Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the Randall County Producer Input-Impact Conference on Feb. 8 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude after lunch with an optional auxin training.
RSVPs are requested to assist with meal count purposes. Call the AgriLife Extension office in Randall County before 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at 806-468-5543. The conference is free and includes lunch sponsored by Consumers Coop in Canyon and First State Bank Amarillo-Spearman.
Producers are faced with increased costs of fertilizer, seed, chemicals and fuel, said J. D. Ragland, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Randall County. The question has become: How and where are cost cuts possible?
“This conference will focus on how producers can manage this year’s higher input costs and still maintain profitability,” Ragland said. “We will provide helpful recommendations for maintaining profitability during these challenging times.”
On the agenda
Topics and speakers will be:
— Cotton Marketing Highlights from 2021Season/Forecast for 2022, John Robinson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, Bryan-College Station.
— Input Cost – Precautions and Concerns for 2022, Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo.
— Marketing Outlook, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist, Amarillo.
Following lunch, there will be an auxin training offering one Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit in laws and regulations. This option is for any cotton producers who may need this annually required training.