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Forage expert to speak at Sumner

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and UNL Extension are hosting world renowned forage management specialist Jim Gerrish on a four-day, eight-stop traveling road show across Nebraska.

Stops in this area include Sumner, Curtis and Whitman.

Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the United States.

Gerrish will present “What Really Matters in Grazing Management” in Nebraska during the week of Dec. 13. The central Nebraska schedule and locations are:

Tuesday, Dec. 14—5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tub’s Pub in Sumner. Contact Bruce Treffer, UNL Extension Office in Dawson County at 308-324-5501.

Wednesday, Dec. 15—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Curtis Community Center in Curtis. Contact Steve Melvin, UNL Extension Office in Frontier County at 308-367-4424.

Wednesday, Dec. 15—5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at UNL Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory in Whitman. Contact Bethany Johnston, UNL Central Sandhills Extension at 308-645-2267.

Gerrish’s past experience includes over 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 22 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri.

The University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership.

Gerrish was co-founder of the very popular three-day grazing management workshop program at FSRC. These schools were attended by over 3,000 producers and educators from 39 states and four Canadian provinces from their inception in 1990 through 2003.

His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-Intensive Grazing.

Registration is $10. All Points Cooperative is a co-sponsor of the meal. Must pre-register by Dec. 6 to reserve a meal by calling the UNL Extension office indicated. Registrations will be taken until full.

For more information, contact Ron Bolze, Coordinator, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition at 402-426-2033 (home office); 402-321-0067 (cell) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or one of the Extension offices listed.

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