The Advanced Equine and Forage Management School will be taking place on Wednesday, March 2 from 9am to 3pm. This is geared toward equine barn managers and hay producers, this lunch and learn program will focus on management improvement for horse operations and hay production. Call (804) 598-5640 or (804) 561-2481 or e-mail Rachel or […]
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Richmond, VA, February 10, 2016 – Native Virginian J.B. Daniel recently received the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Pastureland Conservationist of the Year award for his exceptional education and outreach to promote sustainable grazing practices statewide. This annual award recognizes a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employee who has exemplified outstanding service to the agency, […]
Designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind, this 2-day, intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. Basic pasture management Grazing management Designing a rotational grazing system Fencing and watering options Strategies to extend the grazing season Matching forage quality & animal needs Creating a […]
The 2016 VFGC Winter Forage Conferences will be held as scheduled. Join the VFGC for the 2016 Winter Forage Conferences: “Tall Fescue in the 21st Century: Understanding and Managing Tall Fescue in Grazing Systems” Speakers will include: Local producers speaking at each location Dr. Glen Aiken, (USDA Agricultural Research Service, Lexington, Kentucky) Dr. Joe […]
The Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) and Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences are searching for a Ruminant Livestock Systems Specialist. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position with a 75% extension and 25% research appointment located at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, VA. The successful candidate will have […]
The Heart of America Grazing Conference will be held in Lexington, KY, January 25-26. For more information go to http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/ The event described herein is not sponsored or endorsed by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council.
This summer, five students from Virginia Tech are participating in the Ecology of Grazing Land Systems (EGLS), a graduate course hosted by Texas Tech, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. In all, 19 students from six universities are learning about the diverse grassland and rangeland ecosystems of Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. […]
The 25th Annual National Black Farmers Association Conference is an interactive two day program giving you practical knowledge and techniques to enhance your skills and networking, and financial resource capabilities for small, limited resource and socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and landowners. For more information go to www.NationalBlackFarmersAssociation.org This conference is Free to Attend. Those interested […]
The multi-year drought in the western United States has forced that region’s farmers, ranchers and government officials to take extensive measures to deal with water shortages. Across the rest of the nation, public and private decision makers are watching the experiences of the West as they address their own regional water management challenges. The Farm […]
Recent studies indicate that native grasses can be a useful “tool” for forage producers providing a good complement to tall fescue or orchardgrass and a low input alternative to bermudagrass. There are five species typically considered for forage production: switchgrass, big bluestem, little bluestem, indiangrass, and eastern gamagrass. While all have value for forage production, […]