AgriLife Extension sets Range and Forage Management Workshop in Sonora

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,

Contact: Pascual Hernandez, 325-387-3101,


SONORA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Range and Forage Management Workshop Dec. 10 at the Sutton County Civic Center in Sonora.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m.

Individual preregistration is $20 by Dec. 3 and $25 thereafter. The fee includes lunch. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one in laws and regulations, two integrated pest management and two general, will be available. To preregister, call the AgriLife Extension office in Sutton County at 325-387-3101.

The workshop is a joint effort among the AgriLife Extension offices in Sutton, Schleicher and Crockett counties.

“This fall has been good enough in terms of moisture, that we may actually have some management options to consider,” said Pascual Hernandez AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County. “This workshop is intended to highlight those options. For example, we’ll discuss management considerations for cool-season forages intended for grazing. We’ll also look at not only strategies associated with prescribed burns, but also the importance of managing liability risks.

“The full workshop should offer something for any land manager, regardless of how much acreage they have. The speakers are top-notch, so whether you are an old pro when it comes to range management or just starting out, I think you will come away from this program with something you can use.”

Speakers and their topics will include:

– Managing Winter Forages, Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist, San Angelo.

– Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Corey Pence, Texas Department of Agriculture, San Angelo.

– Prescribed Fire Liability Risks and Management Strategies, Dr. Charles “Butch” Taylor, superintendent of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Sonora.

– Range Plant Identification, Steve Nelle, wildlife consultant and riparian specialist and retired U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service range conservationist and wildlife biologist, San Angelo.

– Brush Management By Season, Gerald Hobson, DuPont range, pasture specialist, Weatherford.


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