With a historic drought continuing to ravage the Southern Great Plains, the Noble Foundation and Texas AgriLife Extension are collaborating on a seminar to assist farmers and ranchers with proper management techniques.

The “Agricultural Management During Drought” seminar, which is offered at no cost and is open to the public, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Sheriff’s Posse Women’s Building in Decatur, Texas. The seminar is designed to help producers understand the key issues they face during a drought, such as pasture management, financial and tax implications and feed issues.

“It is critical during a severe drought that farmers and ranchers make the right management decisions,” said David Annis, soils and crops consultant with the Noble Foundation. “They must look at both the long-term and short-term implications of their decisions.”

During the seminar, experts with the Noble Foundation and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Service will discuss the following topics:

  • Hugh Aljoe, Noble Foundation pasture and range consultant, will discuss proper management techniques for pastures, detailing both immediate and long term needs.
  • Dan Childs, Noble Foundation senior economist, will discuss two topics – the tax consequences of livestock sales and the feed crisis
  • Ricky Linex, NRCS wildlife biologist, will detail water management challenges and discuss how drought affords agricultural producers the opportunity to make pond renovations. 

The seminar will close with a question-and-answer session so producers can discuss their specific operational needs with the experts. 

“Producers must act now to successfully navigate this drought, said Todd Vineyard, Texas AgriLife Extension agent in Wise County. “We hope to provide them with the necessary information to make informed decisions that can keep their operations going.”

For more information about the seminar or to register, contact one of the following consultants:

  • David Annis, soil and crops consultant, 580.224.
  • Alinda Cox, Jack County Extension agent, 940.567.213              
  • Justin Hansard, Montague County Extension agent, 940.894.2831             
  • Missy Hodgin, Clay County Extension agent, 940.538.5042              
  • Todd Vineyard, Wise County Extension agent, 940.627.3341