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 Click HERE for an AFGC Conference flyer.

The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) Annual Conference is scheduled for January 11-14 at the Hilon St. Louis Frontenac near St. Louis, MO.  The Conference brings forage producers, researchers, and industry representatives from across the country to share forage related research and information.  January 11 begins with the AFGC board of directors meeting.  However, the main conference begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 12 with the keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, a nationally known consultant to the livestock industry, presenting Tips for Low Stress Cattle Handling.  Additional topics on Monday include Hay Preservation & Additives:  Are they Economical?; Keys to Success When Making Baleage; Can I Afford to Spray for Weeds and other topics.  Tuesday, January 13 agenda includes several workshops on the following topics:  Using Cover Crops to Expand Your Livestock Operation; Recent Improvements in Cool Season Grasses; Baleage Fundamentals and Using NIRS as a Tool for Better Forage Management.  The conference concludes on Wednesday, January 14 with several sessions focusing on Plant Breeding and NIRS and Forage Quality & Using NIRS Nutrition Results.

The Conference will also include a commercial exhibit area, poster presentations, Emerging Scientist Competition, numerous networking opportunities, and other activities.  A complete program agenda and preregisration information is available at  The AFGC Conference is co-sponsored by the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council and the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council.




Congratulations to Kendall Guither of Walnut, Illinois on being highlighted in the most recent issue of Dairy Today magazine.  Click the magazine cover below to view the article on Mr. Guither and his success in the forage competitions. 



Hay Market Report 


The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service collects market data on various commodities including hay.  The Illinois Hay Market Report is published monthly and can be accessed by visiting

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service can be accessed at in order view nationwide hay market reports from other states.