While two Texas A&M AgriLife Organic Workshops had been planned in Canyon and Vernon by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, all face-to-face workshops are now cancelled due to the emerging issues with COVID-19. This program will now be delivered online on April 25.
“The health and safety of our clientele is our top priority,” said Emi Kimura, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist, Vernon. “But we believe programs should still be delivered to keep our clientele up to date on agricultural education. Therefore, we are working on converting the workshop to an online workshop with our speakers. “
The workshop video will be posted by April 25 and those interested can view portions or all of it on their own time.
Topics and speakers for the online organic workshop will be:
- Organic Production – Challenges Facing New Growers, Justin Tuggle, Ph.D., Crop Docs Consulting, Stephenville.
- Rules and Regulations, Steve Cavitt and Brandi Chandler, Texas Department of Agriculture regional training specialist, Levelland.
- Organic Solutions for Pest Problems, Pat Porter, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist, Lubbock, and Ed Bynum, Ph.D., retired AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.
- Organic Production Marketing, Pancho Abello, AgriLife Extension economist, Vernon.
- Managing Fertility in Organic Systems, Greg Schilling, Back to Nature Compost, Slaton.
- Ruminating on an Organic Grazing System, Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo.
- Crop Insurance and FSA Programs for Organic Production, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist, Amarillo, and Amanda Cook, FSA district director, Amarillo.
- Organic Research Update, Adams, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist, Vernon.
- Weed management in organic row crop production systems, Muthukumar Bagavathiannan, AgriLife Research weed scientist, College Station.