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Webinar: Native Warm-Season Grass Forages and Grazing Management for Bobwhites

Join us for a two-day webinar discussing native warm-season grass forages in the eastern U.S. and integrating grazing management for Northern Bobwhites.
Webinar: Native Warm-Season Grass Forages and Grazing Management for Bobwhites

Webinar: Native Warm-Season Grass Forages and Grazing Management for Bobwhites

A two-day webinar discussing native warm-season grass forages in the eastern U.S. and integrating grazing management for Northern Bobwhites will be presented on December 1 and 2, 2021 from 2: 00 – 3:40 PM EST.

Dr. Pat Keyser, Professor and Director for the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the
University of Tennessee, and Jef Hodges, Grasslands Coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, headquartered at Clemson University, will provide science-based information related to native warm-season grass forages, their attributes, proven establishment techniques, management guidelines and integrating grazing management with bobwhites.

REGISTRATION: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u25gZw-vR-ysHwUezbA8dw

Participants will be provided with a foundational understanding of native warm-season forages, their establishment and management, and how to integrate grazing and bobwhite management.

Presentations are designed to allow ample time for discussion following each presentation.

The webinar is targeted to technical advisors who develop grazing management plans with landowners. This webinar is being presented in support of the Working Lands for Wildlife – Northern Bobwhite project.

About the Presenters

Dr. Pat Keyser is a Professor and Director for the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee.  In that role, Dr. Keyser provides regional and national leadership in the development and implementation of comprehensive research and outreach programs focused on the management of native grasslands.  This includes work on use of native grasses in forage production systems for livestock, the integration of forage and biomass production, answering specific management questions for native grasses, restoration of natural grassland communities such as woodlands and savannahs, and wildlife responses to native grasslands management. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 grants worth nearly $11 million in support of his research (more than 60 research projects to date) and outreach activities (including numerous on-farm demonstration projects) all leading to over 370 publications including more than 90 articles in scientific journals.  He has directed or co-directed 17 and mentored an additional 34 graduate students and made more than 400 presentations to a wide variety of audiences including students, scientists, and producers. He and his wife of 39 years live in East Tennessee and have four grown children and 5 (really good-looking) grandkids!

Jef Hodges is the Grasslands Coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, headquartered at Clemson University. In that role, Hodges provides technical assistance to partners throughout bobwhite range and regional and national advocacy for grassland issues. He has been engaged in grasslands management, conservation, promotion and advocacy for over 35 years, including state agency conservation, native seed industry, non-profit conservation and conservation contracting. Throughout those 35 years, he has given hundreds of presentations on the attributes of native grasses and their establishment. In addition, he has planted over 30,000 acres of native grasses and wildflowers across the Midwest. He owns and manages a small farm in west-central Missouri where he practices what he preaches. He currently is restoring 14 acres of hardwood savannah, has over 6 acres of pollinator plantings and conducts patch-burn grazing on native warm-season grass pastures, which he leases. He has two grown children and 3 (really good-looking and smart) grandkids and a Brittany.


Sponsor: NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife’s Northern bobwhite, Grasslands and Savannas Initiative
Bridgett Estel Costanzo || Working Lands for Wildlife Coordinator-East/Central U.S. || NHQ Area-wide Planning Team || Natural Resources Conservation Service ||