AGRICULTURAL producers from east Texas and across the state will have an opportunity Sept. 28 to see first hand one of the largest ranches east of Interstate 35. The historic 7-J Stock Farm will be the site of this year's Cow Country Congress. The 11,000 acres that comprise 7-J border the Trinity River and are used mainly for beef cattle production but also include a commercial pecan enterprise as well as cotton and corn.

Cow Country Congress is an annual educational activity jointly sponsored by the Extension beef committees of Anderson, Freestone, Houston, Leon, Madison, Trinity, and Walker counties, as well as Extension Specialists in Districts 5, 8, and 9.

The format has been changed from a classroom setting to a tour, which will allow the participants actually to see operations from the ground level. Tour topics will include:

- Calving Season Management

- Cull Cow Management/Marketing.

- Bull Selection.

- Preconditioning Calves

- Forage and Weed Control Demon-strations.

- Enterprise Diversifications.

Speakers will be forage specialists David Bade, District 9, and Larry Redmon, District 5, and Livestock specialists Todd Thrift, District 5, Steve Hammack, District 8, and L. R. Sprott, District 9, as well as Houston County Ex-tension agent Eddie L. King.

Besides the tour, there will be approximately 25 commercial exhibitors on hand that participants are encouraged to visit with about anything from agricultural loans to weed control.

Persons interested in attending the 2000 Cow Country Congress should contact the Houston County Extension Office at 936-544-3255, Extension 265, or one of the other sponsoring county Extension offices. A registration fee of $10 per person will include a rib eye steak dinner. Pre-registrations are required and must be made no later than Sept. 15 in order to guarantee a meal. Directions to the 7-J Stock Farm will be available.

Participants with a private or commercial applicators license will receive two CEU's toward the renewal of their licenses.