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Nov. 5 AFGC Fall Conference: ‘Making your farm work harder so you don’t have to’

By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture


Fast facts:

  • Nov. 5 forage conference to be held in Conway, 4215 Prince Street
  • For info and registration, contact Linda McCargo at 501-671-2171
  • Best forages for grass-fed beef, feral hogs, soil health on the agenda 

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LITTLE ROCK – No farm runs itself, but the experts at the Nov. 5 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council’s Fall Forage Conference can help make the farm work harder. 

“Farmers and ranchers work hard to improve their farms and get bombarded daily with information telling you to do something different,” said John Jennings, extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “This year, we have a corps of experts who have research tested techniques that can really help you in your work – to follow our theme of ‘Making your farm work harder so you don’t have to’.” 

The conference will be held in the education building of the Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. The registration is $45 per person, $60 per couple, and $10 for students and includes lunch, conference materials, and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council and American Forage and Grassland Council. Registration can be paid at the door by cash, credit or debit card, or check.

Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. 

This year’s program includes:

  • Jim Russell, Iowa State University professor, who will talk about his grazing research at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on soil health and water quality.
  • Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia state forage specialist, will talk about his work on which forages produce the best grass-fed beef and recent studies on alternatives to ammonium nitrate fertilizer.
  • Other topics include how a local producer grazes nearly year-round, which pastures hold the most rain, new ways to control feral hogs, new insect pests of forages in Arkansas, and new work on liquid fertilizer effects on forage growth. 

Registration and directions

Jennings said registration prior to the event is encouraged to help with conference planning, but is not required for attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, call Linda McCargo at 501-671-2171. 

The Woodland Heights Education building is located at 4215 Prince Street at the corner of Prince and Hogan streets in Conway. To reach the Education Building, take I-40 to Conway; Take the Dave Ward Exit (Exit 129) and go west on Dave Ward Drive to Hogan Lane (about 4 miles). Turn right (north) onto Hogan and go to Prince Street. Woodland Heights Baptist Church is at that corner on the left.

For more information about forages, contact your county extension office or visit


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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