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Forage Analysis Workshop Kicks Off ARS 2017 BrownBagger Series


The USDA-Agricultural Research Service facility in Sidney is pleased to partner with the Richland County Extension Office to host an interactive forage analysis workshop to open the lab’s 15th annual winter BrownBagger series on Friday, Jan. 20th.

This special kickoff presentation features Montana State University Extension Beef Specialist Rachel Endecott and will be held from noon to 1 pm in the Tech Transfer Room at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab (NPARL) in Sidney, MT. The lab is located at 1500 N. Central Avenue.

Dr. Endecott will discuss how to properly interpret a forage analysis so that producers know what nutrients are being supplied in their cows’ diets through their forages, according to Richland County Agent Tim Fine. “The workshop is intended to be interactive,” he said. “Participants are encouraged to bring a forage analysis with them to be used for a one-on-one analysis with Dr. Endecott.” Fine had announced last week that producers should include requests for ADF (acid detergent fiber) and NDF (neutral detergent fiber) figures when requesting forage reports for this event.

Having a handle on forage nutrition content could go far in saving producers time and money, Fine said, particularly in this low price market. Dr. Endecott’s presentation will provide tips on how to do just that, he said, noting that cattle producers will still find the talk very informative regardless of whether they are able to bring their own forage analyses to the event.

The Extension Office and Sidney ARS invite all interested persons to join us for this very enlightening kick-off presentation at noon on Friday, Jan. 20, at NPARL. Bring your lunch. We’ll provide the dessert!

In addition to Dr. Endecott, other speakers scheduled for NPARL’s 2017 BrownBagger season include:

Feb. 3 – Michelle Downey, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist, NRCS, Scobey, MT; (Topic TBA)

Feb. 17 –Zachary Sylvain, Post doc, USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab, Sidney, MT (Topic TBA)

Mar. 10 –Frankie Crutcher, Assistant Professor, MSU Eastern Ag Research Center, Sidney, MT (Topic TBA)

Mar. 24 – Ann Fischer, District Conservationist, NRCS, Baker, MT (Topic: Bale Grazing)

Apr. 7 – Cam Lay, Entomologist, Natural Resource Program Manager, MT Dept. of Ag, Helena, MT (Topic: Beekeeping in MT)

Note: all days listed are Fridays and all presentations begin at noon in the Tech Transfer Room at the Sidney ARS lab.

For questions or more information on our joint kickoff presentation with Dr. Endecott, contact Tim Fine at 406-433-1206 or [email protected] For more information on upcoming speakers in the NPARL’s 2017 BrownBagger series, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427 or [email protected]


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