Tips on rebuilding Texas cattle herds and an update on livestock traceability will be featured topics at the 51st Blackland Income Growth Conference slated for Feb. 4-6 at the Extracto Events Center in Waco. The center is located at 4601 Bosque Blvd.
"We think we have something for everyone, and producers will take home plenty of strategies they can incorporate into their operations," says Ron Woolley, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program director at Stephenville.
The annual conference is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Waco Chamber of Commerce.
The "Dinner Tonight" cooking school is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4, featuring recipe demonstrations that promote Texas agriculture. Cost is $15 with pre-registration and $20 onsite. To register, you can go online.
Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference on Feb. 5 is $20 per person and includes lunch. Several sessions will award continuing education units. Producers are encouraged to download the brochure online to see specific continuing education allocations, sessions, and speakers.
The keynote luncheon speaker Feb. 5 will be Dr. James Kroll, also known as "Dr. Deer" and is the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in forest wildlife and director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The two-day BIG Conference will cover many topics like beef, a farm bill update, horticulture and trees, rural land management, cotton, forage, wildlife, horses, and more.
Sessions on Feb. 5 start at 9 a.m. and include a noon Blackland Income Growth Conference Luncheon, with the day's last sessions to start at 2 p.m.
Sessions on Feb. 6 begin 8:30 a.m. and include a Mid-Tex luncheon, to be followed by the last program at 1 p.m.
For additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension agent in your county or call 254-968-4144.