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The 2013 Certified Grazier Program is a six-part workshop series that gives in-depth information about animal management, conservation planning, pasture condition assessment, economics and more. Guest speakers, including producers, scientists, industry representatives and veterinarians, will give presentations at each session, followed by a visit to a field site.
Participants who complete grazing plans for their operations and implement new grazing and sustainability practices can qualify to receive a Master Grazier Certification at the completion of the course. The program provides the required training to become Forage and Grassland Professionals, a certification offered by the American Forage & Grassland Council (AFGC). This is the first step to qualifying as an NRCS Technical Service Provider, which involves working directly with clients to plan and design conservation systems.
The registration fee, which includes meals and course materials, is $100 per person for one operation. Additional members of an operation can attend at $15 each per session.
Sponsors of the Certified Grazier Program are ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, the Leopold Center, Dow AgroScience, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, and NRCS.
Fairfield: July 9, July 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 5
Creston: July 2, July 25, Aug. 27, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 12
Iowa Beef Center news release - June 3, 2013
Leopold Center news release - June 5, 2013