Conservation Matters November 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

National Conference on Grazing Lands set for Dec. 13-16 in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

National Conference on Grazing Lands set for Dec. 13-16 in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Grazing management, grazing land economics and marketing, public policy, soil health and the agriculture/urban interface will be among the topics highlighting at the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands in Dallas, Texas.

The conference is set for Dec. 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth and includes daily workshops from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is $365 and is available online here. On-site registration will also be available.

The National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) is a collaborative association of agricultural producers and organizations working together to maintain and improve the management and public grazing lands.

“The National Grazing Lands Coalition’s 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands will feature industry presenters that are federal and state agency experts, from academia, and most importantly, successful producers,” said John Peterson, conference manager.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Dr. Don Ball, professor emeritus at Auburn University, who is a leader in agronomic forage and livestock information
  • Dr. Garry Lacefield, professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Kentucky, who is an internationally recognized forage expert
  • Dr. Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth, co-founders of
  • Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, renowned forage specialist with Barenbrug, USA
  • Rancher Gary Price of 77 Ranch in Blooming Grove, Texas and winner of the National Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Tony Moravec, DVM with Merial

Several other ranchers and grazing land managers will talk about proven practices and techniques that can be taken home and used immediately by attendees, Peterson said. The focus on ranchers as presenters sets this conference apart from others.

This year’s conference will feature a “Texas Day” on Dec. 15 with sessions on prescribed burning and brush management.

Also included is a Grazing Land Soil Health Tour of Texas on Dec. 13, highlighted by visits to Popp Farm and the Dixon Ranches Leo Unit with a barbeque lunch provided. Registration materials and tickets for the tour can be picked up on Saturday evening prior to the event.

For more information, visit National Grazing Lands Coalition.

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