Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist based in NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office, teamed up with Gulf States Regional Office Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell to attend the Arkansas Grazing Lands Conference in Russellville, Ark., on March 14, 2014. The conference, which NCAT helped support through a sponsorship, was titled “Profit through Conservation.” It included a full day of educational sessions on topics such as improving soil health, increasing forage production, increasing profits, and multi-species grazing. Speakers included Walt Davis, a well-known rancher and consultant based in Oklahoma, and experienced producers from Tennessee, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
The conference drew about 100 attendees from around the region. “It was a great program with an interested and engaged audience,” Linda said. She and Felicia enjoyed speaking to visitors at the NCAT booth.
Prior to heading to the conference, Felicia spent some quality time with Southeast Regional staff members in Fayetteville, Ark. It was a great opportunity for NCAT staff from different regions to share ideas and discuss strategies for outreach. Felicia also visited Maple Gorge Farm, which Linda and her family operate, and got some goat-milking practice in during evening chores!
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