CORVALLIS, Ore. - Michael Murphy, one of Ireland's most progressive dairy farmers, will speak at the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council 2010 annual meeting April 7-8 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis.

Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, gives a welcome address at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. The program continues until 9 p.m. on April 7 and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8.

Murphy, who owns and invests in farms in Ireland, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and Missouri, speaks April 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. His topic is "Making a Profit from Forages."

Bill Tucker, a Virginia cattleman, presents at 10 a.m. April 8 on "Selecting Cattle for Your Management and Goals." Shabtai Bittman¸ of Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Agassiz, B.C., speaks at the same time on "Ammonia Emission: Why it Matters."

A panel discussion follows at 10:45 a.m. on "Politics, Money and the Future of Forage Agriculture." Also planned are a trade show, educational posters, business meeting, lunch, and a three-hour course on forage and pasture management.

The Oregon Forage and Grassland Council meeting is sponsored by its members: producers, industry, service providers and OSU. On-site registration is $50 for members and $85 for non-members. Membership fees are $35. To receive a $10 discount on the meeting, pre-register by March 31.

For more information and to register, contact the Douglas County/OSU Extension Service office at 541-672-4461 or log onto

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Shelby Filley, 541-672-4461