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Upcoming Events

OFGC Spring Meeting & Tour
May 12, 2016
Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, OSU Campus

Spring Meeting Flyer

9:00-10:00 AM     OFGC business meeting, new Livestock & Forage Assistant Professor, Corvallis campus
10:00-10:45 AM  Pasture for Pollinators - Dr. Sujaya Rao
11:00-11:30 AM  (travel by carpool)
11:30-12:00 PM  Pasture walk - inclusion of pollinator friendly plants in forage systems
12:00-12:45 PM  Lunch
1:00-3:00 PM      Tour - Stockpiled Forage for Getting Through the Summer Slump

Register at the door - OFGC Members - $15 (includes lunch), non-member - $25 (includes lunch and membership), Students - $10 (includes lunch)

Past Events

Western Forage & Alfalfa Symposium
"Producing Forages in a Water Challenged World"
December 2-4, 2015
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Reno NV

Oregon Sheep Growers Association - New Adult Producer Mentor Program

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Blue Mountain Communtiy College - Pendleton, Oregon
The Oregon Sheep Growers Association, in cooperation with Oregon State University, Blue Mountain Community College and the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association, is developing a mentorship program for new adult sheep producers in Oregon. The purpose of the mentor program is to develop relationships between new and experienced producers. The goal is to make the knowledge of experienced sheep producers available to new sheep owners.

Pastures for Pollinators

To demonstrate that by including pollinator friendly plants into the pasture landscape wecan improve the quantity and health of pollinators
- first study ever to attempt to quantify the impact of pastures on pollinator health
- a demonstration project implemented in conjunction with Dr. Sujaya Rao of Oregon State University
WHO: seed companies and individuals have come together with donations of seed or money to help advance this effort
1) pollinators are extremely important to our livelihood
2) over 33% of our food supply comes directly from insect pollinated crops
3) Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year inthe U.S.4) Indirectly, pollinators are very important to our forage systems as their pollination effortsprovide us with alfalfa seed, clover and other legume seed, and forage brassicas
At a recent USDA Pollinator Forage and Nutrition Summit, Dr. SujayaRao and Jerry Hall, President of OFGC, gathered with entomologists, beekeepers andseedsmen to put together an actionable plan to improve the forage and nutrition of pollinatorspecies in the United States of America. This summit came about as a direct result of thePresidential memorandum issued by President Obama in June of 2014 creating a pollinator taskforce comprised of representatives from more than 15 federal agencies. They were directed bythe President to come up with a working plan in 180 days.
1) Did you know that it takes approximately 2 million flowers to produce one pound of honey?Pretty amazing when you consider the average person consumes 1.3 pounds of honey per year!
2) The main foodstuff of pollinators, pollen, is analyzed for its forage quality including crudeprotein percentage and amino acid levels.

These workshops are presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of theSociety for Range Management to provide valuable information and initiate a dialogue on ways to apply targeted grazing to accomplish landscape management goals.It’s time for the second workshop in the series entitled “Plant Ecology & Response to Grazing” by Dr. John Hendrickson on THURSDAY (March 19) @ 11:30 Pac/12:30 Mtn/1:30 Cntr/2:30 East.
Dr. John Hendrickson is a rangeland scientist at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Mandan, North Dakota. Dr. Hendrickson earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with research that focused on plant response to grazing. His current research applies his knowledge of plant response to disturbance to advance principles of integrated systems, rangeland restoration, and management strategies for sustainably of agroecosystems in the Northern Great Plains.

Oregon Forage Grassland Council Spring Conference

(For directions click here)

Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:30-8:00 Registration - $50 includes 1 year membership & lunch (Students $20)
8:00-8:15 Welcome - Dr. John Killefer
8:15-9:00 Fertilizing pastures in Western Oregon (Dan Sullivan, PhD. Oregon State University)
9:05-9:50 Importance of soil mineralization and organic matter content on forage quality: an economic case study in calcium deficient soils. (Cindy Daley, PhD. California State University, Chico)
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Supplementation of beef cattle on pasture (Dave Bohnert, PhD. Oregon State University)
11:20-12:05 Targeted grazing (Claudia Ingham, PhD. Oregon State Unviersity)
12:05-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Utilization of sprouted grains as a feed alternative: A research update (Cindy Daley, PhD. California State University, Chico)
1:50-2:35 Parasite control in grazing livestock (Chuck Estill, DVM Oregon State University)
2:40-3:25 Weed control in pastures (TBA)
3:30-4:00 OFGC Round Table
Forages and Livestock: Research, Teaching, and Exteneded outreach to Promote Sustainable Systems
Dr. Thomas Griggs, West Virginia University
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM
Harvey Conference Room, Withycombe Hall on Oregon State University Campus, Corvallis

Dr. Griggs, Assistant Professor, Forage & Grassland Agronomy, Division of Plant & Soil Sciences at West Virginia University in Morgantown, will be presenting this seminar as part of the interview process for the Forage-Livestock Assistant Professor, Research and Teaching position in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. All are invited to attend.

Dr. Griggs will share information on his past and current work in forage-livestock systems, and his vision for work he might do in Oregon. He will emphasize research and teaching that blends forage and livestock science concepts and industries in Oregon (and beyond) for a successful program that addresses important issues while optimizing management of available resources for beneficial returns. He will also tell us how he would go about assessing program needs with students, stakeholders, and peers. We welcome your input on this hiring process.

There will be time for questions and discussion during the program. Directly after the seminar, time is set aside for stakeholders to visit with Dr. Griggs. Other appointments are available upon request.

For more information, contact the Department of Animal and Rangeland Resources at 541-737-3431


2014 Fall Forage Tour

Thursday, December 4th 2014; 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This is event is free to attend - sponsored by the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council.

Stop #1 - 10:00 am
Grassland Oregon Headquarters, Salem
4455  60th Avenue, NE, Salem
Seed company main office & forage plots.
President Jerry Hall will show plots of new and developing forage varieties. Learn about the seed industry, differences between forage species, and the development of new modern forage varieties. Grassland Oregon markets some new and interesting forages like the high-sugar perennial ryegrass (SucraSeed), balansa clover, and others.
Stop #2 - 1:00 pm
Double J Jerseys, near Monmouth
Jon & Juli Bansen
13405 Elkins Road, south of Monmouth
This is a grass-based organic dairy farm with intensively-managed pastures. Jon practices Management Intensive Grazing with excellent forage usage, and is very economically shrewd in his decisions about grazing management.
Stop #3 - 3:30 pm
Rock'n D Ranch, near Junction City
Pam & Ron Detering
27403 Ferguson Road, north of Junction City
This is a grass-based Angus purebred operation based on Intensively-managed pastures. Pam practices Management Intensive Grazing with excellent forage usage. Also has installed an extensive K-Line irrigation system, and has successfully used many different types of forages in her pastures.
Then drive to Eugene for the OSGA Convention

We'll finish in enough time for you to drive down to Eugene, register in the Hilton Hotel, and be ready to attend the OSGA President's Reception beginning at 6:00 pm

Monday, February 24th
9:30am - 5:00pm

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE
Salem, Oregon

Held Concurrently with the Oregon Dairy Farmers Annual Convention

Featured Speakers:
Tony Rickard, PhD, -- Extension Dairy Specialist, Program Director, Barry County, Southwest Missouri
Sujaya Rao, PhD, -- Field Crop Entomologist, OSU Department of Crop and Soil Science
Russ Ingham, PhD, -- Professor, OSU Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Bill Talley -- Summit Seed Coatings, Kentucky
Joe Snyder, DVM -- Veterinarian
Troy Downing -- OSU Extension
Woody Lane, PhD, -- Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, OR
Claudia Ingham, PhD, -- Instructor, OSU Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences

2013 Annual Forage Conference
Tuesday, April 2nd - 9:00-5:00pm
Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, OR

Featured Speakers
John Andrae, PhD, -- Clemson University
Don Horneck, PhD, -- Extension Agronomist, OSU
Shelby Filley, PhD, -- Professor and Regional Livestock and Forage Specialist, OSU Department of Animal Science
Woody Lane, PhD, -- Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, OR

2012 Annual Forage Conference
Tuesday, April 10th - 9:30-5:30pm
Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, OR

Featured Speakers
Steve Fransen, PhD, -- WSU-Prosser
Woody Lane, PhD, -- Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, OR
George Taylor -- Applied Climate Services
Paulette Pyle -- Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Shelby Filley, PhD, -- Professor and Regional Livestock and Forage Specialist, OSU Department of Animal Science