The 2014 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC) Conference will be held November 25 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. The event begins with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the IFGC annual meeting at 9 a.m., and is open to anyone interested in forage and grassland issues.

This annual event includes general and breakout sessions, and specific times for visiting with exhibitors, ending at 3 p.m. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said IFGC members and non-members alike will benefit from attending this annual event.

“The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, forage production manager at Barenbrug USA,” Sellers said. “He’s written numerous article and publications, including a blog focused on human nutrition, health and diet. His presentation is titled, ‘Forages Make Meat, Meat is Medicine.’”


The rest of the agenda topics and speakers:

9:15 to 10 a.m.

“Benefits of Forage and Grassland with Water Quality” Bruce Trautman, Iowa DNR

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakout session 1

“Double Grazing with Sheep and Cattle” Harry Cope, Truxton, Missouri

“Cover Crop Mixes, Benefits and Advantages” Joe Graber, Kalona, Iowa

1 to 1:45 p.m. Breakout session 2

“Cover Crops -- Use in Forage and Livestock Systems” Panel: Joe Graber; Harry Cope; David Otte, Green Valley Seeds

“Establishment and Management of Perennial Pastures” Brian Lang, Iowa State University

2 to 2:45 p.m. Breakout session 3

“Fertility and Fertilization - Getting the most out of your forage crops” Mark Carlton, Iowa State University

“Improvements in Forages” Peter Ballerstedt


“Convention preregistration is $40 per person which includes sessions and lunch when registered prior to the event, with on-site registration increasing to $50 per person,” Sellers said. “The dues year from IFGC membership runs from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31. Producer and public fee is $35, and industry fee is $90, and this is payable on the registration form as well.”

The registration form is available on the IBC website:

For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-774-2016 or by email at