2024 Annual Conference

Ohio Forage & Grasslands Council

The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held February 9, 2024, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Deerassic Park Educational Center, 14250 Cadiz Rd, Cambridge, Ohio. The program theme is “Feeding Forages and Forages Feeding Us” and will feature information on how to manage forages to promote increased growth rates, cutting edge research from The Ohio State University, producer insights from local hay, beef, sheep, and dairy farmers, and a session on hot topics in the forage industry.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. David Barker- Forage Professor from The Ohio State University, Dr. Marília Chiavegato- Agroecosystem Management for Food System Resilience Professor at The Ohio State University, and local farmers- John Miller (beef), Josh Fowler (hay) Jordan Settlage (dairy), and Levi Morrow (sheep).

Other featured speakers to provide a Forage Research Update will be Grad Students at Ohio State University.

Several producer talks will also be presented which will include Beef, Sheep and Dairy producers speaking on how they use forages.

To finish the program will be a very popular discussion entitled “Hot Topics in Forages and Grazing.

Registration and Costs

Registration cost will be $40 per person for OFGC or any state affiliate AFGC members and $75 per person for nonmembers (this fee includes membership as well as event registration). OFGC Membership cost remains at $35 per year. Details of the program and a registration form are listed below.

Register your organization as a vendor at the event for an extra $10. Note: Everyone who is participating on behalf of your organization must register as an attendee, however, only one vendor fee is needed per organization.

If you have any questions about registration or becoming a vendor, contact Gary Wilson at osuagman@gmail.com or 419-348-3500.



8:30 AM
Registration and Refreshments

9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jason Hartschuh – OFGC President

Introduction of Our Sponsors
Business Introduction of all Vendors

9:15 AM
Management for High Forage Growth Rate Results for 21-22 Sheep Grazing Study

Dr. David Barker

10:00 AM
Break and Meet with Vendors

10:15 AM
Ohio State University Forage Research Update
Dr. Marília Chiavegato- Assistant Professor – Agroecosystem Management for Food System Resiliance
Dr. Ricardo Ribeiro – Soil Carbon Stocks Under Perennial Pastures and Hayfields: On-farm Assessment in Ohio
Dr. Emanoella Otaviano – How good are our model projections of forage and manure quality and why does it matter?
Lydia Salsbury – Grazing Practices to Balance Soil Health and Economic Gains
Alexandre Mammana – Identifying Grazing Targets for Improved Forage Quality
Cassandra Stachler- Associated Effects of Grazing and Inundation on Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions

11:00 AM
Producer Talk – Beef

John Miller

11:30 AM
Producer Talk – Hay

Josh Fowler

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Lunch – Meet with Vendors


12:45 PM
Grazing in New Zealand
An Overview of Sheep, Dairy, Beef, & Deer Grazing
Dr. David Barker

1:15 PM
OFGC Business Meeting and Awards

1:30 PM
Producer Talk – Dairy

Jordan Settlage

2:00 PM
Producer Talk – Sheep & Goats

Levi Morrow

2:30 PM
Hot Topics in Forages

3:00 PM

Have a safe trip home!

Registration will be due by February 2nd, 2024. For more information contact Gary Wilson at osuagman@gmail.com or 419-348-3500


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