The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the Mid-Plains Ag Expo on Jan. 18 in Plainview. 

Cotton field with weeds on the right. Pest management, weed management and regenerative agriculture are some of the topics that will be discussed during the Mid-Plains Ag Expo on Jan. 18 in Plainview.
Pest management, weed management and regenerative agriculture are some of the topics that will be discussed during the Mid-Plains Ag Expo on Jan. 18 in Plainview. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie)

The event will be held from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. in the assembly room at the Hale County Justice Center, 225 Broadway St. 

Registration is $30 per person and $100 per vendor booth. An RSVP is required for both individuals and vendors. To RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Hale County at 806-291-5267 or visit https://tx.ag/MidPlainsAgExpo.

There will be a total of seven Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units available, including one laws and regulations, four general, one integrated pest management and a second laws and regulations CEU for those who attend the auxin training. 

Lunch will be provided, and sponsorships will also be available. 

Program agenda 

The topics and speakers include:

  • Laws and regulations – Mark Navarrete, inspector, Texas Department of Agriculture, Plainview.
  • Regenerative agriculture and nutrient management – Katie Lewis, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil chemistry and fertility scientist and professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Lubbock, and Joseph Burke, Ph.D., AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension cropping system agronomy and weed scientist and assistant professor in the  Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Lubbock.
  • Update on herbicide resistant weeds – Peter Dotray, Ph.D., AgriLife Research weed scientist and professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Lubbock.
  • Residue management using cover crops – R.N. Hopper, farmer, Harmony Farms, Petersburg.
  • Water quality – Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist and associate professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Amarillo.
  • Advances in integrated pest management and impact of 2023 research results – Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Hale County.
  • Farm Bill updates – Kody Bessent, chief executive officer, Plains Cotton Growers, Lubbock.
  • Auxin training – Kristie Keys, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Castro, Hale and Lamb counties.
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