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WACO – The Blackland Income Growth Conference, the largest conference for Central Texas Blacklands region farmers and ranchers, will be held at an earlier date than in the past to accommodate the region’s producers, according to organizers.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conference is set Dec 13-14, 2016 at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., in Waco.
This will mark the 54th conference, which provides producers with the latest information on new technology and cropping methods to boost yields and profits, said Ron Woolley, AgriLife Extension regional program leader in Stephenville.
“We are anticipating this date will work well with all of the farmers as well as ranchers in the region to plan ahead for 2017,” Woolley said. “This gives them plenty of lead time to make important decisions with regards to new seed varieties, planting methods and other important decisions with a new crop. This also gives early ideas for other varieties in other commodity areas such as beef, forage, grain, horticulture, wildlife and rural land management.”
Julie Borlaug, associate director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, will be the keynote luncheon speaker Dec. 13 discussing agriculture sustainability. Borlaug is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was considered the father of the Green Revolution.
The chairman is Robin Liebe of Waco. The vice chairman is Bill Foshea of Midlothian. Committee chairpersons are Jason Embry, Limestone County, beef; Terry Coufal, Bell County, cotton; Mike Garrett, Falls County, forage; Steve Beakley, Ellis County, grain; Don Griffin, McLennan County, horse; Louie McDaniel, McLennan County, horticulture; Page Bishop, Navarro County, rural land management; Gary Phillips, Bosque County, wildlife; Dana Tarter, family nutrition.
For more information about the Blackland Income Growth program, visit http://stephenville.tamu.edu/blackland-income-growth .