39th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day June 25

Contact: Kara Matheney, 979-732-2082, kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu

EAGLE LAKE – The 39th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day is scheduled for 4 p.m. June 25 at Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just north of Eagle Lake.

The field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station, making stops along the way to hear about weed management, variety testing, disease management and insect management, said Kara Matheney, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Colorado County.

The field day is planned and coordinated by the Colorado County Rice Committee, which is comprised of local producers who meet throughout the year to address topics that are relevant and applicable to producers in the area, she said.  Area agribusiness continues to provide crucial sponsorship to support this event in order for it to be offered free of charge to all who are interested in attending.

“The evening program will be held at the Eagle Lake Community Center and will feature Dr. Joe Outlaw, professor and AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University,” she said. “Dr. Outlaw will provide an update on the current status of the Farm Bill.  Additionally, a representative from the Lower Colorado River Authority will provide producers with comments on the current and future state of water issues on the lower Colorado River region.”

Once producers have completed the tour, a catered meal will be provided at the Eagle Lake Community Center, where the evening program will continue. Two continuing education units will be offered to all licensed pesticide applicators who attend the tour and evening program.

For more information, contact the Wintermann Rice Research Station at 979-234-3578 or the Extension office for Colorado County at 979-732-2082.

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