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The Alliance provides educational schools to assist producers with successfully converting Kentucky 31 tall fescue to novel endophyte varieties. Schools begin with understanding fescue toxicosis, then walk producers through the conversion process. Conversion topics include establishment practices, fertility needs, smother crops, weed control, stand maintenance, and variety selection. Schools provide hands on training for drill calibration in addition to pasture walks to observe different novel endophyte varieties.

Education is a combination of University, NRCS, Agribusiness and Producers presentations to give participant the opportunity to get answers to questions from a variety of perspectives and information sources.

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1-Day Schools

Schools run 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration fee includes meal, refreshments and proceedings

Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Training Sites Location Map

Monday, March 11, 2019
Virginia Tech
Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center
2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone VA
For more information, contact Margaret Kenny at (434) 321-9272 or

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
North Carolina State University
Salisbury NC area
For more information, contact April Shaeffer at (606) 407-2006 or

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Clemson University
Newberry County Cooperative Extension office
1860 Wilson Road, Newberry SC 29108
For more information, contact Jennifer Arblaster at (864) 656-2530 or

Friday, March 15, 2019
University of Georgia
Gordon County Extension Office
1282 SR 53 Spur SW Suite 200, Calhoun, GA
For more information, contact Dennis Hancock at (706) 542-1529 or

Monday, March 18, 2019
University of Missouri
Southwest Research Center
14158 Hwy H, Mt. Vernon, MO
For more information, contact Jendel Wolfe at (417) 466-2148 ext: 21 or

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
University of Kentucky
Princeton KY area
For more information, contact Krista Lea at 859-257-0597 or

Cover of Fescue Toxicosis & Managment Guide

Agenda Items

  • Fescue Toxicosis: Symptoms and Causes
  • Economics of pasture renewal
  • Establishment and First Year Management
  • Microscope view of endophyte in tall fescue
  • Seed Drill Calibration
  • Seed and Endophyte Quality and Testing
  • Transition from Toxic to Non-Toxic Fescue
  • Tour of Field Plots
  • On-farm economics (video)
  • Products Available (seed companies)
  • Financial Incentives (cost-share)
  • Producer Panel Discussions

Speakers & tour guides vary by location:

University: University: John Andrae, Matt Booher, Matthew Burns, John Fike, David Fiske, Matt Fischer, David Fiske, Stacey Hamilton, Jimmy Henning, Deidre Harmon, Joe Horner, Jeff Lehmkuhler, Matt Massie, Will McClain, Berndt Nelson, Gene Olson, Gabriel Pent, Matt Poore, Craig Roberts, Johnny Rogers, Gene Schmitz, Ray Smith, Brad Stancil, Chris Teutsch, Wesley Tucker.
Non-Profit: Carolyn Young
USDA-NRCS: Jill Claasen, J.B. Daniel, Mark Green, Lee Holcomb, Adam Jones, Michelle Lovejoy.
Producers: Dean Askew, Joe Davis, Larry Elmore, Darrel Franson, Mike Hall, Adam Jones, Mike Jones, Buron Lanier, Mike Moss, Kenny Mullins, Carl Myers, Frank Nolan, Patrick Patterson, Ricky Roper, Curtis Schallert, Bud Shaver, Bart Snyder, Mark Strauss, John Thomas.
Industry: Agrinostics, Barenbrug, DLF Pickseed, Mountain View Seeds, Pennington Seed.