The Southern Mesa Agricultural Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Dawson and Lynn counties, will be Jan. 15.
The conference will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. in the Forrest Park Community Center, 814 S. Houston St., Lamesa.
“This conference is a direct result of producer-requested educational programming,” said Gary Roschetzky, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Dawson County. “This year we will focus on regulations and policies affecting Texas agriculture. The program will also feature information on the latest technology for dryland and irrigated production of cotton.”
Top-quality speakers from across the state and the South Plains area will make presentations concerning current research production trials, said Tommy Doederlein, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Lynn County. Producers will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences with experts, specialists and other growers.
Registration fee is $40 and includes a complimentary gift, technical sessions, a door prize ticket, lunch, refreshments, educational materials and access to exhibits. Six Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – three general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations – will be offered.
Preregistration is requested for planning purposes. New this year is an online registration site, or producers can go to the AgriLife Extension office for Dawson County at 901 B S. Houston St. or call 806-872-3444.
All forms and fees, payable to Dawson Ag Fund, should be mailed to Dawson County AgriLife Extension, Box 1268, Lamesa, TX 79331.
The speaking lineup will include:
- Dr. Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist and associate department head, Lubbock.
- Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, College Station.
- Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist, Lubbock.
- Dr. Terry Wheeler, AgriLife Research plant pathologist, Lubbock.
- Dr. Murilo Maeda, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock.
- Texas Department of Agriculture representative.
- Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.
- Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.