Regional conference to be held at Yamboree Fairgrounds in Gilmer
Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, firstname.lastname@example.org
GILMER – The East Texas regional forage conference will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Yamboree Fairgrounds in Gilmer.
Programming will focus on helping producers increase yields and lower costs, with presentations to address the latest in production techniques and newest herbicides, said Randy Reeves, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Harrison County.
Registration for the conference is $10 per person, with a lunch sponsored by Legacy Ag Credit, Longview. To register, mail checks to East Texas Regional Forage Conference, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview, TX 75601. Make the check payable to “Gregg, Harrison, Upshur Ag Fund” and include the name of the person or persons registering, along with a mailing address, phone number and email.
Morning program topics and speakers will include:
– “Irrigation of Forage Crops,” Paul Griffin, Kilgore, cattle producer and engineer.
– “Winter Forage Utilization,” Hugh Aljoe, pasture and range consultant with the Noble Foundation.
– “Pasture Herbicide Updates,” Jack LeClair, range and pasture specialist with Bayer Crop Sciences.
After-lunch topic and speakers will include:
– “Winter Forage Options,” Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.
– “Low Input Option Ideas for Producers from a Producer’s Perspective,” Mr. Craig Watson, Sherman area rancher and attorney,
The presentations will be followed at 3 p.m. by a question-and-answer session.
Holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicators licenses will have the opportunity to earn two continuing education units, one in laws and regulations and one in the general category. Reeves said. The conference is also approved to award 1.5 credits toward the Beef Quality Assurance program.
The Yamboree fairgrounds are located approximately 1.5 miles north of downtown Gilmer on U.S. Highway 271.
The conference is hosted by AgriLife Extension offices in Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Rusk and Upshur counties.
Sponsors include Legacy Ag Credit, Longview; the East Texas Seed Company, Tyler; Seahorn Fertilizer Company, Gilmer; Bayer Crop Science; Kelly Tractor and Equipment, Longview; Vermeer Corporation, Longview; Farm Bureau Insurance, Waco; and the Wax Company LLC, Bellevue, Texas.