The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) will host its Fifth National Conference on Grazing Lands (5NCGL) in Orlando, FL, Dec. 9-12. Set for the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center, conference organizers expect more than 1,200 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, ecologists and students to participate in the exchange of information on successful cutting-edge grazing management technologies.

Among the speakers confirmed for the 5NCGL are renowned animal behaviorist and handling expert Temple Grandin, Colorado rancher Kit Pharo, and Utah State University animal behavior specialist Fred Provenza.

The conference objective is “To Heighten Awareness of the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Grazing Lands.” The conference will continue its past format of providing information along four tracks that include Eastern, Midwestern, Western and dairy grazing issues. Some of the issues to be highlighted include the value of rotational grazing and of riparian habitat, carbon sequestration and the flexibility within grazing systems.

What truly sets the meeting format apart from all other conferences is that half of all featured presenters are real producers recounting their own success stories – and lessons learned – so that others may benefit.

Early bird registration of $295 is available through Oct. 15, followed by regular online registration until Dec. 1. On-site registration is also available with the regular and on-site price of $365. While most papers and posters for the conference have been selected, some additional submissions may be accommodated.  Information on registration, papers, posters and/or exhibitor opportunities can be found at glci.org.

Abstracts are now being accepted and more information can be found at http://www.glci.org/5NCGL.html, or contact Monti Golla at 979-777-9779 or grazinglands@verizon.net.

You can also keep up with GLCI and pending information about the 5NCGL via Facebook.