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2024 Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting

Black Angus cow standing in a snowy grass pasture.
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Christian County Extension Office

Stay in the loop on herd management to strengthen cattle operations. 

Discussions and decisions made during the winter months can impact managing a beef cattle operation all year. The Dudley Smith Winter Farm Meeting is a chance to come together to learn through the farm’s traditions, sustainable agriculture practices, and hands-on research opportunities.

There is no cost to attend the meeting. Advance registration is required for lunch by Feb. 13.

Winter Meeting Agenda:

9 a.m. – Registration

9:25 – Welcome and Announcements
Ed Ballard, Dudley Smith Farm Coordinator

9:30 – Strategies to Reduce Fertilizer Use on Cattle Farms
Greg Halich, Associate Professor, Extension Livestock Economics Specialist, 
University of Kentucky

10:15 – The Art and Science of a Successful Grazier
Curt Rincker, Beef Producer from Shelby County, IL

10:45 – Break

11 a.m. – Timing is Everything: The Impact of Cover Crops Planting Dates
Nathan Johanning, Commercial Crop Educator, University of Illinois Extension

11:30 – Dudley Smith Farm Research Update: drainage, the role of cover crops in drainage management, and related University of Illinois crops research
Giovani Preza Fontes, Field Crops Agronomist and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Noon – Lunch

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact