Oil and gas, drought among topics set for 2011 South Texas Farm & Ranch Show

Oct. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.

Oil and gas issues and drought strategies are among the topics to be discussed at the 2011 South Texas Farm & Ranch Show on Wednesday and Thursday at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

Other topics to be addressed include financial planning for farmers and ranchers; home energy conservation; grazing management; wild hog problems; home, farm and ranch water conservation; farm geographical information systems technology updates; good bugs and bad bugs; and pasture management for small landowners.

The show will offer 16.5 hours of TDA continuing education units; 20 hours of Certified Crop Advisory credits; and 5.5 hours in Beef Quality Assurance.

And, as in the past, the show will offer pesticide license training from 7 to 10 a.m. and testing at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Registration for the training session begins at 6:30 a.m.

The show will also feature more than 125 exhibit booths.

Admission to the show to view the exhibits is free. But a $5 fee will be charged each day to anyone attending the educational programs.

Gary Loest, show chairman, said this is the first time in the show's history that a fee is charged, but the fee is required by Texas AgriLife Extension. Budget cuts have caused the extension service to charge fees for programs involving extension personnel, he said.

Former Victoria resident John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on Wednesday.

Sharp also is a former state comptroller, state senator, state representative and railroad commissioner.

The keynote luncheon speaker on Thursday will be historical climatologist Evelyn Browning Garriss, who publishes the Browning Newsletter. The Sandia Park, N.M., resident will talk about what to expect from a changing climate.

New this year is the inclusion of the Golden Crescent Vet Ranch Seminar, which has previously been held in January. The seminar will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and include a barbecue dinner. Tickets are $9 presale and $10 at the door.

Veterinarians will talk about water and stock ponds; the economics of feeding hay; toxic plants; colic in horses; real cases from the drought; brucellosis; trichomoniasis; and show cattle.

For more information on the South Texas Farm & Ranch Show, call 361-575-4581.



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