The 2013 Texas Farm, Ranch, & Wildlife Expo will roll big-time on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
The Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association will convene for its annual meeting Feb. 19 to kick-off the first day. The 31-county RPCG organization will gather for coffee at 9 a.m., with the meeting to begin at 10 a.m. in the Big Country Hall, and concluding with lunch.
After lunch, the "Cotton Production in 2013" seminar will feature many top speakers from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, also to be held that Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Big Country Hall. Producers can earn three continuing education units by attending all the afternoon's cotton production program.
Also that Tuesday at 8 a.m. the Big Country Range Management seminar will be held at the Western Heritage Ranch House for ranchers. It will run through 11 a.m. A Wildlife Seminar follows at 1 p.m., also in the Western Heritage Ranch House. Judon Fambrough, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist, will conduct the program. Both the morning and afternoon seminars each are worth three continuing education units for attendees.
Meanwhile, still on the first day the Town & Country Woman's Fair starts at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Display Building.
A Hunters Education Course will be held in conjunction with both days of the farm show, as well as additional day on its own. The hunter course starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and will run three consecutive evenings in that same time slot in the Big Country Hall.
On day two, the Texas Department of Agriculture Recertification Program goes from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 20, in the Big Country Hall. Attendees can earn two CEUs.
Also on Wednesday, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. in the Big Country Hall with the highlight being recognition of the "Farm Family of the Year."
The chamber luncheon is $16 per person. To RSVP, you can call the Abilene Chamber of Commerce at 325-677-7241 or RSVP online to www.abilenechamber.com.
The Beef Management seminar follows at 2 p.m. Wednesday, also in the Big Country Hall, and participants can earn two CEUS.
Also on Wednesday, a Backyard Gardening seminar is 8 a.m. in the AgriLife Extension Conference Room. Attendees can obtain two CEUs.
A Master Naturalist seminar follows at 1 p.m. Feb. 20, also in the AgriLife Extension Conference Room.
Another highlight on Wednesday is the Tools IX session, "Wildlife Research Update" at 8 a.m. in the Western Heritage Center. Reservations are required for that session. Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, sought-after speaker, author, and longtime monthly contributor with his "Wildlife by Design" column in The Farmer-Stockman magazine, will speak and coordinate that session with other top-notch wildlife experts on the program. Attendees will be awarded three CEUs. To RSVP for that Tools IX session, please call the Taylor County AgriLife Extension Service office at 325-672-6048.
In addition to all those many programs, hundreds of farm, ranch, and wildlife exhibits will be showcased in the adjacent Taylor County Coliseum both days.
The Expo is in its 21st year, and has grown with the many events and exhibits to a premier show in Texas.