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2012 Illinois Forage Expo to be held July 10

URBANA -- The 2012 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on Tuesday, July 10, hosted by Owen Brown, GFC Bale Band-It, 34273 210th Avenue, Pittsfield, Ill., located in Pike County. The Forage Expo will include field demonstrations of forage-harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment as well as educational sessions focusing on forage management.

In addition, producers can enter 2012 harvested bales and haylage in the Quality Hay & Haylage Contest. Entries must be delivered on site from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. There is no entry fee, and NIRS analysis will be provided free of charge. Four hay classes and one haylage class will be available, and class winners will receive a certificate. Bales weighing over 100 pounds will need an official scale weigh ticket. For further information concerning the Quality Hay/Haylage Contest, contact Ron Atherton, IFGC board member at 815-622-2734, ron.atherton@agriking.com

The Expo will start at 9 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. The site can be reached by going west and then south of Pittsfield on Route 54 for about five miles, then east for one mile on 1100 N Road. Additional information about the Illinois Forage Expo is available at http://www.illinoisforage.org/.

For information about exhibiting a commercial display, contact Dave Gentry, GROWMARK, Inc., P.O. Box 2500, Bloomington, Ill., 61702-2500, phone 309-557-6397 or email at dgentry@growmark.com.

The Forage Expo is co-sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, University of Illinois Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.