An Aug. 7 videoconference in Mississippi will address the impact of the ongoing drought and cattle producers' concerns about finding ample feed sources for the upcoming fall and winter.

The statewide distance education meeting for producers will begin at 7 p.m. Viewing sites around the state are being arranged. Those interested in participating can contact local Extension offices in Mississippi for the nearest location.

Jane Parish, beef specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said the program will focus on alternative feed and forage options. There will be an extensive question-and-answer session during the two-hour meeting.

“This drought is reducing our hay cuttings and forcing many producers to feed existing hay supplies before winter arrives,” Parish said. “If the drought continues this fall, it will also impact winter grazing options.”

Parish said university specialists are finalizing a publication to address these concerns. It will be available online at http://msucares.com/livestock/beef/drought.html.