Heart of America Grazing Conference

The Heart of America Grazing Conference will be celebrating 13 years of offering advice, guidance and information to producers, agribusiness representatives and other service providers. The conference is rotated among a five- state area that includes Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio. This year the conference will be held in Columbus, IN on January 20-21.​



Schedule of Events

For the full program click on registration above 

 January 20

  • Big Contributions from the Smallest State West of the Appalachian Mountains 

  • ​Meadow Bromegrass and Meadow Fescue — What We have Learned 

  • Grazing — Opportunities and Challenges

 January 21 

  • Thirteen Years of HOAGC —How Are We Grazing Now? 

  •  Prescribed Woodlot Grazing Utilizing Goats for Management of Non-native Invasive Vegetation 

  •  Effect of Forage Type on Animal Performance and Meat Quality of Forage-Finished Beef 

  •  Forage-Finished vs. Grain-Finished Beef — Is There a Difference? 

  •  Building Soil Health Through Grazing Management 

  •  300 Days of Grazing


  • Indiana Forage Council
  • Missouri Forage and Grassland Council
  • Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
  • Purdue University Extension
  • The Ohio State University Extension
  • University of Illinois Extension
  • University of Kentucky Extension
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education 
    Made available with support from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program


Break Sponsors 

  • Byron Seeds, LLC
  • Claas of America
  • Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Inc.


  • K-Line Irrigation NA
  • The CISCO Companies
  • Kencove Farm Fence Supplies
  • Allied Seed LLC
  • Bryon Seeds, LLC
  • Grazing Systems Supply
  • DIY Sprouts
  • Indiana Agricultural Fencing
  • Shade Haven
  • ProHarvest Seeds, Inc.
  • Claas of America
  • Dow AgroSciences


Contact Information: 

Keith Johnson​, Purdue Agronomy Forage Specialist