‘Agricultural Applications of Tablets and Smartphones’ workshops set in March, April

AgriLife Extension expert: Risk management toolkit includes mobile apps

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: DeDe Jones, 806-677-5600, DLJones@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct two workshops to train farmers and ranchers to use their iPhones and iPads or other tablets and smart phones to make decisions to increase their bottom lines.

Agricultural Applications of Tablets and Smartphones classes will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo, and on April 3 at the Roberts County Annex, 122 Waters St. in Miami.

The registration fee is $20 for each workshop, to be paid at the door by check, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo. Workshop materials, refreshments at breaks and the noon meal are included in the registration fee.

Seating is limited to 30 participants at each location, so advanced registration is requested, she said. To register, contact Jones by calling 806-677-5667 or dljones@ag.tamu.edu .

The workshop is designed to teach participants how to use mobile technology to make quick decisions in the field, in the pasture, on the tractor, in the auction barn or in the pickup, Jones said. Each participant will have access to iPads with apps already installed. They will learn how to obtain data and do calculations that will improve their price and production risk management skills.

She said the workshops’ goal is to teach participants the basics, as well as demonstrate and discuss both Android and Microsoft tablets. Participants are welcome to bring their own tablet or smartphone.

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