Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, email@example.com
Contact: Marty Vahlenkamp, 325-365-2219, firstname.lastname@example.org
BALLINGER – The regional AgriPlex Ag Day conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 27 at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 608 N. 6th St., Ballinger.
“This is a day full of educational activities, recognitions, business and comradery topped off with a keynote luncheon speaker,” said Marty Vahlenkamp, AgriLife Extension agent in Runnels County. “Best of all, this program has long been tailored for the whole family and this year is no exception.
“This is our time every other year during which we celebrate agriculture in Runnels County and the surrounding area. Among the highlights of the day is the naming of the Farm Family of the Year and Agribusiness of the Year. The Pat Lee Memorial Scholarships will also be presented to two outstanding high school seniors.
“We are also fortunate to have U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway as our keynote luncheon speaker.”
Conaway will take the podium at 12:15 p.m. following a complimentary lunch and booth visitation period, which will start at 11:45 a.m.
After lunch, Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist at College Station, will present “Path to the Plate, Myths and Facts.”
“As is our custom, our program will open in the morning and close in the afternoon with concurrent producer and homeowner tracks featuring a diverse set of expert speakers,” Vahlenkamp said. “We will also offer an optional auxin herbicide training at the end of the day for any producer who may still need that particular training.”
The producer program will include a cotton technology update by Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist, Lubbock; farm equipment laws and regulations presented by Sargent Justin Baker, Texas Department of Public Safety, San Angelo; and weather patterns and forecast outlook by Hector Guerrero, warning and coordinating meteorologist, San Angelo.
The homeowner program will include: The Art of Quilting, Ollie Ann Baker, AgriLife Extension education member, Marble Falls; Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention, Detective Gabe Thompson Fraud Strike Force, Abilene; and Making Chocolate Candy, Martha Crawford, AgriLife Extension education member, Runnels County.
Also during the day, the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association will conduct their annual business meeting, which will include reports from the association president, National Cotton Council and Committee for the Advancement of Cotton.
Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units in the general category will be offered.
For more information, contact Vahlenkamp at 325-365-2219.