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2009 Texoma Farm & Ranch Show announces seminar line-up

This year's show will feature two jam-packed days of seminars and CEU credits

The 15th annual Texoma Farm & Ranch Show announced the 2009 educational meeting schedule line up. This year's show will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the Multi-Purpose Events Center right in the heart of Wichita Falls, Texas. With free admission, more than 100 companies displaying the latest in farm and ranch equipment and supplies, opportunities to obtain CEU credits and a multitude of highly educational and informative seminars, the Texoma Farm & Ranch show will provide attendees with valuable information and resources crucial in the agricultural world.

Now in its 15th year, the Texoma Farm & Ranch show promises to once again provide a complete gathering of suppliers serving the needs of producers in the Wichita Falls, Texas region. Beginning at 7 a.m., Feb. 27, the Texoma Farm & Ranch Show will host the annual Grower's Breakfast sponsored by AgriLife Extension Service and AgriPro. James Richardson, County Director for the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center will lead a discussion on the farm bill and provide an economic outlook for representative farms and biofuels.

At 8:30 a.m., Feb. 27, Dr. Danny Klinefelter, professor and Extension economist, College Station and Stan Bevers, Extension economist, Vernon will present, "Agriculture and the 2009 Crisis," featuring topics on; alternative farm business models, impacts of tighter credit in agriculture and price risk management in the midst of a crisis.

Wrap up the Feb. 27 seminar line-up with a chance to obtain 3 CEU credits by attending the 1:30 p.m., "Wheat Seminar." Speakers include: Dr. Todd Baughman, Extension agronomist, Vernon, who will discuss weed and insect management in wheat; Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Extension agronomist, College Station, who will provide a wheat management update; and finally, Jon Biermacher, PHD, research economist, Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., who will present the economic feasibility of no-till farming cereal grain forages in the rolling plains.

Join us at 9 a.m., Feb. 28 for the, "Chemical Workshop," worth 3 CEU credits. Casey Mattke, Dow Agro Sciences, Gerald Hobson, DuPont, Ross Cantrell, Estes Chemical and Miles Dabovich, County Extension Agent in Wichita County will lead a panel discussion on:

--New technology in chemical control of weeds, brush and insects;

--Chemical application techniques and use of surfactant;

--Equipment technology and calibration;

--Cost analysis of weed and brush control;

--Pesticide laws and regulations.

There will be a $10 per person, per day charge for the CEU credits. Registration for CEU credits will be available at the door both days of the show.

Finally, new for the 2009 show is the, "Small/New Landowner Workshop," Feb. 28, presented by Miles Dabovich, Texas A&M County Extension Agent, Wichita Falls County and J.F. Cadenhead, Extension Range Specialist, Vernon. Dabovich and Cadenhead will discuss how to generate income on small properties including the basics of plant production, weed management and nutrient management.

The Texoma Farm & Ranch show is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the Times Record News and 99.9 KLUR. The show will be held at the Multi-Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are both free! Make plans to attend the 2009 Texoma Farm & Ranch show, where technology and education combine for better farm futures.

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