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Heart of America Grazing Conference showcases latest in carbon-smart pasture management

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URBANA, Ill. – The Heart of America Grazing Conference combines the latest in carbon-smart options with money-saving rotational grazing and pasture management. The 2021 conference returns Aug. 10-11 in Mt. Vernon, Ill. 

The annual meeting for livestock graziers features the latest research on soil health, novel fescue, virtual fencing, and multi-species grazing from the industry's top speakers. 

The Illinois Grazing Lands Coalition is offering a pre-conference pasture walk of the Perry Hottes' operation. Hottes runs an organic grass-finished and grain-finished cattle operation. Hottes works closely with Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop and implement a multi-faceted grazing plan through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, says IGLC's Cliff Schuette.

“We are growing sunshine,” says Hottes about his experience with grazing. The operation is 15 miles from the Double Tree Hotel conference center.

The conference attracts participants from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky.

Register at by Aug. 3. Cost is $65 for two days or $50 for one day. Student cost is $25. CCA credits are available. 

SOURCE: Travis Meteer, Extension Commercial Ag Beef Educator, Orr Center

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