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Cotton and other crop production meetings are on tap in coming weeks for Southwest farmers
<p>Cotton and other crop production meetings are on tap in coming weeks for Southwest farmers.</p>

Key meetings offer crop, livestock updates

Programs will provide production tips as well as the latest information available on farm programs.

Southwest farmers and ranchers have numerous opportunities in the coming weeks to take advantage of summer crop production and cattle management meetings. Programs will provide production tips as well as the latest information available on farm programs.


Sorghum Education: Soil, Irrigation and Weed Management will be the focus of two regional sorghum meetings planned for March 26 and April 6 in Dimmitt and Levelland, respectively, by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“These programs were planned to provide in-depth education towards issues identified as important to producers,” said Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension regional program leader in Amarillo. Both programs will begin with registration at 8 a.m., with Dimmitt’s at the Castro County Expo, 405 S.E. 4th St., and Levelland’s at Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 U.S. Highway 385. The event is free and lunch will be provided at both locations.

Both meetings will offer two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one integrated pest management and one general, for private pesticide applicators.

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For more information on the Dimmitt event, contact Nancy Andersen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Castro County, at 806-647-4115 or For the Levelland meeting, contact Wes Utley, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, at 806-894-3159 or

Texoma Cattlemen's Conference

To help beef producers successfully manage their livestock operations during record markets, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host its fourth annual Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference: Prosperity, Volatility and Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Ardmore Convention Center. Regional and national industry leaders will examine some of the major interests and issues facing the industry: beef sustainability, ag credit, risk management and the cattle outlook.

Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference is one of the premier one-day educational events in the Southern Great Plains. Registration and trade show open at 8 a.m. Registration is $40 and includes a steak lunch. For more information or to preregister, please visit or contact Maggie Scott at 580.224.6375.

Oklahoma cotton growers will meet March 25 at the Carnegie Cotton Conference

Contact Jeannie Hileman 580-654-1142 or David Nowlin 405-247-3376 for further details.

Concho Valley Cotton Conference

The 12th Concho Valley Cotton Conference is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at the San Angelo McNease Convention Center.

“All things relating to West Texas cotton production is what this conference is about,” said Josh Blanek, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Tom Green County. “This biennial event is the most comprehensive educational program pertaining to cotton in our area.

“AgriLife Extension agents, their committee members, industry folks and other planners have gone to great lengths to pinpoint what folks are talking about in the cotton patch. All that and more, including an extensive trade show, will be on tap during this one day event.”

Contacts: Rick Minzenmayer, 325-365-5212, and Josh Blanek, 325-659-6524,

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