The Voice of Missouri’s Forage Industry
The Missouri Forage and Grassland Council (MFGC) / Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) consists of forage and livestock producers, researchers, professors, agencies, industry representatives, legistrators and conservationists who share a common goal — speaking for the Missouri forage industry. MFGC is part of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC), the voice of America’s forage industry. Organizations such as MFGC/GLCI and AFGC promote and safeguard the interests of forage production and utilization across the American landscape.
The Network for Missouri Graziers
Beginning at the affiliate (local) council level, producers interact with neighbors and associations to learn from eachother. On-farm tours often take on a social nature as friends and peers share experiences and knowledge of successes, as well as failures. THese affiliate are tied together as part of the MFGC/GLCI, allowing each group to draw from a larger base including University and agency personnel, industry, and producers from across the entire state. As part of the AFGC, MFGC/GLCI has ready access to the most up-to-date research data and practical recommendations from top experts around the country and the world.
Education in Forage Production
Working closely with producers and the University of Missouri, MFGC/GLCI organizes tours with ‘Pasture Walks’ to demonstrate the different practices employed by various farms and industries. Besides the tours, the council holds an annual conference each autumn. Nationally renown experts share the stage with top producers in presenting everything from state-of-the-art research to practical advice on forage management and use. MFGC/GLCI and its affiliate councils help sponsor the University of Missouri Regional Grazing Schools. Beginning in 1999, MFGC/GLCI became involved in grassland evaluation and hay contests for young people. Finally, MFGC/GLCI publishes Missouri Grasslands, a quarterly newsletter free to all members of MFGC/GLCI. Missouri Grasslands reports current research findings, tips for improving forage production and use, as well as a calendar of upcoming forage-related events.