story by Floyd Nauls, NRCS District Conservationist
The 19th Annual Clover Forage Field Day was held recently at the Iola Community Center in Iola, Texas. The event was hosted by the Bedias Creek Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who worked together to present an exceptional educational outreach program.
More than 70 people attended seeking to learn methods and techniques for managing forage clovers. This year theme was "You can DO it & make it work for YOU."
Bedias Creek SWCD Chairman George Delfeld gave welcoming comments. Gene Sollock, Clover Field Day founder and retired Bedias Creek SWCD director, spoke to the group about surviving the drought, forage production and clover planting. Sollock's farm also was the site for the afternoon tour.
Karen Hadaway, Bedias Creek SWCD director and operator of Star Haven Farms, spoke about topics such as electric fences, rotational grazing and cattle selection. The event's special guest speaker was Jason Kramer of Yonder Way Farms near Brenham. Kramer gave a presentation on multispecies grazing which included grass fed beef, pastured poultry and pork, along with fresh pastured eggs. Attendees also had the opportunity to view a hands-on electric fence demonstration given by Jerry Holt of Gallagher Fence and Nick Piwonka of Producers Cooperative Association. A catered lunch by Bobby Sam Harkins, a retired NRCS employee, and crew was enjoyed by all. After lunch, attendees traveled to Sollock Farms outside Bedias.