NB_190_22_19 - NB 190-22-19 ECS – 2023 American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference
NB 190-22-19 ECS – 2023 American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference
National Bulletin: 190-22-19 
Date: August 4, 2022
Subject: ECS – 2023 American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference

Action Required By:   Friday, August 26, 2022  
Purpose.   To notify personnel and solicit participation in the 2023 American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference scheduled January 8-11, 2023, in Winston-Salem, NC.    
Expiration Date.   March 1, 2023 
Background.   The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is the leading professional body in support of environmentally sound, forage-focused agriculture. Their primary objective is to promote the profitable production and sustainable utilization of quality forage and grasslands, and dedication to advancing the use of forage as a prime feed resource. AFGC has 22 affiliate forage and grassland councils with over 2500 members. AFGC brings producers, educators, and industry professionals together to promote and advance forages in agriculture. AFGC is the leading voice to help plan and conduct programs that promote forage and grassland agriculture at the local level.

The 2023 AFGC conference offers important workshops for professionals engaged in natural resource planning and management, with continuing education credits that are important in maintaining professional certification. It also provides valuable opportunities for NRCS employees to network with grazing lands managers, researchers, educators, internal and external agency employees, as well as professionals engaged in the use and conservation of pasture and forage resources.      

The AFGC will host the 2023 conference at the Benton County Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC January 8-11, 2023.  The conference program will heighten the awareness and help hone the skills of participants in pasture and hayland conservation planning and application.  There will be several workshops, including the following subject material:

·        Future Research Needs of Forage Managers

·        Maximizing Year-Round Animal Performance on High Quality Forage

·        Animal Nutrition and Forages

·        Balage Production: Soil Health

·        Pasture Management

More details about the 2023 AFGC conference are available at http://www.afgc.org.

If travel limitations are applied, employees participating in one or more of the following activities will receive priority for attendance:


·        Presenting a paper, poster, or making a presentation

·        Conducting training

·        Maintaining credits for professional development or continuing education credits

·        An active member of a technical committee participating at the annual meeting

States and regional centers should complete “AFGC 2023 Attendee Detailed Cost Analysis Spreadsheet” (Attachment A).  Return the form to Julie DePue at  Julie.depue@usda.gov with “2023 AFGC Attendance” in the subject line, by close of business Friday, August 26, 2022.  Please include only attendance responses to this bulletin in the email.  Ecological Sciences Division will initiate the USDA Conference Management System (AgCMS) entry.  Each administrative office will need to prepare travel authorizations, cover related travel costs, and pay registration fees.  If registration fees are not listed on the conference website by August, please use last year’s fees as an estimate ($365/members and $420/non-members). 



For further information, please contact the National Grazing Lands Coordinator, Michael Margo, at (469) 712-0817, or email michael.margo@usda.gov.

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Noller Herbert
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology

Attachment A: AFGC 2023 Attendee Detailed Cost Analysis Spreadsheet  
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