Annual Luling Foundation Field Day slated for May 16

LULING – The 86th annual Luling Foundation Field Day will be held May 16, starting in the Luling Foundation Demonstration Barn, 523 South Mulberry Avenue.

The 86th annual Luling Foundation Field Day will take place May 16. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Bryan Davis)

The 86th annual Luling Foundation Field Day will begin at 7:30 a.m. May 16 at the Luling Foundation Demonstration Barn. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo courtesy of Bryan Davis)

The field day is free and open to those involved in agriculture and agribusiness, said event coordinators. Event agriculture education activities include tours, speakers, demonstrations and exhibits.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a complimentary breakfast, exhibit viewing and welcome.

“Anyone attending this field day – owner, operator or land steward — will take away useful information on a variety of topics and subject matter they can apply to their agriculture or agribusiness operation,” said Mike Kuck, the foundation’s farm manager.

Event educational opportunities are presented by the foundation, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Oklahoma State University, Texas Farm Bureau, the Texas Animal Health Commission and others.

“This event will be a great opportunity for people of all levels of agricultural experience to get information on topics ranging from brush control and range management to laws and regulations to gardening and horticulture,” said Michael Haynes, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Caldwell County. “And hayride tour stops allow attendees to experience the Luling Foundation facilities and see all they have to offer.”

Haynes said Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for event attendees.

At 8:30 a.m. participants will board a hay trailer for farm tours, which include the following topics and speakers:

– Texas Superstar Plants, Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist.

– Farm Equipment Theft Prevention and Licensing, Detective Kenny Murchinson, Sheriff’s Combined Auto Theft Task Force.

– Brush Control Techniques, Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist.

Another exhibit viewing will take place from 11a.m.-noon, followed by scholarship presentations and a free catered barbecue lunch.

Afternoon presentations begin at 1 p.m. and include:

– Livestock Marketing and Economic Outlook, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist.

– Property and Water Rights and Legislative Update, Regan Beck, assistant general counsel for public policy, Texas Farm Bureau.

– Cattle ID Regulations, Dee Ellis, Texas Animal Health Commission.

Post-field day equipment demonstrations begin at 3 p.m. for attendees wanting further practical insights and information.

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