26th annual Farm and Ranch Show offers new exhibitors as well as old favorites
By Joe D. Janak, Jr. BY JOE JANAK
The 26th South Texas Farm and Ranch Show is gearing up for another great year of educational programs and exhibits.
To be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28, the show is known for its free admission, excellent educational programs and pesticide CEU's, and of course exhibits.
Speaking of exhibits, Vikki Fitzpatrick, booth chairman for the show, says that so far, the show has several new exhibitors as well as those everyone likes to see every year for their new products and technology.
One interesting exhibitor that the show has booked this year is "Flags Over Texas" from Rockport. Owner John Craft will have a display of flags and flagpoles to show off your American spirit around the farm and ranch. There's nothing nicer than our state and national flags proudly displayed on farms and ranches.
Another new exhibitor is Nichols Enterprises, offering complete design, sales and service of all types of water delivery systems. During regular as well as our frequent dry times, it might be a booth worth checking out.
Davy Ranch Supply, of Yorktown, is also new this year. They will exhibit livestock handling equipment from dealers such as Pearson, W.W. and Sioux Steel.
Returning this year are equipment dealers such as HOLTCAT, Hlavinka Equipment Co., Shoppa's Farm Supply, Victoria Oliver Co. and Victoria Farm Equipment, to name a few.
Booths such as Regional Steel Inc., Victoria Communication Services/VCS Security, Dierlam Feed, Victoria Farm and Ranch Supply, First Victoria, Farm Industrial, Judy Niemann Insurance Agency, Texas Beef Council and Farmers Crop Insurance will be at the show again this year, plus many, many more.
Come to the show and check out these exhibitors, plus the ones I did not have room to list. Typically, there are more than 125 exhibitors.
Also available are educational programs and great keynote luncheon speakers each day.
If you are looking to become a private applicator of pesticides on your property, a Pesticide License Training and Testing will be on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Concerning pesticides, farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to get up 14 hours of TDA pesticide CEU's, offering your choice of training in either five hours in laws and regulations, six in IPM, and three in general.
Offered additionally for crop producers, crop advisors, consultants and fertilizer specialists are up to 19.5 Certified Crop Advisory hours; 5.5 in pests, 12 in crops, one in water and one in professional development.
This year's show also features two outstanding luncheon speakers which means you've just got to come both days. "Why you should speak out for agriculture" will be highlighted the first day as Betty Wolanyk, chief operating officer of Ag Literacy Works of New York and former director of education and research for American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, will help us all keep the ag industry and spirit alive.
At the second day's luncheon, Don Renchie, extension program leader for ag and environmental safety in College Station, will entertain and enlighten us all about coming state and national pesticide issues, as well as present other talks.
The show quad-fold flyers will be available in about a week from the extension office but you can go online now and see the lineup of programs and speakers. Go to our website www.southtexasfarmand ranchshow.com/ to review the schedule and exhibitors.
Mark these two dates on your calendar and plan on seeing our exhibitors and attending programs each day. See you then!
Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.