Southwest Council of Agribusiness
Announces First Annual Meeting Date

Friday, January 11, 2008                  By Shawn Wade

      Having gotten off to a whirlwind start over the past 18 months, the Southwest Council of Agribusiness has quickly established itself as a major player in the Washington agriculture policy arena.

      In celebration of the organization's early successes, the Southwest Council of Agribusiness will hold its First Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, January 25, 2008 in the Board Room of the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA). PCCA is located at 3301 East 50th Street in Lubbock, Texas.

      The SWCA meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude following a Keynote Address from U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

      The annual meeting will give members and attendees an opportunity to hear more about the work of SWCA and also hear from a line up of great speakers, highlighted by Senator Conrad who will address the farm bill and other issues of interest to the group.

      Also speaking at the meeting are SWCA President Mark Williams, presenting an overview of the SWCA's recent activities and a report on the status of the organization; National Cotton Council President & CEO Dr. Mark Lange, presenting a macroeconomic outlook for U.S. agriculture; Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who will discuss immigration issues impacting Texas agriculture; and, John Miller of Southwest Agribusiness Consulting, who will discuss price/energy trends heading into the 2008 growing season.

      The SWCA was formed just over a year ago as an alliance of business interests who recognize the value of stable and strong farm policy to our region's economy and want to support the development and passage of a sound 2007 Farm Bill.

      The SWCA membership totals more than 70 agriculture businesses, commodity organizations and financial service providers from across the State of Texas and includes most of the state's major commodity and livestock groups.

      The SWCA is a broad-based coalition of commodity groups, agricultural bankers, equipment dealers and agribusiness interests dedicated to advancing policies conducive to maintaining a strong U.S. agriculture industry.

      To assist its efforts, the SWCA retains the services of Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC, an agricultural lobbying firm organized by former HAC Chairman Larry Combest. Combest, Sell & Associates has quickly become one of the most respected agriculture lobbying firms operating in Washington, DC.

      Through Combest-Sell and the SWCA, the legislative priorities of the High Plains agriculture industry are being communicated directly to key Congressional leaders to positively shape the development of the 2007 Farm Bill.

Dates Set For2008 Texas AgriLife
Extension Service Production Conferences

      Helping farmers stay up on the latest trends in crop production, marketing, and management is the number one goal of High Plains crop production conferences. Sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Conferences will once again offer a bounty of useful production information for producers entering the 2008 growing season.

      For those that haven't heard, Texas AgriLife Extension Service is the new name of Texas Cooperative Extension, which provides Texans in all 254 counties with non-biased, research-based education programs and services in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community economic development.

      Also getting a new moniker is Texas AgriLife Research, formerly identified as the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, which annually conducts more than $150 million in agriculture and life-sciences research.

      This year's Extension conferences are scheduled at multiple locations throughout the area during the months of January and February to provide growers multiple opportunities to participate without having to travel too far from home.

      By attending the conferences producers can also earn continuing education units (CEUs) necessary to maintain private and commercial applicator licenses.

      A list of these meetings will be maintained over the course of the next several weeks to update producers on any late additions to the meeting calendar and also keep them apprised of all remaining conference dates and locations.

 

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2008 South Plains AgricultureConferences

 

Date:

Name/Location/Information:

Jan. 21

West Plains Cotton Conference

Location: South Plains College (Sundown Room), Levelland.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 3:00 p.m. There is not a registration fee and 5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Hockley County at 806-894-3159 for more details.

Jan. 22

Caprock Crop Production Conference

Location: Pioneer Memorial Building, 101 West Main, Crosbyton.

Information: Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:10 p.m. Registration fee is $25.00 if received before January 16 and add $10.00 if received after January 16 and 7.5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Floyd County at 806-983-4912 or Crosby County at 806-675-2347 for more details.

Jan. 23

Southern Mesa Agriculture Conference

Location: Movieland Theatre, 604 N. Austin Ave., Lamesa.

Information: Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $20.00 and 5 CEU's will be given. Call the Extension office in Dawson County at 806-872-3444 for more details.

Jan. 24

Llano Estacado Cotton Conference

Location: Bailey County Coliseum, 2206 West American Blvd., Muleshoe.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. An agenda will be forthcoming. Call the Extension office in Bailey County at 806-272-4584 for more details.

Jan. 24

High Plains Vegetable Conference

Location: West Texas A&M University (Alumni Banquet Facility), Canyon.

Information: Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $25.00 if received by January 15 or $30.00 at the door and 6.5 CEU's are pending approval. Call Dr. Russ Wallace at 806-746-6101 for details.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

Extension agriculture seminars @ Southwest Farm & Ranch Show

Location: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis (6th Street), Lubbock.

Information: Show hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. Free admission and free parking. Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

Feb. 1

Regional Irrigation Conference

Information: Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

Feb. 5

Sandyland Agriculture Conference

Location: Gaines County Civic Building, 402 N.W. 5th, Seminole.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 4:00 p.m. There is not a registration fee and a meal will be provided. Five CEU's are pending approval. Call the Extension office in Gaines County at 432-758-4006 for more details.

Feb. 6

South Plains Agriculture Conference

Location: American Legion Hall, 800 Seagraves Rd., Brownfield.

Information: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and conference will continue until 3:45 p.m. There is not a registration fee and a meal will be provided. Five CEU's are pending approval. Call the Extension office in Terry County at 806-637-4060 for more details.

Feb. 6

Hale and Swisher County Crops Conference

Information: Call the Extension office in Hale County at 806-291-5267 or Swisher County at 806-995-3726.

Feb. 20

Cotton Production Workshop

Information: Call the Extension office in Lubbock County at 806-775-1680.

Source: Texas AgriLife ExtensoinService