The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and others met on Tuesday, October 16, at the Whiskey Creek Wood Fired Grill, Hays, to conduct their regular business meeting as well as the 2012 Annual Meeting. The Coalition heard from Mike Disney, US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program, on the cooperative agreement between US FWS and KGLC highlighting the ranch projects that are completed, underway, or planned. Randy Small, Director, covered his experiences with grassland insurance and how one might want to approach this type of insurance. The Board held elections during the Annual Meeting with Ted Alexander, Randy Small, Bill Edwards, and Steve Swaffar being elected to serve four-year terms. Officers were also elected with Randy Small serving as incoming chairman and Bill Edwards, vice-chairman. Outgoing chairman Bill Sproul and former chairman Ted Alexander were recognized for their work in leading KGLC over the past few years.
The group held the 2012 Fall Tour on Wednesday, October 17, at the KSU Agricultural Research Center, Hays with Keith Harmoney heading the tour. Attendees heard from Charlie Kraus, area rancher, on his cattle operation and business style noting his striving to achieve year-round grazing. Stops at the Center included the feedlot facility to learn about current research, a new cool-season planting for starting incoming yearlings, a Fort Hays State University graduate study by Jessica Casey (presented by Jordge LaFantasie) on a grazing study on use of yellow bluestem (old world bluestem) and blue grama grass. The Tour also included stops to see cool-season yearling grazing studies and stockpiling grass for winter use by the Center's cow herd.
The KGLC meets again on Tuesday, January 8, so look for more information to come on the location and other details.