Meeting and Trade Show Set for November 4

Cattle grazing switchgrass the UT Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center

At the UT Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center grazing trials have been conducted on native grasses such as the switchgrass in the image. Native grasses and other forages will be discussed at the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Meeting Nov. 4 in Nashville. Photo courtesy UTIA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold its annual meeting and trade show on Friday, November 4, at Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium in Nashville.

“Several emerging issues will highlight this year’s program,” says Gary Bates, director of the University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center. “The lineup of speakers is outstanding and should provide for a very interesting day.” 

Dr. Ray Smith, forage specialist from the University of Kentucky, will be discussing opportunities to select and utilize the best forage species and varieties. Other topics include grazing native warm-season grasses, variable rate fertilization and liming of pastures, and the influence of cow size on productivity.  Dr. Renata Nave, a forage scientist with UT AgResearch, will be discussing her research on intercropping corn and forage.

One of the highlights of the meeting will be UT beef nutritionist Dr. Jason Smith discussing new information on pasture mineral contents and potential issues producers in the state need to recognize.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. A $25 registration fee covers the cost of membership in the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council as well as lunch. The meeting will conclude by 3 p.m.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for any farmer who’s looking to produce forage and grasses as profitably as possible,” says Bates. “This is where Tennessee’s top producers will be, and if they can’t help you, they’ll know the other good producers in your area.”  

An accompanying trade show offers producers a look at and a lesson about the constantly changing technology necessary to make the best decisions for their farms and for their buyers. The day’s events also include a silent auction provided by the major seed, chemical and pharmaceutical companies participating in the trade show.

For more information about the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council, contact your county’s UT Extension office or Bates at 865-974-7208 or by email at

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Dr. Gary Bates, UT Beef and Forage Center, 865-974-7208,​