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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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration fee includes meal, refreshments and proceedings

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Mt. Vernon, MO
For more information, contact Janet Adams at 417-466-3102 or

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Lexington, KY
Registration before March 1, 2018: $60/person
Registration after March 6, 2018: $75/person
Kentucky Flyer and Schedule (PDF)
KY Online Registration
For more information, contact Krista Lea at 859-257-0597 or

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Pendleton, SC
For more information, contact Jennifer Arblaster at 864-656-3477 or

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Raleigh, NC
For more information, contact April Schaffer at 919-515-4005 or

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Raphine, VA
For more information, contact Margaret Kenny at 434-818-5545 or

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Agenda Items

  • Fescue Toxicosis: Symptoms and Causes
  • Economics
  • Establishment and First Year Management
  • Drill Calibration
  • Seed and Endophyte Testing
  • Transition from Toxic to Non-Toxic Fescue
  • Tour of Field Plots
  • Products Available (seed companies)
  • Incentives (cost-share)
  • Producer Panel Discussions

Speakers & tour guides vary by location:

University: University of Kentucky, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech University, University of Missouri
Government: NRCS
Producer: from Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri
Industry: AgResearch, Agrinostics, Barenbrug, DLF, Pennington, Mountain View Seeds