The end of the summer will bring an Iowa Beef Center-sponsored grazing conference to south central Iowa. The conference, “Optimizing Grazing and Enhancing the Environment,” held by the Iowa Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, will be Aug. 25-26, 2009, at the Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake, located near Moravia.

Dr. Fred Provenza, with the Department of Wildland Resources at UtahStateUniversity, will be the “kick off” speaker for the conference. Provenza will also close the conference on the second day. Other speakers include Dr. Rob Kallenbach from the University of Missouri and two speakers from the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla. In addition to Provenza’s discussions regarding understanding behavior as a means to better manage landscapes, other topics addressed will be year-round grazing management, grazing management to benefit livestock and wildlife, optimizing fertilizer dollars and incorporating annual forage crops into a grazing system.

Paired with presentations on these topics will be a pasture walk, held the evening of Aug. 25, which will feature IowaStateUniversity research on grazing riparian areas. A weed- and brush-control demonstration will also be a part of the evening’s events.

View the conference brochure.