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Extension Agent: South Texas Farm and Ranch Show coming up soon

Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:11 a.m.

Joe Janak

By Joe Janak

In just two weeks, the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show will be center stage. Scheduled for Oct. 26-27, at the Victoria Community Center, the show boasts about the best place to see the latest innovations in agriculture, be it electronic or made of steel or liquid feed. More than 125 booths of ag-related equipment and exhibits can be seen, offering one of the largest and best shows in Texas. It also features more than 40 speakers addressing agricultural topics and offering 16.5 hours of TDA pesticide CEU's, 20 hours of Certified Crop Advisory hours and 5.5 hours of Beef Quality Assurance hours for farmers and ranchers.

Some of the topics presented include tools for drought management; land management strategies after drought; tools to help make economically sound decisions; estate, retirement and investment planning for farmers and ranchers; building a net "0" energy sustainable home; grazing management; ways to handle wild hog problems; and rainwater harvesting systems. Also presented will be info on farm GIS systems for precision-agriculture, auto-guidance, soil electrical-conductivity mapping and variable-rate irrigation. And finally, good bugs and bad bugs; livestock laws and regulations, using legumes in pastures; weed and brush management and pasture management for small landowners.

Besides these programs, the training and testing can be accomplished for a TDA pesticide license if study-books are purchased ahead of the show from the Victoria County Extension office at 528 Waco Circle.

The Chancellor of Texas A&M University, John Sharp, will kick off the first day's luncheon. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1972 and was elected in 1978 to the Texas House of Representatives from the 40th District in Victoria. In 1986, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, where he helped reform the state's trucking regulations, improve railroad safety and develop new markets for Texas' abundant supply of clean-burning and efficient natural gas. He then served as the former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts from 1991-99, identifying more than $8.5 billion in taxpayer savings. His move to and issues as Chancellor of Texas A&M University should be interesting.

Evelyn Browning Garriss, historical climatologist from New Mexico, will address weather to expect for the next 15-20 years at the second day's luncheon. Garriss advises everyone from Texas cattle raisers to Midwestern utilities and Canadian banks about what the coming seasons will bring. She has spent more than 30 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. In addition to serving as editor of the Browning Newsletter, she has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate's impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism.

To ensure sufficient seating, attendees are urged to purchase the $8 luncheon tickets for either day from the Victoria County Extension office, 528 Waco Circle, by noon Oct. 24. For a complete schedule of programs, contact the Extension office or see the website: southtexasfarmandranchshow.com.

A new addition to the show this year are eight veterinarians presenting health-related topics for cattlemen and horse owners at the Veterinary Ranch Seminar in the Community Center Annex the first evening of the Farm Show on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. with a barbecue dinner. Tickets are $9 and available from area veterinarians. But if you just come an hour or two before to see the show and the Vet-Ranch Seminar, you'll be disappointed, as it takes nearly a day to get around and see it all. So plan on a full day, starting with a free breakfast at 6:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show Oct. 26-27, our 27th anniversary show. Admission is free to all show exhibits. A $5 charge per day allows you to attend one or all educational programs.

Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.

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