Issues affecting the beef industry, plus marketing and management strategies for cotton producers are just of a few of the programs scheduled for the 42nd Blackland Income Growth Conference Jan. 20-21 at the Waco Convention Center.

Programs in horticulture, horse, grain, forage, family and agricultural policy also will be presented.

“Our goal each year is to bring in the most knowledgeable speakers available who can offer farmers and ranchers the best ideas to enhance agricultural production in this region,” said Rebecca Parker, regional Texas Cooperative Extension program director for agriculture and natural resources and B.I.G. coordinator.

Dr. Robert Gates, president of Texas A&M University, will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Jan. 20.

Registration is $10 for the B.I.G. Conference and includes the keynote luncheon. The horse program is $5 and includes dinner on Tuesday night. The Mid-Tex luncheon on Wednesday is $10.

For more information about the conference, call (254) 968-4144 or visit the Web at http://stephenville.tamu.edu/BIG.