June 21 – 27 is National Forage Week!

The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is introducing National Forage Week for the first time, June 21 – 27, 2015.

Gary Wilson, AFGC president from Jenera, Ohio, says, “AFGC wanted a way to bring notice and recognition to forages as one of the largest agriculture industries in this country,” and “to promote all types of forage production ranging from grazing to commercial hay production.”

The National Forage Week campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate the public about the role of forages in milk and meat consumption. Consumers are increasingly inquisitive and concerned about their food sources, and AFGC is positioning the organization to better understand consumer concerns and work diligently to provide information to consumers about the role of forages and forage production.

To kick things off, here’s a quote from Forage-Livestock Quotes and Concepts written by: Ball, Lacefield, Allen, Haveland and Bolten:

“Today, forage grasses provide most of the nutrition for cattle, sheep, goats, horses and mules. They also protect and improve our soils, contribute to clean water and air, play a major role in decelerating release of carbon into the environment, account for about 25 percent of the total value of U.S. agriculture, occupy about 50 percent of the total land area of the U.S. and provide recreation, wildlife habitat and esthetic value … without question, forages really are the most important plants on earth.”

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