Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic

Scheduled February 7-9 in Lubbock

      The eighth annual Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic trade show is scheduled for February 7-9, 2012, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.  The indoor show will feature unique commercial agricultural exhibits, industry-related events, demonstrations, and workshops.

      "The purpose of the Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic is to provide producers and land owners opportunities to meet with company reps, see new equipment, and learn more about the latest developments that can benefit agricultural operations and landowner stewardship," show executive Monica Hightower said.

      Exhibitors already span national, regional, and local companies, including tractor and equipment manufacturers, irrigation specialists, seed suppliers, agricultural organizations and services, water specialists, outdoor building manufacturers, and much more.

      To kick off the event, the Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic and Lubbock Chamber of Commerce annual Farm Show Breakfast will present professional photographer Wyman Meinzer on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30 a.m.  Meinzer will discuss and highlight his renowned farm, ranch, and wildlife photography. Seating is limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling (806) 761-7000, emailing, or visiting for further information.

      The Texas Agrilife Extension Service will present Continuing Education Courses on Wednesday, February 8. Producers interested in pre-registering may do so at (806) 775-1680. The National Weather Service will also present the Drought & Fire Workshop on Thursday, February 9. Schedules for both educational sessions may be found at

      The Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday of the show.  Admission and parking are free at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock.

      Additional information regarding exhibiting or attendance may be obtained from the Southwest Farm and Ranch Classic show office at (806) 798-7825, via e-mail at, or by visiting


NCC Planting Survey Responses Needed

Friday, January 20, 2012   From the National Cotton Council

      All cotton producers are encouraged to respond to the NCC's annual survey of '12 planting intentions, which was recently distributed to upland and extra-long staple (ELS) cotton producers across the Cotton Belt.



      The current survey was distributed through a combination of regular mail and email with the intent of reaching all US cotton farms. Growers who did not receive a survey may contact the NCC via email at for survey instructions.

      The survey, conducted each year to aid with industry planning and policy deliberations, provides the basis for the economic outlook presented to delegates during the NCC Annual Meeting in early February. Survey results will be presented during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees on Saturday morning, Feb. 11. To enhance the survey's accuracy, producers are encouraged to respond by the Jan. 24 deadline.


Area Ag Conferences Scheduled

The following area ag conferences have been scheduled for January and early February:

January 23 Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Lamesa Contact Tommy Doederlein, Extension Agent-IPM, 806-872-3444.

January 24 Caprock Crop Production Workshop, Unity Center, Muncy Contact Caitlin Jackson, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-675-2347.

January 24 - Cotton Cluster Meeting, Dumas Contact Marcel Fischbacher, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-935-2594.

January 26 Cotton/Irrigation Conference, Silverton Contact Nathan Carr, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-823-2522.

January 26 Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Bailey County Coliseum, Muleshoe Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-272-4584.

January 26 Commercial Turf & Ornamental Workshop, Lubbock Contact Mark Brown, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-775-1680.

February 6 Grain Sorghum Conference, Claude Contact Whitney White, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-226-3021.

February 6 Seed Variety Selection and Economics, Farwell Community Center Contact Benji Henderson, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-481-3619.

February 7 Cotton Conference, Hereford Contact Rick Auckerman, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-364-3573.

February 8 SW Farm & Ranch Classic, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center - Contact Mark Brown, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-775-1680.

February 9 South Plains Ag Conference, Brownfield Contact Chris Bishop, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-637-4060.

February 9 Crop Producers Conference, Dalhart Consumers Coop Contact Michael Bragg, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-244-4434.

February 10 Swisher/Hale County Ag Day, Plainview Contact David Graf, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-995-3726.

      If you have another conference to add to this list, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904 and ask for Mary Jane Buerkle.