Blackland Income Growth Conference to feature grain session Feb. 4

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

 WACO – New technologies in corn and grain sorghum, plus an overview of farm legislation and marketing options, will be featured during the grain session Feb. 4 at the Blackland Income Growth Conference at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.

The center is located at 4601 Bosque Blvd. The annual conference, which includes multiple sessions over two days and concludes Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

ew technologies in corn and grain sorghum, plus an overview of farm legislation and marketing options, will be featured during the grain session Feb. 4 at the Blackland Income Growth Conference. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

New technologies in corn and grain sorghum, plus an overview of farm legislation and marketing options, will be featured during the grain session Feb. 4 at the Blackland Income Growth Conference. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

The grain session is from 9-11:45 a.m. and will feature the following session topics and speakers:

- Fertility Management – Soil Applied and Foliar, Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension state soil fertility specialist, College Station.

- Management in Wheat and Feasibility of Alternative Crops, Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension specialist, College Station.

- Farm Bill Management/Marketing, Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist-management, Stephenville.

- New Technologies and Management in Corn and Grain Sorghum, Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension cropping systems specialist, College Station.

Other scheduled sessions on Feb. 4 will be rural land management, horticulture, cotton, wildlife and horses. Dr. Doug Steele, AgriLife Extension director, College Station, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. The first day of programs concludes at 5 p.m.

“The Blackland Income Growth Conference has a long history of providing the latest research information and production management practices for farmers and ranchers throughout the region,” said Ronald Woolley, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension regional program director at Stephenville. “This year’s conference has several experts in each commodity session. We think we have something for everyone, and producers will take home plenty of strategies they can incorporate into their operations.”

Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference on Feb. 4 is $20 per person and includes lunch. Registration for Feb. 5 programs vary depending on program choices. Several sessions throughout the conference will award continuing education units. Producers are encouraged to download the brochure at http://bit.ly/17IGNEB to see specific continuing education credit allocations, sessions and speakers.

For additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension agent in your county or call 254-968-4144.

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