Upcoming Events http://southwestfarmpress.com/events en K-State to sponsor canola field tours in May http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-sponsor-canola-field-tours-may <div class="node-body event-body">Kansas farmers will have several opportunities to get a first-hand look at canola fields and research plots in Kansas during the Canola Field Tours scheduled for May. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">various stops</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Kansas farmers will have several opportunities to get a first-hand look at canola fields and research plots in Kansas during the Canola Field Tours scheduled for May.</p> <p> &ldquo;The winter canola crop has survived the winter in good condition and we want to give producers an opportunity to see the crop growing in the field,&rdquo; said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;These field tours allow canola producers and those interested in growing canola to view the crop at a time when yield potential is being determined,&rdquo; Stamm said.</p> <p> Times, locations and speakers for the tour, which is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, include:</p> <p> * May 2 - 10 a.m.:&nbsp; Jimmy Vardy Farm, Anthony - View canola/wheat rotation blocks including four winter canola varieties tolerant to sulfonylurea herbicide soil residual.</p> <p> * May 4 - 9 a.m.: Dean Elvin Farm, Marquette &ndash; View 20 commercial winter canola cultivars and canola/wheat rotation blocks.</p> <p> * May 23 - 2 p.m.: K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City &ndash; View the National Winter Canola Variety Trial and learn about today&rsquo;s newest and top-performing varieties. Also learn about wheat varieties and diseases, cover crops and vertical tillage.</p> <p> * May 24 - 1 p.m.: Ed Schultz Farm, Arlington &ndash; Canola/wheat rotation blocks, including four winter canola varieties tolerant to sulfonylurea herbicide soil residual.</p> <p> * May 24 - 2:30 p.m.: K-State Redd Foundation Field, Partridge &ndash; View the National Winter Canola Variety Trial, K-State intermediate variety trials, and experimental K-State Roundup Ready winter canola cultivars.</p> <p> * May 25 - 10 a.m.: Sedgwick County wheat and canola plots, Clearwater &ndash; View 20 commercial canola cultivars, along with the Sedgwick County wheat tour. Wheat varieties and diseases will be discussed. A lunch will be served following this tour.</p> <p> * May 26 - 10 a.m.: Tim Tureck Farm, Wellington &ndash; Canola/wheat rotation blocks, including nine winter canola cultivars, along with the Sumner County wheat tour. Wheat varieties and diseases will also be discussed.</p> <p> Producers, county extension agents, agronomists, and those involved in agribusiness are welcome to attend and learn more about new canola cultivars, variety testing programs, and production practices, Stamm said.</p> <p> &ldquo;The K-State canola breeding program coordinates the testing of commercial and experimental cultivars across the State of Kansas. We are also very interested in better understanding wheat&#39;s performance following winter canola compared to continuous wheat,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> More information and directions to the sites are available by contacting any local county extension office or Troy Lynn Eckart at 785-532-5776 or <a href="mailto:sprite@ksu.edu">sprite@ksu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-sponsor-canola-field-tours-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-sponsor-canola-field-tours-may#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:21:00 +0000 40061 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Food Safety Conference set May 10-11 in Austin http://southwestfarmpress.com/food-safety-conference-set-may-10-11-austin <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas Food Safety Conference, scheduled May 10 and 11 at the Hilton Austin, will bring together representatives from one end of the food supply chain to the other to discuss ways to improve food safety throughout the food production and delivery system. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Hilton Austin</span> <div class="street-address"> 500 East 4th St. </div> <span class="locality">Austin</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.265299">30° 15' 55.0764" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.738464">97° 44' 18.4704" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.265299+-97.738464+%28500+East+4th+St.+%2C+Austin%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas Food Safety Conference, scheduled May 10 and 11 at the Hilton Austin, will bring together representatives from one end of the food supply chain to the other to discuss ways to improve food safety throughout the food production and delivery system.</p> <p> The conference will cover topics from production techniques to marketing objectives says Bret Erickson, project coordinatorfor Texas Citrus Mutual.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We are expecting not only a strong producer turnout for the event, but numerous individuals and organizations working throughout the entire produce supply chain as well as government officials, researchers, and Extension personnel,&rdquo; Erickson said.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring together so many people who share a common interest in food safety.&nbsp; This is a critical topic for our industry.&rdquo;</p> <p> Preventing food safety problems is a key discussion point for the conference. Two panels will look at identifying sources of food safety problems and methods to prevent problems or to identify them sooner.</p> <p> Gale Prince,&nbsp;recently retired from The Kroger Co. with over 40 years of&nbsp;food safety experience in food manufacturing and retail food operations, will be keynote speaker and will launch the conference at with the opening address at 8:30 a.m. on May 10.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Prince is a pioneer in food safety, having started in food safety&nbsp;in 1967&nbsp;at the Jewel Companies and is widely known for his involvement in industry and regulatory activities in addressing food safety issues,&rdquo; Ericson said. &ldquo;He has been called &lsquo;The Dean&rsquo; of product recalls, having managed several thousand in his career. He is noted for his knowledge of food safety and regulatory requirements.&rdquo;</p> <p> Texas commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples will address a May 10 luncheon, along with David Lakey, the Texas commissioner of health.</p> <p> Thursday&rsquo;s agenda includes discussions on water, animals, soilborne pathogens, strategies for implementing safety programs on the farm and highlights of legislation either recently passed or under consideration.</p> <p> Elsa Murano, Texas A&amp;M, will discuss plans for a large grant she recently received for food safety research.</p> <p> &ldquo;Conference registration is $100 per person, exhibitor fee is $300, and we are also offering several sponsorship levels for those who would like to support this exciting event while getting some strong exposure in the process,&rdquo; Ericson said.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> The event is being held at the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4<sup>th</sup>St. Austin, TX 78701.&nbsp; A special block rate for conference participants is $139.00 per night.&nbsp;</p> <p> Phone number is (512) 482-8000.&nbsp; Further hotel information can be found at: <span face="">http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/AUSCVHH-Hilton-Austin-Texas/index.do</span>. &nbsp;</p> <p> Interested participants, exhibitors, and sponsors should contact Hector Garza at (956) 584-1772 or by his email at <a href="mailto:hgarza@valleyag.org"><u>hgarza@valleyag.org</u></a>.</p> <p> Conference hosts include the Texas Vegetable Association, the Texas Produce Association, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Department of health Services and the Texas AgriLife Extension service.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/food-safety-conference-set-may-10-11-austin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/food-safety-conference-set-may-10-11-austin#comments 30.265299 -97.738464 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:41:00 +0000 40341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Annual Piney Woods Cow Congress set May 13 in Pollock http://southwestfarmpress.com/annual-piney-woods-cow-congress-set-may-13-pollock <div class="node-body event-body">This year’s Piney Woods Cow Congress will feature management strategies for livestock producers to reduce losses from drought, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Jim Gordon Bell Ranch</span> <div class="street-address"> Farm Road 1819 </div> <span class="locality">Lufkin</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.390549">31° 23' 25.9764" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-94.701582">94° 42' 5.6952" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.390549+-94.701582+%28Farm+Road+1819%2C+Lufkin%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> This year&rsquo;s Piney Woods Cow Congress will feature management strategies for livestock producers to reduce losses from drought, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.</p> <p> But the programming won&#39;t be just limited to loss reduction and economic-survival issues, said Cary Sims, AgriLife Extension agent in Angelina County. There will also be presentations on helping producers with everything from working cattle better to savvy marketing.</p> <p> Set May 13 and held at the Jim Gordon Bell Ranch, north of Lufkin, the congress will offer three continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders. One unit will be in the general category, one in integrated pest management and one in laws and regulations. Attendees will also earn one beef quality assurance credit, Sims said.</p> <p> Registration for the congress is $25 at the ranch the day of the conference and will include lunch, refreshments and educational materials.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. After an overview of the ranch, first up on the program will be a review of alternative summer forages presented by Lane Dunn, AgriLife Extension agent for Shelby County.</p> <p> These forage alternatives are annuals suited for East Texas that are drought tolerant and can produce high yields,&quot; Dunn said. &quot;Pearl millet, forage sorghums and a few forage legumes are possibilities for our area. Some of these are better suited for grazing while others are better for hay production.&quot;</p> <p> The alternative forages presentation will be followed by a talk on grasshopper and armyworm control given by John Toner, AgriLife Extension Agent for Sabine County.</p> <p> During a drought, infestations by these pests can take what little grass is left, Sims noted.</p> <p> Chute-side manners will be next, and will cover ways to help livestock producers save money, time and work safely when doing vaccinations and other cattle-working chores. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, will give the talk.</p> <p> After lunch will be presentations of marketing cattle and predator control. Texas Animal Damage Control Service representatives will be on hand to talk about predator control.</p> <p> The meeting will adjourn by about 2:30 p.m., Sims said.</p> <p> To get to the Jim Gordon Bell Ranch, go 4.5 miles west of the intersection of State highways 69 and7 (located north of Lufkin) to Farm Road 1819. Turn right (north) and travel 1.7 miles, and look on the left for signage.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/annual-piney-woods-cow-congress-set-may-13-pollock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/annual-piney-woods-cow-congress-set-may-13-pollock#comments 31.390549 -94.701582 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:13:00 +0000 41171 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Quay County Extension to host wheat production workshop http://southwestfarmpress.com/quay-county-extension-host-wheat-production-workshop <div class="node-body event-body">Dryland wheat production for grain is one of the top agricultural activities in eastern New Mexico, but producers are facing a dry growing season.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Forrest Fire Station</span> <span class="locality">Quay County</span>, <span class="region">NM</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.956992">34° 57' 25.1712" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-103.728917">103° 43' 44.1012" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.956992+-103.728917+%28%2C+Quay+County%2C+NM%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Dryland wheat production for grain is one of the top agricultural activities in eastern New Mexico, but producers are facing a dry growing season.</p> <p> &nbsp;New Mexico State University&#39;s Quay County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a spring wheat production workshop where farmers can talk with experts about the outlook for the wheat market and learn which varieties grow best in the area.<br /> The free workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. May 13 at the Forrest Fire Station.<br /> &quot;The main attraction of this workshop is that producers can review and compare the different wheat varieties,&quot; said Tom Dominguez, Quay County agricultural Extension agent. &quot;Different varieties of wheat grow well in different areas. Each year we hold this workshop; producers can see how the different varieties react to weather and other conditions here.&quot;<br /> Last year, growers had an excellent year with rainfall and were able to average 35 to 45 bushels of wheat per acre, Dominguez said. With a lack of rainfall this year so far, producers expect to receive a much smaller return.<br /> At the workshop, Mark Marsalis, Extension agronomist at NMSU&#39;s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give participants an update on wheat and sorghum herbicides. He will also discuss variety trial evaluations and selection for dryland wheat production.<br /> Ed Bynum, a Texas AgriLife entomologist, will give information on pest management.<br /> Kody Bessent, with the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association, will offer an outlook on the current wheat market.<br /> Depending on weather and the condition of the wheat crop, participants may get a chance to view a demonstration plot near the Forrest Fire Station. The workshop is expected to last until noon.<br /> Three pesticide applicator general continuing education units will be offered through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.<br /> For more information about the workshop, call the Quay County Extension Office at 575-461-0562.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/quay-county-extension-host-wheat-production-workshop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/quay-county-extension-host-wheat-production-workshop#comments 34.956992 -103.728917 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:09:00 +0000 41161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com O.D. Butler Field Day to feature bus tour of Circle X Land and http://southwestfarmpress.com/od-butler-field-day-feature-bus-tour-circle-x-land-and <div class="node-body event-body">The 25th O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 20 at Circle X Land and Cattle Company will provide participants with plenty of take-home ideas for forage and beef production, even during times of drought.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Circle X Land and Cattle Company </span> <div class="street-address"> Highway 6 north and OSR </div> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.746340">30° 44' 46.824" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.456613">96° 27' 23.8068" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.746340+-96.456613+%28Highway+6+north+and+OSR%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 25th O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 20 at Circle X Land and Cattle Company will provide participants with plenty of take-home ideas for forage and beef production, even during times of drought.</p> <p> &ldquo;The event is designed to provide beef and forage producers throughout the Brazos Valley with current information relative to the production, management and selection of high quality forage,&rdquo; said Eric Zimmerman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County. &ldquo;Some of the techniques that will be demonstrated can be adapted to accommodate any type of weather pattern.&rdquo;</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s field day will feature a bus tour of operations at Circle X, Zimmerman said.&nbsp; Participants will get a first-hand look at many different types of forages grown at the ranch, hay barn design, as well as feral hog management practices.</p> <p> &ldquo;We think we have a topic of interest that is applicable to everyone&rsquo;s operation,&rdquo; Zimmerman said. &ldquo;This is a great opportunity for producers to actually see how these practices are done in a real ranch setting.&rdquo;</p> <p> Michael Goudeau, owner of Goudeau Farms, will be the keynote speaker at 12:45 p.m. and will discuss hay production and management practices.</p> <p> Field day registration is $30 before May 13 and $35 after. Alternatively, if producers want to join the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association, the cost is $50, which includes free field day registration, a hay sampling test, hay directory listing and a laminated membership card.</p> <p> The field day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon featuring the following topics:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Small sprayer calibration, Mark Mathocha, AgriLife Extension program specialist&ndash;ag and environmental safety.</li> <li> Weed product updates (Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension state weed specialist</li> <li> Aquatic weed identification and control, Dr. Michael Masser, AgriLife</li> <li> Extension fisheries specialist</li> <li> Feral hog management and control, Aaron Sumrall, AgriLife Extension agent &ndash; San Jacinto County</li> <li> Agriculture transportation law, Trooper III Stephen Brockman &ndash; Texas Department of Public Safety</li> <li> Pasture and range insects (TBA)</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From 2-3 p.m., Dr. Don Renchie, AgriLife Extension ag and environmental safety program leader, will give a pesticide laws and regulation program. Five hours of continuing education units will be given to licensed private, commercial and non-commercial applicators. One hour laws and regulations, one hour integrated pest management, 2.5 hours general and a half hour drift minimization will be offered.</p> <p> Circle X Land and Cattle Co. is located off Highway 6 north and OSR. For more information about the ranch, visit <a href="http://www.circlexbrangus.com/" title="http://www.circlexbrangus.com/">http://www.circlexbrangus.com/</a>. For more information about the field day, contact the AgriLife Extension office for Brazos County at 979-823-0129. An agenda is available at <a href="http://brazos-tx.tamu.edu" title="http://brazos-tx.tamu.edu">http://brazos-tx.tamu.edu</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/od-butler-field-day-feature-bus-tour-circle-x-land-and" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/od-butler-field-day-feature-bus-tour-circle-x-land-and#comments 30.746340 -96.456613 Tue, 03 May 2011 00:40:00 +0000 41231 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Latest wheat research featured at field day http://southwestfarmpress.com/latest-wheat-research-featured-field-day <div class="node-body event-body">Wheat research at Kansas State University will be highlighted at K-State’s Wheat Field Day on Tuesday, May 31. The leading wheat scientists in K-State Research and Extension will present the latest research on varieties, management practices and new technologies.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">K-State’s North Agronomy Farm </span> <div class="street-address"> 2200 Kimball Ave. </div> <span class="locality">Manhattan</span>, <span class="region">KS</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="39.203992">39° 12' 14.3712" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.593643">96° 35' 37.1148" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=39.203992+-96.593643+%282200+Kimball+Ave.%2C+Manhattan%2C+KS%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Wheat research at Kansas State University will be highlighted at K-State&rsquo;s Wheat Field Day on Tuesday, May 31. The leading wheat scientists in K-State Research and Extension will present the latest research on varieties, management practices and new technologies, said Kraig Roozeboom, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.</p> <p> Topics and speakers at the field day include:</p> <p> K-State Wheat Breeding and Partnerships &ndash; Allan Fritz, Department of</p> <p> Agronomy</p> <ul> <li> Wheat Varieties &ndash; Jim Shroyer, Department of Agronomy</li> <li> Wheat Disease and Fungicide Management &ndash; Erick DeWolf, Department of Plant</li> <li> Pathology</li> <li> Contributions to Wheat Industry &ndash; Bikram Gill, Department of Plant Pathology</li> <li> Identifying Ug99 Stem Rust Resistance &ndash; Bob Bowden, Jesse Poland, Department of Plant Pathology, USDA</li> <li> Identifying Ug99 Resistance and Durable Resistance to Leaf and Stripe Rust &ndash; Bob Bowden, Jesse Poland, Department of Plant Pathology, USDA</li> <li> Stress Physiology Research in Wheat &ndash; Kyle Shroyer, Raymond Mutava,</li> <li> Department of Agronomy</li> <li> Ammonia Application for Wheat: Preplant Knife Spacings and Spring Topdressing, Dave Mengel, Department of Agronomy</li> <li> iWheat: Using Smartphone Technologies to Manage Wheat Pests -- Brian McCornack, Wendy Johnson, Department of Entomology</li> </ul> <p> The field day will be held on May 31 at K-State&rsquo;s North Agronomy Farm, 2200 Kimball Ave., directly north of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.</p> <p> Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the tours starting at 5 p.m. There is no admission fee and a free dinner will be provided after the tours. The&nbsp; public is welcome to attend.</p> <p> Part of the tour will be on a trailer, and part will require walking.</p> <p> Assistance will be provided at the walking tour stops for those who need it.</p> <p> Those planning to attend are asked to register online at:</p> <p> <a href="http://2011wheatday.eventbrite.com" title="http://2011wheatday.eventbrite.com">http://2011wheatday.eventbrite.com</a>.</p> <p> Registrations also can be made by calling Troy Lynn Eckart, Department of Agronomy, at 785-532-5776.</p> <p> The registration deadline is May 26. At-the-door registration will be&nbsp; accepted, but only those who preregister will be guaranteed a meal.</p> <p> For more information, call your local county Research and Extension office, or</p> <p> 785-532-5776. Information is also available at</p> <p> <a href="http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/WheatDay" title="http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/WheatDay">http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/WheatDay</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/latest-wheat-research-featured-field-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/latest-wheat-research-featured-field-day#comments 39.203992 -96.593643 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:03:00 +0000 41151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Drought-related beef cattle management seminar http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-related-beef-cattle-management-seminar <div class="node-body event-body">Beef cattle care, with a nod to the current drought, will be the basis for a multi-county Texas AgriLife Extension Service program set for 9:30 a.m. June 6 in Gail’s Borden County Event Center.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Borden County Event Center</span> <span class="locality">Gail</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.770383">32° 46' 13.3788" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.445411">101° 26' 43.4796" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.770383+-101.445411+%28%2C+Gail%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Beef cattle care, with a nod to the current drought, will be the basis for a multi-county Texas AgriLife Extension Service program set for 9:30 a.m. June 6 in Gail&rsquo;s Borden County Event Center.</p> <p> The program, titled &ldquo;Cow/Calf Management in Dry Times,&rdquo; will focus on management priorities in response to the continued low rainfall and subsequent reduction in forage production, said Cody Hill, AgriLife Extension agent in Borden County.</p> <p> Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist at Amarillo, will be the keynote speaker.</p> <p> &ldquo;A topic of particular interest to many of our producers will be how to find and acquire the various commodity or &lsquo;by-product&rsquo; feeds available in our region and then how to realize their full potential as supplemental feeds for cattle on our area ranches,&rdquo; Hill said.</p> <p> Hill said McCollum will also discuss specific strategies on how to adjust management practices to the lingering low-rainfall conditions.</p> <p> Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units in the general category will be offered.</p> <p> The program is being conducted by the AgriLife Extension offices in Borden, Dawson, Garza, Lynn, Mitchell and Scurry counties.</p> <p> Individual pre-registration is $15 and includes lunch.</p> <p> For more information and to RSVP by June 3, call the AgriLife Extension office in Borden County at 806-756-4336.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-related-beef-cattle-management-seminar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-related-beef-cattle-management-seminar#comments 32.770383 -101.445411 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:38:00 +0000 42631 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Grass-fed beef conference scheduled June 8-9 in College Station http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-june-8-9-college-station <div class="node-body event-body">A conference addressing the growing trend of grass-fed beef production is scheduled June 8-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Rosenthal Meat Science Building and the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the Texas A&amp;M campus.</span> <span class="locality">College Station</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.627977">30° 37' 40.7172" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.334407">96° 20' 3.8652" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.627977+-96.334407+%28%2C+College+Station%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A conference addressing the growing trend of grass-fed beef production is scheduled June 8-9 at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station.</p> <p> Sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&amp;M department of animal science, the conference will give a complete overview of this &ldquo;rapidly growing segment of the beef industry,&quot; said Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.</p> <p> &ldquo;This conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed-beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers,&rdquo; Machen said.</p> <p> &ldquo;In addition to conventionally produced beef, products from natural, grass-fed and organic production systems are important contributors to the beef market. We welcome both the beef producer and interested consumers to attend this conference and learn more about this segment of the industry,&rdquo; Machen said.</p> <p> &ldquo;There will be several topics of interest to both audiences.&rdquo;</p> <p> Topics include defining natural, grass-fed and organic production systems; understanding forage quantity and quality; cattle suited for grass-fed beef systems; and preventative herd health management. The economics of grass-fed beef systems and marketing aspects will also be covered.&nbsp; A low-stress cattle handling demonstration and a Taste of Texas Beef event will conclude Wednesday&rsquo;s activities.</p> <p> A panel of producers will address both producing and marketing grass-fed beef from a first-hand perspective. As a highlight, this conference will feature carcass demonstrations, allowing producers to learn about fabrication methods and retail cuts, Machen said.</p> <p> Cost is $250 through May 27.The conference will be held at both the Rosenthal Meat Science Building and the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the Texas A&amp;M campus.</p> <p> To register online, visit <a href="http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu" title="http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu">http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu</a> and enter keyword &ldquo;Grassfed.&rdquo;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-june-8-9-college-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-june-8-9-college-station#comments 30.627977 -96.334407 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:59:00 +0000 41131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Beef Cattle and Range Management Workshop scheduled for June 14 in Alpine http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-cattle-and-range-management-workshop-scheduled-june-14-alpine <div class="node-body event-body">A multi-county beef cattle and range management workshop has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in Alpine.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Sul Ross State University’s Everett E. Turner Range Animal Science Building</span> <div class="street-address"> on East U.S. Highway 90 </div> <span class="locality">Alpine</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.358492">30° 21' 30.5712" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-103.661012">103° 39' 39.6432" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.358492+-103.661012+%28on+East+U.S.+Highway+90%2C+Alpine%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A multi-county beef cattle and range management workshop has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in Alpine.</p> <p> The workshop will be held at Sul Ross State University&rsquo;s Everett E. Turner Range Animal Science Building on East U.S. Highway 90. The program will be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties.</p> <p> Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one laws and regulations, one drift minimization and one general, will be offered.</p> <p> Program topics will include: drought management, forages, marketing, cattle market outlook and pricing factors, brush management, plant identification and sprayer calibration.</p> <p> Registration is $10 due upon arrival.</p> <p> For more information, contact Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County, at 432-729-4746, <a href="mailto:jlschneider@ag.tamu.edu">jlschneider@ag.tamu.edu</a> or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent in Brewster/Jeff Davis counties, at 432-837-6207, <a href="mailto:l-boswell@tamu.edu">l-boswell@tamu.edu</a> .</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-cattle-and-range-management-workshop-scheduled-june-14-alpine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-cattle-and-range-management-workshop-scheduled-june-14-alpine#comments 30.358492 -103.661012 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:11:00 +0000 43161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cattle raisers host summer meeting http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-raisers-host-summer-meeting <div class="node-body event-body">Cattle producers from across Texas and Oklahoma will gather June 15-17 in New Braunfels, Texas, for the 2011 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Summer Meeting. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">T Bar M Resort and Conference Center</span> <span class="locality">New Braunfels</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.703002">29° 42' 10.8072" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.124453">98° 7' 28.0308" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.703002+-98.124453+%28%2C+New+Braunfels%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Cattle producers from across Texas and Oklahoma will gather June 15-17 in New Braunfels, Texas, for the 2011 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Summer Meeting. </p> <p> The meeting will feature a session dedicated to the aftermath of the recent wildfires, how they were combated, and the experiences some cattle raisers went through. </p> <p> State Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs will speak at the board meeting Friday, June 17. She will update cattle raisers on the state&rsquo;s economy, and how rural Texans will be affected by the recent budget cuts in Austin. </p> <p> Educational sessions, hosted by TSCRA&#39;s committees, begin Thursday, June 16. The sessions will cover a variety of topics including wildfire recovery, state and federal regulations and policy, and fighting fever ticks. A full list of sessions is below.</p> <p> <strong>Natural Resources and Environment Committee</strong><br /> Vast areas of Texas were scorched by spring wildfires. During this committee meeting, Tom Boggus, executive director of the Texas Forest Service, Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and Dr. Matt Cochran, Texas Animal Health Commission, will update attendees on the aftermath of the recent wildfires and how the state agencies and volunteer organizations collaborated to combat the fires. A panel of affected cattle raisers will also speak about their experiences.</p> <p> <strong>Agriculture Research Committee</strong><br /> Cattle producers are facing a &quot;perfect storm&quot; due to a shrinking national cow herd, more land being taken out of production and higher cattle prices. The first installment of a three-part series features TSCRA members Emry Birdwell and Rooter Brite who will focus on weathering this unique situation.</p> <p> <strong>Animal Health Committee</strong><br /> Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, Texas AgriLife Extension Service,&nbsp;will discuss his research on perceptions in animal care among those in the industry, and Dr. Terry Hensley, Texas Animal Health Commission, will discuss how the agency will cope with the recent budget cuts.<strong><u> </u></strong></p> <p> <strong>Brand and Inspection Committee</strong><br /> TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas will give an update on the importance of branding your cattle and horses and how branding plays an integral role in the identification and protection of livestock.</p> <p> <strong>Marketing Committee</strong><br /> During this breakout session, the TSCRA Marketing Committee will discuss and answer questions regarding the recent controversial actions taken by the leadership of the Beef Checkoff program. Featured speakers are Dee Likes, CEO of the Kansas Livestock Association and TSCRA&rsquo;s Executive Vice President Eldon White. The Marketing Committee will also discuss the impact of the potential loss of appropriations from the Texas Legislature for the Market News and Agricultural Statistics programs currently administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.<br /> <br /> <strong>Fever Tick Subcommittee of the Animal Health Committee</strong><br /> Dr. Kevin Varner, Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service,&nbsp;will talk about new and existing effective tools in the fight against fever ticks in Texas. Gary Inglish and Ken Tater with Positive Feeds will give an update on the status of FDA approval for their molasses tub infused with Ivermectin.</p> <p> <strong>Wildlife Committee</strong><br /> Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss the impacts of wildfires on wildlife and how grazing can benefit wildlife and reduce wildfires.</p> <p> <strong>Legislative and Tax Committee</strong><br /> State Representative Lyle Larson of San Antonio will discuss what happened during the 82<sup>nd </sup>Legislative Session and how new or changed polices will affect cattle raisers and the agriculture industry.<br /> <br /> <strong>Labor Committee</strong><br /> During this session, meeting attendees will discuss the H-2A Temporary Ag Works Program with input from an experienced employer&rsquo;s perspective.</p> <p> For registration information and a complete schedule, visit <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=uwtnaxcab&amp;et=1103425612015&amp;s=0&amp;e=001BZG_-QGbfvRgl8-r5P4Bd_AQUuHBJcCQhR5DM7oz0H-7yGjJ-Nd0IlIapUoNYJtDp7HeWSpD5komzcZD8ZM2_JyiN0xJsGBLVt3pHTpFT3BD_78LSoS6PNm6XVJZ9pQC/t_blank"><u>www.tscra.org/summermeeting</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-raisers-host-summer-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-raisers-host-summer-meeting#comments 29.703002 -98.124453 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:03:00 +0000 43151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Medina County Crops Field Day set for June 21 http://southwestfarmpress.com/medina-county-crops-field-day-set-june-21 <div class="node-body event-body">The Medina County Crops Field Day sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21 at Hondo City Park #1.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Hondo City Park #1</span> <span class="locality">Hondo</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.347457">29° 20' 50.8452" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-99.141425">99° 8' 29.13" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.347457+-99.141425+%28%2C+Hondo%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Medina County Crops Field Day sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21 at Hondo City Park #1.</p> <p> The field day will begin with registration, coffee and refreshments from 7 to 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks by Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Medina County.</p> <p> &ldquo;The field day presentations will be on the topics producers have told us are of greatest need and interest to them,&rdquo; Ott said.</p> <p> Speakers will include Ott, AgriLife Extension experts from Uvalde and College Station, and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expert. A total of five continuing education units &ndash; three in the general category, one in integrated pest management and one in laws and regulations -- will be available to program attendees.</p> <p> Field day instruction begins at 8:40 a.m. with a presentation on nitrate, prussic acid and other forage quality considerations during drought.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is important that any drought-stressed crops a grower may try to salvage for forage be checked for these potentially toxic conditions before they are fed to livestock,&rdquo; Ott said.</p> <p> Other morning presentations will include a cotton root rot and aflatoxin update, laws and regulations discussion, cotton variety trials, and late-season fertility and feeding using nitrogen for crop management.</p> <p> A catered lunch break sponsored by area banks from noon to 1 p.m. will follow the morning&rsquo;s presentations.</p> <p> Afternoon presentations include predation of field crops, feral hogs and integrated weed management.</p> <p> &ldquo;Feral hogs are always a big concern, and this year we&rsquo;ve seen a large amount of crop loss from predation by deer as well, especially on irrigated crops,&rdquo; Ott said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s especially tough in times of drought.&rdquo;</p> <p> The field day will conclude at 3 p.m. with the issuance of certificates for those receiving continuing education units. Registration is $15 on or before June 17 and $20 at the gate.</p> <p> For more information, contact Ott at 830-741-6180 or <a href="mailto:j-ott@ag.tamu.ed">j-ott@ag.tamu.ed</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/medina-county-crops-field-day-set-june-21" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/medina-county-crops-field-day-set-june-21#comments 29.347457 -99.141425 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:46:00 +0000 43141 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 48th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 21 http://southwestfarmpress.com/48th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-21 <div class="node-body event-body">The 48th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 21 will feature presentations on fencing options for feral hog control, discussions on farm safety, fertilizer carryover during drought, and updates on cotton root rot and aflatoxin in corn</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">The Stiles Farm</span> <div class="street-address"> 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063 </div> <span class="locality">Thrall</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.594937">30° 35' 41.7732" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.283682">97° 17' 1.2552" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.594937+-97.283682+%285700+Farm-to-Market+Road+1063%2C+Thrall%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 48th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 21 will feature presentations on fencing options for feral hog control, discussions on farm safety, fertilizer carryover during drought, and updates on cotton root rot and aflatoxin in corn.</p> <p> &ldquo;Drought is on the minds of most Texas farmers right now,&rdquo; said Archie Abrameit, Texas AgriLife Extension Service farm manager. &quot;We think we have some topics that might assist them during these historic dry times with regards to preserving fertility in soils. Plus, we will demonstrate some options in controlling feral hogs, which are a problem statewide.&rdquo;</p> <p> The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79 and FM 1063, 1 mile east of Thrall. Cost is $10 with registration starting at 7:45 a.m.&nbsp; At 8:30 a.m., tours will begin with the following scheduled presentations:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Fencing for livestock and feral hog control, Billy Brown, Stay-Tuff Fence territory manager.</li> <li> Spill prevention control and countermeasures and farm safety, Brad Urbanczyk, environmental safety manager, Texas A&amp;M University, and Elizabeth Sullivan, environmental safety specialist, Texas AgriLife Research/AgriLife Extension Service.</li> <li> Fertilizer carryover in drought conditions, Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist.</li> <li> Cotton root rot and aflatoxin research update, Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist.</li> </ul> <p> At noon, youth scholarships will be presented and the Taylor Agriculturalist of the Year will be named for 2011. A barbecue meal, sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, will follow. The afternoon session will feature a program on sunflower production led by Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, along with equipment demonstrations.</p> <p> Three continuing education units will be given to participants who hold a Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators license, Abrameit said.</p> <p> The Stiles Farm is a non-profit, self-supporting institution established by bequest of the late J.V. and H.A. Stiles for the advancement of agriculture to benefit all Texans. A field day is held at the Stiles Farm each year to introduce producers to the latest research and best management practices.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/48th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-21" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/48th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-21#comments 30.594937 -97.283682 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:34:00 +0000 42621 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Rice field day set for June 28 at Eagle Lake research station http://southwestfarmpress.com/rice-field-day-set-june-28-eagle-lake-research-station <div class="node-body event-body">The 37th annual field day at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station will be June 28. The station is 3 miles northwest of Eagle Lake on Farm-to-Market Road 102. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station </span> <div class="street-address"> Farm-to-Market Road 102 </div> <span class="locality">Esagle Lake</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.587566">29° 35' 15.2376" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.487235">96° 29' 14.046" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.587566+-96.487235+%28Farm-to-Market+Road+102%2C+Esagle+Lake%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 37th annual field day at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station will be June 28.</p> <p> The station is 3 miles northwest of Eagle Lake on Farm-to-Market Road 102.</p> <p> The field tours will run from 4 to 5 p.m. and will include varietal improvement, insect management, soil testing, weed management and herbicide updates.</p> <p> The evening program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Center with Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist, discussing farm policy development. Steve Balas, Lower Colorado River Authority board member, will talk about water issues.</p> <p> Texas Department of Agriculture licensed private, commercial, and non-commercial pesticide applicators participating in the field day may obtain two general continuing education units toward recertification.</p> <p> For more information, contact Coleen Meitzen at 979-234-3578, <a href="mailto:cmeitzen@elc.net">cmeitzen@elc.net</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/rice-field-day-set-june-28-eagle-lake-research-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/rice-field-day-set-june-28-eagle-lake-research-station#comments 29.587566 -96.487235 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:28:00 +0000 43351 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Stonewall to host July 8 hands-on cattle workshop http://southwestfarmpress.com/stonewall-host-july-8-hands-cattle-workshop <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a hands-on Cattle Handling Workshop on July 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Arena. The workshop will cover a variety of cattle-handling topics, including cattle behavior, corral design and principles of cattle handling. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Arena</span> <span class="locality">Stonewall</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.236036">30° 14' 9.7296" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.664477">98° 39' 52.1172" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.236036+-98.664477+%28%2C+Stonewall%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a hands-on Cattle Handling Workshop on July 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Arena.</p> <p> The workshop will cover a variety of cattle-handling topics, including cattle behavior, corral design and principles of cattle handling.</p> <p> The program will include hands-on cattle-working instruction and demonstration from 1 to3 p.m.</p> <p> Program registration will be from 7:30-8a.m. with presentations immediately following.</p> <p> Stress in livestock is one major cause of economic losses that can be managed on the farm or ranch, said Decky Spiller, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources for Gillespie County.</p> <p> &quot;Proper handling of livestock can minimize these potential losses,&quot; Spiller said. &quot;This workshop gives practical, hands-on methods for handling livestock that should reduce stress not only to the cattle, but also the people handling them.&quot;</p> <p> Spiller said primary workshop instructors will be Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension program leader and co-founder of the National Cattlemen&#39;s Beef Association Stockmanship and Stewardship Program, College Station; and&nbsp; Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Texas AgriLife&nbsp; Research and Extension Center, Uvalde.</p> <p> &ldquo;A cow wants to be with other cattle,&quot; Gill explained. &quot;When driven, she&rsquo;ll want to circle around you. When put in a pen, she usually wants to go back the way she came. But you can use all of that to your advantage if you just remember that she can only process one thing at a time.&rdquo;</p> <p> Gill said techniques demonstrated at the workshop take advantage of animals&rsquo; natural instincts, and can actually make the job more enjoyable while enhancing cattle productivity and value.</p> <p> &quot;Development of effective stockmanship skills is about improving animal performance and increasing profits in raising cattle on each individual operation,&rdquo; Machen said.</p> <p> Attendance is limited to the first 50 responders, so an RSVP before July 1 is strongly recommended, said program coordinators.</p> <p> The cost is $100 per person and lunch will be provided. Checks should be made payable to: Gillespie Chuckwagon.</p> <p> To RSVP, contact Micah Walker or Spiller at the AgriLife Extension office in Gillespie County 830-997-3452 or Dr. Ron Gill, 817-233-3164 or <a href="mailto:r-gill1@tamu.edu">r-gill1@tamu.edu</a>.</p> <p> For more information on the workshop, go to <a href="http://effectivestockmanship.com" title="http://effectivestockmanship.com">http://effectivestockmanship.com</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/stonewall-host-july-8-hands-cattle-workshop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/stonewall-host-july-8-hands-cattle-workshop#comments 30.236036 -98.664477 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:24:00 +0000 43341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com July 22: Cotton Roundtable http://southwestfarmpress.com/july-22-cotton-roundtable <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Special guest speaker at the Roundtable is Joe Nicosia, president and CEO, Allenberg Cotton Co. Other panelists include O.A. Cleveland, professor emeritus, Mississippi State University; Carl Anderson, Extension specialist emeritus, Texas A&amp;M University; Jarral Neeper, president of Calcot, Ltd., and Mike Stevens, cotton market analyst.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Intercontinental Exchange</span> <span class="locality">New York</span>, <span class="region">NY</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="40.714353">40° 42' 51.6708" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-74.005973">74° 0' 21.5028" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=40.714353+-74.005973+%28%2C+New+York%2C+NY%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> <strong>July 22: Cotton Roundtable</strong>, New York City, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Special guest speaker at the Roundtable is Joe Nicosia, president and CEO, Allenberg Cotton Co. Other panelists include O.A. Cleveland, professor emeritus, Mississippi State University; Carl Anderson, Extension specialist emeritus, Texas A&amp;M University; Jarral Neeper, president of Calcot, Ltd., and Mike Stevens, cotton market analyst. The conference will be broadcast live to the Ag Market Network listening audience at <a href="http://www.agmarketnetwork.net"><u>www.agmarketnetwork.com</u></a>.</p> <p> The program will also be carried by KFLP 900 AM, Floydada, Texas, and KZIP 1310 AM, Amarillo, Texas. An archive of the roundtable will be available at <a href="http://www.agmarketnetwork.com"><u>www.agmarketnetwork.com</u></a>. The Cotton Roundtable is sponsored by the Intercontinental Exchange, Cotton Incorporated, Certified FiberMax, Ag Market Network and Farm Press Publications.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/july-22-cotton-roundtable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/july-22-cotton-roundtable#comments 40.714353 -74.005973 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:44:00 +0000 43121 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Seminar focuses on improving stocker operations http://southwestfarmpress.com/seminar-focuses-improving-stocker-operations <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Winter Pasture/Stocker Cattle Seminar from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium</span> <span class="locality">Ardmore</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.174261">34° 10' 27.3396" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.143625">97° 8' 37.05" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.174261+-97.143625+%28%2C+Ardmore%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Winter Pasture/Stocker Cattle Seminar from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at the Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium.</p> <p> Stocker cattle production is the primary agricultural industry in the Southern Great Plains. Noble Foundation agricultural consultants and invited speakers will provide attendees with information about stocker health and nutrition, forage production and management, market outlook, and an owner&rsquo;s perspective on managing a successful stocker operation.</p> <p> &ldquo;This seminar is a great opportunity for producers to brush up on management techniques for their operations,&rdquo; said Clay Wright, Noble Foundation livestock consultant.&nbsp; &ldquo;As input costs continue to creep up, it is more important than ever to be as efficient as possible to ensure the vitality of our cattle and our operations.&rdquo;</p> <p> There is no registration fee, but preregistration is encouraged.&nbsp; For additional information or to register, call Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6411 or register online at <a href="http://www.noble.org/AgEvents"><u>www.noble.org/agevents</u></a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/seminar-focuses-improving-stocker-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/seminar-focuses-improving-stocker-operations#comments 34.174261 -97.143625 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:09:00 +0000 44411 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Winter pasture workshop set for Overton http://southwestfarmpress.com/winter-pasture-workshop-set-overton <div class="node-body event-body">A Winter Pastures for Central and East Texas workshop will be held August 19, 2011, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research and Extension Center </span> <span class="locality">Overton</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.274598">32° 16' 28.5528" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-94.978552">94° 58' 42.7872" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.274598+-94.978552+%28%2C+Overton%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A Winter Pastures for Central and East Texas workshop will be held August 19, 2011, at the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. The program is designed to provide information to producers on selection, establishment, and management of winter pastures. Practical suggestions, research results,and the knowledge needed to effectively incorporate winter pastures into your operation will be provided by Dr. Vanessa Corriher, Extension Forage Specialist and Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist.</p> <p> Presentations will cover species and variety selection, monthly and seasonal forage production potential, establishment, fertilization, insect control, and estimated costs. An interactive demonstration of USDA web soil survey tool will also be conducted to illustrate how to create a custom soil and production map for your property; this tool can also be used to determine the size of a field or the length of a fence line. Additionally, the program will include discussions on utilization and grazing strategies, transitioning from winter to spring forages, bloat and grass tetany prevention, and appropriate mineral supplementation. Two pesticide CEU&rsquo;s and 3 beef quality credits will be provided to those who attend. Cost to attend is $60 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, a proceedings book, and a CD with reference materials, including excel spreadsheets to aid in estimating costs. The program will start at 10:00 am and conclude around 5:00 pm. Please visit <a href="http://overton.tamu.edu"><u>http://overton.tamu.edu</u></a>and click on the Winter Pastures for Central and East Texas link for a copy of the program agenda.</p> <p> The program is limited to the first 50 people who register at: <a href="https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu"><u>https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu</u></a><u>.</u>For more information on this program please contact Michelle Sensing at 903-834-6191 or <a href="mailto:AMSensing@ag.tamu.edu"><u>AMSensing@ag.tamu.edu</u></a>. If you would like to be placed on an email reminder list for this and other upcoming beef cattle and forage programs conducted by Dr. Corriher and Dr. Banta please contact Michelle Sensing.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/winter-pasture-workshop-set-overton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/winter-pasture-workshop-set-overton#comments 32.274598 -94.978552 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:32:00 +0000 44231 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2011 Lease negotiation program to be held Oct 4 in Henrietta http://southwestfarmpress.com/2011-lease-negotiation-program-be-held-oct-4-henrietta <div class="node-body event-body"> A lease negotiation program will be held at the Rock Building in Henrietta, Texas, at 5 p.m. Oct. 4, according to Missy Hodgin, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Clay County. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Rock Building </span> <span class="locality">Henrietta</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.817322">33° 49' 2.3592" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.195322">98° 11' 43.1592" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.817322+-98.195322+%28%2C+Henrietta%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A lease negotiation program will be held at the Rock Building in Henrietta, Texas, at 5 p.m. Oct. 4, according to Missy Hodgin, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Clay County.</p> <p> The address of the Rock Building is 100 E Wichita St. Sponsors of the event are AgriLife Extension-Clay County, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Ag Workers Insurance.</p> <p> The featured speaker will be Judon Fambrough, attorney with the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&amp;M University specializing in oil and gas, wind power, hunting leases and landowner liability. He travels the state lecturing on the intricacies of Texas law and has authored more than 300 publications.</p> <p> At the meeting, Hodgin said Fambrough will discuss negotiating an oil and gas lease and landowner liability with emphasis on hunting lease negotiation.</p> <p> Fambrough will discuss the different parts of an effective oil and gas lease and items that should be addressed during the hunting-lease negotiations. This list of items is neither pro-hunter nor pro-landowner, but rather a list of issues that needs to be settled before a hunting lease is entered, Hodgin said.</p> <p> The cost of the program will be $15 per person and will include a meal. An</p> <p> RSVP is requested by Sept. 30. To RSVP or find out more information, contact</p> <p> Hodgin at the AgriLife Extension office at 940-538-5042 or at <a href="mailto:mlhodgin@ag.tamu.edu">mlhodgin@ag.tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2011-lease-negotiation-program-be-held-oct-4-henrietta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2011-lease-negotiation-program-be-held-oct-4-henrietta#comments 33.817322 -98.195322 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:30:00 +0000 48781 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Farm and ranch show comes to Robstown http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-show-comes-robstown <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The 2nd Annual Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show will be held Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, just east of Hwy 77 in Robstown, Texas.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds</span> <div class="street-address"> 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd </div> <span class="locality">Robstown</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.790303">27° 47' 25.0908" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.668884">97° 40' 7.9824" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.790303+-97.668884+%281213+Terry+Shamsie+Blvd%2C+Robstown%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 2<sup>nd</sup>Annual Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show will be held Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, just east of Hwy 77 in Robstown, Texas.&nbsp; Admission and parking will be free.&nbsp;</p> <p> This Farm &amp; Ranch Show will showcase some of the latest Agricultural technology being used in South Texas.&nbsp; In addition to the many farm industry exhibits, there will be numerous educational sessions offering CEUs for Pesticide Applicators, Certified Crop Advisors, and credits for BQA.&nbsp;</p> <p> On Thursday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be a class for producers who would like to obtain their Private Applicators License, immediately followed by testing.</p> <p> Topics related to beef cattle producers on Thursday will include: Rebuilding the Cattle Herd with the focus on Bull and Heifer Selection, Cattle Working Tips and Herd Health, and Restocking Considerations Coming Out of a Drought.&nbsp;</p> <p> At 1:30 p.m., John Metz, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, will give the latest update on the Drought and the &ldquo;La Nina&rdquo; impact for the coming months.&nbsp; Other topics to be addressed Thursday afternoon include: Boll Weevil Eradication Update, Pesticide Laws Update, Crop Market Outlook and Marketing Strategies Session. Following an evening social at 5 p.m., Dr. James Richardson will give a Farm Policy Update.</p> <p> Friday morning will feature sessions related to crop production including: Results of local 2011 Crop Research, Crop Insect Management,&nbsp; Nutrient Management Following Drought, and Emerging Cool Season Oilseed Options.</p> <p> <br clear="all" /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-show-comes-robstown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-show-comes-robstown#comments 27.790303 -97.668884 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:28:00 +0000 49051 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Chandler to host Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference http://southwestfarmpress.com/chandler-host-central-oklahoma-cattle-conference <div class="node-body event-body">Cattle producers looking for management ideas that can improve the sustainability of their operations should register now to attend the Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference Oct. 13 in Chandler.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Chandler American Legion Building</span> <div class="street-address"> 6th Street </div> <span class="locality">Chandler</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.704721">35° 42' 16.9956" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.876918">96° 52' 36.9048" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.704721+-96.876918+%286th+Street%2C+Chandler%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Cattle producers looking for management ideas that can improve the sustainability of their operations should register now to attend the Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference Oct. 13 in Chandler.</p> <p> &ldquo;Drought conditions are expected to continue next year, making recovery strategies relative to 2011 and marketing considerations for this year&rsquo;s drought and beyond of key importance to producers,&rdquo; said Cody Linker, Lincoln County Extension agricultural educator.</p> <p> The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 13 conference will take place at the Chandler American Legion Building. Registration at the door will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 if pre-registering in advance and $35 at the door. To pre-register, contact the Lincoln County Extension Office at 405-258-0560.</p> <p> &ldquo;A sponsored meal is included in the registration fee, and so we ask participants to pre-register if possible as it aids in our planning and helps ensure that we have sufficient numbers of meals, refreshments and conference materials on hand,&rdquo; Linker said.</p> <p> Conference sessions will focus on forage recovery strategies for 2012, livestock drought recovery and health issues, current and long-term cattle market considerations and drought-related management of livestock watering ponds.</p> <p> Sessions will be led by specialists and experts with Oklahoma State University&rsquo;s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re also featuring a prescribed burn panel that will discuss both benefits and procedures,&rdquo; Linker said.</p> <p> To get to the Chandler American Legion Building: Turn west off State Highway 18 onto 6<sup>th</sup>Street and drive down the hill to Tilghman Park. The building is located in the southwestern corner of the park.</p> <p> Anyone seeking additional information about the Oct. 13 Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference in Chandler should contact Linker at 405-258-0560begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/chandler-host-central-oklahoma-cattle-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/chandler-host-central-oklahoma-cattle-conference#comments 35.704721 -96.876918 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:29:00 +0000 49071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Oct. 14-15 Master Cattleman Summit http://southwestfarmpress.com/oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">OSU Animal Science Building</span> <div class="street-address"> Monroe Street </div> <span class="locality">Stillwater</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.212604">36° 12' 45.3744" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.073007">97° 4' 22.8252" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.212604+-97.073007+%28Monroe+Street+%2C+Stillwater%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University&rsquo;s Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.</p> <p> In addition to interactive sessions and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to interact with two of the nation&rsquo;s most popular and knowledgeable speakers on ranch management: Kit Pharo and Burke Teichert.</p> <p> &ldquo;Kit Pharo has some unique and innovative management ideas and philosophies that differ substantially from many traditional ways of thinking, while Burke Teichert has run a number of ranches successfully and is renowned for organizing operations to be cost-effective with efficient, small crews,&rdquo; said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.</p> <p> The summit will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Summit sessions will take place at the OSU Animal Science Building, located on Monroe Street just south of its intersection with Hall of Fame Avenue.</p> <p> Cost is $30 if registering prior to Oct. 5 and $40 thereafter. To register, contact Kareta Casey by email at <a href="mailto:kareta.casey@okstate.edu"><u>kareta.casey@okstate.edu</u></a>or by phone at 405-744-9836begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting. The summit is unable to accept credit cards.</p> <p> &ldquo;We ask participants to register as soon as possible,&rdquo; Lalman said. &ldquo;Having a head count really does help us ensure we have sufficient numbers of meals, refreshments and conference materials on hand.&rdquo;</p> <p> Another reason to register as early as possible is that two interactive sessions have limited enrollment to ensure participants receive the maximum possible benefit from the experience.</p> <p> &ldquo;Two of our five concurrent sessions on Oct. 14 &ndash; the Reproductive Technology Workshop and the Feeder-Packer Game &ndash; will run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are limited to 35 and 40 individuals, respectively,&rdquo; Lalman said. &ldquo;Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.&rdquo;</p> <p> The other three concurrent sessions will focus on key management issues related to the 2011 drought, and will be offered twice to allow participants to attend two of the three. Each session will run from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then be repeated from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our sessions and workshops focusing on beef management tools, drought management and one-on-one drought nutrition will be led by OSU Cooperative Extension specialists who are experts in their fields,&rdquo; Lalman said.</p> <p> Producers taking part in the drought nutrition workshop are strongly encouraged to have hay samples analyzed for chemical composition &ndash; minimum of dry matter, protein and total digestible nutrients &ndash; and bring them to the summit. Feed tags or nutrient analysis of supplemental feeds also will be helpful.</p> <p> &ldquo;To get the most out of the nutrition software used in this workshop, it will also be beneficial to have the average weight of hay bales, average weight of cows when they are in medium flesh and average calving date,&rdquo; Lalman said. &ldquo;Remember, it&rsquo;s about your specific operation, so it will also be beneficial to have the cost of the animals when delivered to your ranch or, if home-raised, the value of each feed type that you&rsquo;re interested in evaluating.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The OSU Master Cattleman program is an interdisciplinary team effort that has provided many significant and positive contributions to Oklahoma cattle producers, related agribusinesses and the overall state economy. The program spans numerous academic disciplines and departments, and involves OSU Cooperative Extension state, district and area specialists and county Extension educators from across Oklahoma.</p> <p> Anyone seeking additional information about either the summit or the Master Cattleman program should contact Lalman at 405-744-6060begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlightior Damona Doye, OSU Cooperative Extension farm management specialist, at 405-744-9813.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit#comments 36.212604 -97.073007 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:24:00 +0000 49061 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Register now to attend Oct. 14-15 Master Cattleman Summit http://southwestfarmpress.com/register-now-attend-oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">OSU Animal Science Building</span> <div class="street-address"> Monroe Street </div> <span class="locality">Stillwater</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.212604">36° 12' 45.3744" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.073007">97° 4' 22.8252" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.212604+-97.073007+%28Monroe+Street+%2C+Stillwater%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Cattle producers looking to get the most out of their herd management decisions should register now to attend the 2011 Master Cattleman Summit at Oklahoma State University&rsquo;s Stillwater campus on Oct. 14-15.</p> <p> In addition to interactive sessions and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to interact with two of the nation&rsquo;s most popular and knowledgeable speakers on ranch management: Kit Pharo and Burke Teichert.</p> <p> &ldquo;Kit Pharo has some unique and innovative management ideas and philosophies that differ substantially from many traditional ways of thinking, while Burke Teichert has run a number of ranches successfully and is renowned for organizing operations to be cost-effective with efficient, small crews,&rdquo; said Dave Lalman, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.</p> <p> The summit will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Summit sessions will take place at the OSU Animal Science Building, located on Monroe Street just south of its intersection with Hall of Fame Avenue.</p> <p> Cost is $30 if registering prior to Oct. 5 and $40 thereafter. To register, contact Kareta Casey by email at <a href="mailto:kareta.casey@okstate.edu"><u>kareta.casey@okstate.edu</u></a>or by phone at 405-744-9836. The summit is unable to accept credit cards.</p> <p> &ldquo;Two of our five concurrent sessions on Oct. 14 &ndash; the Reproductive Technology Workshop and the Feeder-Packer Game &ndash; will run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are limited to 35 and 40 individuals, respectively,&rdquo; Lalman said. &ldquo;Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.&rdquo;</p> <p> The other three concurrent sessions will focus on key management issues related to the 2011 drought, and will be offered twice to allow participants to attend two of the three. Each session will run from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then be repeated from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our sessions and workshops focusing on beef management tools, drought management and one-on-one drought nutrition will be led by OSU Cooperative Extension specialists who are experts in their fields,&rdquo; Lalman said.</p> <p> Producers taking part in the drought nutrition workshop are strongly encouraged to have hay samples analyzed for chemical composition &ndash; minimum of dry matter, protein and total digestible nutrients &ndash; and bring them to the summit. Feed tags or nutrient analysis of supplemental feeds also will be helpful.</p> <p> &ldquo;To get the most out of the nutrition software used in this workshop, it will also be beneficial to have the average weight of hay bales, average weight of cows when they are in medium flesh and average calving date,&rdquo; Lalman said. &ldquo;Remember, it&rsquo;s about your specific operation, so it will also be beneficial to have the cost of the animals when delivered to your ranch or, if home-raised, the value of each feed type that you&rsquo;re interested in evaluating.&rdquo;</p> <p> Anyone seeking additional information about either the summit or the Master Cattleman program should contact Lalman at 405-744-6060&nbsp; or Damona Doye, OSU Cooperative Extension farm management specialist, at 405-744-9813.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/register-now-attend-oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/register-now-attend-oct-14-15-master-cattleman-summit#comments 36.212604 -97.073007 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:44:00 +0000 48791 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Brock Faulkner-Brazos Valley Cattleman’s Clinic scheduled Oct. 21 http://southwestfarmpress.com/brock-faulkner-brazos-valley-cattleman-s-clinic-scheduled-oct-21 <div class="node-body event-body">The future of the cattle market, plus alternative feeding options and livestock health issues during drought, are several topics that will be featured at the Brock Faulkner-Brazos Valley Cattleman’s Clinic scheduled Oct. 21 at the Brazos Valley Livestock Commission in Bryan.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Brazos Valley Livestock Commission </span> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.674364">30° 40' 27.7104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.369963">96° 22' 11.8668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.674364+-96.369963+%28%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The future of the cattle market, plus alternative feeding options and livestock health issues during drought, are several topics that will be featured at the Brock Faulkner-Brazos Valley Cattleman&rsquo;s Clinic scheduled Oct. 21 at the Brazos Valley Livestock Commission in Bryan.</p> <p> &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s program will focus on the current drought situation and options to consider from this point forward,&rdquo; said Eric Zimmerman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County. &ldquo;Beef producers will also want to learn more about how this drought will be affecting the cattle market going into next year. This program will address many issues affecting operations across the Brazos Valley.&rdquo;</p> <p> Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by program presentations at 9 a.m.</p> <p> Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist in College Station, will give a market overview and discuss factors affecting the future of the cattle market.&nbsp; Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station, will discuss alternative feeding options and feed budgeting to get through the winter-feeding period and into spring. Cleere will also give a presentation on replacement heifer selection consideration.</p> <p> Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist at Overton, will provide information on winter pastures and options beef producers can consider.</p> <p> Preregistration is $15 through Oct. 14. The fee includes all program materials and the noon meal. To preregister, fill out the mail-in form available at <a href="http://brazos.agrilife.org/files/2011/06/Fall-2011-Beef-and-Forage-Newsletter-Tamra2.pdf" title="http://brazos.agrilife.org/files/2011/06/Fall-2011-Beef-and-Forage-Newsletter-Tamra2.pdf">http://brazos.agrilife.org/files/2011/06/Fall-2011-Beef-and-Forage-Newsl...</a></p> <p> Late registration is $20 per person.</p> <p> Two hours of Texas Department of Agriculture general continuing education units are available for private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators.</p> <p> For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office for Brazos County at 979-823-0129.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/brock-faulkner-brazos-valley-cattleman-s-clinic-scheduled-oct-21" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/brock-faulkner-brazos-valley-cattleman-s-clinic-scheduled-oct-21#comments 30.674364 -96.369963 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:34:00 +0000 49081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Feral hog dilemma to be addressed at annual meeting of SWCD directors http://southwestfarmpress.com/feral-hog-dilemma-be-addressed-annual-meeting-swcd-directors <div class="node-body event-body">Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, will discuss the feral hog dilemma in Texas during the 71st Annual Meeting of Soil and Water Conservation Districts October 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort</span> <span class="locality">San Antonio</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.424122">29° 25' 26.8392" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.493628">98° 29' 37.0608" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.424122+-98.493628+%28%2C+San+Antonio%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, will discuss the feral hog dilemma in Texas during the 71<sup>st</sup>Annual Meeting of Soil and Water Conservation Districts October 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.&nbsp;</p> <p> The annual meeting draws some 600 conservation district officials from over the state.</p> <p> The feral hog dilemma seems to be a curse that won&rsquo;t go away, and seems to be intensifying.&nbsp;</p> <p> Higginbotham will talk about current research supporting feral hog control efforts in an afternoon workshop on Tuesday, October 25.&nbsp; He will also talk about the reasons behind the current feral hog population levels in the state as well as the legal control methods and best management practices associated with each method. The characteristics of damage caused by the hogs will also be addressed.</p> <p> According to a recent study by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&amp;M University Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, about 134 million acres, or 79 percent of the state&rsquo;s total of 170 million acres is feral hog habitat.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/feral-hog-dilemma-be-addressed-annual-meeting-swcd-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/feral-hog-dilemma-be-addressed-annual-meeting-swcd-directors#comments 29.424122 -98.493628 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:42:00 +0000 49661 at http://southwestfarmpress.com South Texas crop risk management workshop – Oct. 25 http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-crop-risk-management-workshop-oct-25 <div class="node-body event-body">A one day workshop focusing on Crop Risk Management will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Corpus Christi (10345, Hwy. 44) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas AgriLife Research &amp; Extension Center</span> <span class="locality">Corpus Christi</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.800583">27° 48' 2.0988" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.396381">97° 23' 46.9716" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.800583+-97.396381+%28%2C+Corpus+Christi%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A one day workshop focusing on Crop Risk Management will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Texas AgriLife Research &amp; Extension Center at Corpus Christi (10345, Hwy. 44) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p> The workshop will focus on incorporating crop market outlooks with crop insurance and price risk management tools to help improve overall farm risk management.</p> <p> The program will be conducted by Extension Grain and Cotton Marketing Specialists.&nbsp; A new software tool will be demonstrated that will evaluate risk implications with various insurance alternatives.&nbsp; The software will be made available to all workshop participants.&nbsp;</p> <p> A market outlook for feed grains and cotton will be given with implications for planting and marketing decisions.&nbsp; The workshop will conclude with a hands-on decision exercise where participants will choose crops, insurance products, pre-harvest market strategies and post-harvest marketing strategies.&nbsp; This exercise is a realistic learning activity designed to integrate the discussion about crop mix, production costs, insurance, marketing, and risk.</p> <p> Registration fee is $20 per participant which includes lunch and workshop materials.&nbsp; Pre-registration is required as space is limited, so make your reservations early by contacting the Nueces County Extension Office at 361-767-5223.&nbsp; This workshop is being sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Ag Finance, Capital Farm Credit, Frontier Risk Management, and Secrest Crop Insurance.</p> <p> Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at 361-767-5223 at least eight days before all programs for assistance.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-crop-risk-management-workshop-oct-25" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-crop-risk-management-workshop-oct-25#comments 27.800583 -97.396381 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:45:00 +0000 49671 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 4-1-1 on rangeland herbicides webinar to be held Nov. 3 http://southwestfarmpress.com/4-1-1-rangeland-herbicides-webinar-be-held-nov-3 <div class="node-body event-body">How much to spray, what to spray, when to spray? Many questions arise when landowners need to treat rangeland weeds, and Dr. Alyson McDonald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service range specialist in Fort Stockton, will answer some of those questions during a webinar Nov. 3.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas A&amp;M</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> How much to spray, what to spray, when to spray? Many questions arise when landowners need to treat rangeland weeds, and Dr. Alyson McDonald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service range specialist in Fort Stockton, will answer some of those questions during a webinar Nov. 3.</p> <p> &ldquo;The 4-1-1 on Rangeland Herbicides&rdquo; is part of a series of webinars being offered by AgriLife Extension&rsquo;s ecosystem science and management unit from noon to 1 p.m. every first Thursday of the month.</p> <p> These webinars are designed for anyone concerned with range management seeking education from their home or office. This webinar, as well as others in the series, can be accessed at <a href="http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu/" title="http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu/">http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu/</a>.</p> <p> This webinar qualifies for one laws and regulations pesticide license continuing education unit, according to McDonald. During the webinar, McDonald will answer common rangeland herbicide questions such as &ldquo;When can I spray?&rdquo;, &ldquo;Are there grazing restrictions?&rdquo; and &ldquo;Do I really need to use a surfactant?&rdquo;</p> <p> McDonald provides technical assistance and expertise to AgriLife Extension county agents, landowners and livestock producers in the Far West, West Central and portions of the South Plains regions of Texas.</p> <p> The next webinar after McDonald&#39;s will be &ldquo;Online Resources for Plant ID and Management&rdquo; to be presented by Dr. Megan Dominguez from Corpus Christi on Dec.1.</p> <p> For more information on the webinars, contact Brittany Grube, graduate assistant, at <a href="mailto:Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu">Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/4-1-1-rangeland-herbicides-webinar-be-held-nov-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/4-1-1-rangeland-herbicides-webinar-be-held-nov-3#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:19:00 +0000 50801 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Poultry workshop slated for November 5 http://southwestfarmpress.com/poultry-workshop-slated-november-5 <div class="node-body event-body">A South Texas Poultry Workshop will be conducted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, (10345 State HWY 44) just west of the Corpus Christi Airport from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 10345 State HWY 44 </div> <span class="locality">Corpus Christi</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.780644">27° 46' 50.3184" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.562103">97° 33' 43.5708" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.780644+-97.562103+%2810345+State+HWY+44%2C+Corpus+Christi%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A South Texas Poultry Workshop will be conducted on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, (10345 State HWY 44) just west of the Corpus Christi Airport from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.&nbsp; This workshop is designed for both youth poultry exhibitors and commercial producers.</p> <p> The featured speakers for the workshop will include two professors from the Poultry Science Department at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station, namely; Dr. Morgan Farnell, Extension Program Leader for Poultry Science and Dr. Craig Coufal, Extension Poultry Specialist.&nbsp;</p> <p> The morning session will focus on Poultry Management for Stock Shows, including in-depth discussions on Housing Needs, Nutrition, the Culling and Selection Process, followed by processing the birds.&nbsp; There will be an opportunity for &ldquo;hands-on&rdquo; training during this session and a great opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to enhance their poultry production skills.</p> <p> Following a catered lunch, the afternoon session will focus on Small Flock Management. Topics to be addressed will include; laying hen management, maintaining a healthy flock, and rules and regulations related to the sale of live poultry, eggs, and processed poultry meat.</p> <p> To assist in program planning, all those wishing to participate in this workshop are asked to preregister by calling (361) 767-5223begin_of_the_skype_highlighting&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;by November 4, 2011.&nbsp; There will be a workshop fee of $15 per person payable at the door to cover meal and programming expenses.&nbsp; This workshop is being sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/poultry-workshop-slated-november-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/poultry-workshop-slated-november-5#comments 27.780644 -97.562103 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:56:00 +0000 50641 at http://southwestfarmpress.com AgriLife Research to lead zebra chip reporting session http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-research-lead-zebra-chip-reporting-session <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Zebra chip, a disease that affects potatoes, was recently found in the potato-growing regions of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The discovery brings to focus the growing need for scientific answers – something that will be discussed at the SCRI Zebra Chip Annual Reporting Session Nov. 6 to 9 in San Antonio.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Crowne Plaza</span> <span class="locality">San Antonio</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.424122">29° 25' 26.8392" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.493628">98° 29' 37.0608" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.424122+-98.493628+%28%2C+San+Antonio%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Zebra chip, a disease that affects potatoes, was recently found in the potato-growing regions of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The discovery brings to focus the growing need for scientific answers &ndash; something that will be discussed at the SCRI Zebra Chip Annual Reporting Session Nov. 6 to 9 in San Antonio.</p> <p> The conference begins with registration at 7 p.m. and an opening reception Nov. 6 and closes at 11 a.m., Nov. 9. Sessions begin at 8 a.m. each morning.</p> <p> A multidisciplinary team of scientists is tackling the challenges posed by the disease under a U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture-sponsored Specialty Crop Research Initiative project, which will be the basis of the three-day meeting at the Crowne Plaza.</p> <p> &ldquo;This meeting is going to be tremendously valuable to those growers and processors from the Pacific Northwest where more than 50 percent of all the potatoes in the U.S. are grown,&rdquo; said Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo and leader of the project. &ldquo;Zebra chip was positively identified in that region in August and September.&rdquo;</p> <p> Zebra chip was first detected in the lower Rio Grande Valley in 2000 and was initially known as the &ldquo;Texas defect,&rdquo; Rush said. However, that is no longer the case, as it has spread to many potato-growing regions, and all market classes of potatoes are susceptible to the disease with no commercially acceptable levels of resistance at this time.</p> <p> Zebra chip is caused by a bacterium, Liberibacter solanacearum, which is spread by a tiny insect called a potato psyllid, he said. It is called zebra chip for the dark stripes that appear when infected potatoes are sliced and fried to make chips, causing processing plants to reject entire loads of affected potatoes.</p> <p> That is a major problem for Texas, Rush said. Seventy percent of the production from 20,000 acres in the Panhandle, South Plains, the Winter Garden area near Pearsall and the Rio Grande Valley is primarily headed to Frito Lay to be made into potato chips.</p> <p> The disease causes simple sugars to remain in the potato instead of turning to starch, he said. And while not harmful to human health, it causes those sugars to caramelize and have a slightly off taste, leading to the rejection by processing plants.</p> <p> The potato industry produces about 320 million tons of potatoes worldwide, while the U.S. averages 17.7 million tons a year, with a value of $3.2 billion, Rush said.</p> <p> He said an estimated 60 percent of the participants at the November session will be from outside the Texas region, demonstrating the national importance of the meeting.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is absolutely new to the producers up there and being able to come to this reporting session is a tremendous opportunity for them to meet all the researchers working on the disease and hear the latest research on how to manage zebra chip,&rdquo; Rush said. &ldquo;Unlike in Texas, where most potatoes are grown for chip production, those grown in the Pacific Northwest are predominantly for French fries.&rdquo;</p> <p> During the reporting session, almost 50 presentations will be given in the areas of epidemiology, host-pathogen interaction, pathogen and vector management, pathogen detection, insect biology and monitoring, resistance/germplasm identification, molecular biology and physiology, and the overall impact on potato production.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-research-lead-zebra-chip-reporting-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-research-lead-zebra-chip-reporting-session#comments 29.424122 -98.493628 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:54:00 +0000 50791 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Extension risk management seminar set for Nov. 9 in Comanche http://southwestfarmpress.com/extension-risk-management-seminar-set-nov-9-comanche <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a free regional risk management seminar from 8:40 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Comanche Community Center, 100 Indian Creek Drive in Comanche.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Comanche Community Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 100 Indian Creek Drive </div> <span class="locality">Comanche</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.894572">31° 53' 40.4592" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.622987">98° 37' 22.7532" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.894572+-98.622987+%28100+Indian+Creek+Drive%2C+Comanche%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a free regional risk management seminar from 8:40 a.m.&nbsp; until 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Comanche Community Center, 100 Indian Creek Drive in Comanche.</p> <p> &ldquo;2011 has been a real test of all Texas agricultural producers&rsquo; risk management plans and strategies,&rdquo; said Whit Weems, AgriLife Extension agent in Erath County and a seminar coordinator.</p> <p> &ldquo;The purpose of this seminar is to allow producers to examine their current risk vulnerabilities as well as possible future opportunities. Rather than the standard market outlook programs we usually have, this one will address the bigger picture issues of&nbsp; finances, marketing, legalities and the increased production risks many producers are now facing.&rdquo;</p> <p> Weems said speakers will include a combination of local professionals who will be joined by AgriLife Extension specialists from the regional centers in Stephenville, San Angelo and Vernon.</p> <p> Topics will include marketing alternatives and considerations for local livestock producers, management lessons and strategies for cow-calf producers, crop and rainfall insurance alternatives, tax management and planning strategies, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service technical assistance resources, overall farm and ranch insurance planning and agricultural lending perspectives of farm and ranch financial business performance.</p> <p> &ldquo;The mix of industry professionals and university specialists is meant to ensure attendees receive objective information about their risk management alternatives without a sales pitch from companies offering products or services,&rdquo; Weems said.</p> <p> All program costs including lunch are being underwritten courtesy of Central Texas Farm Credit.</p> <p> For more information and to RSVP by Nov. 7, contact Weems at 254-965-1460, <a href="mailto:w-weems@tamu.edu">w-weems@tamu.edu</a> .</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/extension-risk-management-seminar-set-nov-9-comanche" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/extension-risk-management-seminar-set-nov-9-comanche#comments 31.894572 -98.622987 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:29:00 +0000 50501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com K-State to host 2011-2012 lease workshops for ag tenants and landlords http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-host-2011-2012-lease-workshops-ag-tenants-and-landlords <div class="node-body event-body">Kansas State University will host workshops in 10 locations around the state over the next three months to address the intricacies of leasing agricultural land. The workshops are designed to aid both landlords and tenants as they work to arrive at an equitable arrangement for Kansas farmland.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">various locations</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Kansas State University will host workshops in 10 locations around the state over the next three months to address the intricacies of leasing agricultural land. The workshops are designed to aid both landlords and tenants as they work to arrive at an equitable arrangement for Kansas farmland.</p> <p> &ldquo;Price volatility in recent years, particularly in the grain markets, has led to difficulties for landlords and tenants to determine and negotiate appropriate rental arrangements,&rdquo; said Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist. &ldquo;These day-long workshops are offered to help landlords and tenants manage the risk associated with rental agreements.&rdquo;</p> <p> Presentations include: Introduction to Rental Arrangements; Ethics of Leasing; Using Excel Spreadsheets; and Using KSU-Lease.xls (spreadsheet tool).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Workshop dates and Kansas locations are:</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nov. 14 &ndash; Downs</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nov. 30 &ndash; Hutchinson</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 1 &ndash; Canton</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 12 &ndash; Syracuse</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 13 &ndash; Garden City</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jan. 10 &ndash; Iola</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jan. 17 &ndash; Manhattan</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jan. 18 &ndash; Oakley</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Feb. 7 &ndash; Scandia</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Feb. 7 &ndash; Green (abbreviated program)</p> <p> More information, including how to register for each location, is available on the K-State extension agricultural economics website: <a href="http://www.agmanager.info" title="www.agmanager.info">www.agmanager.info</a> or by contacting Rich Llewelyn at 785-532-1504 or <a href="mailto:rvl@ksu.edu">rvl@ksu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-host-2011-2012-lease-workshops-ag-tenants-and-landlords" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/k-state-host-2011-2012-lease-workshops-ag-tenants-and-landlords#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:33:00 +0000 51081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Range and pasture management workshop slated for Nov. 29 in Eldorado http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-pasture-management-workshop-slated-nov-29-eldorado <div class="node-body event-body">Range and pasture management is the focus of a multi-county workshop to be conducted Nov. 29 by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in the Schleicher County Civic Center, 427 South U.S. Highway 277 in Eldorado.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Schleicher County Civic Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 427 South U.S. Highway 277 </div> <span class="locality">Eldorado</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.877669">30° 52' 39.6084" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-100.586213">100° 35' 10.3668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.877669+-100.586213+%28427+South+U.S.+Highway+277+%2C+Eldorado%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Range and pasture management is the focus of a multi-county workshop to be conducted Nov. 29 by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in the Schleicher County Civic Center, 427 South U.S. Highway 277 in Eldorado.</p> <p> The workshop, which starts at 8:30 a.m., is a joint effort among the AgriLife Extension offices in Schleicher, Sutton and Crockett counties.</p> <p> &ldquo;This workshop will be all about drought and drought management strategies,&rdquo; said Anthony Munoz, AgriLife Extension agent in Schleicher County. &ldquo;The workshop has been prompted mainly by the drought and subsequent demand for hay that is scarce and extremely expensive this year. Virtually all the talks will feature some facet of how to manage livestock and ranch country through the historically severe drought.</p> <p> &ldquo;Talks will include observations on how the drought affects insect pests. Some pests may be hurt by the dry weather and some may actually benefit from it.</p> <p> &ldquo;Dr. Chris Sansone, AgriLife Extension entomologist at San Angelo, will give his thoughts on what the drought&rsquo;s effects on insects might mean for next season&rsquo;s forages and crops.</p> <p> &ldquo;Dry weather hasn&rsquo;t slowed the influx of feral hogs,&quot; said Pascual Hernandez AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been making an effort to address some aspect of feral swine at several workshops lately, because of the growing problem they&rsquo;ve become here.</p> <p> Dr. Pete Fincher with the Texas Animal Health Commission at Lampasas will be the speaker addressing the feral hog issue.&rdquo;</p> <p> Other workshop topics and their presenters will include: Evaluating Hay/Forage Quality, Drs. David Drake and Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomists from San Angelo and Lubbock respectively; Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Cory Pence, Texas Department of Agriculture, San Angelo; and Brush Control During Drought and Herbicide Techniques and Calibration, Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.</p> <p> Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units - two integrated pest management, one laws and regulations, one drift and one general - will be available.</p> <p> Individual preregistration is $20 before Nov. 23 and $25 thereafter.</p> <p> Those planning to attend should RSVP to the AgriLife Extension offices in Schleicher or Sutton counties at 325-853-2132 or 325-387-3101 respectively.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-pasture-management-workshop-slated-nov-29-eldorado" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-pasture-management-workshop-slated-nov-29-eldorado#comments 30.877669 -100.586213 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:29:00 +0000 51071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Drought issues to be discussed http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-issues-be-discussed <div class="node-body event-body">Drought issues will be a primary topic of the 27th annual Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Nov. 30 in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Amarillo Civic Center</span> <span class="locality">Amarillo</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.221997">35° 13' 19.1892" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.831297">101° 49' 52.6692" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.221997+-101.831297+%28%2C+Amarillo%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Drought issues will be a primary topic of the 27th annual Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Nov. 30 in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.</p> <p> The farm show will be Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Amarillo Civic Center. The symposium immediately follows the 11th annual Texas Commodity Symposium and Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Luncheon. Registration will be from 1 to 1:15 p.m. in the Grand Plaza Room.</p> <p> There is a $2 admittance fee for the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, and a $10 registration fee for the Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium.</p> <p> &ldquo;This year our topics revolve around the drought situation faced by much of the Panhandle,&rdquo; said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County. &ldquo;Drought conditions affect much more than what we normally think about, like the flight patterns of commodity pests and livestock parasites.&rdquo;</p> <p> Program topics and speakers will include:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Laws and regulations, Lavon Harmon, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Controlling weeds during drought and other weed issues, Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> The Worst of the Worst Dust Bowl Areas, Dr. B.A. Stewart, Dryland Agriculture Institute, West Texas A&amp;M University.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Monitoring moths with pheromone traps for the Texas High Plains, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;i-WHEAT,&rdquo; an information-driven wheat pest management, and progress on Southwestern corn borer and western bean cutworm models, Dr. Jerry Michels, Texas AgriLife Research entomologist.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Parasite control for livestock animals, Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist in College Station.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The program will offer four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for pesticide applicator participants: one in laws and regulations, one and a half in general, one-half in drift management and one in integrated pest management, Boughen said.</p> <p> For more information, contact Boughen at 806-373-0713 or <a href="mailto:bwboughen@ag.tamu.edu"><u>bwboughen@ag.tamu.edu</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-issues-be-discussed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/drought-issues-be-discussed#comments 35.221997 -101.831297 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:38:00 +0000 50671 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Hockley County’s Dec. 2 High Plains Ag Conference to offer a variety of topics http://southwestfarmpress.com/hockley-county-s-dec-2-high-plains-ag-conference-offer-variety-topics <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Hockley County will conduct a High Plains Ag Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Oil Room at South Plains College, 1401 College Avenue in Levelland.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Oil Room at South Plains College</span> <div class="street-address"> 1401 College Avenue </div> <span class="locality">Levelland</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.576508">33° 34' 35.4288" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-102.367677">102° 22' 3.6372" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.576508+-102.367677+%281401+College+Avenue%2C+Levelland%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Hockley County will conduct a High Plains Ag Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Oil Room at South Plains College, 1401 College Avenue in Levelland.</p> <p> Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units&mdash;one in laws and regulations, 2.5 general and 1.5 integrated pest management&mdash;will be available for those with a private pesticide applicators license.</p> <p> &ldquo;The conference will offer a variety of topics relating to corn, cattle, irrigation and other subjects,&rdquo; said Robert Scott, AgriLife Extension agent in Hockley County. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll also have an outlook report on spring and summer forage crop strategies for next year. The Hockley County Ag Committee has taken special care in planning this event to include topics of interest for just about anybody who farms in our area.&rdquo;</p> <p> Other conference topics and presenters will include: Corn Production Issues for 2012, Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo; Internal and External Parasites in Cattle, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo; Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Debbie Slocum, Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide inspector, Brownfield; Allocating Limited Irrigation in Different Cropping Strategies, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock; and Update on Specialty Crops Production and Upcoming Issues, Dr. Russell Wallace, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Lubbock.</p> <p> Individual preregistration is $35 by Nov. 28 and $45 thereafter.</p> <p> For more information and to preregister, call Scott at 806-894-3159 or go to <a href="http://hockley.agrilife.org/"><u>http://hockley.agrilife.org/</u></a>for the complete program agenda and registration form.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/hockley-county-s-dec-2-high-plains-ag-conference-offer-variety-topics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/hockley-county-s-dec-2-high-plains-ag-conference-offer-variety-topics#comments 33.576508 -102.367677 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:45:00 +0000 51241 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Farm Bureau’s annual meeting set Dec. 3-5 http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-farm-bureau-s-annual-meeting-set-dec-3-5 <div class="node-body event-body">Farmers and ranchers from across the Lone Star State will attend the 78thAnnual Meeting of Texas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm and ranch organization, Dec. 3-5 in Corpus Christi to shape the future of Texas agriculture. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">American Bank Center</span> <span class="locality">Corpus Christi</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.800583">27° 48' 2.0988" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.396381">97° 23' 46.9716" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.800583+-97.396381+%28%2C+Corpus+Christi%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Farmers and ranchers from across the Lone Star State will attend the 78<sup>th</sup>Annual Meeting of Texas Farm Bureau, the state&rsquo;s largest farm and ranch organization, Dec. 3-5 in Corpus Christi to shape the future of Texas agriculture.</p> <p> Voting delegates representing county Farm Bureaus across the state will craft policy positions and prepare for challenges that lie ahead in 2012 and beyond.</p> <p> &ldquo;We take this responsibility very seriously,&rdquo; said Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke. &ldquo;Farm Bureau policy originates at the grassroots level, reflecting the needs of those who produce the abundant food and fiber we all enjoy. It&rsquo;s our job to do what is best for Texas agriculture.&rdquo;</p> <p> During the annual meeting, more than 1,000 Texas farmers and ranchers will convene to discuss the latest agricultural issues, recognize successes from 2011, as well as evaluate the organization&rsquo;s policies.</p> <p> Policy discussions will likely center on current farm programs and crop insurance, currently being debated in Washington, D.C.</p> <p> The meeting will begin Saturday, Dec. 3, with registration, along with TFB Member Services exhibits, at the American Bank Center.&nbsp; Other Saturday events include the Free Enterprise Speech Contest and several expert speakers, who will present the current outlook for Texas and American agriculture.</p> <p> The meeting will continue on Sunday, Dec. 4, with a devotional, followed by member recognition awards, Pioneer Award presentations and the naming of the 2011 Outstanding Young Farmer &amp; Rancher. Sunday afternoon will also feature Dierschke&rsquo;s annual address to the convention delegates.</p> <p> The meeting concludes Monday, Dec. 5, with the organization&rsquo;s annual business session, including the election of the president and board of directors. Dierschke is seeking his 10<sup>th</sup>one-year term as Texas Farm Bureau president.</p> <p> For more information about the 78<sup>th</sup>Annual Meeting of Texas Farm Bureau, visit <a href="http://www.txfb.org/"><u>www.txfb.org</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-farm-bureau-s-annual-meeting-set-dec-3-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-farm-bureau-s-annual-meeting-set-dec-3-5#comments 27.800583 -97.396381 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:49:00 +0000 51911 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Plant Protection Conference offers packed two-day agenda http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-offers-packed-two-day-agenda <div class="node-body event-body">Texas farmers, ranchers and ag industry representatives will have two-information-packed days Dec. 5 and 6 to absorb the latest on precision agriculture, aflatoxin in corn, the effect of budget cuts on the ag economy and updates from technology and chemical manufacturing companies. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Brazos Center </span> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.674364">30° 40' 27.7104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.369963">96° 22' 11.8668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.674364+-96.369963+%28%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Texas farmers, ranchers and ag industry representatives will have two-information-packed days Dec. 5 and 6 to absorb the latest on precision agriculture, aflatoxin in corn, the effect of budget cuts on the ag economy and updates from technology and chemical manufacturing companies.</p> <p> Other issues to be discussed at the annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference include markets and production information for grain crops, rice, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum and pastures and rangeland.</p> <p> The meeting will be held in the Brazos Center in Bryan, near the Texas A&amp;M Campus.</p> <p> &quot;The upcoming TPPA meeting offers a lot of information for the Texas agriculture community,&rdquo; says Vernon Langston, vice president and program chairman, Texas Plant Protection Association, and a field scientist in range and pasture and industrial vegetation management.</p> <p> &ldquo;The conference will include presentations on corn aflatoxin and its effects on the Texas ag market, the impacts of the current budget cuts on Texas agriculture and numerous presentations on precision agriculture.&rdquo;</p> <p> Several major chemical and technology companies will discuss coming innovations, Langston says. &ldquo;Breakout sessions for specific crops will include fertility and water management, cotton genetics, cotton crop protection and pasture rangeland issues during this two day event,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</p> <p> David Baltensperger, department head, soil and crop sciences, Texas A&amp;M University, will moderate a precision ag session. &quot;New precision measurement technology, from fiber quality, to soil data, to yield is coming on line and will affect producer decisions,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;The precision management session at TPPC will highlight recent advances and on farm implementation of these new technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;Dan Fromme, president, Texas Plant Protection Association and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Corpus Christi, says the Texas Plant Protection Conference &ldquo;is the premier venue in Texas where ag industry, consultants, and university extension and research personnel can gather to learn about new technology and exchange information.</p> <p> &ldquo;Each year conference attendees are able to learn about the latest technology and are updated on critical issues that are confronting Texas agriculture. Also, the conference provides the perfect environment for a person to discuss production issues informally with other people who are involved in the ag industry.&rdquo;</p> <p> Fromme says the 2011 TPPC planning committee has put together an excellent program that benefits anyonewho worksin the Texas ag industry. He says presentations on the value of precision agriculture to farming operations will be one of the program highlights.</p> <p> Those attending will be able to receive TDA and CCA credits, including Laws and Regulations.</p> <p> For more information contact: 936/537-7083 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (phone) 936/539-9526 (fax) e-mail:<a href="mailto:tppa@consolidated.net"><u>tppa@consolidated.net</u></a>; web site:<a href="http://tppa.tamu.edu/"><u>http://tppa.tamu.edu</u></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-offers-packed-two-day-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-offers-packed-two-day-agenda#comments 30.674364 -96.369963 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:38:00 +0000 50521 at http://southwestfarmpress.com TPPA Conference offers diverse program topics Dec. 5 and 6 http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-offers-diverse-program-topics-dec-5-and-6 <div class="node-body event-body">Texas farmers will have an opportunity to earn as many as 9 continuing education units (CEUs) from the Texas Department of Agriculture –10.75 for Crop Consultants, at the Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5 and 6 in Bryan, Texas.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Brazos Center</span> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.674364">30° 40' 27.7104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.369963">96° 22' 11.8668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.674364+-96.369963+%28%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Texas farmers will have an opportunity to earn as many as 9 continuing education units (CEUs) from the Texas Department of Agriculture &ndash;10.75 for Crop Consultants, at the Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5 and 6 in Bryan, Texas.</p> <p> Conference organizers say producers will have a half-day devoted to precision agriculture, in addition to two days of information on products, practices and technology for production agriculture.</p> <p> The agenda includes updates on new sampling strategy for aflatoxin. State Chemist Dr. timothy Herman, will present that update.</p> <p> Debra Bouziden, director of the Oklahoma City office of the USDA Risk Management Agency, will discuss new initiatives with RMA, including aflatoxin claims.</p> <p> Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples will discuss the effect budget cuts are having on the Texas agriculture industry.</p> <p> Mike Johnson, with Syngenta, will discuss new crop protection products &ldquo;in a genetic engineered world.</p> <p> Participants may register online at tppa.tamu.edu. A special farm fee of $25 is available for online registrants. For more information, call the TPPA office936-537-7083</p> <p> Meetings and product exhibits will be presented in the Brazos Center.&nbsp; The Texas Plant Protection Association sponsors the event. <em>Southwest Farm Press</em> is a co-sponsor.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-offers-diverse-program-topics-dec-5-and-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-offers-diverse-program-topics-dec-5-and-6#comments 30.674364 -96.369963 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:54:00 +0000 51011 at http://southwestfarmpress.com TPPA conference features precision ag session http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-features-precision-ag-session <div class="node-body event-body">A special general session on precision agriculture will highlight the 23rd annual Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5 and 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas. The 2011 Conference is co-sponsored by Southwest Farm Press. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">the Brazos Center</span> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.674364">30° 40' 27.7104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.369963">96° 22' 11.8668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.674364+-96.369963+%28%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A special general session on precision agriculture will highlight the 23<sup>rd</sup> annual Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5 and 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.</p> <p> The 2011 Conference is co-sponsored by <em>Southwest Farm Press.</em></p> <p> Danny Fromme, Texas AgriLife Extension Agronomist and Texas Plant Protection Association President, says anyone involved in production ag, including farmers, extension personnel, researchers, consultants, regulatory, and agribusiness, should plan to attend. More than 225 attended last year&rsquo;s conference.</p> <p> The 2011 conference theme is &ldquo;Back to the Basics&rdquo; and will feature an opening General Session that includes several timely topics. Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples has been invited to attend and speak on the &ldquo;Impact of the Budget Cuts on Texas Agriculture.&rdquo; Other topics include aflatoxin sampling and risk management claims.</p> <p> The half-day precision agriculture program will feature Dr. Ed Barnes with Cotton, Inc.; Dr. Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Alex Thomasson, Texas A &amp; M. They will discuss the successful use of precision ag tools in Texas farming. Representatives from John Deere, Veris Technologies and CNH America will discuss the latest in precision ag equipment. Many firms will have displays, including precision ag equipment, at the conference.</p> <p> Day two will include more than 30 presentations by extension, research and industry leaders on the following subjects:</p> <ul> <li> Future Technology &amp; Chemistry</li> <li> Grain</li> <li> Cotton &ndash;Crop Production</li> <li> Cotton &ndash;Genetics</li> <li> Soybeans &amp; Rice</li> <li> Fertility &amp; Water Management</li> <li> Pasture &amp; Rangeland</li> </ul> <p> The conference will offer CEUs for both CCA &amp; TDA credit.</p> <p> For information on registering or reserving space for a display, contact Bob Sasser, TPPA Executive Director, at (936) 539-2349 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:TPPA@consolidated.net"><u>TPPA@consolidated.net</u></a>. The TPPA Web site is <a href="http://tppa.tamu.edu/"><u>http://tppa.tamu.edu</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-features-precision-ag-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-conference-features-precision-ag-session#comments 30.674364 -96.369963 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:52:00 +0000 48801 at http://southwestfarmpress.com TPPA annual conference Dec. 5-6 http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-annual-conference-dec-5-6 <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The Texas Plant Protection Association Board recently set the dates for the 2011 Conference. It will begin at 10:00 am on December 5 at The Brazos Center in Bryan.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">The Brazos Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 3232 Briarcrest Drive </div> <span class="locality">Bryan </span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <span class="postal-code">77801</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.667060">30° 40' 1.416" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.320765">96° 19' 14.754" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.667060+-96.320765+%28+3232+Briarcrest+Drive+%2C+Bryan+%2C+TX%2C+77801%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas Plant Protection Association Board recently set the dates for the 2011 Conference. It will begin at 10:00 am on December 5 at The Brazos Center in Bryan.</p> <p> As part of the Conference, the TPPA Board is planning on a special half day session on precision ag. This will include classroom discussions and equipment displays. More information will be available soon.</p> <p> More conference details and plans will be on the TPPA website as they are developed.</p> <p> For more information contact <em>Bob Sasser</em>, Executive Director, Texas Plant Protection Association, P.O. Box 1897. Conroe, TX 77305-1897; (936) 537-7083,&nbsp; (936) 539-9526 (fax); e-mail: <a href="mailto:tppa@consolidated.net"><u>tppa@consolidated.net</u></a>; web site: <a href="http://tppa.tamu.edu"><u>http://tppa.tamu.edu</u></a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-annual-conference-dec-5-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/tppa-annual-conference-dec-5-6#comments 30.667060 -96.320765 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:37:00 +0000 39911 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Ag Tech conference features drought repercussions http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-tech-conference-features-drought-repercussions <div class="node-body event-body">The morning session of the annual Ag Technology Conference, scheduled for Dec. 8 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&M-Commerce, will examine repercussions of the 2011 drought on livestock and crop production. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Sam Rayburn Student Center</span> <span class="locality">Commerce</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.247057">33° 14' 49.4052" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-95.899966">95° 53' 59.8776" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.247057+-95.899966+%28%2C+Commerce%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The morning session of the annual Ag Technology Conference, scheduled for Dec. 8 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&amp;M-Commerce, will examine repercussions of the 2011 drought on livestock and crop production.</p> <p> &ldquo;We focused on drought as a central issue in the program,&rdquo; says Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist and program organizer.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;For both ranchers and crop producers, we organized a talk on maintaining herd health in drought conditions.&nbsp; Part of this presentation will be a discussion of the value to failed crops and corn and grain sorghum stalks as a source of nutrition for cattle.&nbsp; Virtually all of the corn and grain sorghum stalks left in the field following harvest this year were baled for feed.&nbsp; In my 28 years here, this is the first time I have seen that happen on such a large scale.&rdquo;</p> <p> Clay Wright, livestock consultant with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, will discuss managing cattle in drought conditions.</p> <p> Also, Mark Fox, of the National&nbsp;Weather Service, Fort Worth, will talk about short-term weather predictions and how they may affect forage and crop selection.&nbsp;He will discuss the El Ni&ntilde;o and La Ni&ntilde;a weather cycles and how they relate to regional rainfall predictions for the next two or three years.</p> <p> The afternoon session will include topics that affect farmers and ranchers.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;For crop farmers, we will have an update from Extension Weed Specialist Paul Baumann on postemergence grass control herbicides in grain sorghum,&rdquo; Swart says. &ldquo;This new technology may rekindle interest in grain sorghum in this region. In the past, grass control options in this crop have been limited to preemergence herbicides, which are dependent on timely rainfall for activation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> Feral hogs are the scourge of both ranchers and crop producers, he says, and Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialist Billy Higginbotham will provide an update on control options.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> The last presentation of the day will be a discussion of the grain marketing outlook and pest management considerations associated with long- and short-term grain storage.&nbsp;Kim Anderson will address that topic.</p> <p> Swart says the conference should be of interest to farmers and ranchers alike.&nbsp; &ldquo;Several years ago, Maynard Cheek, a Cereal Crops Research Incorporated director, said that &lsquo;getting these CEUs is like taking medicine &mdash; but at least we try to put a little sugar in with it.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> The program offers five pesticide CEUs for private and commercial pesticide applicators, as well as credits for CCAs.&nbsp;</p> <p> A $30 registration fee is in effect until November 25, after which the fee increases to $40 per person. Lunch is included.</p> <p> The conference also offers an expo displaying the latest in farm and ranch products and services. It is sponsored by Cereal Crops Research Incorporated, Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce and the agribusiness industry.</p> <p> For more information contact Jim Swart at&nbsp;903-886-5363 or <a href="mailto:james_swart@tamu-commerce.edu"><u>james_swart@tamu-commerce.edu</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-tech-conference-features-drought-repercussions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-tech-conference-features-drought-repercussions#comments 33.247057 -95.899966 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:31:00 +0000 50511 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Beef Quality Assurance at the Tulsa Farm Show http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-quality-assurance-tulsa-farm-show <div class="node-body event-body">Beef producers are invited to learn ways to improve production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of the products they produce during the Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Program, December 9 at the Tulsa Farm Show. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Tulsa Farm Show.</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Beef producers are invited to learn ways to improve production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of the products they produce during the Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Program, December 9 at the Tulsa Farm Show.</p> <p> The Oklahoma Beef Council through the beef checkoff program, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, is hosting the meeting to educate beef producers about topics including beef quality, cattle production and handling, consumer demand and methods to increase profitability.</p> <p> The program will begin at 10:00 with an overview of the program.&nbsp; Topics will include animal handling, vaccination and processing procedures, specific methods to add value to beef, and consumer perceptions about animal welfare. The program concludes at noon with a recap and a BQA certification test.</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;By participating in the BQA program and adopting its production practices, beef producers are positioning their businesses to take advantage of opportunities that lie ahead,&rdquo; said Jeff Jaronek, Director of Industry Relations for the Oklahoma Beef Council.</p> <p> Upon successful completion of the BQA course, producers will be recognized as a BQA Certified Producer, supplied a BQA certification card and certification number; and meet the requirements for other state and national production and marketing programs that require BQA certification.</p> <p> Contact <a href="mailto:jeff.jaronek@oklabeef.org"><u>Jeff Jaronek</u></a>&nbsp;at the Oklahoma Beef Council at <a href="mailto:jeff.jaronek@oklabeef.org"><u>jeff.jaronek@oklabeef.org</u></a>or&nbsp;(405) 840-3777 with any questions regarding the meeting.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-quality-assurance-tulsa-farm-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/beef-quality-assurance-tulsa-farm-show#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:54:00 +0000 51921 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Farm and ranch management seminar set for Dec. 12 in Alpine http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-management-seminar-set-dec-12-alpine <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the fourth in a series of farm and ranch management seminars from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Sul Ross State University Range Animal Science Building located on East U.S. Highway 90 in Alpine.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Sul Ross State University Range Animal Science Building </span> <div class="street-address"> East U.S. Highway 90 </div> <span class="locality">Alpine</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.363056">30° 21' 47.0016" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-103.644211">103° 38' 39.1596" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.363056+-103.644211+%28East+U.S.+Highway+90+%2C+Alpine%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the fourth in a series of farm and ranch management seminars from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Sul Ross State University Range Animal Science Building located on East U.S. Highway 90 in Alpine.</p> <p> The seminars are being conducted by the AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties.</p> <p> The seminar, Managing the Farm and Ranch as a Business IV: Building a Business Plan, will feature AgriLife Extension economists Rob Hogan and Bill Thompson from Fort Stockton and San Angelo, respectively.</p> <p> Hogan and Thompson will discuss business plans and why they are needed, along with their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They will also discuss the importance of resource inventories.</p> <p> Individual registration is $10 due upon arrival to the seminar.</p> <p> For more information, contact Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County, at 432-729-4746, jlschneider@ag.tamu.edu&nbsp; or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent in Brewster/Jeff Davis Counties, at 432-837-6207, <a href="mailto:l-boswell@tamu.edu">l-boswell@tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-management-seminar-set-dec-12-alpine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-and-ranch-management-seminar-set-dec-12-alpine#comments 30.363056 -103.644211 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:18:00 +0000 52161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Pecan management program set for Jan. 4 http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-management-program-set-jan-4 <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Real County will conduct a pecan management program from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 4 at the Frio Pecan Farm.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Frio Pecan Farm</span> <div class="street-address"> 144 E. Ranch Road 337 </div> <span class="locality">Leakey</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.722611">29° 43' 21.3996" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-99.678600">99° 40' 42.96" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.722611+-99.678600+%28144+E.+Ranch+Road+337+%2C+Leakey%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Real County will conduct a pecan management program from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 4 at the Frio Pecan Farm.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> The farm is located at 144 E. Ranch Road 337 in Leakey. From the Leakey County Courthouse, go south on Market Street or Highway 83, turn left on 6th Street, which is also Ranch Road 337 East. The farm is 1.8 miles down 6th Street on the right. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Pecan trees have suffered due to the drought and prolonged hot weather like everything else this year, but now is the time to start thinking about next year,&rdquo; said Travis Helm, AgriLife Extension agent in Real County. &ldquo;The dormant season is a good time to catch up and gear up for next year&rsquo;s production. The goal of this program is to help producers literally nurse their trees back to health, and we&rsquo;ve gathered our area&rsquo;s top most experts to share their knowledge on how to do that.&rdquo;</p> <p> The program&rsquo;s scheduled speakers are Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black, AgriLife Extension horticulturist and plant pathologist, respectively, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde. Their topics will include: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> - 2012 Orchard Management-Impacts of drought and how to manage orchards to recovery.</p> <p> - Disease and Pest Management-Past season insect and disease pressure and the products and know-how to treat them. &nbsp;</p> <p> Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered - 1.5 general, one integrated pest management and 0.5 drift minimization. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Individual preregistration is $10 due Jan. 3 to the AgriLife Extension office in Real County.&nbsp; For more information or to RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Real County at 830-232-6673.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-management-program-set-jan-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-management-program-set-jan-4#comments 29.722611 -99.678600 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:39:00 +0000 53101 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference to be held Jan. 6 in Wichita Falls http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-6-wichita-falls <div class="node-body event-body">Drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Jan. 6 in Wichita Falls. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> MPEC Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 1000 5th Street </div> <span class="locality">Witchita Falls</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.913594">33° 54' 48.9384" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.496757">98° 29' 48.3252" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.913594+-98.496757+%281000+5th+Street+%2C+Witchita+Falls%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Jan. 6 in Wichita Falls.&nbsp;</p> <p> This annual conference provides cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon.</p> <p> The slogan of the annual conference is &ldquo;driving your cattle to profits.&rdquo; Bevers said this year&rsquo;s drought made it tough to generate any profit.&nbsp; However, ranchers have been through droughts before.&nbsp; The difference now is the additional rising input costs and market volatility.&nbsp; Coming out of this drought will require a new level of understanding and pencil pushing<u>. </u></p> <p> &nbsp;The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MPEC Center, 1000 5th Street in Wichita Falls.</p> <p> Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference proceedings, a noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at <a href="http://agrisk.tamu.edu/"><u>http://agrisk.tamu.edu</u></a>.</p> <p> The keynote speaker for the event will be Bryan Rupp, KFDX TV 3 meteorologist from Wichita Falls. Rupp will provide his forecast as well as what to expect from changing weather patterns in this area.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;While nobody knows what the 2012 weather will be, ranchers should start preparing their response to improving weather,&rdquo; Bevers said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Additional speakers include faculty from both Oklahoma and Texas. Topics to be discussed include drought-related effects on the area&rsquo;s cow herd, reinvesting after the drought, the drought&rsquo;s impact on natural resources, and herd dynamics. Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.</p> <p> Producers are encouraged to pre-register by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, their Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator, or by contacting Karen Thompson at 940-552-9941, extension 217 or by email at <a href="mailto:bob.levalley@okstate.edu"><u>kethompson@ag.tamu.edu</u></a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-6-wichita-falls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-6-wichita-falls#comments 33.913594 -98.496757 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:32:00 +0000 52701 at http://southwestfarmpress.com South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course set for January in San Antonio http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-beef-cattle-short-course-set-january-san-antonio <div class="node-body event-body">The South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar Beef Cattle Committee, will be held on three consecutive Thursday evenings in January at Palo Alto Community College, 1400 W. Villaret in San Antonio.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Room 109 of Perdenales Hall</span> <span class="locality">San Antonio</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.424122">29° 25' 26.8392" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.493628">98° 29' 37.0608" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.424122+-98.493628+%28%2C+San+Antonio%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar Beef Cattle Committee, will be held on three consecutive Thursday evenings in January at Palo Alto Community College, 1400 W. Villaret in San Antonio.</p> <p> All short course instruction will be presented in Room 109 of Perdenales Hall. Each session will begin with registration at 6 p.m. and presentations starting at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p> Short course sessions will be on Jan. 12, 19 and 26. There is a $10 cost for each evening&rsquo;s session, and an RSVP is required for each evening&#39;s session. To RSVP, contact Angel Torres at the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County at 210-467-6575.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are continuing education units available for all sessions, and instruction will be provided by experts from AgriLife Extension, Texas A&amp;M University, USDA and state comptroller&rsquo;s office,&rdquo; said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent, Bexar County.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve chosen topics which we feel will be of the greatest general interest to beef cattle producers in this region.&rdquo;</p> <p> Davis said either continuing education units or Beef Quality Assurance credits are available for session attendance.</p> <p> The Jan. 12 session will include a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency update and U.S. Farm Bill update from 6:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on forage management in drought conditions from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.</p> <p> Two general continuing education units are available for this session. An RSVP for this session is required by Jan. 10.</p> <p> The Jan. 19 session will be a beef cattle marketing update from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on bovine reproductive diseases from 7:30-</p> <p> 8:30 p.m.</p> <p> Two general continuing education units are available for this session. An RSVP is required by Jan. 17.</p> <p> The Jan. 26 session will consist of a 6:30-7:30 p.m. presentation on production considerations for rebuilding a cow herd, followed by a 7:30-8:30 p.m. presentation on bovine resistance to dewormers. Two general continuing education units or two Beef Quality Assurance credits are available for this session. An RSVP is required by Jan. 24.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-beef-cattle-short-course-set-january-san-antonio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/south-texas-beef-cattle-short-course-set-january-san-antonio#comments 29.424122 -98.493628 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:52:00 +0000 53141 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 Plainview Master Marketer Program begins Jan. 17 http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-plainview-master-marketer-program-begins-jan-17 <div class="node-body event-body">Registration is open (and space is limited) for the 2012 Master Marketer program in Plainview, Texas.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">N/A</span> <span class="locality">Plainview</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.184794">34° 11' 5.2584" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.706842">101° 42' 24.6312" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.184794+-101.706842+%28%2C+Plainview%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Registration is open (and space is limited) for the 2012 Master Marketer program in Plainview, Texas.</p> <p> This national-award winning program is for agricultural producers and agribusiness leaders seeking to develop the skills and learn the tools to manage price and production risk in today&#39;s uncertain economic climate. The sessions are offered in two week intervals:</p> <p> January 17-19, 2012: Session I: Review of Basics and Grain Fundamentals</p> <p> February 1-2, 2012: Session II: Weather, Crop Insurance Strategies, and Financial Management</p> <p> February 15-16, 2012: Session III: Futures Markets, Technical Analysis, and Cotton Fundamentals</p> <p> February 29-March 1, 2012: Session IV: Livestock Fundamentals, Marketing Plans, Discipline, and Legal Issues</p> <p> The Master Marketer Program registration fee is $300.00. The registration deadline is January 9, 2012.</p> <p> You can register online at: <a href="https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu" title="https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu">https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu</a>, keyword search: Master Marketer.</p> <p> You may also complete the registration form and mail or fax to Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services. For more information about registration or payment options, you may call 979-845-2604 or email <a href="mailto:agriliferegister@tamu.edu">agriliferegister@tamu.edu</a>.</p> <p> Contact Information:</p> <p> Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, College Station Texas,</p> <p> Phone: 979-845-8011, E-Mail: <a href="mailto:jmwelch@ag.tamu.edu">jmwelch@ag.tamu.edu</a></p> <p> Or</p> <p> Jackie Smith, Phone: 806-746-6101, E-Mail: <a href="mailto:jgsmith@ag.tamu.edu">jgsmith@ag.tamu.edu</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-plainview-master-marketer-program-begins-jan-17" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-plainview-master-marketer-program-begins-jan-17#comments 34.184794 -101.706842 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:14:00 +0000 52151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Southwest Beef Symposium set for Jan. 17-18 in Roswell http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-beef-symposium-set-jan-17-18-roswell <div class="node-body event-body">Texas and New Mexico Extension agencies will conduct their annual Southwest Beef Symposium Jan. 17-18 in the Roswell Convention Center in Roswell, N.M.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Roswell Convention Center </span> <span class="locality">Roswell</span>, <span class="region">NM</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.394266">33° 23' 39.3576" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-104.523024">104° 31' 22.8864" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.394266+-104.523024+%28%2C+Roswell%2C+NM%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Texas and New Mexico Extension agencies will conduct their annual Southwest Beef Symposium Jan. 17-18 in the Roswell Convention Center in Roswell, N.M.</p> <p> This is the seventh year the two agencies have collaborated on the annual event, which alternates yearly between locations in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, said Dr. Manny Encinias, New Mexico State University Extension livestock specialist at Clayton. He said the symposium will center on three educational sessions and a trade show.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Dr. Bruce Carpenter, Texas AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist at Fort Stockton, said those in the beef industry must be proactive in telling their story.</p> <p> &ldquo;The U.S. beef industry is a key player in feeding the world,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We also strive to ensure and protect global food security. In doing so, we face some huge challenges, but we are up to that challenge. Our first symposium session, the current issues session, will address some of the major issues we now face.&rdquo;</p> <p> Carpenter said the session will feature talks on beef-related global demographics, resources and technology by Dr. Douglas Southgate of The Ohio State University and a discussion by Paul Coleman, CEO for Frontera Cattle Company, on beef-cattle marketing. Speakers from both state agencies will complete the session with a market and industry outlook.</p> <p> An open discussion anchored by a rancher panel will complete the day&rsquo;s activities prior to the evening steak dinner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Carpenter said topics on Jan. 18 will include a disaster recovery session with ranchers and agency personnel with firsthand experience providing tips on how and who to work with in times of widespread drought and wildfire, as was experienced this summer.&nbsp;</p> <p> The symposium is set to conclude with an afternoon range nutrition session by Kent Mills with Hi-Pro Feeds. Mills will share his observations on data he&rsquo;s collected in more than 20 years of rangeland forage sampling across West Texas and New Mexico. Other speakers will deal with specifics on beef nutrition, drought and grazing behavior of cattle and elk during and following a drought.</p> <p> For planning purposes, organizers said preregistration by Jan. 5 would be appreciated. Individual preregistration is $50. The fee includes a steak dinner, lunch, refreshments and printed proceedings.</p> <p> For more information and to preregister, call Carpenter at 432-336-8585 or Encinias at 575-374-2566.</p> <p> A schedule of events, speaker information, registration materials and lodging information is available at <a href="http://swbs.nmsu.edu" title="http://swbs.nmsu.edu">http://swbs.nmsu.edu</a> .&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-beef-symposium-set-jan-17-18-roswell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-beef-symposium-set-jan-17-18-roswell#comments 33.394266 -104.523024 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:28:00 +0000 52691 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Gulf Coast grain handlers to meet Jan. 19 in El Campo http://southwestfarmpress.com/gulf-coast-grain-handlers-meet-jan-19-el-campo <div class="node-body event-body">Texas Gulf Coast grain handlers will meet at the El Campo Civic Center from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">El Campo Civic Center </span> <span class="locality">El Campo</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.196641">29° 11' 47.9076" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.269687">96° 16' 10.8732" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.196641+-96.269687+%28%2C+El+Campo%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Texas Gulf Coast grain handlers will meet at the El Campo Civic Center from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.</p> <p> Registration for the 19th annual event is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes lunch. The event is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service agents in Colorado, Matagorda, Wharton and Jackson counties.</p> <p> Program attendees will hear from industry representatives and AgriLife Extension specialists about the latest issues facing grain handlers as they relate to product safety, personal safety and new products coming onto the market.</p> <p> Topics and speakers include:</p> <ul> <li> Aflatoxin management -- Mary Sasser, Office of the Texas State Chemist; Jimmy Roppolo, Farmers Cooperative; and A.J. Rath, Maxim Farm Egg Co, Inc.</li> <li> Respirator requirements and ventilation tips &ndash; Glenn Abdelnoor, Texas Department of Insurance.</li> <li> Fumigant measurement instruments &ndash; Brent Yaschuk, Factory Direct Safety and Environmental, Inc.</li> <li> Fall protection &ndash; Scott Fuchs, Capital Safety.</li> <li> Grain protectant stewardship &ndash; Craig Jakob, Alliance Pest Solutions.</li> <li> Manlift inspection, maintenance and code compliance &ndash; Larry Barnes, Barnes Co., Inc.</li> <li> Grain bin sealing and leaks &ndash; Joe Kelly and Steve Craig, Farmers Cooperative; Roy Parker, AgriLife Extension.</li> </ul> <p> Five continuing education units will be offered.</p> <p> For more information, contact Kara Matheney, 979-732-6694, KJMatheney@ag.tamu.edu; Brent Batchelor, 979-245-4100, BBatchel@ag.tamu.edu; Peter McGuill, 979-532-3310, PJMcGuill@ag.tamu.edu; or Mike Hiller, 361-782-3312, <a href="mailto:mrhiller@tamu.edu">mrhiller@tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/gulf-coast-grain-handlers-meet-jan-19-el-campo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/gulf-coast-grain-handlers-meet-jan-19-el-campo#comments 29.196641 -96.269687 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:47:00 +0000 53121 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Dual-county Caprock Crop Production Conference slated for Jan. 24 in Floydada http://southwestfarmpress.com/dual-county-caprock-crop-production-conference-slated-jan-24-floydada <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Crosby and Floyd counties will conduct their Caprock Crop Production Conference from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Floyd County Friends Unity Center</span> <div class="street-address"> U.S. Highway 70 </div> <span class="locality">Floydada</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.250371">34° 15' 1.3356" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-93.641900">93° 38' 30.84" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.250371+-93.641900+%28U.S.+Highway+70+%2C+Floydada%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Crosby and Floyd counties will conduct their Caprock Crop Production Conference from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.</p> <p> The center is 6 miles from Floydada on U.S. Highway 70 between Floydada and Lockney.</p> <p> &ldquo;We will have a number of agricultural updates crucial to our area,&rdquo; said Caitlin Jackson, AgriLife Extension agent in Crosby County. &ldquo;We plan to have representatives from the Texas Comptroller&rsquo;s office on-site to explain and issue the new Ag and Timber Tax registration numbers. We&rsquo;ll also have information on the High Plains Water District water meter requirements and a trade show.&rdquo;</p> <p> Jackson said the conference is open to all area producers and those interested in the South Plains crop production industry.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll also have commercial booths with exhibitors on hand to introduce the latest in technology and equipment,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Other topics will include a general crop disease update, drift minimization and equipment calibration, 2012 Farm Bill and conservation reserve program update, and updates on risk and pest management and crop insurance.</p> <p> Seven Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for those with a pesticide applicators license: 0.5 drift minimization, 3.5 general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations. Seven certified crop advisor credits will also be available.</p> <p> Individual preregistration is $35 by Jan. 20 and $45 thereafter. The fee includes lunch, conference cap and educational materials. Organizers also will be giving away an iPad 2 as a door prize.</p> <p> For more information or to preregister, call the AgriLife Extension offices in Crosby County at 806-675-2347 or Floyd County at 806-983-4912.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/dual-county-caprock-crop-production-conference-slated-jan-24-floydada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/dual-county-caprock-crop-production-conference-slated-jan-24-floydada#comments 34.250371 -93.641900 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:43:00 +0000 53111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Re-Investing in the Cattle Business http://southwestfarmpress.com/re-investing-cattle-business <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Re-Investing in the Cattle Business is a series of conferences for agricultural lenders.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">OSU Extension SE Area Office</span> <div class="street-address"> 1700 N Broadway </div> <span class="locality">Ada</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.757491">34° 45' 26.9676" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.678784">96° 40' 43.6224" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.757491+-96.678784+%281700+N+Broadway%2C+Ada%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> A conference for agricultural lenders</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Date&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Place</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> January 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; McAlester, Okla.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Southeast Okla. Expo Center</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> February 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ardmore, Okla.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Southern Okla. Technology Center</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> February 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stillwater, Okla.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Payne County Fairgrounds</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> February 15&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Coweta, Okla.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wagoner County Extension Office</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Topics Presented</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Market Situation and Outlook &ndash; Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Re-investing Scenarios for Producers &ndash; Dr. Damona Doye, OSU</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> FSA Guaranteed Loan Program &ndash; Farm Service Agency</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> A Bank Regulators Perspective &ndash; Kendall McDaniel, Federal Reserve Bank</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Risk Management for Everyone &ndash; JJ Jones, OSU</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Lunch Provided</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Registration Form</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Name&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bank&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Address&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Town&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Zip</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Circle Meeting You Want to Attend</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Ardmore</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> McAlester</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Stillwater</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Wagoner&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Conference fee: $25 in Advance $30 at the Door</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Send Registration to:</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> OSU Extension SE Area Office&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> 1700 N Broadway&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1.1in"> Ada, OK&nbsp; 74820&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 2in"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/re-investing-cattle-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/re-investing-cattle-business#comments 34.757491 -96.678784 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:27:00 +0000 54171 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Crop symposium to focus on emerging issues http://southwestfarmpress.com/crop-symposium-focus-emerging-issues <div class="node-body event-body">The Coastal Bend Crop Symposium will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center on Highway 44 just west of the Corpus Christi Airport. The focus of this symposium will be on emerging crop issues and research that will enhance local farming operations.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">AgriLife Research and Extension Center </span> <div class="street-address"> Highway 44 </div> <span class="locality">Corpus Christi</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.782600">27° 46' 57.36" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.619427">97° 37' 9.9372" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.782600+-97.619427+%28+Highway+44%2C+Corpus+Christi%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Coastal Bend Crop Symposium will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center on Highway 44 just west of the Corpus Christi Airport. The focus of this symposium will be on emerging crop issues and research that will enhance local farming operations.</p> <p> Registration for the symposium will begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. Morning topics will include: Improved Grain Sorghum Production Systems, Research Updates on Cotton Root Rot and Corn Aflatoxin Control, Farm Policy Update, New Crop Insurance Tools, Pesticide Laws and Boll Weevil Eradication update.</p> <p> Following a catered lunch, topics for the afternoon session will include: Planning for Crop Insect Management, Emerging Crop Diseases and Management, Weather Outlook, Improved Cotton Production Systems, and Alternative Crop Options. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Registration fee is $20 per person, which includes the catered lunch. &nbsp;All those planning to attend should call the Extension Office at (361) 767-5223 by January 27 to aid in meeting preparations.&nbsp; 5 CEUs will be offered for pesticide applicators and 4 CEUs for certified crop advisors.&nbsp; This symposium is being sponsored by the Nueces and San Patricio County office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the local crops Committees.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/crop-symposium-focus-emerging-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/crop-symposium-focus-emerging-issues#comments 27.782600 -97.619427 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:17:00 +0000 53861 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 50th Blackland Income Growth Conference scheduled Feb. 6-8 in Waco http://southwestfarmpress.com/50th-blackland-income-growth-conference-scheduled-feb-6-8-waco <div class="node-body event-body">Rural land management and practical crop production strategies will be featured at the 50thBlackland Income Growth Conference scheduled Feb. 6-8 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Extraco Events Center </span> <div class="street-address"> 4601 Bosque Blvd </div> <span class="locality">Waco</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.539636">31° 32' 22.6896" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.186596">97° 11' 11.7456" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.539636+-97.186596+%284601+Bosque+Blvd%2C+Waco%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Rural land management and practical crop production strategies will be featured at the 50<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup>Blackland Income Growth Conference scheduled Feb. 6-8 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> //<![CDATA[ var ord; if (ord === undefined) { ord = Math.floor(Math.random() * 10000000); } document.write('<script type="text\/javascript" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/southwestfarm.home/management;pos=180_1;ptype=article;page=/management/50th-blackland-income-growth-conference-scheduled-feb-6-8-waco;sz=180x150;tile=1;dcopt=ist;ord=' + ord + '?">&lt;\/script>'); //]]> </![cdata[></script><SCRIPT type=text/javascript src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/southwestfarm.home/management;pos=180_1;ptype=article;page=/management/50th-blackland-income-growth-conference-scheduled-feb-6-8-waco;sz=180x150;tile=1;dcopt=ist;ord=5806581?"></script><NOSCRIPT></noscript></p> <!-- end ad tag --><!-- /block.tpl.php --><p> The Extraco Events Center is located at 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.</p> <p> &nbsp;The annual conference is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Waco Chamber Commerce.</p> <p> The Dinner Tonight cooking school is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, featuring recipe demonstrations that promote Texas agriculture. Cost is $15 and preregistration is encouraged by calling 254-757-5180. Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference on Feb. 7 is $20 per person and includes lunch. Several sessions will award continuing education units. Producers are encouraged to download the brochure at <a href="http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth/conference-information/" title="http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth/conference-information/"><strong><font color="#0e5f8b">http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth/conference-informat...</font></strong></a> to see specific continuing education credit allocations, sessions and speakers.</p> <p> State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, will be the keynote lunch speaker. Birdwell represents District 22, serves as vice chairman of the higher education committee and is a member of the economic development, government organization and veteran affairs committees.</p> <p> The following is a list of concurrent sessions scheduled Feb. 7-8:</p> <p> Feb. 7 sessions:</p> <p> - 9 a.m.: Grain session topics will include a historical perspective of grains in the Blacklands, 50 years of improvements; wheat varieties and management; nutrient management in grain production, new technologies in corn and grain sorghum, and new technologies in aflatoxin control.</p> <p> - 9 a.m.: Horticulture session topics include Earthkind gardening and diagnosing and identifying plants.-</p> <p> 9 a.m.: Beef session topics include bull power, producing safe wholesome beef, financing beef production and pasture management after a drought.-</p> <p> Noon: Blackland Income Growth Conference luncheon.</p> <p> - 2 p.m.: Cotton session will feature topics on boll weevil eradication, from basket to bale, cotton root rot management, production and price-risk management strategies.</p> <p> - 2 p.m.: Forage session will feature topics on soil sampling and nutrient management, grazing strategies during drought and hay production management decisions during drought.</p> <p> - 2 p.m.: Horse session will feature stock horse demonstration, emergency preparedness, safe trailering, environmental issues for horse owners and determining when a horse is too old.</p> <p> Feb. 8 sessions:</p> <p> - 8 a.m.: Rural land management session will feature topics on tax valuation and appraiser panel discussion, landowner issues and pond and lake management.</p> <p> - 8 a.m.: Blackland Income Growth recertification program,&nbsp; featuring forage pest management, weed and brush management, laws and regulations, predator control and water issues affecting grazing</p> <p> - 9 a.m.: Wildlife session featuring Texas Brigades, update on 1-D-1 open space wildlife exemption, ecotourism and update on quail research.</p> <p> - 9 a.m.: Private applicator training and testing.</p> <p> - Noon: Mid-Tex luncheon.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/50th-blackland-income-growth-conference-scheduled-feb-6-8-waco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/50th-blackland-income-growth-conference-scheduled-feb-6-8-waco#comments 31.539636 -97.186596 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:57:00 +0000 53661 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Prescribed burn workshops scheduled for February and March in Sonora http://southwestfarmpress.com/prescribed-burn-workshops-scheduled-february-and-march-sonora <div class="node-body event-body">The Academy for Ranch Management will conduct two prescribed burn workshops in 2012 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station near Sonora Feb. 16-18 and March 8-10.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas AgriLife Research Station </span> <span class="locality">Sonora</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.566848">30° 34' 0.6528" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-100.643427">100° 38' 36.3372" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.566848+-100.643427+%28%2C+Sonora%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Academy for Ranch Management will conduct two prescribed burn workshops in 2012 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station near Sonora Feb. 16-18 and March 8-10.</p> <p> The station is located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.</p> <p> The first workshop, &ldquo;Prescribed Burning School,&rdquo; is a basic course providing information on fire, weather, planning a burn, fuels and fuel moisture, and equipment needed for a controlled burn, according to Ray Hinnant, a Texas AgriLife Research senior research associate in College Station and a workshop presenter.</p> <p> The &ldquo;Advanced Prescribed Burning School&rdquo; builds on the previous school and provides more information on fire behavior, fire effects and planning and coordinating a prescribed burn, Hinnant said. Successful completion of both courses and a passing grade on a comprehensive exam will provide the educational component to begin application to become either a private or commercial certified prescribed burn manager, he said.</p> <p> The fee for each workshop is $395 and includes meals and on-site lodging. The basic course is a prerequisite for the advanced course. For more information call Hinnant at 979-820-1778, and to register, call Cheryl Yeager at979-845-5582 or visit <a href="http://www.ranchmanagement.org " title="http://www.ranchmanagement.org ">http://www.ranchmanagement.org </a> to download the registration form.</p> <p> Hinnant and Dr. Charles &ldquo;Butch&rdquo; Taylor, superintendent of the research station at Sonora, are prescribed burning board lead instructors. Other speakers during the two courses include Dr. Mort Kothmann, department of ecosystems science and management professor, and Nick Garza, an AgriLife Research associate at Sonora.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/prescribed-burn-workshops-scheduled-february-and-march-sonora" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/prescribed-burn-workshops-scheduled-february-and-march-sonora#comments 30.566848 -100.643427 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:49:00 +0000 53131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 Peanut Expo theme is “Preparing for the year ahead” http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-peanut-expo-theme-preparing-year-ahead <div class="node-body event-body">Discussion of a peanut revenue protection proposal will highlight the 2012 Peanut Expo, scheduled March 16 at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Quartz Mountain Resort</span> <span class="locality">Lone Wolf</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.989501">34° 59' 22.2036" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-99.249525">99° 14' 58.29" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.989501+-99.249525+%28%2C+Lone+Wolf%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Discussion of a peanut revenue protection proposal will highlight the 2012 Peanut Expo, scheduled March 16 at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.</p> <p> Clif Parks, AgriLogic, College Station, Texas, will discuss a new peanut insurance program that guarantees a level of revenue.</p> <p> Other conference highlights include a marketing update by Tyron Spearman, editor of Peanut Market News. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe will conduct a town hall meeting with peanuts and the Oklahoma State University peanut team will provide a &ldquo;recipe for success in 2012.&rdquo;</p> <p> The national Peanut Board will provide a &ldquo;year in Review&rdquo; on board activities and initiatives.</p> <p> Participants also will have an opportunity to visit with industry exhibitors.&nbsp; Registration is free.&nbsp; Lunch will be provided courtesy of participating southwest shellers.&nbsp; Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day-long session.</p> <p> For more information contact the Oklahoma Peanut Commission at &nbsp;405-275-5994 or <a href="mailto:okpeanut@sbcglobal.net"><u>okpeanut@sbcglobal.net</u></a>; Chad Godsey at 405-744-3389 or <a href="mailto:chad.Godsey@okstate.edu"><u>chad.Godsey@okstate.edu</u></a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-peanut-expo-theme-preparing-year-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-peanut-expo-theme-preparing-year-ahead#comments 34.989501 -99.249525 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:32:00 +0000 55651 at http://southwestfarmpress.com March 28 grower meeting to focus on citrus greening disease http://southwestfarmpress.com/march-28-grower-meeting-focus-citrus-greening-disease <div class="node-body event-body">The 2012 Texas Citrus Showcase and Mid-Year Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 28 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 2401 E. Highway 83 in Weslaco. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center </span> <div class="street-address"> 2401 E. Highway 83 </div> <span class="locality"> Weslaco</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="26.172975">26° 10' 22.71" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.990149">97° 59' 24.5364" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=26.172975+-97.990149+%282401+E.+Highway+83%2C++Weslaco%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 2012 Texas Citrus Showcase and Mid-Year Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 28 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 2401 E. Highway 83 in Weslaco.</p> <p> Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. The program concludes at 1:30 p.m.</p> <p> &ldquo;With the confirmation of citrus greening in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, we face one of the biggest challenges that our industry has encountered,&rdquo; said Ray Prewett, president of Texas Citrus Mutual in Mission.</p> <p> This largest citrus grower meeting of the year will focus on greening, Prewett said. The bacterial disease, spread by Asian citrus psyllids, was confirmed in mid-January in an orchard in San Juan, near McAllen. There is no cure for citrus greening, a disease that clogs up the vascular, or phloem, system of trees.</p> <p> Among the speakers will be experts from Florida and South Texas, he said.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have a citrus greening management strategy panel that will discuss topics that include perspective and outlook, aggressive psyllid control, inoculum management, a citrus nursery update and greening&rsquo;s interaction with phytophthora.&rdquo;</p> <p> Representatives from three state and federal agencies, including Barbara Storz, Texas AgriLife Extension Service; Stuart Kuehn, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Randy Rivera, Texas Department of Agriculture, will also provide reports.</p> <p> The afternoon session will include information on rust mite and phytophthora control, sweet orange scab, disease resistant trees, and challenges with the Mexican fruit fly program.</p> <p> The registration fee for members of Texas Citrus Mutual is $40; non-member registration is $60.</p> <p> For more information, contact Texas Citrus Mutual at 956-584-1772.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/march-28-grower-meeting-focus-citrus-greening-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/march-28-grower-meeting-focus-citrus-greening-disease#comments 26.172975 -97.990149 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:09:00 +0000 56881 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Grass-fed beef conference scheduled May 30-31 in College Station http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-may-30-31-college-station <div class="node-body event-body">All facets of grass-fed beef production will be featured at a conference hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service May 30-31 at Texas A&M University in College Station. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Rosenthal Meat Science Building and the Louis Pearce Pavilion </span> <span class="locality">College Station</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.627977">30° 37' 40.7172" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.334407">96° 20' 3.8652" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.627977+-96.334407+%28%2C+College+Station%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> All facets of grass-fed beef production will be featured at a conference hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service May 30-31 at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station.</p> <p> Last year&rsquo;s inaugural conference in College Station was attended by more than 60 beef producers, said Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Uvalde and conference coordinator.</p> <p> &ldquo;Judging by the comments from last year&rsquo;s participants, it was a huge success,&rdquo; Machen said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited about the lineup of speakers we will have for this information-sharing opportunity. As soil moisture improves and forages begin to recover, now is the time to re-evaluate forage and beef production systems.&rdquo;<br /> Machen said the conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers.</p> <p> The following topics will be discussed: overview of the beef industry; defining natural, grass-fed and organic beef; growing forage &ndash; the fundamentals; cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; forage-based nutrition for cattle; preventative herd health; handling cattle for wholesome beef; carcass fabrication; consumers and their expectations; marketing a unique product; and economics and sustainability.<br /> Cost is $250 through May 15 and $300 after. The conference will be held at both the Rosenthal Meat Science Building and the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the Texas A&amp;M campus.</p> <p> To register online, visit <a href="https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/"><u>https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/</u></a>and enter keyword &ldquo;grassfed.&rdquo;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-may-30-31-college-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grass-fed-beef-conference-scheduled-may-30-31-college-station#comments 30.627977 -96.334407 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:39:00 +0000 56861 at http://southwestfarmpress.com AgriLife Extension to offer statewide cow herd rebuilding programs in April and May http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-offer-statewide-cow-herd-rebuilding-programs-april-and-may <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is beginning a statewide educational effort in April and May that focuses on rebuilding the state’s cattle herds.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">various venues</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is beginning a statewide educational effort in April and May that focuses on rebuilding the state&rsquo;s cattle herds.The meetings are scheduled for Midland, April 3; Graham, April 17; Abilene and Athens, April 24; Bastrop, May 3; and San Antonio, May 4.</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&ldquo;For the past two decades, we have seen a continual decline in cattle numbers within the state,&rdquo; said Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist and associate department head for animal science at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station.</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">&ldquo;The historic drought of 2011 dramatically accentuated that trend. The state&rsquo;s cattle industry and affiliated trade and service companies are the second-largest economic driver to the state economy. With the cow herd at such a critically low level, Texas will start to lose infrastructure if cow numbers do not increase soon.&rdquo;</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">For meeting particulars or to register online, go to: <a href="http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/"><u>http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu</u></a>(keyword: beef). Or register by phone for the Midland meeting at 432-686-4700 and for the Abilene meeting at 325-672-6048.</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Program topics will include changes in lending policies that will impact availability of capital to reinvest in cattle; balancing forage recovery with cattle inventory recovery; evaluating options for securing replacement females; and developing a logical and systematic system to evaluate the worth of available replacement females.</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Discussions on herd health, biosecurity and creating strategic inventory flexibility into an operation will also be included.</font></p> <p> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Gill said the need for environmental adaptability of cows used to rebuild the cow herd will also be a key topic.</font></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-offer-statewide-cow-herd-rebuilding-programs-april-and-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-offer-statewide-cow-herd-rebuilding-programs-april-and-may#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:39:00 +0000 57171 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop to focus on drought recovery http://southwestfarmpress.com/multi-county-range-and-wildlife-workshop-focus-drought-recovery <div class="node-body event-body">Strategies for drought recovery will be the theme for this year’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 on the Staten Creek Ranch, south of Brady on U.S. Highway 87. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Staten Creek Ranch</span> <div class="street-address"> Highway 87 </div> <span class="locality">Brady</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.456095">38° 27' 21.942" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-104.606903">104° 36' 24.8508" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=38.456095+-104.606903+%28Highway+87%2C+Brady%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Strategies for drought recovery will be the theme for this year&rsquo;s Texas AgriLife Extension Service Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 on the Staten Creek Ranch, south of Brady on U.S. Highway 87.</p> <p> &ldquo;Landowners in the northwest Hill Country area and Central Texas are faced with several issues following the historic drought of 2011,&rdquo; said Vance Christie, AgriLife Extension agent in McCulloch County. &ldquo;Recent rains and warm weather have many producers battling new weeds that are popping up in the landscape while they are in the midst of trying to decide how, when and even why they should restock their pastures. Some are also trying to determine what&rsquo;s best when it comes to managing wildlife and brush to maximize efficiency.&rdquo;</p> <p> Six AgriLife Extension offices have teamed up to conduct the workshop that will feature AgriLife Extension specialists and industry leaders as speakers.</p> <p> The workshop is being conducted by the AgriLife Extension offices in McCulloch, Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, Mason and Menard counties.</p> <p> Workshop topics and speakers will include:</p> <p> &ndash; Broadleaf Weed Identification and Control, Brush Sculpting and Pasture Recovery for Wildlife and Livestock Production by Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.</p> <p> &ndash; Wildlife Nutritional Requirements and Supplementation Following Drought by Bobby Deeds, Cargill/Nutrena nutritionist, Goldthwaite.</p> <p> &ndash; Blending Livestock and Wildlife in Range Management Decisions by Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Uvalde.</p> <p> &ndash; Tax Implications for Landowners Following Liquidation and Restocking Decisions by Charles Anderson, chief tax appraiser for Menard County.</p> <p> Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units &ndash; one in integrated pest management and two general&ndash; will be available for pesticide license holders attending the workshop.</p> <p> Individual preregistration is $20 by March 30 and $40 thereafter.</p> <p> For more information, call Christie at 325-597-1295. To preregister, call an AgriLife Extension office in any of the participating counties.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/multi-county-range-and-wildlife-workshop-focus-drought-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/multi-county-range-and-wildlife-workshop-focus-drought-recovery#comments 38.456095 -104.606903 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:37:00 +0000 56851 at http://southwestfarmpress.com AgriLife Extension sets Agricultural Issues Conference April 3 in Lubbock http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-agricultural-issues-conference-april-3-lubbock <div class="node-body event-body">Area producers, ag consultants and landowners actively engaged in farming should all benefit from a Texas AgriLife Extension Service conference set from 8 a.m. – noon April 3 in Lubbock, organizers said.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center</span> <div class="street-address"> Farm-to-Market Road 1294. </div> <span class="locality">Lubbock</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.614590">33° 36' 52.524" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.731851">101° 43' 54.6636" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.614590+-101.731851+%28Farm-to-Market+Road+1294.%2C+Lubbock%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">Area producers, ag consultants and landowners actively engaged in farming should all benefit from a Texas AgriLife Extension Service conference set from 8 a.m. &ndash; noon April 3 in Lubbock, organizers said.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">The Lubbock County Ag Issues Conference will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, located a half mile east of Interstate 27 on Farm-to-Market Road 1294.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">&ldquo;Producers are facing new and challenging problems as they plan for the 2012 growing season,&rdquo; said Mark Brown, AgriLife Extension agent in Lubbock County. &ldquo;These include such issues as recently documented herbicide-resistant pigweed on the South Plains, new groundwater pumping regulations and the possibility of an extended drought. These issues will require different management practices.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">&ldquo;Experts will be on hand at this conference to address these critical issues, and to introduce management strategies and new tools to allocate and better utilize water resources.&rdquo;</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">Brown said the slate of speakers will include experts from AgriLife Extension, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">The conference was developed by AgriLife Extension with guidance from the Lubbock County Agriculture Committee, Brown said.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">Individual registration is $10, payable at the door.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font size="3">For more information go to </font><a href="http://lubbock.agrilife.org/events/"><span class="geshifilter"><code class="text geshifilter-text">&lt;span style=&quot;color: blue; font-size: 10pt&quot;&gt;&lt;u&gt;http://lubbock.agrilife.org/events/&lt;/u&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</code></span></a><font size="3"> , or contact the AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.</font></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-agricultural-issues-conference-april-3-lubbock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-agricultural-issues-conference-april-3-lubbock#comments 33.614590 -101.731851 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:48:00 +0000 57201 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference set for April 4 in Snyder http://southwestfarmpress.com/lower-rolling-plains-agricultural-conference-set-april-4-snyder <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the annual multi-county “Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Scurry Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive in Snyder.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Scurry Coliseum</span> <div class="street-address"> 900 E. Coliseum Drive </div> <span class="locality">Snyder</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.705628">32° 42' 20.2608" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-100.887752">100° 53' 15.9072" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.705628+-100.887752+%28900+E.+Coliseum+Drive+%2C+Snyder%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the annual multi-county &ldquo;Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference&rdquo; from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Scurry Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive in Snyder.</p> <p> &ldquo;The conference will cover all the important topics facing our area&rsquo;s agricultural producers in the season ahead,&rdquo; said Greg Gruben, AgriLife Extension agent in Scurry County.</p> <p> &ldquo;The topics will range from cotton economics to dealing with feral hogs and everything in between,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;As in years past, AgriLife Extension agents in the participating counties have made every effort to identify the information producers not only want, but actually need. Though the program curriculum deals with our immediate area, much of the information is applicable almost anywhere in Texas.&rdquo;</p> <p> Morning topics will include: cotton and grain economics, laws and regulations, weed resistance to herbicides and the weather cycle outlook.</p> <p> Following a catered lunch, the program will split into concurrent sessions A and B.</p> <p> Session A presentations will be: Water Quality Effects on Herbicide; Deep Sampling of Nitrogen and Variety Trial Results; Grain Sorghum Production; and Integrated Pest Management Update.</p> <p> Session B presentations will include talks on: Cow Herd Management; Weed and Brush Control in Range and Pastures; Feral Hogs, the Good, Bad and Ugly; Forage Sorghums, and Vaccination/Trichomoniasis Update.</p> <p> Seven Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered, five in the general category, one in laws and regulations, and one in integrated pest management.</p> <p> Also, persons needing a new Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator&rsquo;s license can receive the necessary training from 8:30 a.m. to noon with the testing to follow at 1 p.m. For this training, RSVP by March 27 by calling 325-573-5423.</p> <p> Individual registration for the Ag Conference is $20 at the door and includes lunch.</p> <p> For more information and to register, call one of the AgriLife Extension offices in Mitchell County at 325-728-3111, Nolan County at 325-235-3184 or Scurry County at 325-573-5423.</p> <p> AgriLife Extension offices involved with conducting the program are in Borden, Fisher, Garza, Mitchell, Nolan and Scurry counties.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/lower-rolling-plains-agricultural-conference-set-april-4-snyder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/lower-rolling-plains-agricultural-conference-set-april-4-snyder#comments 32.705628 -100.887752 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:45:00 +0000 57191 at http://southwestfarmpress.com AgriLife Extension sets pasture management workshop in Lampasas http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-pasture-management-workshop-lampasas <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a pasture management workshop from 1-5 p.m. April 5 in the Lampasas County Courthouse Annex Conference Room, 409 S. Pecan, in Lampasas. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Lampasas County Courthouse Annex Conference Room,</span> <div class="street-address"> 409 S. Pecan </div> <span class="locality">Lampasas</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.065672">31° 3' 56.4192" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.177059">98° 10' 37.4124" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.065672+-98.177059+%28409+S.+Pecan%2C+Lampasas%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a pasture management workshop from 1-5 p.m. April 5 in the Lampasas County Courthouse Annex Conference Room, 409 S. Pecan, in Lampasas.</p> <p> &ldquo;Now that we actually have some pasture to manage after last year&rsquo;s record drought and heat, it&rsquo;s time to manage our forage toward a full recovery,&rdquo; said Heath Lusty, AgriLife Extension agent in Lampasas County.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve planned this program to be practical and to the point. It features four one-hour presentations delivered by some of the best professionals in the business. Participants should come away from this program with all the information they&rsquo;ll need to help their land recover this growing season &ndash; provided it keeps raining.&rdquo;</p> <p> Topics and speakers include:</p> <p> &ndash; Pasture Recovery from Drought, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, College Station.</p> <p> &ndash; Nutrient Management for Forage Production, Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist, College Station.</p> <p> &ndash; Managing Range and Pasture with DuPont Herbicides, Gerald Hobson, DuPont.</p> <p> &ndash; Dow Product Updates, Weed/Brush Management, Eric Thorson, Dow AgroSciences.</p> <p> Three Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator continuing education units will be offered, two laws and regulations and one general.</p> <p> Preregistration is required by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Lampasas County at 512-556-8271. Individual registration is $10 due at the door.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-pasture-management-workshop-lampasas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/agrilife-extension-sets-pasture-management-workshop-lampasas#comments 31.065672 -98.177059 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:42:00 +0000 57181 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Rangeland Recovery Workshop set April 5 in Andrews http://southwestfarmpress.com/rangeland-recovery-workshop-set-april-5-andrews <div class="node-body event-body">Nurturing healthy rangeland will be the topic of a Rangeland Recovery Workshop to be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 in the AgriLife Extension office for Andrews County, 851 E. Broadway in Andrews. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">AgriLife Extension office for Andrews County</span> <div class="street-address"> 851 E. Broadway </div> <span class="locality">Andrews</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.316616">32° 18' 59.8176" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-102.555831">102° 33' 20.9916" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.316616+-102.555831+%28851+E.+Broadway+%2C+Andrews%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Nurturing healthy rangeland will be the topic of a Rangeland Recovery Workshop to be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 in the AgriLife Extension office for Andrews County, 851 E. Broadway in Andrews.</p> <p> &ldquo;Water and soil are two of our most precious natural resources,&rdquo; said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent in Andrews County. &ldquo;Unfortunately, keeping our rangeland in good shape in order to protect these natural resources during this extended drought is not an easy task. The purpose of this workshop is to offer producers some innovative ideas to help them regain productivity on their ranches once we enter into a more normal rainfall pattern.&rdquo;</p> <p> Topics and presenters will include: Rangeland Ecology&mdash;How Native Rangeland Responds to Drought, Fire and the Recovery Process, Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Fort Stockton; Long-Range Weather Forecast, John Nielson-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, College Station; and Rangeland Monitoring&mdash;Simple Steps to Monitor Vegetation Growth, Blanek.</p> <p> For more information or to RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Andrews County at 432-524-1421 by April 3.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/rangeland-recovery-workshop-set-april-5-andrews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/rangeland-recovery-workshop-set-april-5-andrews#comments 32.316616 -102.555831 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:23:00 +0000 56841 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop set April 20 http://southwestfarmpress.com/tri-county-beef-and-forage-workshop-set-april-20 <div class="node-body event-body">The drought may be over — maybe not — but the effects of it are still changing the beef cattle business, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agent. “Our producers are facing things that they’ve never faced before,” said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County. “And we may even see another summer like we did last year.” </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Tri-County Livestock Market</span> <div class="street-address"> 23733 Highway 79 N. </div> <span class="locality">New Summerfield</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.831375">33° 49' 52.95" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-92.401377">92° 24' 4.9572" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.831375+-92.401377+%2823733+Highway+79+N.%2C+New+Summerfield%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The drought may be over &mdash; maybe not &mdash; but the effects of it are still changing the beef cattle business, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agent.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our producers are facing things that they&rsquo;ve never faced before,&rdquo; said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County. &ldquo;And we may even see another summer like we did last year.&rdquo;</p> <p> To help East Texas beef producers deal with new issues, Low and AgriLife Extension agents in Smith and Rusk counties are hosting the &ldquo;Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop,&rdquo; set April 20, at the Tri-County Livestock Market, 23733 Highway 79 N., New Summerfield.</p> <p> Some of the new issues producers may have to manage for this year are higher input costs, historically high costs for replacement heifers and what forages to grow if there&rsquo;s another drought, Low said.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s a near certainty that they will have to learn to identify and control new, highly invasive weed species brought in with hay purchased out-of-state, he warned. All these subjects and more will be covered at the workshop.</p> <p> Low said thanks to sponsorship by Boehringer Ingelheim, Heritage Land Bank, &nbsp;and East Texas Seed Co., he and his AgriLife Extension colleagues have managed to keep the registration fee for the workshop down to only $10 and still provide lunch.</p> <p> &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s also an inexpensive way for those with private pesticide applicator licenses to earn CEUs,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> Participants will earn three continuing education units, two in the general category and one in integrated pest management.</p> <p> Participants must RSVP by April 16, however, to attend the event. To RSVP and register, call the AgriLife Extension office in Cherokee County at 903-683-5416.</p> <p> Sign-in on April 20 will begin at 8 a.m., with the formal program beginning at 9 a.m. The program will conclude at 2 p.m.</p> <p> Another topic that will be completely new to many East Texas producers is the establishment of summer annual forages such as pearl millet and sorghum-sudan grasses, Low said. Summer annuals are considered more drought-tolerant than the improved Bermuda grasses commonly grown.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are a number of varieties that are suitable for East Texas that we&rsquo;ve never utilized because of our usually plentiful rainfall,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> The speakers and their topics will include:</p> <p> - &ldquo;Weed Control for East Texas Pastures,&rdquo; Shane Colston, Winfield Solutions, Tyler.</p> <p> - &ldquo;Cattle Market Outlook,&rdquo; Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.</p> <p> - &ldquo;Animal Health Following the Drought of 2011,&rdquo; Kelly Cross, Boehringer Ingelheim, Tyler.</p> <p> - &ldquo;Forages: Replant Strategies,&rdquo; Andy Young, East Texas Seed Co., Tyler.</p> <p> - &ldquo;Forage Options and Alternative,&rdquo; Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/tri-county-beef-and-forage-workshop-set-april-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/tri-county-beef-and-forage-workshop-set-april-20#comments 33.831375 -92.401377 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:51:00 +0000 57211 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Agriculture emergency response training April 28 at Stiles Farm Foundation http://southwestfarmpress.com/agriculture-emergency-response-training-april-28-stiles-farm-foundation <div class="node-body event-body">A comprehensive farm safety training program for emergency services personnel is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Stiles Farm Foundation, located one mile east of Thrall, Texas.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Stiles Farm Foundation</span> <span class="locality">Thrall</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.590477">30° 35' 25.7172" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.296940">97° 17' 48.984" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.590477+-97.296940+%28%2C+Thrall%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> A comprehensive farm safety training program for emergency services personnel is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Stiles Farm Foundation, located one mile east of Thrall, Texas.</p> <p> There is no charge for the training and the program includes a barbecue lunch at noon. The training will provide education on equipment fires, hazardous materials, overall farmstead safety and other topics.</p> <p> &ldquo;The 2011 drought was a continuous threat to rural Texas,&rdquo; said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas AgriLife Extension Service director of homeland security and emergency management in College Station. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s imperative that emergency services personnel receive comprehensive training so they are prepared to serve and protect agricultural producers and agribusinesses that provide commerce for both rural and urban-based economies.&rdquo;</p> <p> Event sponsors are Williamson County Farm Bureau, Travis County Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau, AgriLife Extension, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas Forest Service, Williamson County Grain, Williamson County Equipment, Coufal Prater and Williamson County Gin.</p> <p> &ldquo;This training program is open to anyone involved in emergency services, which includes volunteer and urban fire departments, sheriff, police and emergency management teams who serve agricultural areas in Central Texas,&rdquo; said Bob Avant, Williamson County Farm Bureau president and director of corporate relations for AgriLife Research. &ldquo;Participants will receive in-depth training with regards to emergency response involving both modern and older farm equipment, plus instruction on hazardous materials and general farm safety.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/agriculture-emergency-response-training-april-28-stiles-farm-foundation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/agriculture-emergency-response-training-april-28-stiles-farm-foundation#comments 30.590477 -97.296940 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:42:00 +0000 58341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Water concerns with wheat will be focus of May 24 field day http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-concerns-wheat-will-be-focus-may-24-field-day <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Whether it’s breeding or the new technologies being used to manage irrigation and disease, the primary focus of a May 24 wheat research field day will be water, according to coordinators of the program.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Agriculture-Agricultural Research Services Conservation and Production Research Laboratory research farm </span> <span class="locality">Bushland</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.191998">35° 11' 31.1928" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-102.064639">102° 3' 52.7004" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.191998+-102.064639+%28%2C+Bushland%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Whether it&rsquo;s breeding or the new technologies being used to manage irrigation and disease, the primary focus of a May 24 wheat research field day will be water, according to coordinators of the program.</p> <p> The field day will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Services Conservation and Production Research Laboratory research farm 1 mile west of Bushland.</p> <p> &ldquo;Water is a precious resource here in the Panhandle of Texas and must be carefully managed,&rdquo; said Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder and field day coordinator. &ldquo;Variety choice, equipment purchases and management decisions all affect water-use efficiency as well as the producer&rsquo;s bottom line.&rdquo;</p> <p> Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and field tours will begin at 9:30 a.m., Rudd said. The educational portion of the event will continue with an hour-long program just before lunch inside the facilities. In addition, there will be booths for disease diagnostics and pests.</p> <p> The program has no admission fee and will include a noon lunch. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are pending, he said.</p> <p> The tour discussions will include new wheat varieties, breeding trials, irrigation trials that cover subsurface drip and new sensor technology, drought tolerance mechanisms in wheat, wheat streak mosaic virus and wheat curl mite resistance.</p> <p> When the program moves indoors, discussions will highlight tortilla wheat, wheat variety licensing, the Bayer CropScience wheat program and collaboration with the Texas Wheat Producers Board, Rudd said.</p> <p> The lunch program speaker will be Dr. Craig Nessler, director of AgriLife Research from College Station.</p> <p> For more information, contact Rudd at 806-677-5600 or <a href="mailto:jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu">jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-concerns-wheat-will-be-focus-may-24-field-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-concerns-wheat-will-be-focus-may-24-field-day#comments 35.191998 -102.064639 Fri, 11 May 2012 20:03:00 +0000 59171 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Range and herd health workshop set for June 7 in Mason http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-herd-health-workshop-set-june-7-mason <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Range and Herd Health Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the Richard Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley Street in Mason. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Richard Eckert Civic Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 1024 McKinley Street </div> <span class="locality">Mason</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.751564">30° 45' 5.6304" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-99.244014">99° 14' 38.4504" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.751564+-99.244014+%281024+McKinley+Street+%2C+Mason%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Range and Herd Health Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the Richard Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley Street in Mason.</p> <p> &ldquo;This workshop is meant to educate area ranchers and the community on range and pasture improvement and the different options they have to manage their properties and livestock,&rdquo; said Tyler Bobinmyer, AgriLife Extension agent in Mason County. &ldquo;With the dry conditions we all suffered through last year, it&rsquo;s vital that ranchers and land owners understand the options they have available to help them become better land stewards and stockmen.&rdquo;</p> <p> The workshop&rsquo;s speakers will be Drs. Bob Lyons and Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension range and livestock specialists, respectively, from Uvalde; Matt Kast, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mason; Christy Keeler, Merck Animal Health, San Antonio; and Zane Willard, Alligare LLC., San Angelo.</p> <p> The workshop topics will include forage recovery, planting and reseeding options, do-it-yourself brush control, chemical weed and brush control, restocking decisions, fly control and vaccination protocols and livestock and feed outlook.</p> <p> Four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units &ndash; two integrated pest management and two general &ndash; will be available for those with a private pesticide applicators license.</p> <p> Individual pre-registration is $20 and includes a noon meal sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Alligare LLC. For more information and to RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Mason County at 325-347-6459. The registration cost after June 1 will be $30.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-herd-health-workshop-set-june-7-mason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/range-and-herd-health-workshop-set-june-7-mason#comments 30.751564 -99.244014 Thu, 31 May 2012 19:48:00 +0000 60111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 9th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 19 http://southwestfarmpress.com/9th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-19 <div class="node-body event-body">The 49th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 19 will feature presentations on cotton fertility and new technology, plus weed control strategies and pasture recovery from drought. The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79, 1 mile east of Thrall.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">The Stiles Farm </span> <div class="street-address"> 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063 </div> <span class="locality">Thrall</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.595059">30° 35' 42.2124" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.283714">97° 17' 1.3704" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.595059+-97.283714+%285700+Farm-to-Market+Road+1063%2C+Thrall%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 49th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 19 will feature presentations on cotton fertility and new technology, plus weed control strategies and pasture recovery from drought. The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79, 1 mile east of Thrall.</p> <p> Field day will feature presentations on cotton fertility and new technology, plus weed control strategies and pasture recovery from drought.</p> <p> A highlight on this year&rsquo;s program is a presentation on sesame production.</p> <p> Three continuing education units will be given to participants who hold a Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators license.</p> <p> Cost is $10 with registration starting at 7:45 a.m. Presentations and tours begin at 8:30 a.m.</p> <p> &ldquo;At this year&rsquo;s field day, we will be looking at some of the things available for farmers following last year&rsquo;s drought and what we can put into the tool box and use toward profitability,&rdquo; said Archie Abrameit, Texas AgriLife Extension Service farm manager.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/9th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-19" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/9th-stiles-farm-field-day-scheduled-june-19#comments 30.595059 -97.283714 Thu, 31 May 2012 19:37:00 +0000 60101 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 P.I.E. Program tours set http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-pie-program-tours-set <div class="node-body event-body">The National Cotton Council has scheduled dates and locations for the 2012 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the program is now in its 24th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants improve yields and fiber quality.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">National Cotton Council</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> <span face="">The National Cotton Council has scheduled dates and locations for the 2012 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the program is now in its 24th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants improve yields and fiber quality.</span></p> <p> <span face="">This season, Southeast producers will see operations in California on July 22-27; Southwest producers will travel to Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri on July 29-August 3; Far West producers will visit North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia on August 5-10; and Mid-South producers will tour</span><span face="">West Texas and South Texas on August 19-24.</span></p> <p> <span face="">The P.I.E. program enables cotton producers to improve yields and fiber quality along with boosting their overall operation&rsquo;s efficiency by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting and 2) observing firsthand the unique ways in which their innovative peers are using new and existing technology. </span></p> <p> <span face="">Upon completion of this year&rsquo;s four tours, the P.I.E. program will have exposed more than 1,000 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in regions different than their own. </span></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-pie-program-tours-set" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-pie-program-tours-set#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 18:58:00 +0000 60071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com NMSU’s Catlett to discuss future of cattle industry at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. http://southwestfarmpress.com/nmsu-s-catlett-discuss-future-cattle-industry-texas-am-beef-cattle-short-course <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The Texas A&amp;M Beef Cattle Short Course will feature a New Mexico State University economist who will address the future of the cattle industry and economic trends during the Aug. 6 general session in College Station.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas A&amp;M University </span> <span class="locality">College Station</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.627977">30° 37' 40.7172" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.334407">96° 20' 3.8652" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.627977+-96.334407+%28%2C+College+Station%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas A&amp;M Beef Cattle Short Course will feature a New Mexico State University economist who will address the future of the cattle industry and economic trends during the Aug. 6 general session in College Station.</p> <p> Dr. Lowell Catlett, a Regents professor, dean and chief administrative officer in the university&rsquo;s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will provide insights and an outlook on the agriculture industry, specifically beef-cattle production, plus the overall current state of the economy.</p> <p> The short course is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and scheduled for Aug. 6-8 on the Texas A&amp;M University campus.</p> <p> &ldquo;Dr. Catlett is a noted, national speaker who provides varied and upbeat presentations,&rdquo; said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator. &ldquo;His latest focus is the economy and what we can expect for agriculture and beef cattle markets in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p> Meanwhile, the cattleman&rsquo;s college portion of the short course provides participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch, Cleere said.</p> <p> Registration information and a tentative schedule was mailed to previous participants in May and can also be found on the short course website at <a href="http://beef.tamu.edu/">http://beef.tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/nmsu-s-catlett-discuss-future-cattle-industry-texas-am-beef-cattle-short-course" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/nmsu-s-catlett-discuss-future-cattle-industry-texas-am-beef-cattle-short-course#comments 30.627977 -96.334407 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:05:00 +0000 60681 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 Southern Plains Beef Symposium http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-southern-plains-beef-symposium <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Cattle producers seeking ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging business conditions should register now to attend the Aug. 11 Southern Plains Beef Symposium in Ardmore.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Ardmore Convention Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 2401 N. Rockford Rd </div> <span class="locality">Ardmore</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.197676">34° 11' 51.6336" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.160429">97° 9' 37.5444" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.197676+-97.160429+%282401+N.+Rockford+Rd%2C+Ardmore%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Cattle producers seeking ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging business conditions should register now to attend the Aug. 11 Southern Plains Beef Symposium in Ardmore.</p> <p> Celebrating its 22<sup>nd</sup>year, the 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. symposium will take place in the Ardmore Convention Center, located at 2401 N. Rockford Rd., just off Exit 33 from Interstate 35. Registration is $25 per participant, which covers the cost of symposium materials, refreshments and the traditional prime rib lunch.</p> <p> Registration forms are available on the 2012 Southern Plains Beef Symposium website at <a href="http://www.southernplainsbeefsymposium.org/"><u>http://www.southernplainsbeefsymposium.org/</u></a> via the Internet.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-southern-plains-beef-symposium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-southern-plains-beef-symposium#comments 34.197676 -97.160429 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:09:00 +0000 60751 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Produce Convention will be Aug. 15-17 in San Antonio http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-produce-convention-will-be-aug-15-17-san-antonio <div class="node-body event-body">The 2012 Texas Produce Convention will be held August 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Grand Hyatt downtown. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Grand Hyatt </span> <span class="locality">San Antonio</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.424122">29° 25' 26.8392" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.493628">98° 29' 37.0608" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.424122+-98.493628+%28%2C+San+Antonio%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 2012 Texas Produce Convention will be held August 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Grand Hyatt downtown.</p> <p> Convention organizers say the conference agenda has not been completed but will feature</p> <p> topics affecting the Texas produce industry today.</p> <p> The annual golf tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio.</p> <p> The opening night reception will be held at Pat O&#39;Brien&#39;s.</p> <p> The annual conference will include at least 50 exhibitors at the industry expo. Also on the agenda is the annual Casino Night.</p> <p> For more information please contact: <a href="http://www.texasproduceassociation.com" title="www.texasproduceassociation.com">www.texasproduceassociation.com</a> (956) 581-8632.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-produce-convention-will-be-aug-15-17-san-antonio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-produce-convention-will-be-aug-15-17-san-antonio#comments 29.424122 -98.493628 Thu, 31 May 2012 19:04:00 +0000 60081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Pecan workshop offers key information for new enterprises http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-workshop-offers-key-information-new-enterprises <div class="node-body event-body">To help provide timely information about starting and maintaining a pecan enterprise, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a pecan workshop August 16 at North Central Texas College. The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Theatre, located at 1525 West California Street in Gainesville.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Little Theatre</span> <div class="street-address"> 1525 West California Street </div> <span class="locality">Gainesville</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.618792">33° 37' 7.6512" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.165941">97° 9' 57.3876" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.618792+-97.165941+%281525+West+California+Street+%2C+Gainesville%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> To help provide timely information about starting and maintaining a pecan enterprise, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a pecan workshop August 16 at North Central Texas College. The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Theatre, located at 1525 West California Street in Gainesville.</p> <p> Noble Foundation consultants will detail how and what it takes to start a new pecan enterprise. Participants will learn about pecan fertilization, pest management and the 2012 market outlook. There will be an additional discussion on the future of the pecan industry.</p> <p> &ldquo;This workshop provides a good overview of pecan management for those who are contemplating starting their own enterprise,&rdquo; said Charles Rohla, Ph.D., Noble Foundation pecan specialist. &ldquo;A review of these fundamentals can also help those agricultural producers who have pecans on their property, but aren&rsquo;t quite sure how to oversee the resource.&rdquo;</p> <p> The workshop is offered at no charge, but preregistration is requested. For additional information or to register, please visit <u><a href="http://www.noble.org/AgEvents">www.noble.org/AgEvents</a> or </u>contact Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6292.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-workshop-offers-key-information-new-enterprises" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/pecan-workshop-offers-key-information-new-enterprises#comments 33.618792 -97.165941 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:17:00 +0000 63131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Deadline Aug. 17 to register for grazing workshop http://southwestfarmpress.com/deadline-aug-17-register-grazing-workshop <div class="node-body event-body">Ranchers and landowners interested in learning about improving their cattle operations and profitability will want to register by Aug. 17 for the Ranch Management Clinic on August 21, 2012, at the American Legion Post #0436, 1404 Zanderson Avenue, in Jourdanton</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">American Legion Post #0436</span> <div class="street-address"> 1404 Zanderson Avenue </div> <span class="locality">Jourdanton</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="28.919225">28° 55' 9.21" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.547040">98° 32' 49.344" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=28.919225+-98.547040+%281404+Zanderson+Avenue%2C+Jourdanton%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Ranchers and landowners interested in learning about improving their cattle operations and profitability will want to register by Aug. 17 for the Ranch Management Clinic on August 21, 2012, at the American Legion Post #0436, 1404 Zanderson Avenue, in Jourdanton. The workshop is being hosted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.</p> <p> Bill Armstrong, who spent 32 years managing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Kerr Management Area, will offer insight on what it takes to restore degraded, brush infested land for both livestock and wildlife. He will share tools on how a producer can manage livestock to positively impact their wildlife.</p> <p> Mark Hazard, whose family stocker operation has been described as one of the most consistently profitable agricultural ventures in the U. S. and abroad, will share the principles that make this operation run smoothly and profitably. Mark will also draw from his experiences as president of First Commerce Bank in West Point, Mississippi to share the banker&rsquo;s view on cattle loans.</p> <p> Vance Mitchell is a sixth generation Texas rancher who will discuss how he stays flexible and profitable in the livestock business by operating both cow/calf and stocker operations on his ranch. Mitchell will share his philosophy for dealing with changing livestock markets and grazing management.</p> <p> A beef industry expert from CattleFax willprovide expertise that translates to a more profitable bottom line - whether you are a beef producer, allied industry business partner or financial institution.</p> <p> RSVP by August 17, 2012 by calling (361) 592-0309 ext. 3 or email Jason Hohlt at <a href="mailto:jason.hohlt@tx.usda.gov"><u>jason.hohlt@tx.usda.gov</u></a>. Cost is $25, and CEUs will be offered. Also lunch will be provided.</p> <p> Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations and/or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) associated with this meeting should contact Melissa Blair at (361) 241-0609 at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting with his/her specific request.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/deadline-aug-17-register-grazing-workshop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/deadline-aug-17-register-grazing-workshop#comments 28.919225 -98.547040 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:38:00 +0000 63091 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Irrigation field days set in the northern Panhandle Aug. 21-24 http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation-field-days-set-northern-panhandle-aug-21-24 <div class="node-body event-body">Four meetings highlighting three primary corn irrigation projects in the North Plains have been scheduled in August by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Morse Community Building; Perryton Expo Center; Texas AgriLife Research’s North Plains Research Field;Dallam/Sherman Corn Irrigation Conference</span> <div class="street-address"> 100 N. 3rd St.;402 Expo Drive; North Plains Research Field;501 S. Maple </div> <span class="locality">Morse; Perryton; Etter; Stratford</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.336140">36° 20' 10.104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-102.072119">102° 4' 19.6284" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.336140+-102.072119+%28100+N.+3rd+St.%3B402+Expo+Drive%3B+North+Plains+Research+Field%3B501+S.+Maple%2C+Morse%3B+Perryton%3B+Etter%3B+Stratford%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Four meetings highlighting three primary corn irrigation projects in the North Plains have been scheduled in August by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.</p> <p> All meetings will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program at 9 a.m.The dates and locations are:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Aug. 21: Hutchinson County Corn Irrigation Conference, Morse Community Building, 100 N. 3rd St., Morse.</p> <p> Aug. 22: Ochiltree Corn Irrigation Conference, Perryton Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton.</p> <p> Aug. 23: Texas North Plains Corn Irrigation Research and Extension Field Day, Texas AgriLife Research&rsquo;s North Plains Research Field, Etter.</p> <p> Aug. 24: Dallam/Sherman Corn Irrigation Conference, Sherman County Barn, 501 S. Maple, Stratford.</p> <p> Each location will include local topics that will be most pertinent to producers and showcase technologies used in the processes. An update of drought-tolerant corn will be provided, as well as a walk-through of selected plots.</p> <p> In addition, three primary corn projects will be highlights at each meeting. They are the North Plains Groundwater District 200-12 Corn Demonstration Project; the AgriLife Extension North Plains Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn project, or EPIC as it is known; and the AgriLife Research 12-200 Corn project.</p> <p> Each meeting will start with field tours to the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District&rsquo;s cooperator plots and fields with EPIC project work, he said.</p> <p> Three general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for pesticide applicators will be provided, Kenny said.</p> <p> Lunch and registration fees will be covered at each location by local sponsors and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.</p> <p> For a complete agenda of each meeting, contact the AgriLife Extension office in the county of the meeting you are planning to attend: Sherman, 806-366-2081; Ochiltree, 806-435-4501; Hutchinson, 806-878-4028; and Moore, 806-935-2594.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation-field-days-set-northern-panhandle-aug-21-24" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation-field-days-set-northern-panhandle-aug-21-24#comments 36.336140 -102.072119 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:03:00 +0000 63321 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Farm Bill to be a key discussion point At Big Country Wheat Conference http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-bill-be-key-discussion-point-big-country-wheat-conference <div class="node-body event-body">The Big Country Wheat Conference, conducted biennially by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will be held Aug. 23 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Big Country Hall-Taylor County Exposition Center grounds</span> <div class="street-address"> 1982 Lytle Way </div> <span class="locality">Abilene</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.430422">32° 25' 49.5192" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-99.691399">99° 41' 29.0364" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.430422+-99.691399+%281982+Lytle+Way%2C+Abilene%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Big Country Wheat Conference, conducted biennially by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will be held Aug. 23 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene.</p> <p> On-site registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The conference will end at 4 p.m.</p> <p> Along with the emphasis on the Farm Bill, this year&rsquo;s conference will include the following topics and presenters:</p> <p> &ndash; World Wheat Outlook and Wheat Marketing Strategies, Dr. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service economist, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.</p> <p> &ndash; Wheat Variety and Disease Summary, Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist, College Station.</p> <p> &ndash; Forage Production and Weed Management, Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist, San Angelo.</p> <p> &ndash; Soil Fertility Management for Wheat Production, Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist, College Station.</p> <p> &ndash; Electrical Conductivity Mapping for Nutrient Management, Cliff Kinnibrugh, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation agronomist, San Angelo.</p> <p> &ndash; Insect Management Strategies in Small Grains, Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas.</p> <p> &ndash; Cost of Production &ndash; Factors to Consider, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo.</p> <p> &ndash; Farm Bill and Other Issues Important to Wheat Producers, Kody Bessent, Texas Wheat Producers Board, Amarillo.</p> <p> &ndash; Short-and Long-term Weather Forecasts, Steve Lyons, National Weather Service, San Angelo.</p> <p> Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units &ndash; two general, one integrated pest management &ndash; will be available for private pesticide applicator license holders.</p> <p> There is no registration fee for those who preregister by Aug. 17, but a $20 fee will be charged thereafter.</p> <p> For more information and to preregister, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 325-672-6048 or <a href="mailto:r-pritz@tamu.edu"><u>r-pritz@tamu.edu</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-bill-be-key-discussion-point-big-country-wheat-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/farm-bill-be-key-discussion-point-big-country-wheat-conference#comments 32.430422 -99.691399 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:55:00 +0000 63161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Conference Set for September 6 http://southwestfarmpress.com/west-texas-agricultural-chemicals-institute-annual-conference-set-september-6 <div class="node-body event-body">The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock, (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27). </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 1101 70th Street </div> <span class="locality">Lubbock</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.530828">33° 31' 50.9808" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.847154">101° 50' 49.7544" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.530828+-101.847154+%281101+70th+Street+%2C+Lubbock%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock, (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27).</p> <p> This year represents the 60th meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area&#39;s natural resources.</p> <p> Topics to be discussed at the conference include various aspects of pest identification and management, pesticide application and disposal, research efforts on row crops in the High Plains, and much more.</p> <p> The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has approved a total of 6.5 continuing education units (CEUs) in the areas of IPM (1.0), Pesticide Laws and Regs (1.0), Drift Minimization (1.0), and General (3.5). In addition, the WTACI program has been approved for 4.0, 2.0 and 0.5 hours of Pest Management, Crop Management and Professional Development, respectively. A detailed list of presentations and speakers is available at <a href="http://wtaci.tamu.edu/" title="http://wtaci.tamu.edu/">http://wtaci.tamu.edu/</a>. Click on the &quot;Conference Program&quot; button.</p> <p> Pre-registration currently is available online at <a href="http://wtaci.tamu.edu/onlineregistration.php" title="http://wtaci.tamu.edu/onlineregistration.php">http://wtaci.tamu.edu/onlineregistration.php</a>. Registration forms have been mailed. On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7:00 the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.</p> <p> Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.</p> <p> Contact Jason Woodward at 806-632-0762 or <a href="mailto:jewoodward@ag.tamu.edu">jewoodward@ag.tamu.edu</a> for questions about the program and CEUs. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or <a href="mailto:dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu">dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/west-texas-agricultural-chemicals-institute-annual-conference-set-september-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/west-texas-agricultural-chemicals-institute-annual-conference-set-september-6#comments 33.530828 -101.847154 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:35:00 +0000 63141 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Southwest Agricultural Issues Summit set Sept. 9-11 in Austin http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-agricultural-issues-summit-set-sept-9-11-austin <div class="node-body event-body">Agricultural leaders from across the greater Southwest region will be gathering for a three-day Southwest Agricultural Issues Summit September 9-11 at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin, to discuss key issues facing agriculture.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">the Barton Creek Resort </span> <span class="locality">Austin</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.267153">30° 16' 1.7508" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.743061">97° 44' 35.0196" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.267153+-97.743061+%28%2C+Austin%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 100%" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 100%"> <p> Agricultural leaders from across the greater Southwest region will be gathering for a three-day Southwest Agricultural Issues Summit September 9-11 at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin<strong>, </strong>to discuss key issues facing agriculture.</p> <p> As the agricultural industry is facing an increasing number of hurdles to ensure its ability to continue providing the food and fiber for the world&#39;s growing population, producers have bigger challenges than just what Mother Nature throws at them. With an increasing urban population, generations removed from the farm, it&#39;s imperative the agricultural industry work together to stay abreast of issues that greatly impact the ability of the industry to continue thriving. The Southwest Ag Issues Summit is an effort to gather key agricultural influencers together to help unite the voice of agriculture.</p> <p> This event is co-hosted by the Texas Ag Forum and the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, combining the groups&#39; individual annual discussions.</p> <p> The <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001q1v6O38Wqi7IGFl5dyrjmTQzVQDaNjPdNxaAzvrbNaNm2PXP2htWrc-Y52BqIPLrIxyiPgxOMQJh6wJP5BuhVZrBbQPgDS4ljAZy6YiApETC0H3ycFBGWA==" target="_blank">Texas Ag Forum</a>is a group of ag leaders and representatives coordinated by the Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&amp;M University from across Texas that provides an open forum for public discussion of problems and issues facing agriculture.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;The <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001q1v6O38Wqi5AE-RjpTNy6T3TmGYgSXlQQul5fom9lSvT0uJzD2gpKkDH6aEq1t_kWXKriJaZDVjgJCDSS3U63kB4c5LmBZgMaDbndATxgxyuull9-1Pf5F9prJr_HYX3" target="_blank">Southwest Council</a>is an alliance of agricultural organizations, financial institutions, and businesses, established to actively advocate for strong agricultural policy which is so important to the businesses and economy of the greater Southwest area, including Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="clear: both"> &nbsp;</div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 100%" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 100%"> <p> Register for the Summit, make room reservations and learn more about the program at&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001q1v6O38Wqi6AIKF2sutX4apqINkagxi5FBzi_st22_pF8o4gc7wjgbYj-LZIMmZTNIhQBPVUAr7ZkzSqZZ6In2kw6V0lvMRb7iIyDRGpOFGpOXBY9U-rgg==" target="_blank"><strong>www.AgIssuesSummit.com</strong></a>!</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="clear: both"> &nbsp;</div> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 100%" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="clear: both"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-agricultural-issues-summit-set-sept-9-11-austin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/southwest-agricultural-issues-summit-set-sept-9-11-austin#comments 30.267153 -97.743061 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:45:00 +0000 63151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 Oklahoma peanut field tours http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-oklahoma-peanut-field-tours <div class="node-body event-body">Two Oklahoma peanut tours are scheduled for September 25—one in Beckham County and one at the Caddo Research Station near Fort Cobb. The Beckham county tour begins at 9: a.m. at the Beckham County Activity Center in Sayre, Okla. The Caddo Research Center tour begins at 4:00 p.m. Dinner will be served following the field tour. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Beckham County Activity Center; Caddo Research Station</span> <div class="street-address"> 312 East Madden; Caddo Research Station </div> <span class="locality">Sayre; Fort Cobb,</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.097838">35° 5' 52.2168" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.435613">98° 26' 8.2068" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.097838+-98.435613+%28312+East+Madden%3B+Caddo+Research+Station%2C+Sayre%3B+Fort+Cobb%2C%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Two Oklahoma peanut tours are scheduled for September 25&mdash;one in Beckham County and one at the Caddo Research Station near Fort Cobb.</p> <p> The Beckham county tour begins at 9: a.m. at the Beckham County Activity Center in Sayre, Okla. The Caddo Research Center tour begins at 4:00 p.m. Dinner will be served following the field tour.</p> <p> Participants will hear the latest in peanut research and hear industry updates. Hull blasting equipment will be available at both tours so farmers should bring representative samples from their fields to determine maturity and anticipated digging dates.</p> <p> The Caddo County Field tour will include timely updates on cotton research in southwest Oklahoma, in addition to the ongoing peanut research that includes: variety testing, genetic improvement, and disease control.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-oklahoma-peanut-field-tours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-oklahoma-peanut-field-tours#comments 35.097838 -98.435613 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:01:00 +0000 64251 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2012 Beef Financial conference set Sept. in Amarillo http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-beef-financial-conference-set-sept-amarillo <div class="node-body event-body">The 2012 Beef Financial Management Conference, schedule Sept. 27 at the Amarillo Country Club, Amarillo, Texas, offers updates on marketing, taxation, legislation, climate and environmental issues. The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Amarillo Country Club</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=%2C+%2C+%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 2012 Beef Financial Management Conference, schedule Sept. 27 at the Amarillo Country Club, Amarillo, Texas, offers updates on marketing, taxation, legislation, climate and environmental issues. The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.&nbsp; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.</p> <p> Program highlights include:</p> <ul> <li> The Cattle and Beef Markets in the Year Ahead- Kevin Bost: Private Consultant, Procurement Strategies, Inc.</li> <li> International Export Markets Outlook - Erin Borror: Economist, U.S. Meat Export Federation</li> <li> Income and Estate Tax Update - Rob Gunther: CPA, Partner, Frost, PLLC</li> <li> Legislative Update - Josh Winegarner: Government Relations Director, Texas Cattle Feeders Association</li> <li> Drought and the Cattle Industry &ndash; Looking Ahead - Evelyn Browning-Garriss: Historical Climatologist</li> <li> Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions - Tom McDonald: Vice President of Environmental Affairs, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC.</li> </ul> <p> Other Presentations Include:</p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"> Protection of Customer Funds Held at Futures Brokers - Neal R. Stevens, Schuyler, Roche &amp; Crisham, P.C.</li> <li style="margin-left: 0.5in;"> Current Trends in Risk Management - Panel: Commodity &amp; Ingredient Hedging, LLC (CIH), Commodity Risk Management (CRM), Brock Thompson Trading, LLC.</li> </ul> <p> Seminar Participants Will Qualify for CPE Credit Through NASBA.</p> <p> For further information, please contact Jessica Williams, <a href="mailto:jewilliams@frostpllc.com">jewilliams@frostpllc.com</a> or call 501-376-9241.Please visit: <a href="http://www.cpe-conference.com/">www.cpe-conference.com</a> for conference registration.</p> <p> Frost, PLLC, Great Plains Ag Credit, Commodity Risk Management, Commodity &amp; Ingredient Hedging, LLC, and Brock Thompson Trading, LLC, are pleased to present the 2012 Beef Financial Management Conference.</p> <p> For location information, please contact: Amarillo Country Club,4800 Bushland Boulevard, Amarillo, Texas 79106<br /> Phone: 806-355-5021, Fax: 806-355-7234</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-beef-financial-conference-set-sept-amarillo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2012-beef-financial-conference-set-sept-amarillo#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:47:00 +0000 64261 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas AgXchange to redefine farm show experience http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-agxchange-redefine-farm-show-experience <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas AgXchange, a Farm and Ranch Show, will take place October 4 and 5, 2012, at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">RMB Regional Fairgrounds </span> <span class="locality">Robstown</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.790303">27° 47' 25.0908" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.668884">97° 40' 7.9824" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.790303+-97.668884+%28%2C+Robstown%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgXchange, a Farm and Ranch Show, will take place October 4 and 5, 2012, at the RMB Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas.</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;South Texas is a rich and diverse agricultural region that contributes greatly to the success of our ag economy. We want to help create a forum for the region&rsquo;s farmers and ranchers that will assist them in staying informed on the latest technology available to them,&rdquo; stated Greg Geisler, CEO of VerticalXchange, a Burnsville, Minn., company.</p> <p> The Texas AgXchange is being held in cooperation with Texas AgriLife Extension and Research and is estimated to draw a crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 producers from the South Texas area. Admission is free.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Show features include:</p> <ul> <li> 10 acres of outdoor exhibit space</li> <li> 20+ acres for field demos</li> <li> 200 Indoor exhibit spaces</li> <li> Hands on educational conference sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension.</li> <li> A vegetable, fruit, citrus and nut section with a promotion to the Rio Grande Valley, and the Winter Gardens regions.</li> </ul> <p> For information on exhibiting or attending and &ldquo;In the field&rdquo; conference registration, visit our website <a href="http://www.TexasAgXchange.com" title="www.TexasAgXchange.com">www.TexasAgXchange.com</a>, or call 952-736-9360.</p> <p> VerticalXchange, the producer of the event, currently organizes six other national and regional AgXchanges.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-agxchange-redefine-farm-show-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-agxchange-redefine-farm-show-experience#comments 27.790303 -97.668884 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:07:00 +0000 64041 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Workshop to focus on agriculture applications of iPads and iPhones http://southwestfarmpress.com/workshop-focus-agriculture-applications-ipads-and-iphones <div class="node-body event-body">The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a workshop to train farmers and ranchers to use their iPhones and iPads to help make decisions to increase their profit margins. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research &amp; Extension Center </span> <div class="street-address"> 10345 State Hwy. 44 </div> <span class="locality">Corpus Christi</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="27.782632">27° 46' 57.4752" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.591124">97° 35' 28.0464" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=27.782632+-97.591124+%2810345+State+Hwy.+44%2C+Corpus+Christi%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a workshop to train farmers and ranchers to use their iPhones and iPads to help make decisions to increase their profit margins.&nbsp; The workshop will be Tuesday, October 23, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research &amp; Extension Center at 10345 State Hwy. 44, just west of the Corpus Christi Airport.&nbsp;</p> <p> Space is limited and pre-registration is required by October 19, 2012, by calling 361-767-5223.&nbsp; The registration fee is $25 per person and does include lunch.&nbsp; Participants will be eligible for an iPad, which will be given away at the conclusion of the workshop.</p> <p> For more information contact the Nueces County Extension Office at 361-767-5223.</p> <p> This workshop is being sponsored by the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/workshop-focus-agriculture-applications-ipads-and-iphones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/workshop-focus-agriculture-applications-ipads-and-iphones#comments 27.782632 -97.591124 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 19:34:00 +0000 65591 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Low-cost, high efficiency irrigation workshops scheduled near Harlingen Nov. 7-9 http://southwestfarmpress.com/low-cost-high-efficiency-irrigation-workshops-scheduled-near-harlingen-nov-7-9 <div class="node-body event-body">Hands-on training in proven strategies for maximizing agriculture water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Nov. 7-9, 2012, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency near Harlingen, Texas.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency </span> <span class="locality">Harlingen</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="26.190631">26° 11' 26.2716" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.696103">97° 41' 45.9708" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=26.190631+-97.696103+%28%2C+Harlingen%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Low-cost, high efficiency irrigation workshops scheduled near Harlingen Nov. 7-9</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Hands-on training in proven strategies for maximizing agriculture water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Nov. 7-9, 2012, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency near Harlingen, Texas.</p> <p> The two workshops &ndash; designed specifically for irrigation district personnel and producers &ndash; are offered by the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency (Texas AWE), a project managed by the Harlingen Irrigation District with funding from the Texas Water Development Board.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <strong>District Technology Enhancements</strong>(Nov. 7-8) is geared toward irrigation district personnel, managers and directors, and government agency employees.</li> <li> <strong>On-Farm Irrigation Advances</strong>(Nov. 9) is designed for ag producers.</li> </ul> <p> A nominal registration fee covers the costs of lunch and materials. To register, visit <a href="http://www.texasawe.org/">www.TexasAWE.org</a>or call Heather Jones at 956.423.7015.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/low-cost-high-efficiency-irrigation-workshops-scheduled-near-harlingen-nov-7-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/low-cost-high-efficiency-irrigation-workshops-scheduled-near-harlingen-nov-7-9#comments 26.190631 -97.696103 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:04:00 +0000 66301 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cotton Incorporated to hold 2012 crop management seminar http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton-incorporated-hold-2012-crop-management-seminar <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Harrah’s Tunica </span> <span class="locality">Tunica</span>, <span class="region">MS</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.684546">34° 41' 4.3656" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-90.382877">90° 22' 58.3572" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.684546+-90.382877+%28%2C+Tunica%2C+MS%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> <span face="">Cotton Incorporated is hosting the 2012 Crop Management Seminar </span>(CMS) to give crop consultants, producers and cotton researchers a forum to discuss events of the current growing season, exchange ideas and share information. The CMS will be held in Tunica, Mississippi, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 7-9.</p> <p> <span face="">This year&rsquo;s seminar includes hands-on workshops on COTMAN and irrigation management. &ldquo;We have seen a continuing increase in irrigated acres in the Mid-South and Southeast, and for good reason. In some years, just an extra inch of water at the right time can add at least 50 pounds of fiber per acre by the end of the growing season,&rdquo; explains Dr. Ed Barnes, Director of Agricultural and Environmental Research for Cotton Incorporated. All participants in the workshop will be provided a new 60-page reference document on Cotton Irrigation Management for Humid Regions that will be ready just in time for the workshop. </span></p> <p> <span face="">To register, please log on to: <a href="http://www.cottoninc.com/2012-Crop-Management-Seminar/">www.cottoninc.com/2012-Crop-Management-Seminar/</a></span>.</p> <p> The size of the conference facilities may limit the number of accepted registrants, so please register as soon as possible. The hotel rate at Harrah&rsquo;s Tunica is $55 and the block of rooms will be held until October 15. Online registration is available now through October 26. After that date, attendees can register on-site.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton-incorporated-hold-2012-crop-management-seminar#comments 34.684546 -90.382877 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:32:00 +0000 64741 at http://southwestfarmpress.com OSU Rural Economic Outlook Conference, Nov. 9 http://southwestfarmpress.com/osu-rural-economic-outlook-conference-nov-9 <div class="node-body event-body">The 2012 Rural Economic Outlook Conference is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center (reception prior evening at the OSU Atherton Hotel). A registration brochure is attached. The early registration deadline is November 1</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center </span> <span class="locality">Stillwater</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.115607">36° 6' 56.1852" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.058368">97° 3' 30.1248" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.115607+-97.058368+%28%2C+Stillwater%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> November 8 &ndash; OSU Atherton Hotel</p> <p> 4:00 p.m. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Registration</p> <p> 5:00 p.m. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reception &ndash; catered light hors d&rsquo;oeuvres</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> November 9 &ndash; ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center &ndash; OSU Campus</p> <p> 8:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Registration and Welcome, Mike Woods/Damona Doye</p> <p> 8:40 am&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Globalization: Implications for U.S. and Oklahoma Agriculture, Dr. Dick Crowder</p> <p> 10:00 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Break</p> <p> 10:15 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Farm Bill Update, Bart Fischer/ Dr. Jody Campiche, Assistant Professor, OSU</p> <p> 11:15 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Agriculture and the Environment, Larry Elworth, EPA, and Terry Detrick, American Farmers and Ranchers</p> <p> 12:15 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Catered Lunch&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> 1:15 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Outlook Panel:&nbsp; Shannon Ferrell, Damona Doye, Kim Anderson, Derrell Peel</p> <p> 2:30&nbsp;p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Break</p> <p> 2:45 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Fed and the Economy in the U.S. and Oklahoma, Chad Wilkerson, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank &ndash; Oklahoma City Branch</p> <p> 3:45 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wrap up/ Evaluation</p> <p> 4:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Adjourn</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/osu-rural-economic-outlook-conference-nov-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/osu-rural-economic-outlook-conference-nov-9#comments 36.115607 -97.058368 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:03:00 +0000 66041 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Understanding Wildlife Management Tax Valuation http://southwestfarmpress.com/understanding-wildlife-management-tax-valuation <div class="node-body event-body">Free and open to the public, this seminar will benefit anyone who owns or manages rural land in Texas, including those who are currently in Ag or benefiting from a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Bass Pro Shop</span> <div class="street-address"> 17907 IH-10 </div> <span class="locality">San Antonio</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="29.611032">29° 36' 39.7152" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.600280">98° 36' 1.008" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=29.611032+-98.600280+%2817907+IH-10%2C+San+Antonio%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Topics will include:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> - An Overview of Wildlife Management Property Tax Valuation</p> <p> - The 7 Wildlife management activity categories and examples of each</p> <p> - Traditional Ag vs. Wildlife Management</p> <p> - State and County requirements</p> <p> - Concrete answers to questions that plague many landowners</p> <p> -&nbsp; How Plateau can help</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/understanding-wildlife-management-tax-valuation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/understanding-wildlife-management-tax-valuation#comments 29.611032 -98.600280 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:58:00 +0000 66511 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Commodity Symposium set for November 28 in Amarillo http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-commodity-symposium-set-november-28-amarillo <div class="node-body event-body">The twelfth annual Texas Commodity Symposium will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center and in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. The free event will begin at 9:30 a.m.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center</span> <span class="locality">Amarillo</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.221997">35° 13' 19.1892" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.831297">101° 49' 52.6692" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.221997+-101.831297+%28%2C+Amarillo%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The twelfth annual Texas Commodity Symposium will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center and in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. The free event will begin at 9:30 a.m.</p> <p> The symposium, which is hosted by the Corn Producers Association of Texas,</p> <p> Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Peanut</p> <p> Producers Board, Texas Wheat Producers Association and Southwest Council of</p> <p> Agribusiness, will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, presented by the symposium and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.</p> <p> For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please call 800.647.CORN</p> <p> (2676) or email <a href="mailto:info@texascorn.org">info@texascorn.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-commodity-symposium-set-november-28-amarillo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-commodity-symposium-set-november-28-amarillo#comments 35.221997 -101.831297 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:53:00 +0000 66771 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 79th Annual Meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau http://southwestfarmpress.com/79th-annual-meeting-texas-farm-bureau <div class="node-body event-body">TFB will address federal farm bill policy, water rights, property rights and the election. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Waco Convention Center </span> <span class="locality">Waco</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.549333">31° 32' 57.5988" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.146670">97° 8' 48.012" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.549333+-97.146670+%28%2C+Waco%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> <strong>ISSUES AND CONCERNS:</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> Continued drought</li> <li> TFB will address federal farm bill policy - a new farm bill will be written in 2012</li> <li> Water rights and policy &ndash; state water plan</li> <li> Private property rights</li> <li> The election of 2012</li> <li> Growing and misguided anti-agricultural sentiments</li> <li> World population hit 7 billion last year.&nbsp; Can we feed everyone?</li> <li> Regulation in agriculture &ndash; Hyper regulation</li> </ul> <p> <strong>CONTACT:</strong>&nbsp; Gene Hall, Director of Public Relations</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Phone:&nbsp; 254-751-2246&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fax:&nbsp; 254-772-1766</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Home:&nbsp; 254-732-1834&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cell:&nbsp; 254-733-6727</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; E-mail:&nbsp; <a href="mailto:ghall@txfb.org"><u>ghall@txfb.org</u></a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/79th-annual-meeting-texas-farm-bureau" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/79th-annual-meeting-texas-farm-bureau#comments 31.549333 -97.146670 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:57:00 +0000 66981 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Free eight-hour online marketing workshop to be offered in Fredericksburg http://southwestfarmpress.com/free-eight-hour-online-marketing-workshop-be-offered-fredericksburg <div class="node-body event-body">Texas Tech University agricultural communications professors will host a free, eight-hour online marketing training on Monday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hill Country University Center. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn"> Hill Country University Center. </span> <span class="locality">Fredericksburg</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.275201">30° 16' 30.7236" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.871984">98° 52' 19.1424" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.275201+-98.871984+%28%2C+Fredericksburg%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Texas Tech University agricultural communications professors will host a free, eight-hour online marketing training on Monday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hill Country University Cente in Fredericksburg. &nbsp;</p> <p> Limited seats are available for the workshop, which is open to those involved or interested in marketing an agricultural business. Preference will be given to beginning farmers and ranchers who have less than 10 years experience in their enterprise.</p> <p> Texas Tech assistant professors in agricultural communications Erica Irlbeck and Courtney Meyers will be leading the training session. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.</p> <p> Interested parties must complete the online registration form to reserve their spot in advance. The form can be found at the project&rsquo;s website, <a href="http://www.beyondthefarmgate.org/"><u>www.beyondthefarmgate.org</u></a>. Computers will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring any laptops, tablets or mobile devices they might use to help market their business.</p> <p> This program is part of initiative funded by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher program, aiming to help producers in Texas, Illinois and Georgia better market their products and businesses. Workshops are being conducted at various locations across the three states and online training modules are being developed for the project&rsquo;s website.</p> <p> For more information on the Dec. 3 training or the &ldquo;Beyond the Farm Gate&rdquo; project, please contact Erica Irlbeck at 806-742-2816 or at <a href="mailto:erica.irlbeck@ttu.edu"><u>erica.irlbeck@ttu.edu</u></a>. Details on future training sessions can be accessed at the project&rsquo;s website, <a href="http://www.beyondthefarmgate.org/"><u>www.beyondthefarmgate.org</u></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/free-eight-hour-online-marketing-workshop-be-offered-fredericksburg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/free-eight-hour-online-marketing-workshop-be-offered-fredericksburg#comments 30.275201 -98.871984 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:47:00 +0000 66971 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Plant Protection Conference December 6 and 7, 2012 http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-december-6-and-7-2012 <div class="node-body event-body">The annual Texas Plant Protection Conference is scheduled for December 6 and 7, 2012 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Brazos Center </span> <span class="locality">Bryan</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="30.674364">30° 40' 27.7104" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.369963">96° 22' 11.8668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=30.674364+-96.369963+%28%2C+Bryan%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The annual Texas Plant Protection Conference is scheduled for December 6 and 7, 2012 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.&nbsp;</p> <p> For the past 24 years, it&nbsp;has been the premier Texas Crop Conference that draws interest from all involved in crop production, according to conference organizers.</p> <p> The conference includes the latest crop protection information is presented by both university researchers and by industry leaders.&nbsp;</p> <p> The annual TPPA conference&nbsp;offers an excellent program that covers Texas&rsquo; major crops (cotton, grain, horticulture and turf and pastures/rangeland) and also features sessions on fertility, crop and water management, laws and regulations and future technology and chemistry.</p> <p> The 2012 TPPC will offer CEU&#39;s for both the Texas CCA Program &amp; for TDA. Be sure to sign up at the conference for your credit hours.</p> <p> <em>Southwest Farm Press</em>&nbsp;is a co-sponsor of the 2012 Texas Plant Protection Conference.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-december-6-and-7-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-plant-protection-conference-december-6-and-7-2012#comments 30.674364 -96.369963 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:53:00 +0000 62111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Ag Technology Conference Dec. 13 in Commerce, Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-technology-conference-dec-13-commerce-texas <div class="node-body event-body">Pasture restoration, managing herbicide resistant weeds, variable rate technology and water issues will be featured at the annual Ag Technology Conference December 13 in Commerce, Texas. The annual conference will be held in the Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&M-Commerce campus. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Rayburn Student Center </span> <span class="locality">Commerce</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.247057">33° 14' 49.4052" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-95.899966">95° 53' 59.8776" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.247057+-95.899966+%28%2C+Commerce%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Pasture restoration, managing herbicide resistant weeds, variable rate technology and water issues will be featured at the annual Ag Technology Conference December 13 in Commerce, Texas. The annual conference will be held in the Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&amp;M-Commerce campus. The Ag Technology conference is sponsored by Texas A&amp;M-Commerce, Texas AgriLife Extension and Cereal Crops Research Incorporated.</p> <p> Participants may receive up to 5 continuing education units.</p> <p> A registration fee, which includes lunch, is $30 by November 30, and $40 at the door.&nbsp; For more information contact Jim Swart at <a href="mailto:james.swart@tamuc.edu"><u>james.swart@tamuc.edu</u></a>or call 903-886-5373.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-technology-conference-dec-13-commerce-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-technology-conference-dec-13-commerce-texas#comments 33.247057 -95.899966 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:56:00 +0000 65841 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Ag conference schedule Dec. 13 http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-conference-schedule-dec-13 <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Jackson County, the Field Crops committee and the Beef Committee are sponsoring a 5 Hour CEU event Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Jackson County Services Building Auditorium.</span> <span class="locality">Edna</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="28.978595">28° 58' 42.942" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-96.646088">96° 38' 45.9168" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=28.978595+-96.646088+%28%2C+Edna%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Jackson County, the Field Crops committee and the Beef Committee are sponsoring a 5 Hour CEU event Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the programs will conclude at 3:00 p.m. There will be a $25 registration fee, which includes refreshments and lunch by Mustang Creek BBQ.</p> <p> Five CEUs will be offered for TDA pesticide applicator license holders.</p> <p> For enrollment in this event and more information contact the Jackson County AgriLife Extension Office at 361-782-3312. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this program are encouraged to contact the Extension Office to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.</p> <p> Capital Farm Credit sponsors the event.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-conference-schedule-dec-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/ag-conference-schedule-dec-13#comments 28.978595 -96.646088 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:13:00 +0000 66311 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference to be held Jan. 15 in Lawton, Okla. http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-15-lawton-okla <div class="node-body event-body">A cattle industry recovering from the drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Jan. 15 in Lawton, Okla.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Comanche County Coliseum</span> <div class="street-address"> 920 South Sheridan </div> <span class="locality">Lawton</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.599442">34° 35' 57.9912" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-98.417860">98° 25' 4.296" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.599442+-98.417860+%28920+South+Sheridan%2C+Lawton%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">A cattle industry recovering from the drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Jan. 15 in Lawton, Okla.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">This annual conference provides cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, Texas.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">The slogan of the conference is &ldquo;driving your cattle to profits,&rdquo; although Bevers said the last couple of years have made it tough to generate any profit.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comanche County Coliseum, 920 South Sheridan, in Lawton. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a noon meal and refreshments.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">The keynote speaker for the event will be Garrett King, agricultural liaison for U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas from Oklahoma. Lucas is the current House Agriculture Committee chairman. King will provide a farm bill and congressional update from Lucas&rsquo; office.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Two speakers will address pasture conditions and recovery. Jack LeClair, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist, Saint Jo, Texas, will cover drought recovery and invasive weeds.<strong> </strong>Dr. Bob Gillen, Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center department head at Hays, Kan., will cover the impact of drought on the Southern Plains grassland.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Traits and tools for retention and replacement of beef females will be discussed by Dr. Megan Rolf, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension beef cattle management specialist, Stillwater, Okla.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Dr. Dan Hale, AgriLife Extension meat specialist, College Station, Texas, will give participants a virtual packing plant tour to close out the meeting.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Industry sponsors will have products on display during the event. For more information on the event, go to </font><a href="http://agrisk.tamu.edu/"><u><font color="#0000ff" face="Times New Roman" size="3">http://agrisk.tamu.edu</font></u></a><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">.</font></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, their Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator, or the Southwest Oklahoma Area Extension office at 580-255-0546.</font></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-15-lawton-okla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-trails-cow-calf-conference-be-held-jan-15-lawton-okla#comments 34.599442 -98.417860 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:35:00 +0000 67751 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cattle herd rebuilding strategies to be discussed at BIG Conference http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-herd-rebuilding-strategies-be-discussed-big-conference <div class="node-body event-body"><p>It can be a costly experience when rebuilding cow herds, but beef cattle producers can learn about strategies to consider at the 51st Blackland Income Growth Conference Feb. 4-6 in Waco</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Extraco Events Center</span> <span class="locality">Waco</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="31.549333">31° 32' 57.5988" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.146670">97° 8' 48.012" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=31.549333+-97.146670+%28%2C+Waco%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> It can be a costly experience when rebuilding cow herds, but beef cattle producers can learn about strategies to consider at the 51st Blackland Income Growth Conference Feb. 4-6 in Waco.</p> <p> Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service economist Dr. Stan Bevers from Vernon will be featured at the conference to be held at the Extraco Events Center.</p> <p> &ldquo;We will be discussing economic considerations when rebuilding cow herd inventory as well as what the trend prices will be in the next five years,&rdquo; Bevers said.</p> <p> On Feb. 5, Bevers will also give producers a better understanding of how much they can afford to pay for replacement cows, herd productivity levels, operational costs and price projections for the year. He will also discuss breed types, longevity, culling rates and other topics.</p> <p> Overall, the conference will offer sessions on a variety of commodities &ndash; beef, grain, horticulture, cotton, forage, wildlife and more.</p> <p> &ldquo;We think we have something for everyone, and producers will take home plenty of strategies they can incorporate into their operations,&rdquo; said Ron Woolley, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension regional program director at Stephenville.</p> <p> The annual conference is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Waco Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p> Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference on Feb. 5 is $20 per person and includes lunch. Several sessions will award continuing education units. Producers are encouraged to download the brochure at <a href="http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth/conference-information/">http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth/conference-information/</a> to see specific continuing education credit allocations, sessions and speakers.</p> <p> The keynote luncheon speaker Feb. 5 will be Dr. James Kroll, also known as &ldquo;Dr. Deer&rdquo; and is the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in forest wildlife and director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research at Stephen F. Austin State University.</p> <p> For additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension agent in your county or call 254-968-4144.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-herd-rebuilding-strategies-be-discussed-big-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cattle-herd-rebuilding-strategies-be-discussed-big-conference#comments 31.549333 -97.146670 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:36:00 +0000 69111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 2013 No-till Oklahoma Meeting set Feb. 19-20 http://southwestfarmpress.com/2013-no-till-oklahoma-meeting-set-feb-19-20 <div class="node-body event-body">The 2013 No-till Oklahoma Meeting will be held Feb. 19-20 at the NCED in Norman, Okla. </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">NCED</span> <span class="locality">Norman</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.222567">35° 13' 21.2412" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.439478">97° 26' 22.1208" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.222567+-97.439478+%28%2C+Norman%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> The 2013 No-till Oklahoma Meeting will be held Feb. 19-20at the NCED in Norman, Okla.</p> <p> This year the agenda will include nationally and internationally known speakers sharing their views on progressive no-till cropping systems. Speakers currently committed include Dr. Ray Ward (soil fertility management), Gail Fuller (long-time no-till farmer from Kansas), Dr. DeAnn Pressley (KSU &ndash; vertical tillage), and Dr. Alan Schlegel (KSU &ndash; stubble height and soil moisture conservation).</p> <p> Main Topics covered during the 2-day event will include:</p> <ul> <li> Soil moisture measurement and storage</li> <li> Management of wheat after wheat</li> <li> Fertilizer reactions in the soil</li> <li> Vertical tillage (benefits and economics)</li> <li> Compaction (measuring and what can be done to fix the problem)</li> <li> Resistant weed</li> <li> Cover crops</li> <li> Industry updates</li> </ul> <p> In addition to the main meeting, the conference also will meet with the Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems group that consists of individuals throughout the southern U.S. This will provide a look at the latest cutting edge research in no-till cropping systems in the southern U.S.</p> <p> For registrations details please visit <a href="http://www.notill.okstate.edu/"><u>www.notill.okstate.edu</u></a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/2013-no-till-oklahoma-meeting-set-feb-19-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/2013-no-till-oklahoma-meeting-set-feb-19-20#comments 35.222567 -97.439478 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:53:00 +0000 67341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com ‘Premier canola event for 2013’ set for March 28 in Enid http://southwestfarmpress.com/premier-canola-event-2013-set-march-28-enid <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Agricultural producers interested in learning how to maximize canola production should register now to attend the March 28 Canola College in Enid from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Garfield County Fairground’s Pavilion</span> <div class="street-address"> 111 W. Purdue St. </div> <span class="locality">Enid</span>, <span class="region">OK</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.434456">36° 26' 4.0416" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-97.878545">97° 52' 42.762" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.434456+-97.878545+%28111+W.+Purdue+St.%2C+Enid%2C+OK%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Agricultural producers interested in learning how to maximize canola production should register now to attend the March 28 Canola College in Enid from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</p> <p> The conference will take place at the Garfield County Fairground&rsquo;s Pavilion, located at 111 W. Purdue St. on the north side of Enid. There is no cost to attend. Registration is available online at <a href="http://www.canola.okstate.edu/">http://www.canola.okstate.edu</a> via Oklahoma State University&rsquo;s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.</p> <p> Canola College is a joint effort of the division, GPCA, Kansas State University and cooperating partners in the canola industry.</p> <p> Conference breakout sessions will focus on practical tips for getting started right when growing canola, a perspective from experienced growers on how to enhance canola operations, benefits provided by using wheat and canola in a crop rotation, insect control, weed control and harvest management. Sessions will be led by university and industry experts.</p> <p> Anyone seeking additional information about the March 28 Canola College should contact Josh Bushong, OSU Cooperative Extension canola specialist by email at <a href="mailto:josh.bushong@okstate.edu">josh.bushong@okstate.edu</a> or by phone at 405-744-9600, or Ron Sholar by email at <a href="mailto:jrsholar@aol.com">jrsholar@aol.com</a> or by phone at 405-780-0113.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/premier-canola-event-2013-set-march-28-enid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/premier-canola-event-2013-set-march-28-enid#comments 36.434456 -97.878545 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:57:00 +0000 70821 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Plains Cotton Growers announces speakers for annual meeting on April 5 http://southwestfarmpress.com/plains-cotton-growers-announces-speakers-annual-meeting-april-5 <div class="node-body event-body">Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 56th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 5.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Lubbock Memorial Civic Center</span> <span class="locality">Lubbock</span>, <span class="region">TX</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.577863">33° 34' 40.3068" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-101.855167">101° 51' 18.6012" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.577863+-101.855167+%28%2C+Lubbock%2C+TX%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p> Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 56th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 5, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The event is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners&rsquo; Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 4-5, 2013.</p> <p> The current slate of speakers includes Baron Batch, running back for the NFL&rsquo;s Pittsburgh Steelers and veteran Texas Tech Red Raider, who will tell his story of perseverance, diligence, and survivorship; U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who will discuss the farm bill and other pressing issues facing Congress; Texas Rep. Charles Perry, who will discuss state issues, including water; and Brandon Willis, administrator for the USDA&rsquo;s Risk Management Agency, who will discuss crop insurance.</p> <p> Current PCG president Craig Heinrich of Slaton, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. The 2012 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year will be presented during the meeting.</p> <p> A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall, sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax &ldquo;One Ton Club.&rdquo; Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.</p> <p> Additional information about PCG and the Annual Meeting can be found online at <a href="http://www.plainscotton.org/"><em><u>http://www.plainscotton.org</u></em></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/plains-cotton-growers-announces-speakers-annual-meeting-april-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/plains-cotton-growers-announces-speakers-annual-meeting-april-5#comments 33.577863 -101.855167 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:23:00 +0000 71401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com