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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

The 2016 conference is scheduled Jan. 5-6 at the Waco Convention Center. The conference will be held a month earlier to give producers and growers more time in advance of their planting season to incorporate much of the information shared at the conference, said Ron Woolley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader in Stephenville.

For the past 53 years, the Blackland Income Growth Conference, also known as BIG, has provided producers with the latest information on new technology and cropping methods to boost yields and profits, said  Woolley.

According to the Horticulture session co-chairmen Dr. Shane McLellan and Fred M Hall, both AgriLife Agriculture Extension agents, this year’s horticulture program on January 5  will cover more topics than in the past. “We’re using a shotgun approach,” says Hall, “This year we will cover eight topics that everyone on the planning committee has had questions on with short bulleted programs.” he continued.

The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 4 p.m. With two TDA  and five TNLA continuing education units beginning offered for the program.

This year’s agenda includes:

– Micro Greens and Baby Vegetables, Dr. Larry Stein

– Introduction to Aquaponics, Joe Schram

– High Tunnels, Dr. Russ Wallace

– Tomatoes, Dr. Russ Wallace

– Protecting Pollinators, Bill Baxter

– Super-Star Edibles, Dr. Larry Stein

– Edible Landscapes, Fred M. Hall

– Canning/Preservation of Produce, Kate Whitney

Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference will be $20 per person payable at the door and includes the CEU’s and lunch. For more information contact your local county Extension agent or the McLennan County Extension office at 254.757.5180. There is no pre-registration for the horticulture session.

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