The Corpus Christi Farm and Ranch Show will offer a variety of seminars that can earn agricultural producers, pesticide applicators and crop consultants continuing education credits.

For the first time this year, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) credits will be offered. Three BQA credits can be earned on Wednesday, Jan. 5, the show’s opening morning. The Wednesday educational events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with outdoor demonstrations of cattle handling equipment and discussions on techniques to reduce animal stress and provide greater quality assurance for beef consumers. This session will be conducted in the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance of the exhibit hall and is scheduled to conclude at 10 a.m.

Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension livestock specialist, will moderate this session and give a presentation along with industry representatives. Participants can earn one hour of BQA credit as well as one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for pesticide applicators from this outdoor session.

A topic of interest to all livestock producers will be discussed in a seminar conducted by Dr. Bob Hillman, Executive Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. in room 225 A&B of the Convention Center. Hillman will provide an update on the proposed National Animal I.D. program as well as exotic disease threats to the livestock industry. This session will provide an hour of BQA credit.

The final seminar will include discussing the use of electronic animal ID as a cattle marketing and risk management tool. Instructors will include Dr. Larry Falconer, Extension Economist and Dr. David Anderson, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. The final hour of BQA credit can be earned by participating in this seminar.

Wednesday seminars will resume at 1:30 p.m. in room 225 A&B. Dr. Wayne Hanselka, Extension Range Specialist will discuss “Brush Sculpturing” as a range and wildlife management tool. One CEU credit in IPM can be earned by pesticide applicators who participate in this session.

The final seminar on opening day will address the topic of “Managing Pond Weeds.” Dr. Michael Masser, Texas Cooperative Extension Fisheries Specialist out of College Station will be the instructor. This session will be held in room 225C beginning at 3:00 p.m. One CEU can be earned by private applicators at this seminar.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, focus will shift to crop production and management as well as trade and marketing issues. Talks begin at 9 a.m. in room 225 A&B. Pesticide applicators can earn an hour of IPM credit by participating in a seminar introducing new internet-based crop management tools developed by a research team from the Texas Ag Experiment Station at Corpus Christi.

Other educational programs on Thursday morning include a presentation at 10 a.m. that on using GPS to boost the farmer’s bottom line. This presentation will be made by Brian Stark of Farm Works Software in room 227. In meeting room 225 A&B a seminar on new grain marketing alternatives will be conducted beginning at 10:00 by Daniel Bluntzer representing Growers Marketing Cooperative. The morning session will wrap up with a presentation by Dr. Parr Rosson, who serves as the International Trade and Marketing Specialist for Texas Cooperative Extension headquartered in College Station. Rosson will discuss “Global Ag Trade Agreements and how they might affect South Texas Agriculture.”

A special agricultural issues luncheon will be conducted at noon for members of the Texas Grain Sorghum Association and Texas Corn Producers Association. Tickets can be obtained at the Corn Producers booth or by calling their office at 1-800-647-2676 in advance of the show to make reservations.

At 1:30 p.m. in room 225 A&B, pesticide applicators will have an opportunity to earn an hour of laws and regulations credit. Texas Department of Agriculture toxicologist Dr. Michael Hare will be conducting this training. At 3 p.m. pesticide applicators can earn an hour of drift minimization credit by participating in a seminar on technology that aids in drift management. This session will be held in 225 C with a panel of industry representatives serving as instructors. For persons who need to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicator License, a special training workshop and license testing session will be offered on Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. until noon in room 225C.

There is no charge to participate in any of these seminars or training workshops. Admission and parking is also free at the Corpus Christi Farm and Ranch Show. Educational programs are conducted by Texas Cooperative Extension Agents in conjunction with the Texas Animal Health Commission and the Texas Department of Agriculture as a service to agricultural producers.