2014 Kansas Graziers Association’s Winter Grazing Conference set for January 25th in Salina

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Kansas Graziers Association and the Annual Winter Grazing Conference. “Grazing and Soil Health” is the focus of this year’s winter conference including a component on “The Value of Cover Crops”. This workshop, part of the Amazing Grazing Series of Educational Events, will be offered January 25, 2014 at Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford St. in Salina, KS.

The conference will feature three Kansas NRCS specialists; David Kraft, state range specialist, Chad Remley, state soil scientist, and Candy Thomas, state agronomist. The conference will also feature producers sharing their experiences grazing cover crops.

A new feature of this year’s workshop is an invitation to everyone to submit any “Good, Bad  or Otherwise…Ideas” that have been tried at your ranch that graziers can learn from. I have always said, “The beauty of Kansas Graziers Association is that we so openly share and learn from each other. We don’t have enough time or money in life to make all of the mistakes ourselves!” Ideas will need to be displayed as the actual genius grazing device, in a poster, notebook type fashion, or a ‘short’ presentation for the group. If you have something to share please contact Mary Howell at kfu.mary@gmail.com so she has an idea of how to organize the exchange. Graziers have many great ideas and inventions to make our jobs easier. Let’s share what we know. This could be really fun! There may also be some prizes awarded for winning ideas. Please plan to join us for a very educational and as always enjoyable day.

Kansas Graziers will host a social at Conference Headquarters in the Atrium starting at 7:30 P.M. Friday, January 24, 2014. All graziers are invited to attend and enjoy the networking, snacks and refreshments. Please note on your registration form if you plan to attend the social, for planning food.

Early Registration for the day is $50.00 by January 20. After that, or at the door, $60.00. Click here for online registration. You can also register by mail by downloading a registration form and mailing it to the address given. A block of rooms for $52.00 is reserved thru January 20, 2014 at Salina Ramada, 785-823-1739.

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