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Global Food Systems Institute

Global Food Systems Institute

International Silage Conference 2025

Welcome! On behalf of the organizing committee and the University of Florida, we are excited to announce that the XX International Silage Conference (ISC) will be hosted by the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida. The ISC is a global platform for sharing and exchanging breakthrough research in areas of forage conservation. Since its inception, it has emphasized the pivotal role of silage in small ruminant, beef, and dairy cow rations, provided unique insights on a wide range of complementary topics including forage agronomy, optimal conservation strategies, silage feeding and nutrition, silage safety, etc.

Over the years, the ISC has inspired new generations of silage researchers and provided an unrivalled forum for networking among silage researchers from different countries. The XX ISC in Florida will build on this rich heritage including the first ISC hosted in the USA in Madison, Wisconsin in 2009. It will feature the latest science and technology in silage making from the U.S. and other countries around the world and give attendees first-hand experience of the challenges, benefits and intricacies of tropical/subtropical silage making.

Program details (tentative)

Date: July 21-24, 2025

Venue: The University of Florida Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, Gainesville, FL

Accommodation Options:

  • Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
  • University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center
  • Hilton Hotel and Conference Center 

Organizing Committee Members

International Silage Conference 2025 Organizing Committee Members

Lead Organizing Institution

The XX ISC will be hosted by the Global Food Systems Institute (GFSI), which engages in participatory research-based solutions that enhance the nutritional, health, and livelihoods, of global citizens and the environment through scientifically improved food and fiber systems. GFSI is housed in UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), which fulfills the university’s land-grant mission by working to enhance and sustain the quality of human life through research and teaching. UF/IFAS is among the top three agricultural colleges in the US, and it contributed $458 million to the Florida Economy in 2018.  UF is a top-5 public university it is one of the largest and most comprehensive U.S. universities with 16 colleges, more than 150 research centers, service centers, education centers, bureaus, and institutes offering more than 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate degrees to about 50,000 students.

Gainesville, Florida

The University is situated on a beautiful campus in Gainesville, Florida, which combines college-town vitality and protected natural beauty, making it one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.” Hence, it has been voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. Gainesville is served by Gainesville Regional Airport with frequent flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Miami and it is a short two-hour drive from major international airports in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

History of the International Silage Conferences

The first International Silage Conference was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1970 with 35 participants, all from the United Kingdom. The meeting was considered a “Silage Seminar” and was focused on discussions about present and future research projects, with no submission of abstracts and presentations of research papers. Since then, the International Silage Conference has been held every two or three years in different countries and continents. Learn more about Fifty plus years of International Silage Conferences at this link. Major contributions from the International Silage Conference series can be found in a presentation from Roger Wilkins and Mike Wilkinson:


Mailing Address:

Global Food Systems Institute

2250 Shealy Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL-32611