Farm Progress

Conference geared toward farm and ranch.Five CEUs will be awarded. 

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

October 12, 2012

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Pasture restoration, managing herbicide resistant weeds, variable rate technology and water issues will be featured at the annual Ag Technology Conference December 13 in Commerce, Texas. The annual conference will be held in the Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&M-Commerce campus. The Ag Technology conference is sponsored by Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas AgriLife Extension and Cereal Crops Research Incorporated.

Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, says the 2012 Ag Technology Conference carries on a long tradition of providing timely information for  East Texas farmers and ranchers.

“The first ATC was held in 1995,” Swart says.  “The goal has always been to offer technology updates that have a twofold purpose: teach farmers and ranchers something they didn't know, and keep their pesticide CEUs current.” 

He says participants are about equally divided between farmers and ranchers.

Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, will target ranchers with a discussion on revitalizing drought-stressed pastures.

A resistant weed presentation by Jason bond and Tim Eubanks, Mississippi State University, will focus on row crop production. 

“The three presentations in the afternoon should be of equal interest to both groups, as they are all affected by department of public safety regulations, variable rate applications, and water issues,” Swart said.

Texas State Trooper Mark Tackett will discuss public safety regulations that affect farmers and ranchers. Billy Scott and Justin Lehrmann, Wylie Sprayers, Inc., will look at variable rate technology for forage and cropping systems.

Ron Ellis and Joy Alibi, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will speak on water issues facing Northeast Texas farmers and ranchers.

Participants may receive up to 5 continuing education units.

A registration fee, which includes lunch, is $30 by November 30, and $40 at the door.  For more information contact Jim Swart at [email protected] or call 903-886-5373.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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