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Southern Indiana Grazing Conference to be held in Odon

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The fourth annual Southern Indiana Grazing Conference will be Feb. 6 at the Simon J. Graber Community Building south of Odon.

The event will be hosted by the Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District. The pre-registration fee is $30 per person if postmarked by Jan. 23. Registration after Jan. 23 and walk-in to the event will be $40.

Kevin Allison, Livestock and Conservation Technician for the SWCD, said the event offers information to producers about the grazing efforts across southern Indiana.

"The Southern Indiana Grazing Conference is an excellent opportunity for producers to gain insight on increasing farm profitability and enhancing a healthy agricultural system through better grazing. The conference focuses on grazing, but all types of producers may have something to learn from an expert speaker line-up that has vast experience in soil health and cropping systems," Allison said.

He added the program will also be bringing in farmers and producers from all over the southern part of the state, and helping make an economical impact in the area.

"The Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District supports the grazing conference because its goal is to make livestock production more economically viable while utilizing techniques that decrease soil erosion and sedimentation into streams," Allison said.

The event will include refreshments, lunch and a several agriculturally enticing presentations.

Fifth-generation rancher Walt Davis has a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry and 18 months of graduate's work in animal breeding.

Davis focuses on cost efficient, profitable, sustainable farming techniques that also can be equivalent to the best practices available for farming.

Wally Olson will be discussing the trials of being a rancher in Northeast Oklahoma where approximately 38 inches of rain falls each year. He will be discussing marketing techniques and year-round grazing.

Other presenters at the event will include David Hall, who operates Ozark Hills Genetics; Gabe Brown, who stresses the importance of health soils, Jay Fuhrer, a conservationist with a North Dakota National Resources Conservation Service; and Ed Ballard, a retired animal systems extension educator for the University of Illinois.

For more information or to register for the event, call Toni Allison at the Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District at (812) 254-4780 extension 3. You can also visit www.daviesscoswcd.org or 'like' the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference on Facebook.

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