and just elected to a three year term as an Education Director for the American Forage and Grassland Council, submitted an entry. Watch the Video!
Many of the officers and directors of the Indiana Forage Council come together for half a day at the Indiana State Fair to help the Indiana Beef Cattle Association with their food tent. Sandwiches are prepared and drinks are poured for paying customers. The Indiana Forage Council is pleased to help the Indiana Beef Cattle Association with this contribution of time. We love beef because they eat forage!
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and the Indiana Forage Council teamed together and planned and conducted a Beef-Forage Management Tour on July 6 in Putnam County. The charter bus tour visited three diverse beef farms including Willer Timber Ridge Farm, J&K’s Birt Farm, and Hodgen Farms. Education centered on producing high quality beef cattle with forage, grain, and byproduct resources. Approximately 45 people attended the tour.
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.