Extension Agent: South Texas Farm and Ranch Show

By Peter J. McGuill
Oct. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.

Peter McGuill

Peter McGuill

The 28th South Texas Farm and Ranch Show is fast approaching. This year's show will be Oct. 24-25, at the Victoria Community Center.

The long history of bringing the latest technology in farming and ranching to producers of South Texas continues with more than 100 booth exhibitors and two days of educational programming. The educational sessions will offer 10 continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture licensed pesticide applicators and four Beef Quality Assurance credits.

The Cattlemen's College will bring presentations from the area's best experts focusing on rebuilding the cowherd and grazing management. Included in these sessions is a beef market outlook, assessing and preparing pastures for restocking, new developments in pasture herbicides, recovering pastures with herbicides and supplementing nitrogen with legumes.

Additional programs for row crop producer's focus on agricultural enterprise management, pesticide laws and regulation, farm policy, row crop market outlook, farm bill update, new technologies in row crop production.

For the home and garden enthusiast, the show will offer sessions in turf grass management, home fruit and nut production, and a tree symposium. There will also be an opportunity for producers needing to get a TDA pesticide applicator license to complete the required training and testing.

For the first time ever, the farm and ranch show will include a horse training workshop conducted by Van Hargis, a nationally known and highly acclaimed horse trainer. This will be a live, working demonstration that is intended to teach proven, low-stress, horse training techniques. A $10 charge per day allows you to attend one or all educational programs.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor will be the luncheon speaker on Oct. 24 and will discuss border security and the challenges for landowners and law enforcement that are presented by illegal immigration. Thursday's luncheon program welcomes back Doc Blakely, well-known cowboy humorist, of Wharton, to provide his spin on "Stuff That Works."

Tickets for the luncheon programs are available pre-sale only at the Victoria County Extension office, 528 Waco Circle and will be on sale through noon, Oct. 22. For a complete schedule of programs, contact the Extension office or go online to southtexasfarmandranchshow.com.

Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent-ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.



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