The 11th annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference will update area producers on the carbon credit trading situation and how they might fit into the picture, as well as provide them with the latest information on the crop, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service agents hosting the event.

“Area ag producers need to become aware of what carbon credits are, what ‘cap-and-trade’ is, and how to potentially add a few more dollars of income to their farming operation,” said J.R. Sprague, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Lipscomb County.

The conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Aug. 13 in the Expo Building, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton. Jointly sponsored by the AgriLife Extension offices in Hansford, Hutchinson, Lipscomb and Hemphill counties, it will include a noon meal provided by Equity Exchange.

Presenters and topics will be:

-- Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, “Wheat Insects and Their Management.”

-- Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, “Wheat Marketing and Risk Management.”

-- Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo, “Carbon Credits and Cap and Trade.”

-- Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, “Seed Wheat Quality and Seed Treatments.”

-- Rick Kochenower, Oklahoma State University research and Extension agronomist in Goodwell, Okla., “Dual Purpose Wheats.”

-- Levon Harman, Texas Department of Agriculture, “Laws and Regulations."

There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicators – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and one general.

For more information on the meeting, contact one of the following people: Sprague, 806-862-4601, jsprague@ag.tamu.edu; Burt Williams, 806-659-4132, bwilliam@ag.tamu.edu; Tom Benton, 806-878-4026, tbenton@ag.tamu.edu; Kyle Barnett, 806-323-9114, kwbarnett@ag.tamu.edu.