The 2012 Agri-Plex Ag Day is slated for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at a new location in Ballinger, Texas. It is free and open to the public.
"This year, the Agri-Plex Ag Day will move from the high school to the Ballinger Community Center/Stock Show Buildings," says Rick Minzenmayer, Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist for Runnels and Tom Green counties. "We have recently renovated our building and are excited to be able to use the location."
There's also excitement about having an agricultural statesman for keynote speaker.
"This year's keynote speaker is scheduled to be former Congressman Charlie Stenholm, who has long been a staunch supporter and advocate of West Texas agriculture," Minzenmayer says. "He'll be addressing various ag-related issues germane to our area."
The Agri-Plex Ag Day will center on key agricultural and consumer issues facing rural West Texans. Minzenmayer notes this year's event will include men's and women's programs, a health fair, the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting, the announcement and recognition of the Farm Family of the Year and also the Agribusiness of the Year, along with the awarding of youth scholarships--"We'll also have some 30 exhibitors and a noon meal catered by the AgriLife Extension agent professional associations," Minzenmayer says.
Marty Gibbs, AgriLife Extension agent in Runnels County, says the event is conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service with support from area agribusinesses and trade show exhibitors. Attendees may choose to take part in either of two concurrent sessions starting at 10 a.m.—the consumer program or the agricultural producers program. The producers program will focus on agricultural policy, water rights, marketing, weather, and a cotton root rot update. A consumer session will feature talks on water-wise landscaping, home water conservation, and cooking various dishes.
Both concurrent sessions and health fair will break at 11:45 a.m. for Stenholm's keynote address, the combined awards program, and a complimentary meal. The Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers annual meeting starts at 3 p.m. to conclude the day.