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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The annual Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Conference will be held Aug. 5 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 920 South Sheridan Road, in Lawton, Okla.

This conference is a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension
Service. The meeting is alternated between a Texas and Oklahoma location each year.

Conference planners expect to provide wheat producers and/or stocker cattle operators the most up-to-date information on topics that influence wheat and stocker cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, professor and AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, Texas.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $20 per person which includes educational materials, a copy of the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference Proceedings, a noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at http://agrisk.tamu.edu.

Producers can register by contacting an AgriLife Extension county agent, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension county educator, or by contacting either Karen Thompson with the AgriLife Extension district office at 940-552-9941, ext. 217, kethompson@.ag.tamu.edu, or the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension district office at 580-255-0546.

“We hope the conference will assist producers in driving their operation to profits,” Bevers said. “Producers in this area are facing major issues from varying fronts. Most obvious is the ongoing drought and its impact on production and commodity prices.”

Providing information on marketing wheat and cattle during these times will be Bevers, an overview of the entire marketing environment; Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension livestock marketing economist, Stillwater, Oklahoma the cattle market; and Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist in College Station, developing a wheat marketing plan and an update regarding the grains market.

A second front is the current environment in Washington, D.C. regarding the federal budget and its potential impact on the 2012 Farm Bill, Bevers said.

Dr. Joe Outlaw, professor and AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, will provide an update of ongoing discussions regarding possible reductions of agricultural producer’s support and safety nets.

The afternoon session will begin with a panel consisting of four area producers who have experienced these multi-fronted issues and how their operation has changed over the past five years to address these issues. Producers will include Steve Marten, Holliday, Texas; Terry McAlister, Electra, Texas; Dennis White, Ninnekah, Okla., and Jimmy Kinder, Walters, Okla.

The conference will conclude with Dr. Jeff Edwards, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension associate professor and small grains
specialist, Stillwater, Oklahoma and Dr. Todd Baughman, AgriLife Extension professor and agronomist in Vernon, Texas, discussing the challenges and successes of dual purpose wheat and varietal updates.

In addition, industry sponsors will have their products on display during the event. There will be opportunities during the conference to visit with these respective representatives to discuss their products and how they might fit into your operation, Bevers said.

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