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Hay and pasture conferences begin

College ParK, Md. -- Three regional hay and pasture conferences across Maryland and Delaware will provide opportunities for farmers as well as agribusiness and agency personnel to obtain practical and useful information on some of the latest technology and practices related to forage production, management and utilization.

“I think this winter’s series of hay and pasture conferences address timely topics,” says Les Vough, University of Maryland forage crops Extension specialist emeritus and conferences coordinator.

Conference dates and locations are as follows:

• Delmarva Hay & Pasture Conference, January 14, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington. There is no registration fee and lunch will be available on site for purchase.

• Southern Maryland Hay & Pasture Conference, January 15, Baden Volunteer Fire Hall, Brandywine, Md. The registration fee is $15 per person by January 8; or $20 at the door. Checks should be made payable to University of Maryland and sent to Hay & Pasture Conference, University of Maryland Extension, PO Box 663, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (Phone: 301-475-4484).

• Tri-State (Md., Pa., and W.Va.) Hay & Pasture Conference, January 16, Garrett College, McHenry, Md. The registration fee is $15 per person by January 8 or $20 at the door. Checks should be made payable to Garrett EAC and sent to Hay & Pasture Conference, University of Maryland Extension, 1916 Maryland Highway, Suite A, Mtn. Lake Park, MD 21550 (Phone: 301-334-6960).

Certified crop advisor, pesticide and nutrient management, and conservation planner certification credits will be offered.

For more information or to obtain the complete program agenda and registration materials, contact your local extension or soil conservation district office or go to http://www.mdforages.umd.edu/UpcomingEvents.htm.