Texas: 58th Blackland Income Growth Conference, Waco, Jan. 14

Cotton modules in picked field at sunset. ©Debra L Ferguson

The Blackland region’s most comprehensive agricultural and food production conference is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and  Waco Chamber of Commerce.

This  58th Blackland Income Growth Conference will feature keynote speaker Jeff Hyde, Ph.D., director of  AgriLife Extension . Hyde became agency director Sept. 1 and previously served as associate dean and director of Penn State Extension.

The Blackland Income Growth Conference serves as a primer for farmers, ranchers and landowners looking to make preparations heading into the new production year, and assists novice landowners with education and management practices, according to organizers.

Throughout the day, attendees will take part in concurrent sessions involving horticulture, beef, grain, cotton, wildlife and forage.

Conference registration is $25 and includes lunch.

“The 2020 BIG conference has something for everyone,” said Brent Batchelor, AgriLife Extension regional program director, Stephenville. “The committees and Extension agents have worked hard to provide a program and speakers to help folks directly in their agriculture enterprises or on the home front.”

Specialty sessions throughout the day  will address land management and agriculture and health. The Rural Land Management session will cover topics on eminent domain, feral hog control and wildlife. From the Ground Up – Connecting Agriculture and Health will feature a variety of presentations on food, nutrition and health.

On Jan. 15, a recertification program for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders will be held. An RSVP is requested for this program at 254-757-5180.

A private applicator training will be held for those needing continuing education units. An RSVP for this program is also requested to that same number.

For more information, call 254-968-4144 ext. 225 or download the conference brochure here.

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