Programs Finalized for Texas Commodity Symposium,

Ag Appreciation Luncheon

      David Wasserman with The Cook Political Report will be the keynote speaker for the twelfth annual Texas Commodity Symposium and Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28. Wasserman is responsible for handicapping and analyzing U.S. House races for the publication, and will provide an overview of the 2012 elections and their potential implications.

      The Symposium will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Amarillo in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. The free event will begin at 9:30 a.m.

      In addition to Wasserman, the symposium will examine a variety of issues that impact producers and the agribusiness sector. Featured topics this year include the farm bill and agricultural policy, establishment of a state grain indemnity fund, water technology, and program updates from NRCS and FSA.

      The Water Conservation Advisory Council also will recognize its 2012 Blue Legacy Award in Agriculture recipients at the event.

      The symposium, which is hosted by the Corn Producers Association of Texas, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Peanut Producers Board, Texas Wheat Producers Association and Southwest Council of Agribusiness, will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, presented by the symposium and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.

      "This is a great opportunity to hear a diverse group of speakers addressing the main issues affecting agriculture on the Texas High Plains," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said.

      For more information, please contact Mary Jane Buerkle at Plains Cotton Growers, (806) 792-4904.


West Plains Ag Conference Scheduled for
December 11 in Levelland

Friday, November 16, 2012                 From AgriLife TODAY

      This year's West Plains Ag Conference, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Sundown Room of the Student Center at South Plains College, 1401 South College Ave., Levelland.

      "We'll again be looking at our area's traditional crops of cotton and grain sorghum, but we'll also have a substantial amount of information on alternative crops such as corn and vegetable production," said Kerry Siders, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Hockley and Cochran counties. "The topics we've selected are those we get the most questions on, so I think this program will be time well spent for anyone farming on the South Plains."

      Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general – and five Texas Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units will be offered.

      The program's topics and speakers will include:

      –Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Casey Summers, Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide inspector, Lubbock.

      –Sorghum and Corn Production, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.

      – Cotton Variety Trial Update, Dr. Mark Kelley, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.

      –Vegetable Production Opportunities, Dr. Russell Wallace, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Lubbock.

      –Managing Disease and Nematodes in Cotton, Dr. Jason Woodward, AgriLife Extension pathologist, Lubbock.

      Registration will be $35 at the door. The fee includes lunch.

      For more information contact Siders at 806-894-3150 or


High Plains Ag Conference Scheduled for
December 7 in Lubbock

Friday, November 16, 2012                 From AgriLife TODAY

      A wide range of agricultural topics will greet participants to this year's High Plains Ag Conference set from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 East Farm-to-Market 1294, Lubbock.

      "This year's conference will address traditional crops for our area such as corn and grain sorghum, but we'll also be taking a look at strawberry production and pigweed control," said Robert Scott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Lubbock County. "The topics are timely and I think it will be a day well-spent for those wanting to catch up on the latest developments in High Plains agriculture."

      The program conducted by AgriLife Extension will offer five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general; and five Texas Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units – three crop management and two pest management.

      Individual pre-registration is $35 by Dec. 3 and $45 thereafter. The fees include lunch. For more information and to preregister contact Scott at 806-775-1680,


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