Annual ornamental, turf conference set Feb. 10 in Amarillo

By Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: Austin Voyles, 806-373-0713,

AMARILLO – The annual Ornamental and Turf Conference, or OAT, will be held Feb. 10 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Boulevard in Amarillo.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and a welcome at 8:30 a.m. The conference will conclude by 3:30 p.m. The fee is $15 per person. An RSVP is needed by Jan. 27 at 806-373-0713.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general – will be offered.

Lunch is not offered, but the program will break from noon to 1:30 p.m., said Austin Voyles, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County.

Topics of discussion and speakers will be:

– Disease Management in Landscape, Dr. Ron French, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Amarillo.

– Management of Trees in An Urban Landscape, Brian Scott, Texas A&M Forest Service, Canyon.

– Turfgrass Management Methods, Dr. Joey Young, Texas Tech University assistant professor of turfgrass, Lubbock.

– Insect Management in Landscape, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.

– TDA Laws and Regulations Update, Cheryl Goswick, Texas Department of Agriculture, Amarillo.

For more information, contact Voyles at 806-373-0713 or


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