This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, forage product manager at Barenbrug USA (left). He received his Ph. D. in Forage Management and Utilization from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Peter Ballerstedt has written numerous publications and articles and currently writes a blog focused on diet, health and human nutrition called “Grass Based Health.” His areas of expertise include forage production, utilization and forage-based livestock production systems and their role in human nutrition. In his morning presentation he will discuss Beef: The REAL Health Food. After lunch, Dr. Ballerstedt will shed light on the concept of Red Meat is Green, the relationships between soils, and grazing animals.
Participants will also hear from Adele Hite (right), a Registered Dietician, MPH, and currently pursuing a PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She will provide insights into the national nutritional policy environment and discuss, Policy Does Not Equal Science: Development of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
Johnny Rogers of Rogers Cattle Company, Roxboro, NC will discuss his experience in managing soil, forages, and animals on the farm he manages with his wife Sharon. His presentation is titled: A Systems Approach to Building Soil Health and Producing a Profitable Livestock Product.
The VFGC and VCE will feature local livestock producers involved in the Regional Conservation Innovation Grant in cooperation with VFGC, VCE and NRCS. Conference participants will hear and see narrated discussion of cooperators experiences with the project under the title, Using grazing strategies to improve soil health on my farm.
This conference is partially funded by Virginia NRCS through the CIG program.
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2015 VFGC Winter Forage Conferences Brochure