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South Texas Farm and Ranch Show spans Wednesday and Thursday

By ALLISON MILES
Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Kay and Vernon Waida marvel at the latest styles of Farm equipment at last year's Farm and Ranch show. Retired at 80 years-old Waida still runs a few heads of cattle, but opted out of farming.

If you go

• What: 2012 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show

• Where: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• When: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday

• Cost: Free

To learn more about the 2012 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show, visit Victoria Advocate.com, click on this story and follow the linkwww.southtexasfarmandranchshow.com or call 361-575-4581.

Technology changes all the time and agriculture is no exception, area producers said. And for those looking to stay on top of industry trends, help is on its way.

The 2012 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show is Wednesday and Thursday at the Victoria Community Center.

Since its beginning, the show's goal has always been to bring the newest agricultural technology to the Crossroads, said Victoria County Extension Agent Peter McGuill. Seeing the latest and greatest tools available helps.

"Agriculture is an ever-changing and ever-improving industry," he said. "To be as productive as we can be, it requires us to embrace new technologies."

Now in its 28th year, the event features a variety of vendor booths, presentations and opportunities for producers to obtain CEU credits toward maintaining their chemical licenses, said Gary Loest, the show's chairman.

A horse training workshop, which takes place both days, is a new addition this year.

"This is something we've been looking at for a couple of years, and now we have the opportunity to offer it," he said. "We hope people will take advantage of it."

Educational opportunities aren't limited to the grownups, however.

The show's Pasture to Plate presentations are geared toward teaching children where their food comes from, Loest said. That means before the goods hit grocery store shelves.

A live milking demonstration joins the kids' presentation, he said, while an area 4-H representative will also give them an up-close look at hogs - both babies and full-grown varieties.

"They start out real cute, but can get pretty ugly," Loest said with a laugh. "We don't want to traumatize the kids, but it's real life."

McGuill, in his first year serving as Victoria County extension agent, is new to farm and ranch show planning. Still, he said he looks forward to the two-day event.

"It's been a lot of work, but it's good," he said. "We've got some really good educational programs and exhibit booths. I hope people will come out."

For more information about the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show, visit southtexasfarmandranchshow.com.

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