Ranch, hemp expo set March 11-12 in Wichita Falls

Training, six continuing education units available

Two days of educational training offering Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Wichita County as part of the Ranch, Farm and Hemp Expo on March 11-12 in Wichita Falls.

The Expo is at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center, 111 N. Burnett St. The cost for the training is $15 per day. There will be six CEUs offered total, including two integrated pest management, two laws and regulations, and two general.

The Expo show hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on March 11, and 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on March 12. The show and parking is free and open to the public with over 400 vendors.

One of the March 11 topics at the Ranch, Farm and Hemp Expo in Wichita Falls will address sandburs. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Eric Castner)

March 11 topics, speakers

Onsite registration for training begins at 6:30 a.m. A free breakfast will be served, and agriculture awards will be presented.

The program will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the keynote address, The Future of Food and Agriculture, by Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of the Agricultural and Food and Policy Center, AFPC, at Texas A&M University. The training will be from 8:15 a.m.-noon.

Carbon Credits and Climate Policy — Fischer.

Laws and Regulations for Pesticide Use — Henry Krusekopf, TDA assistant regional director, Giddings.

Pest Management in Grain Sorghum and Wheat — Emi Kimura, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist, Vernon.

Bearing with Sandburs–Biology, Management and Prevention — Zachary Howard, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Bryan-College Station.
March 12 topics, speakers

Registration on March 12 will begin at 7:00 a.m. followed by the program speakers at 8 a.m. The training will conclude at noon.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Work Group Survey — Eileen Vale, NRCS district conservationist, Wichita Falls.

Laws and Regulations for Pesticide Use — Krusekopf.

Herbicide Management for Grassy Weeds — Todd Baughman, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University Institute for Agricultural Biosciences weed specialist, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Rethinking Cattle Parasite Control Programs — Tom Hairgrove, DVM, Ph.D., professor and AgriLife Extension veterinary specialist, Bryan-College Station.

Contact Melba Flinn at the AgriLife Extension office in Wichita County at 940-716-8610 for additional information.