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2022 Dudley Smith Farm Field Day

beef cattle standing in field
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Dudley Smith Farm Research Center

Champion of Technological Advances

Dudley Smith, Jr. recognized the economic challenges facing agriculture in Illinois and its impact on rural communities. On his Christian County farm, he championed the adoption of technological advances in stewardship and sustainability of agricultural practices.

Smith gave the farm and a substantial endowment to the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences in 1993, and the transformative research on agricultural practices continues. That research will be highlighted in the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day. 

Improve your understanding of:

  • Cover crops - grazing and soil health
  • Utilizing technology in agriculture
  • Regenerative grazing
  • Using crop residues and legumes in organic beef cattle grazing on cropland


To attend, sign up by Friday, June 24. A free lunch is provided.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please contact the Christian County Extension Office at (217) 287-7246 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.


9:30 AM: Registration

9:45 AM: Welcome and Announcements
Ed Ballard, Dudley Smith Farm Coordinator

9:50 AM: How Are Soil Health Benefits of Cover Crops Impacted by Grazing?
Dr. Andrew J. Margenot, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences
Taylor Berkshire Akers, Graduate Student, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences

10:20 AM: The Farm of the Future is Here
 Dennis Bowman, Extension Specialist, Digital Agriculture, University of Illinois

11:05 AM: Expanding Regenerative Grazing in Illinois
Mallory Krieger, Founder & Principal of Terra Elossa LLC, Pasture Project

11:35 AM: Managing Beef Cattle in an Organic Crop Rotation Without Perennial Pastures
Bernie Hand, a local farmer from Fillmore

12:05 PM: Lunch