National Forages Week ... June 19 to 25, 2022

Forages.  Forages are the edible parts of plants that provide feed for grazing animals or can be harvested for feeding.  This fibrous plant material helps produce the many meat and dairy products we consume making it essential to our lives.  Forage also plays a role in conservation by limiting soil erosion, providing food and habitat for wildlife, and protecting surface waters.  

Examples Include: 

*Forages cover about 55% of the land area in the US.  

*Well-managed forage systems help keep our waterways clean and free of unwanted chemicals.  

*There are about 14,000 species of grasses in the United States.  

*Forages are an important source of pollen and nectar for honeybees.  

*Legume forages like alfalfa and clover add nitrogen to the soil, reducing the need for added fertilizer.  

*One acre of forage protects around 2,000,000 pounds of soil!!  

*Forages provide benefits to society through:  Wildlife Habitat, Aesthetic Value, Recreation, Pollinators, Conservation, Livestock Production, and much more!  

(Information gathered from the American Forage & Grassland Council) 

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