New forage and grassland council launched

By Peter Kent

Clemson scientists in field with cowThe Georgia and South Carolina Piedmont Forage and Grassland Council was launched in March to share information on the important role forage plays in livestock production.

“Changes in climate, consumer tastes and research support make it vital for forage and hay growers and sellers to keep up with the issues affecting the industry,” said John Andrae, Extension forage specialist. “The Piedmont of Georgia and South Carolina have common soil types, nutrient sources, forage species and management issues.”

The organization is affiliated with the American Forage and Grassland Council, which has more than 20 affiliates in the U.S. and Canada. More than 80 participants attended the first meeting, representing livestock and forage producers, industry, universities and public agencies.

The council’s goal is to help the various industry sectors interact more efficiently, capitalize on opportunities and effectively address common issues.

The full day meeting included research updates, presentations by two area producers about their operations, a tour of selected forage research projects at Clemson and a farm tour. Additional forage programs and pasture walks are planned for the coming months.

For information: John Andrae, 864-656-3504,