Ranching amid skyrocketing grain and fuel prices will be the focus of this year’s Ranchers' Roundup set for 8:30 a.m. May 20 in Sonora’s Sutton County Civic Center.

The program will be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Sutton, Schleicher and Crockett counties.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for those with a pesticide applicator’s license.

“Tighter management, trimming costs and optimizing your resources is what this program is all about,” said Pascual Hernandez, AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County. “Fuel costs just keep going up, and grain prices have been setting record high prices for some time now. We don’t know when this will ever stop, but there are some things that ranchers can do to optimize their bottom line.”

Topics during the day will include: Feed and Fuel Price Outlook, Ranch Management To Minimize Cost, Brush Control Cost Comparisons, Current Issues Facing the Livestock Industry, Livestock Assistance Programs/ Resources and Alternative Income From Rangeland.

Individual registration is $15 by May 16 and $25 thereafter. The fee covers a noon meal and educational materials.

To pre-register or for more information call the AgriLife Extension office in Sutton County at 325-387-3101.