CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Join the Illinois and the American Forage and Grassland Councils as they celebrate the 5th Annual National Forage Week June 16-22, 2019. Recognizing the week helps raise awareness on the importance and impact of forages. Here in Illinois, the 2019 Illinois Forage Expo begins Wednesday June 19 at 8:30 am and concludes at 4 pm at the Mitchell Dairy and Grain Farm in Winnebago, Ill. This year’s event promises to have something for everyone — folks familiar with grazing technology and those just setting up their own livestock operations. Don’t miss it!
“Make plans now to spend the day learning more about grass and forage solutions from people who know it best,” says NRCS State Conservationist, Ivan Dozier. Activities for the day include educational programs, hay quality contests, forage equipment demonstrations, and tours of Mitchell’s dairy facility.
Participants of Illinois Forage Expos in previous years usually return because there’s always something new to see, learn, or discover. “It might be something small or something major,” explains IFGC president Jared Godfrey. “But no matter what, you’ll learn something that will save you time or money or both!”
Educational programs include cutting, raking, tedding, baling, chopping, and wrapping demonstrations and a producer panel discussion, “Growing and Harvesting Forages on My Farm.”
Location for this year’s Illinois Forage Expo is 9387 Bridgeland Road, Winnebago, IL 61088. Food and drinks are available for purchase onsite. The Expo is free to attend and is sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, Northwest IL Forage and Grassland Council, USDA-NRCS, and the University of Illinois Extension. Register onsite.
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— Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service
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