Extension Agent: Saddle up for South Texas Farm & Ranch Show

By Peter J. McGuill
Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.

Peter McGuill

Peter McGuill

The 29th South Texas Farm and Ranch Show will be here before we know it. This year's show is Oct. 23-24 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 125 booth exhibitors and two days of educational programming.

The educational sessions will offer 13 continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture licensed pesticide applicators, 14 credits for Certified Crop Advisors and four and one-half Beef Quality Assurance credits.

The Cattlemen's College will bring presentations from the area's best experts focusing on Cattle Grazing Systems Management. Included in these sessions are discussions on wire and powered fencing options, managing noxious weeds and invasive plants, sprayer calibration, brush control equipment selection and do-it-yourself brush control.

Additional programs for producers will focus on farm pond management, complying with farm environmental regulations, maintaining water quality and quantity, pesticide laws and regulations and determining insect thresholds.

A new program for this year's show is the oil and gas session. This session will give an update on the present and future of the Eagle Ford Shale, facts about hydraulic fracturing and water quality testing in active production areas.

For the home and garden enthusiast, the show will offer sessions in rainwater harvesting and colorful drought-heat tolerant plants. There will also be an opportunity for producers needing to get a department of agriculture private pesticide applicator license to complete the required training and testing. A $10 charge per day allows you to attend one or all educational programs.

Orion Samuelson, a nationally recognized agribusiness radio broadcaster and host of RFD-TV's "This Week in AgriBusiness" will be the luncheon speaker Oct. 23 and will give a historical perspective of agriculture based on his 60 years of agricultural broadcasting.

The Oct. 24 luncheon program welcomes back Dr. Jerry Parsons, a well-known retired extension horticulturalist from San Antonio.

His address titled "Are You Afraid To Eat" will be both informative and entertaining as he bring facts with a great deal of humor and whit as only he can do. 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 by noon Oct. 21.

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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