- 4-State Forage Conference, March 25-26, Ho-Chunk Hotel and Convention Center in Baraboo, Wis. Topics include: Maximizing alfalfa yield and quality, minerals in forages, forage equipment update, forage contracting and more. For registration information, contact the Wisconsin Agri-Service Association by calling (608) 223-1111.

- Central Plains Dairy Expo, March 26-27, Ramoka Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. Topics include: Regulatory updates, milk quality, dairy advantages in the region, lender financial requirements, research updates, state dairy organization meetings and more. For more information, contact Kathy Tonneson at (800) 252-2359 or go to the Web site at: www.centralplainsdairyexpo.com

- The Seventh National Dairy Calf and Heifer Conference, March 27-29, Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay, Wis. Topics include: Heifer performance evaluation, heifer genetics, management tips, heifer supply and demand, non-traditional leadership, nutraceuticals in calf nutrition and more. For more information, call 877-434-3377, or, go to this Web site: www.pdhga.org.

- Group Buying and Selling Conference, April 3, Howard Johnson Hotel & Eaton Center in Norwich, N.Y. Topics include: How to organize buying groups, marketing co-ops, manure co-ops and more. For more information, call (607) 334-5841, ext. 14, or go to the Web site at: www.cce.cornell.edu/chenango/CNY/CNY.htm

- Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, April 8-9, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Ind. Topics include: Effect of dietary fat on reproduction, carbohydrates in close-up rations, new developments in TMR particle size measurement and managing feed costs during low milk prices. For registration information, contact Amanda Hargett at (614) 688-3143, or visit the Web site: www.tristatedairy.osu.edu A pre-conference symposium entitled “Impact of Quality Forages” will take place the morning of April 8. To register, contact Karl Nestor, Mycogen Seeds, at (330) 262-6130.

- Tri-State Northwest Dairy Shortcourse, April 9-10,West Coast Hotel Pasco in Pasco, Wash. Topics include: Employee management, habitat conservation planning, fresh- cow monitoring programs, culling strategies, cow density impact, heifer management, lameness management and more. For more information, go to the Web site at: http://capps.wsu.edu/dairy

- Stray Voltage and Dairy Farms, April 9-11, Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center, Camp Hill, Pa. Conference topics include: Farm and home wiring system overview, stray voltage testing, myths and misinterpretations and more. For registration materials, contact the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service at (607) 255-7654, or visit the Web site: www.nraes.org

- Northeast Hoof Trimming School, April 11-12, Bath, N.Y. One in a series of planned courses. Choose from several two-day introductory courses or more extensive four-day courses. Two-day courses will be held: April 11-12, Aug. 8-9 and Oct. 24-25. Four-day courses are scheduled: June 24-27 and Nov. 4-7. For more information on all sessions, call (800) 619-6546.