Texas AgriLife Extension Service will sponsor the Multi-County Agriculture Conference on Jan. 19 at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 15825 Bexar Street in LaCoste.

The conference will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. The cost is $10 and includes a catered lunch.

“This conference will cover a variety of topics that will be of interest to landowners, producers and others involved in agriculture,” said Jerry Warren, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture in Bexar County and a conference coordinator. “We’ve got some very knowledgeable presenters who are experts in their respective fields. They’ll be sharing some valuable, science-based information that will be of practical benefit to those attending.”

A total of five continuing education units – one in integrated pest management, one in laws and regulations and three in the general category – will be given for conference attendance.

Morning activities will include a welcome and program overview, followed by a presentation on water law by Dr. Robert Gulley, program manager, Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. This will be followed by a presentation on spider mites by Dr. Noel Troxclair, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Uvalde.

The next presentation will be on managing alternative crops by Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension statewide agronomist and soil and crop sciences associate department head at Texas A&M University, College Station. A break will follow, then a presentation on drought-resistant crop technology by Atila Deak, Monsanto Technology Development.

The morning’s final presentation will be on deficit irrigation and yield implications by Dr. Diane Rowland, Texas AgriLife Research crop physiologist at the Uvalde center. Lunch will follow from noon-1 p.m.

The afternoon’s first presentation will be on the management of corn disease pathogens by Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist in College Station. This will be followed by a presentation on pesticide laws and regulations by Vick Alexander, Texas Department of Agriculture.

The conference will conclude with a question-and-answer and evaluation session to take place from 2:40-3 p.m.

Attendees are requested to RSVP to Annette Pawelek in the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County at 210-467-6575 on or before Jan. 14. The registration cost after that date will be $15.