An online, three night Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will be held February 23-25, and is open to producers across the US who are interested in learning more about toxic and novel tall fescue endophytes. In person trainings will be held in Athens, GA (March 18), Mt. Vernon, MO (March 23), and Lexington, KY (March 25).
Workshops focus on several topics, including understanding the negative effects of toxic endophyte tall fescue on livestock, managing toxic pastures to reduce undesired effects, methods to replace toxic with novel endophyte varieties, management after establishment of a novel endophyte tall fescue system, seed quality and testing, farm-level economics of removing and replacing toxic with novel endophyte tall fescues, and accessing financial assistant programs to assist in fescue transitions. Local producers who have made the transition are also asked to share their person experiences. For in person workshops, hands on activities will include a live microscope demonstration of the endophyte, calibrating a seed drill, and touring demonstration plots of each of the commercially available novel endophyte varieties. The online workshop will include all of these aspects, duplicating the same educational experience wherever possible.
All workshops will require advanced registration and payment, available soon at https://GrasslandRenewal.org. In person workshops will follow all current federal, state, and local COVID restrictions and are subject to cancelation with full refunds to participants. Seating is limited. Requested continuing education credits include AAVSB RACE CE and Certified Crop Advisor CEUs. Sponsorships opportunities are available. For more information, please contact us at GrasslandRenewal@gmail.com. Stay up to date on all activities of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal by signing up for a monthly e-newsletter, Novel Notes at httsp://GrasslandRenewal.org/novel-notes/.