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Education

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

Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Schools run 9:00 am 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
Registration before March 1, 2019: $70 /person or $100 /2 people from same farm
Registration after March 1, 2019: $85 /person or $120 /2 people from same farm
VA Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
VA Online Registration
For more information, contact Margaret Kenny at (434) 321-9272 or vfgcforages@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
North Carolina State University
St. Lukes Lutheran Church
11020 North Carolina Hwy. 801, Mt. Ulla, NC
Registration before March 1, 2019: $70 /person or $100 /2 people from same farm
Registration after March 1, 2019: $85 /person or $120 /2 people from same farm
NCSU Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
NCSU Online Registration
For more information, contact April Shaeffer at (606) 407-2006 or april_shaeffer@ncsu.edu

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Clemson University
Helena Community Center
902 Giff Street, Newberry SC
Enrollment limited to first 50 registrants
Registration before March 1, 2019: $70 /person or $100 /2 people from same farm
Registration after March 1, 2019: $85 /person or $120 /2 people from same farm
Clemson Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
Clemson Online Registration
For more information, contact Jennifer Arblaster at (864) 656-2530 or jarblst@clemson.edu

Friday, March 15, 2019
University of Georgia
Gordon County Extension Office
1282 SR 53 Spur SW Suite 200, Calhoun, GA
Enrollment limited to first 70 registrants
Registration before March 1, 2019: $70 /person or $100 /2 people from same farm
Registration after March 1, 2019: $85 /person or $120 /2 people from same farm
UGA Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
UGA Online Registration
For more information, contact Cathy Felton at (706) 310-3464 or feltonc@uga.edu

Monday, March 18, 2019
University of Missouri
Southwest Research Center
14158 Hwy H, Mt. Vernon, MO
Enrollment limited to first 50 registrants
Registration before March 8, 2019: $70 /person or $100 /2 people from same farm
Registration after March 8, 2019: $85 /person or $120 /2 people from same farm
MU Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
For more information, contact Jendel Wolfe at (417) 466-2148 ext: 21 or wolfejl@missouri.edu

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
University of Kentucky
Fellowship Hall, Central Presbyterian Church
206 W Main St, Princeton, KY
Registration before March 8, 2019: $60 /person
Registration after March 8, 2019: $75 /person
Kentucky Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
Kentucky Online Registration
For more information, contact Krista Lea at 859-257-0597 or Krista.lea1@uky.edu

 
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: John Andrae, Matthew Burns, Jay Crouch, John Fike, Stacey Hamilton,Dennis Hancock, Jimmy Henning, Deidre Harmon, Teresa Herman, Nick Hill, Joe Horner, Jeff Lehmkuhler, Matt Massie, Gene Olson, Gabriel Pent, Matt Poore, Craig Roberts, Johnny Rogers, Gene Schmitz, Ray Smith, Chris Teutsch, Lindy Tucker.
Non-Profit: Carolyn Young
USDA-NRCS: J.B. Daniel, Mark Green, Lee Holcomb, Adam Jones, Michelle Lovejoy.
Producers: Joe Davis, Darrel Franson, Ben Setzler, Bart Snyder, Mark Strauss.
Industry: Agrinostics, Barenbrug USA, DLF, Mountain View Seeds, Pennington Seed.