But, farmers have been expecting ag programs to be nailed down for about a year, so issues may still be up in the air.

Whatever the status, farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to get the latest take on how those programs will affect the way they do business. Speakers from key commodity associations, government agencies, Extension and research will tackle the challenges that farmers confront from legislation, regulation, production and marketing.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in agriculture programs over the past few months,” says Ron Smith, editor of Southwest Farm Press, a co-sponsor of the show, which has been a late winter tradition in Lubbock for the past four years.

“We’ve had another year of unusual weather. What other kind is there? We’ve had some promising movement in process, but we’re still not where we ought to be to offer farm families a decent profit. We hope to provide some information that gives farmers some ideas to increase efficiency and boost profit potential.”

An early look at the agenda, which is still being hammered out, includes discussions on irrigation efficiency and how new farm programs may help producers upgrade outmoded systems.

Carl Anderson, renowned Texas A&M marketing specialist, will offer marketing tips for cotton.

And a trio of Extension specialists, Randy Boman, James Leser and Calvin Trostle will offer timely tips to improve production efficiency for cotton and other crops.”

“We’re also trying to get folks from the NRCS and FSA to discuss how programs have changed with the new farm laws and how some of those changes will affect on-farm management,” Smith said.

Once again, sponsors encourage early registration to get an accurate head count for the catered lunch, available at a nominal fee. Early registrants will be eligible for door prizes.

Along with Southwest Farm Press, sponsors for the conference include; The Texas Cooperative Extension Service, The Texas A&M Agricultural Research Station, the USDA-ARS station at Lubbock, Texas Tech, and The Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

For more information call: (662) 624-8503 or e-mail Ron Smith at rsmith@primediabusiness.com.