Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference set for Feb. 6


Black cattle eating cornstalks.


AMES, Iowa – The 2024 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference is set for Feb. 6 in Ames. The event returns to Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd., just to the southwest of Jack Trice Stadium.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions at 10 a.m. Two presentations are on tap for the morning session, and lunch at noon is followed by the IFGC annual meeting. The two afternoon sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Conference topics and speakers are:

  • A Tool for the Grazing Revolution: Virtual Fencing, Meghan Filbert, No Fence.
  • Corn residue grazing: current recommendations and adjustments based on new data, Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of NebraskaLincoln.
  • Cultivating Resilience: Exploring Traits and Tactics with Warm-Season Annual Forage, Dr. Shelby Gruss, Iowa State University.
  • Livestock water improvement ideas from the drought, Jeff Matthias, Iowa NRCS.

All attendees also can enter a drawing for some fun door prizes courtesy of the show sponsors.

The conference is open to the public for $45. IFGC members pay $30 and those who have not yet paid dues can do that during the online registration process. Preregistration is encouraged to allow for adequate meal count.

See the agenda, registration form, and map to Reiman gardens on the conference website.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,


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