‘Very short’ survey says…

San Antonio farm and ranch show attendees asked to provide educational program information

SAN ANTONIO – Education program coordinators for the San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show Nov. 8-10 are asking potential show attendees for their help so they may better prepare for program participation.

“We’re hoping potential show attendees will help us prepare for these programs by letting us know which days they plan to attend and which educational programs they’re interested in attending,” said Bryan Davis, show education coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Bexar County. “This will give us information we need to plan, as well as for attendees to learn about the continuing education units and to enter for a special drawing.”

Those planning to attend the 2013 San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show are requested to respond to a quick online survey indicating their interest in no-cost educational programs being offered at the venue. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The show will take place at the Expo Hall and Freeman Coliseum, both located on the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds, 3201 E. Houston St.
Davis said educational programs will be presented by AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Deer Association, and other agencies and organizations.

“Thanks to the sponsorship of SAIFRS we are offering a variety of no-cost educational programming at the show,” Davis said. “Most of these educational opportunities also offer continuing education units or credits for attendees.”

Educational topics include brush management and forage, low-stress cattle handling, drought-resistant crops, irrigation efficiency, hydraulic fracking, low-stress deer husbandry, AgrAbility for military veterans, feral hogs and dressage.

He said to provide information on educational opportunity interest, potential show attendees can go to http://bit.ly/SAfarmshow to fill in a “very short” survey form.

Private pesticide applicator training and testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10.

There is a $50 charge for this course and its training materials.

“There also will be a no-cost AgrAbility program for military veterans, including disabled vets, who are interested in returning to or becoming involved in farming, ranching or other types of agribusiness,” he said.

In addition, Davis said, AgriLife Extension will also present a youth livestock clinic from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Nov 10 at the Freeman Coliseum. Topics to be covered at the clinic include health management, feed and nutrition, grooming for show, showmanship and project selection.

Show admission is free, but there is a $5 per day charge for parking on the show grounds.

For more information on the show, go to http://www.farmandranchexpo.com.

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