THE AMERICAN Forage and Grassland Council will hold its 2003 annual conference April 26-29 at the Lafayette Hilton in Lafayette, La.

A highlight for farmers and ranchers will be “producer day” on April 28, according to Ed Twidwell, an LSU AgCenter agronomist who planned the program.

Producer day will include sessions on pasture management and forage marketing as well as a clover symposium, Twidwell said, adding that all topics on the day's agenda will be geared for practical application.

The following day, April 29, will be “scientific day,” with sessions devoted to research papers and posters dealing with forage production.

Twidwell said producer day will include the forage spokesperson contest, which features producers representing American Forage and Grassland Council affiliate councils. The audience votes for the best forage spokesperson, and contestants earn cash prizes sponsored by ABI Alfalfa.

Scientific day includes presentations by participants in the emerging scientist competition — a competitive program among young scientists selected and invited by an committee of the American council. Each participant will receive a cash award in recognition of being selected.

On the preceding weekend, people arriving for the conference also will be able to attend the Festival International de Louisiane on April 26.

Complete information is available on the Internet at www.afgc.org. Contact Ed Twidwell at 225-578-4564 or etwidwell@agcenter.lsu.edu.