The 38th annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield, Missouri.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Corbitt Wall. Wall is a native of eastern New Mexico and Western Texas and currently lives in Canyon, Texas. He is a commercial cattle manager and livestock marketing analyst for DV Auction. Corbitt received a bachelor’s in agri-business and economics, plus a master’s in agriculture from West Texas A&M University. One of his many passions is livestock auctioneering which he has done for the past 25 years. Wall also hosts a daily news production called the “Feeder Flash.” During the noon luncheon, he will speak on the state of the industry and where we are headed.
The conference will also feature several breakout sessions. Topics include limiting feed costs, summer stockpiled fescue, johnsongrass, multi-species grazing, estate planning and capital gains, soil health, stocker operations as an alternative to cow/calf, warm season grasses, regenerative ranching, managing soil fertility in times of high prices, sorghum sudan, marketing local beef, and small ruminant health management.
A large trade show will also be held in conjunction with the conference. Agricultural businesses and organizations will have exhibits and representatives available to discuss their products and services. If interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, contact Nathan Witt at 417-451-1007 ext.3.
Conference check-in begins at 8 a.m., with sessions running from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A banquet luncheon is included with the registration. The cost is $45 per person if registered by Feb. 14. Afterward, the cost is $55 (if space is available). Participants can find more information about the conference and register online at springforageconference.com. Contact the Laclede County SWCD office at 417-532-6305, ext.101 for additional questions.