The Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council will address several different aspects of forage production at its 2004 annual conference Dec. 10 in Alexandria.

The conference, which will be held in the Brumfield-Caffey Annex of the Student Union Building on the campus of LSU at Alexandria, will feature presentations by LSU AgCenter faculty and other experts in the field. "This is a good opportunity for producers to learn about the latest developments in producing forage and cattle," said LSU AgCenter forage specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell.

The speakers at the conference will include Dr. Wink Alison, an LSU AgCenter associate professor in agronomy, who will discuss the performance of hybrids and seeded Bermudagrass varieties; Dr. Alan Deramus from the University of Louisiana, who will talk about the role of forages in land stewardship; LSU AgCenter Master Cattle Producer coordinator Dr. Jason Rowntree and AgCenter associate Donna Morgan, who will explain the Louisiana Master Cattle Producer Program and the development of model farms; Twidwell, who will highlight the importance of the American Forage and Grassland Council; LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist Dr. Don Reed, who will explain the establishment of wildlife food plots and hunting leases; and Dr. Richard Watson from Mississippi State University, who will discuss using forage for profitable livestock operations.

Registration and viewing of commercial exhibits will begin at 9 a.m. The morning session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon - when lunch will be served and several awards will be presented. The afternoon session will begin at 1:15 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch, and the public is invited to attend. Participants also are invited to join the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council at the meeting site for $25, but membership is not required to attend the conference.

"Anyone interested in forage production and management is invited to attend," Twidwell said. The LSU at Alexandria campus is located about 7 miles south of Alexandria off US Highway 71.

For more information on the meeting, contact Twidwell at (225) 578-4564 or etwidwell@agcenter.lsu.edu.