Early registration ends noon Friday (Feb. 3) for Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference

Published: Monday, January 30, 2012

Early registration for the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference ends Friday, February 3 at noon. Registration can be completed at the conference website, www.AlfalfaExpo.com, and is $10 per person in advance. Registration at the door $20 per person.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.), the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference will be held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Nebraska, February 7 and 8. The event is designed especially for alfalfa producers, livestock/dairy producers and others who are involved in alfalfa production, purchasing, hay feeding or processing.

“This year’s conference is packed full of information, education and innovation that will help hay and livestock producers improve production, performance and profitability,” said Barb Kinnan, executive director of N.A.M.A. “The trade show features more than 100 exhibitors and allows attendees to see the latest technology and equipment from agribusiness leaders, while meeting many top company representatives in person.”

A significant item on the agenda is the introduction of an online alfalfa evaluation tool, which allows users to calculate a sound value for their alfalfa based on a nutrient comparable basis or a market comparable basis. The tool was developed by N.A.M.A.

Conference speakers include:

    • Dr. Al Dutcher, Nebraska climatologist, who will discuss weather patterns and forecasts for the coming crop year;
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  • Dr. Ron Hansen, ag economics professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who will provide a session on mulit-generational family farm ownership and will also be the speaker at Tuesday evening’s dinner;
  • Dr. Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln cattle feeding expert, who will focus on nutritional information for cow-calf producers; and
  • Trent Loos, well-known commentator, columnist and ag advocate.

A panel discussion featuring a Nebraska alfalfa producer, dairy producer, beef/feedlot producer and a hay producer from outside the region is also scheduled.

Registration includes admission to all presentations and programs, a Tuesday afternoon reception, dinner Tuesday evening, admission to the large alfalfa industry trade show and the opportunity to bid in the fundraising auction that takes place Tuesday afternoon. The auction features a wide range of items including seed, harvesting equipment, supplies and other valuable products and services.

Advance registration is $10 per person (tickets must be purchased by noon, February 3), and is available online at www.AlfalfaExpo.com. Registration is $20 per person at the door. Participants under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge.

For more information, call 1.800.743.1649 or visit www.AlfalfaExpo.com.

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