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Here are important conference dates for 2016, early ‘17

<ul> <li>Key conference set for&nbsp; Dec. and January</li> <li>last opportunities for CEUs</li> </ul>

Farmers and ranchers have ample opportunities in the last few weeks of 2016 and early in 2017 to catch up on latest production and marketing information through key conferences and seminars. Several offer much-needed continuing education units. All provide tips that will be critical as producers finalize plans for the 2017 crop year.

Here are a few  key conferences on tap over the next few weeks.

TPPA Dec. 6-7

The 28th annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference is scheduled Dec. 6-7 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.

Registration includes lunch during the Dec. 7 business meeting. For complete registration and conference information, visit

High Plains Ag Conference Dec. 9

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the annual High Plains Ag Conference from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock.

Individual preregistration, which includes lunch, is $35 by Dec. 7 and $45 thereafter with no lunch guarantee. For more information, contact Robert Scott at 806-775-1740 or

B.I.G. Dec.  13

A 2017 cattle market outlook will be one of the featured topics at the 55th Blackland Income Growth Conference set for Dec. 13 at the at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

To pre-register for the training, call 254-582-4022.

For complete schedule of sessions and speakers, download the conference brochure at

Beltwide Cotton Conferences Jan. 4-6

The National Cotton Council’s 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conferences Jan. 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, will provide nearly three days of meetings aimed at helping attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency.

The conferences offer farmers, consultants, researchers, Extension and industry members in a long list of events that will provide insight into the latest available tools and research findings. To register, visit the BWCC website at

SW Hay and Forage Conference Jan. 12-13

The 2017 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference is scheduled for January 12-13, in Ruidoso, New Mexico. For more information:, or call (575) 626-1688.

Red River Crops Conference

The fourth annual Red River Crops Conference is set for Jan. 24-25 at the Childress Event Center, 1100 N.W. 7th St., Childress, Texas.

“Planning for Success – Crop Production Information Designed for Southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains,” will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.

The annual conference alternates between Oklahoma and Texas and addresses special agricultural production circumstances in the Red River region in both states, according to Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon.

There will be a $25 per person registration fee, and preregistration is encouraged. Make checks payable to the Red River Crops Conference. For a copy of the registration form, go to or contact any county Extension office in Texas or Oklahoma.

No-Till On the Plains

The 21st annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference is set, Jan.24-25, 2017, at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan.  Visit  or call 785-307-0433 for registration information. Pre-registration online at is encouraged.

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