Illinois Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC)



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The 2018 Illinois Forage Expo is planned for June 27, 2018 at the Perry & Kathy Hottes Angus Farm in Waltonville, IL.  The program includes educational presentations, equipment demonstrations, hay contest and industry exhibits.  

Check back for more detailed information in the coming weeks.

2018 Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to Robert Bellm on being selected as the 2018 IFGC Outstanding Educator.  Mr. Bellm, Extension Crop Systems Educator, retired from the University of Illinois Extension after 28-years serving the crop and forage producers in Illinois.  He began his career in 1988 in LaSalle County, where he worked closely with the Illinois Valley Hay & Forage Council.  In 1992 he earned his M.S. Degree in agronomy, conducting research comparing the efficacy of oat companion crops and post emergene herbicides to control weeds during alfalfa establishment.  In 1994 he transferred to southwestern Illinois, where he spent the balance of his career conducting Extension research and outreach programs serving both row crop and forage producers.  Along with a dedicated team of other Extension educators, he helped develop and deliver a Management Intensive Grazing program throughout the state, which received both state and national recognition.  (Photo L to R:  Robert Bellm accepts his award from Roger Staff, IFGC treasurer)

IFGC Members recognized at the 2017 World Forage Superbowl  

The World Forage Superbowl is held in Madison, WI in October in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo.  Competition categories include corn silage, BMR corn silage, baleage, commercial hay, dairy hay, organic hay, grass hay, and haylage. In the commercial hay division, Ron Tombaugh placed 13th.  In the baleage division Kathy Guither placed 1st and Kendall Guither placed 3rd.  (Photo:  Kathy Guither and Kendall Guither)

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