2017 Appalachian Grazing Conference

March 9th - 11th

With so many informative presentations about livestock and forage management strategies to increase profits, the 2017 Appalachian Grazing Conference is an opportunity that Appalachian livestock producers should not miss! There will be presentations of interest to those with cattle, goats and sheep.

With a reasonable registration fee of only $150 and room rates at a discounted price, the Appalachian Grazing Conference is an excellent value.

Because of the importance of the information being presented to grazing producers, many West Virginia Conservation Districts are offering scholarships to cover the conference fee! Call your local conservation district for more information. You can find your local conservation district by visiting the WVCA District Map.

Keynote Speakers

Teddy Gentry

Bass player for the legendary country music group ALABAMA, was born and raised on Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama. Gentry will share his insights into breeding cattle to fit environmental conditions along with how grazing management has benefited his beef cattle operation. Gentry owns and operates the Bent Tree Cattle Co., located near Fort Payne. The farm is home to the South Poll composite breed of cattle, developed from Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol and Barzona genetics.

Dr. Peter Ballerstedt

Expert and speaker on forage, ruminant and animal agriculture. He was the Forage Extension Specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992 and is currently the Forage Product Manager at Barenbrug USA. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and speaking style will provide an entertaining and informative presentation.

Closing Speaker

Bob Hendershot

Graduate of The Ohio State University - BS Agriculture - Agronomy - Soils
Certified Forage and Grassland Professional - AFGC
Certified Crop Advisor - ASA

Bob started Green Pasture Services a pasture consulting service with forage seed and temporary fencing sales after retiring from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as the state grassland conservationist and state (GLCI) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative coordinator in Ohio. He provided leadership and technical guidance to conservation programs that use grasses and other forages. He was named the nation's Outstanding Pastureland Conservationist by NRCS in 1999. He was inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist Hall of Fame in 1998 and was presented the NRCS Regional Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative support award in 1996.

Bob lives and manages a grass farm in Pickaway County, Ohio near Circleville. Bob and his late wife have three grown children and three grandchildren. He has a pasture based sheep operation and also grazes stocker cattle and sells pasture raised beef. He was presented the 2010 Ohio Master Shepherd Award by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Bob was president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association 2001 and 2002 and is a lifetime member. He received the American Sheep Industry Flock Guardian Award in 2006. He is a past president of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC), served two terms as a director and is a Sustaining Member. He still provides leadership to the AFGC certifying program for forage professionals. Bob was one of the founders of the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC) served as their second president and still is a director. He was presented the OFGC Bob Evans Leadership Award for being a "champion" of forages.

Mr. Hendershot helped develop the Pasture for Profit Grazing Schools, the Ohio Forage for Horses and the Equine Environmental and Liability Awareness Programs and continues as an instructor and Pasture Walk Leader. He was presented the Ben Stinner Memorial Award in recognition of his excellent contribution to sustainable agriculture in 2009 by the Innovative Farmers of Ohio. He currently serves as secretary of the National Grazing Lands Coalition Board of Directors representing the American Forage and Grassland Council.

WVU Davis College and Farm Tour

Tour Information

The afternoon program will begin with a bus tour of WVU's new facilities. The bus will depart the Waterfront Hotel at 2 PM for a tour of the new $100 Million State of the Art home of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. We will then visit the College's Reedsville Farm Unit where we will discuss the pasture-based beef cattle system, the new equine teaching and service facility and view some of the ongoing conservation projects. We will conclude the tour with a roast beef dinner at the facility. The cost is $35 and covers the bus tour and meal.

Farm Tour Video

Click the image above to see a short video highlighting some of the work of WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and what the tour will showcase.

Resort Reservations

Conference Registration & Deadlines

Your registration fees will cover all activities including meals and breaks. Registrations sent via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2017. Phone, email and online registrations will be accepted until noon on March 7, 2017.

Room Reservations

Room reservations must be made directly with the Waterfront Place Hotel by calling 1-866-782-9974 or 304-296-1700.

A block of rooms is on hold until February 15, 2017. Room prices are $105.00 plus tax.

Get In Touch

To mail in brochures and payments, use the address below.
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  • Address

    ATTN: Jim Foster
    2798 Grove Summers Road
    New Milton, WV 26411
  • Phone

    304-349- 4985
  • Email

    jefoster63@hotmail.com