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Progressive Events: Idaho Hay and Forage Convention

FG Editor Darren Olsen Published on 01 April 2010
Tim Serr

The Idaho Hay and Forage Convention was held February 16 and 17, 2010 at the Best Western Inn in Burley, Idaho.

Attendees were welcomed by one of the largest exhibitor shows in recent history and a wide range of classes to meet the needs of Idaho’s expanding forage industry.

One of the key aspects of the conference was to address the more volatile nature of the recent hay market and making sure contracts are set and honored by all parties.

Recent income problems with the dairy industry and downturn in the beef market have left several hay growers throughout the area well aware that a higher level of professionalism and scrutiny might be necessary to receive payment in the years ahead.

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Grower conversations also centered on upcoming opportunities with the possible re-release of Roundup Ready alfalfa and other potential genetic alfalfa improvements that have been delayed while waiting for the issue of genetically modified plants to be resolved in the courts.

Most see it as a positive development and many are waiting to add these improvements to their growing arsenal.looking over auction

For more information on the 2010 Conference, please visit  FG

PHOTO1: Tim Serr (far right) of PolyExcel shares ideas and products with conference attendees.

PHOTO 2: During breaks, attendees have a chance to discuss current trends and practices.

PHOTO 3: Attendees look at items available to bid on during the silent auction. Photos by Darren Olsen.