Texas: Grain-Grading Workshops, Amarillo, April 23-24

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host two one-day grain-grading workshops on April 23-24 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo.

The training begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. each day, followed by the program from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A registration fee of $75 will cover costs associated with instruction, lunch, materials and equipment.

Preregistration is required, as each workshop is limited to 40 participants. The last day for registration is April 19. To register, go here. While this is the preferred method of registration and payment, payment also can be made at the door by preregistered participants.

DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management program specialist in Amarillo, said the program, which is repeated both days, is designed for corn, sorghum, and wheat grain handlers and producers.

Participants will learn about the importance of grading grain, grain grading standards, proper sampling techniques, how to identify the different types of damage that occur and their potential impacts on grade, and feeding value, she said. They will work hands-on with grain samples to enhance the learning experience, and feedlot employees can receive Beef Quality Assurance credit.

Course instructors in addition to Jones will be Gale Calkins, Federal Grain Inspection Service retiree, Wichita, Kansas; Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist-grain marketing and policy, College Station; Dr. Ted McCollum, retired AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo; and Dr. Steve Amosson, retired AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo.

The grain grading workshops are co-sponsored by the Panhandle Grain and Feed Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and AgriLife Extension.

For more information, contact Jones at 806-677-5600 or dljones@ag.tamu.edu.

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