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Scholarships were presented to eleven 4-H members, including two from Tarrant County, at the 54th Blackland Income Growth Conference (BIG) held recently at the Waco Convention Center.

The annual conference, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Waco Chamber of Commerce, provides agricultural education to producers in the Blacklands region, including Tarrant County.

The scholarships were presented during the conference luncheon that featured Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market.

Receiving a $1,000 scholarship was Hollyann Roach from Tarrant County. Hollyann is the daughter of Connie and Darrell Roach of Keller. Her major projects include beef, leadership, photography and culinary arts. She plans on attending Texas Tech University and majoring in agribusiness.

Dalton York received the $1,500 Scott Felton Scholarship. He is the 18 year old son of Michele Lee of Fort Worth. His major projects include sheep, leadership and sport fishing. He will be attending Texas A&M University Kingsville and majoring in wildlife management.

dalton and Hollyann earn BIG scholarship

Blackland Income Growth Scholarship winner Hollyann Roach (Center) and Scott Felton Scholarship winner Dalton York (right) are shown with Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall at the Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco last week.

 

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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.

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The Blackland region’s largest agricultural conference features a new date and location with a blend of traditional and new programs to serve producers, according to organizers.

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

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An overview of the sugarcane aphid in sorghum and cattle marketing considerations are only a couple of the topics to be featured at the 2015 Blackland Income Growth Conference Feb. 3-4 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.

According to event coordinators, the conference will offer sessions on a variety of commodities – beef, grain, horticulture, cotton, forage, wildlife and more.

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