Luling Foundation Field Day slated for May 18

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Julie Zimmerman, 512-398-3122, jzimmerman@ag.tamu.edu

LULING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Luling Foundation will present the 90th annual Luling Foundation Field Day on May 18 in Luling.

The field day is an agricultural education event that includes presentations, demonstrations, exhibits and tours, said coordinators. The event is free and lunch is included.

Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. at the Luling Foundation Demonstration Barn, 523 S. Mulberry, with complimentary breakfast tacos and coffee provided by Caldwell County Farm Bureau. An exhibit viewing and welcome will follow, then at 8:30 a.m. attendees will board trailers for farm tours.

“This event will be a great opportunity for people of all levels of agricultural experience to get information on topics ranging from insect pests to cattle handling to technology and the need for agricultural literacy,” said Julie Zimmerman, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Caldwell County.

Topics and guest speakers for the morning farm tours will be:

— Insect Hot Topics in Agriculture, Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension livestock/veterinary entomologist, Stephenville.

— Apps for Agriculture (Utilizing Technology), Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent, Wilson County.

— Low-Stress Animal Handling, Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi.

Morning presentations will be followed by an exhibit viewing from 11 a.m.-noon, then a catered barbecue lunch to include scholarship presentations.

Afternoon topics and presenters will be:

— Agriculture’s Future, Dr. Rick Machen, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management professor.

— Importance of Agriculture Literacy, Billy Zanolini, AgriLife Extension 4-H youth development specialist, College Station.

Presentations will be followed by optional equipment demonstrations at 3 p.m.

For more information on the Luling Foundation, go to http://www.lulingfoundation.org.

For more information on the field day, call 830-875-2438 or email lulingfoundation@sbcglobal.net.

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