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Grazing Conference at WIU June 14

May 21, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- The seventh annual Western Illinois Grazing Conference, "Risk Management in Forage and Grazing Systems," will be held at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, June 14. The Livestock Center is located on Tower Road, one mile west of Rt. 67 at the north edge of Macomb.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with registration and exhibits. At 9 a.m. the conference kicks off with Dean Oswald of the University of Illinois Extension presenting "Species Grazing Behavior."

Other conference sessions include "Multi Species Grazing" presented by Beth Walker of the University of Missouri; "Poisonous Plants" with Jim Morrison of the University of Illinois Extension; "Lamoine Valley Watershed Project" by Jeff Boecker of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; "Co-Product Opportunities in Grazing Operations" presented by Dave Seibert of the University of Illinois Extension; and "Adding Value with Grass Finished Beef" by producers Jim Burrus and Jim Crum.

Conference registration is $20 by Friday, June 8 ($25 at the door), which covers materials, lunch and refreshments. To register or for more information, contact the WIU agriculture department at 309/298-1080 or conference organizer Ken Nimrick at 309/298-1288. Registrations may also be sent to WIU Agriculture Department, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

The 2007 Grazing Conference is sponsored by the WIU agriculture department, the USDA-Risk Management Agency, the Illinois Grassland Conservation Initiative, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council.

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