Forage and animal producers can get research-based information about current grazing topics during the 15th Kentucky Grazing Conference.

The conference, hosted by forage and livestock specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Oct. 23 at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green.

Keynote speakers include Ed Ballard, former University of Illinois extension educator and world-renowned grazing specialist. He will speak about grazing options for fall and winter. The second keynote speaker is Scott Flynn with Dow Agrosciences. He will address the economics of spraying for weeds in pastures.

“We have an outstanding program planned and will discuss cutting-edge grazing issues,” said Garry Lacefield, UK extension forage specialist.

UK forage and livestock specialists will discuss additional topics including grazing methods, the importance of legumes and summer grazing options.

In the afternoon, contestants from across the state will compete to be the next Kentucky Forage Spokesman. The winner will represent the state in the national competition at the 2015 American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in January in St. Louis. The state’s past forage spokesmen have been nationally competitive, with Kentucky having more national winners than any other state. County agriculture and natural resource extension agents usually nominate contestants for the state contest, but those interested in competing can also contact Lacefield at 270-365-7541, ext. 202.

A silent auction will take place throughout the day. Additionally, awards from the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will be given.

The conference is sponsored by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.

Certified Crop Adviser credits will be available.

Participants register the day of the conference. The registration fee is $15 per person and $5 for students. The cost includes proceedings, meal and refreshments.

More information about the conference is available on the UK Forage Extension website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/.