Forage and Grazing Lands

                                              Sheep and Cattle Grazing Contributed by C. TeutschCrimson clover Contributed by C. Teutsch


CSSA offers specialized Divisions of Interest, giving you the opportunity to develop focused peer networks and information resources. Via the divisions, members present papers at the Annual Meetings and participate in the business meetings. The divisions may also host listservs, web pages and newsletters. As a division member, you can also guide the division direction by participating in elections and serving through leadership opportunities.


Division C06 of CSSA focuses on the science of understanding and using forages, grazinglands, and related resources. Key topics include conservation and utilization in grazing systems, forage and grazing utilization, forage nutritive value and management, forage and grazing interactions with the environment, forage growth and development. The mission of Division C06 is to serve forage and grazingland ecosystem sciences by fostering communication among scientists and their clientele, facilitating professional development, and engaging contemporary issues. The division’s efforts focus on scientific advancement, application of the ever-growing knowledge base, and providing guidance on wise use of forage-based resources.


Baleage Contributed by G. Brink

                       Cattle Contributed by G. Brink    


View the C6 Forage and Grazinglands Division Officers

Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management Journal 


2017 Division C06 Invited Symposia, Tours and Workshops Tampa, FL


Symposium--Building Soil Organic Matter and Improving Soil Function in Grazing Lands

Symposium--Cover Crops and Forage Utilization in Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems I

Symposium--Cover Crops and Forage Utilization in Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems II

Special Session Symposium--Developing Research and Extension Skills of Students in Integrated Agronomic Systems (undergraduate students)

South Florida Grazinglands Tour, Sunday, October 22, 6:30 am - 5:00 pm. Contact Joao Vendramini for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Analyzing Repeated Measures Data, Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Contact Edzard van Santen for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.



Other Future Meetings of Interest:

Southern Pasture & Forage Crop Improvement Conference, June 5-7, 2017. Knoxville, TN

Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future, June 27-29, 2017. Blacksburg, VA.

10th International Symposium of the Nutrition of Herbivores, Sept. 2-6, 2018. Clermont-Ferrand, France



Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Awards

The Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Awards recognize graduate students who make outstanding paper presentations in the Forage and Grazinglands Division at the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) annual meetings.  The awards acknowledge the career and vision of Dr. Robert F Barnes, who served as a USDA-ARS forage scientist and administrator from 1959 to 1986 before serving as ASA-CSSA-SSSA Executive Vice President from 1986 to 1999.   He served as emeritus EVP of ASA-CSSA-SSSA and co-editor of Forages, the leading book in the discipline.  Dr. Barnes passed away in 2013 and this competition continues as his contribution to forage science.  Competition will be open to all graduate students who chose to submit abstracts to the Division C-6 program and the CSSA annual meeting.  Score sheets may be viewed here.  Selection of award recipients is based on the quality of the oral presentation and the contribution of research to the Division C-6 fields of study.  Both Oral and Poster Presentations are judged.  The goal of the fund is to recognize, encourage, and attract new educators, scientists, and practitioners to the division and its areas of study.  Donate to the Robert F Barnes Graduate Education Fund here.

Robert F. Barnes


2016 Award Recipients for Oral Presentations: 

First Place - Gabriel Pent, Virginia TechLisa Baxter, 2nd Place Oral Presentation

Second Place - Lisa Baxter, Texas Tech University

Third Place - Reagan Noland, University of Minnesota








2016 Award Recipients for Poster Presentations:

Erin Stenklyft, First Place Poster PresentationFirst Place - Erin Stenklyft, University of Florida

Second Place - Jerri Lynn Dodson, Missouri State University

Third Place - Angela Parker, The Ohio State University






Division C06 Annual Business Meeting Minutes 

2016 Minutes, Phoenix, AR
2015 Minutes, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Minutes, Long Beach, CA
2013 Minutes, Tampa, FL 
2012 Minutes, Cincinnati, OH
2011 Minutes, San Antonio, TX
2010 Minutes, Long Beach, CA
2009 Minutes, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 Minutes, Houston, TX

Links of Interest