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April 2, 2014

Beef & Forage Conference slated

By TYLER MASK

With a drought that is more than four years in the making, local agricultural producers might need every edge they can get on mother nature. Beyond this, the beef learning curve also plagues many in the agricultural industry even when weather is permitting. In response to all of these problems, Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Palo Pinto County are uniting to put on this year's Beef and Forage Conference.

“The conference will provide information on the new trends people are looking for so our producers can keep up and know how to provide a good product to consumers,” Palo Pinto County AgriLife Extension Agent Scott Mauney said. “Part of it will cover topics on the drought and how to produce crops during the drought.”

The conference will be held on April 15 at the Sheriff's Posse Building on FM 1821 in Mineral Wells. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conferences will start at 9 a.m.

There will be speakers from Texas Farm Bureau, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and USDA Farm Service Agency.

Topic to be covered include:

• Economic outlook of beef cattle.

• Maintaining cows during drought.

• Beef trends.

• Open Range Laws in Texas.

• Livestock forage program.

• Beef cattle check off.

• Beef cattle fly tag demonstrations.

“Beef is very important,” Mauney said. “Beef is one of our biggest sources of income in Palo Pinto County for ag-producers. It is a staple for the economy. There are nearly 1 million beef cattle operations in the US that produce over 24 billion pounds of beef. This generates about $80 billion in retail beef sales.”

The conference, along with a steak meal, will be provided by PPCFB.

During the conference, two hours of continuing education units will be offered to those looking to maintain their pesticides licences.

It is asked that prospective attendees RSVP by April 11 by calling 940-325-9412.

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