Texas: Agri-Plex Ag Day, Ballinger, April 5

    The Agri-Plex Ag Day conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. April 5 at the Ballinger Community Center in Ballinger.  

    Garrett Cline, AgriLife Extension agent in Runnels County, said the long-running biennial program traditionally centers on agricultural and consumer topics of interest to West Texans.

    Cline said this year’s event will again feature concurrent producer and consumer programs, and the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting. It also will feature the naming of the Farm Family of the Year and Agri-business of the Year and awarding of the Pat Lee Memorial youth scholarships.

    “We’ll also have dozens of commercial and educational exhibitors on hand and a complementary noon meal,” he said.

    “This year’s keynote speaker is Bill Gillon, president and CEO of the Cotton Board, who will bring news on that organization’s work.”

    Cline said the event is conducted by AgriLife Extension with support from almost 60 area agribusinesses and trade show exhibitors.

    Participants may choose from the two concurrent sessions starting at 10 a.m. — the consumer program, or the agricultural producer program.

    The producer program will focus on alternative small-grain options for the Concho Valley, as well as prescribed burns and understanding plant response to fire. Other topics will be precision agriculture solutions, rainwater harvesting and water conservation.

    The consumer session will feature talks on raising chickens in the backyard, honey bees and agriculture, and aquaponics.

    The two sessions will break at 11:45 a.m. for lunch, Gillon’s presentation, and award and scholarship presentations.

    The Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting will run from 1:15-2 p.m.

    The producer session will reconvene at 2 p.m. while the consumer session will restart at 1:30 p.m.

    The entire program is free and open to the public.

    Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units in the general category will be offered.

    Cline said the event alternates every other year with the Concho Valley Cotton Conference held in San Angelo.

    For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Runnels County at 325-365-2219.

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