2024 Appalachian Grazing Conference

March 7th - 9th        "Managing the System: Land, Water and Livestock"

Fred Provenza

Keynote speaker.

Retired behavioral ecology professor and author Fred Provenza will be next year's keynote speaker at the Appalachian Grazing Conference.

Provenza has written three books, including "Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom." An audiobook adaptation of the book was released in November of 2022.

Provenza is professor emeritus of behavioral ecology at Utah State University's Department of Wildland Resources. At the university, he directed an award-winning research group that pioneered understanding of how learning through metabolically mediated flavor-feedback relationships and experiences in utero and early in life influence foraging behavior and how behavior links the health of soil, plants, herbivores, and humans.

He also has published more than 300 research papers in a wide variety of scientific journals and he has been an invited speaker at more than 600 conferences.

In addition to "Nourishment", Provenza's other books are "Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of Change" and "The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders".


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.

Vendors and Organizations

Are you interested in sponsoring breaks, meals or presentations at the Conference? Are you interested in a vendor booth? If so, please contact Randy Plaugher at 304-782-4108, or by email at randyplaugher@hotmail.com.


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 1, 2024. Phone, email and online registrations will be accepted until noon on March 6, 2024.

Room Reservations

Room reservations must be made directly with the Marriott Hotel at Waterfront Place by calling: 1-800-630-2594 or 304-296-1700.

Get In Touch

*For Vendor Registration, contact Steve Cronin at 304-657-7029 or sangus56@yahoo.com. Vendors who register by January 31 will be listed in the conference event program.

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  • Address

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

    304-349- 4985
  • Email

    farmerjim85@yahoo.com