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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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Just as the historic Chautauqua’s of the turn-of-the century shared and discussed new ideas, we will share the latest information from Extension on caring for and pruning peach trees. Homeowners with one tree or 20 will benefit from this discussion and the hands-on pruning demonstrations will give them the knowledge and confidence to prune their own trees. The program runs from 10 to 3 pm on Monday, February 16 at the Williamson County Extension office located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

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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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Americans count on trees and forests to provide shade and shelter, jobs and products, and clean air and water, both today and for generations to come. However, non-native insects and diseases are destroying North American trees and forests. In some cases, entire species of trees are being removed from our forests and neighborhoods, causing economic and environmental costs and reduced quality of life in our communities. In this webinar, the authors of Fading Forests III: American Forests: What Choice Will We Make? will present policy and management options that can protect our trees and forests, followed by comments by a panel of experts from government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

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The third program in the Williamson Horticulture Coffee Break Series will focus on the benefits of using LED lights in the greenhouse. It will discuss energy savings as well as the benefit of adjusting the wave-lenght of light to benefit your specific plant.

The program will be at the Williamson county Extension office located a 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown. The webinar program begins promplty at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at the end of the question and answer session. The preceeding programs ended by 11:15to 11:30 am.

The is no registration fee- just show up and have a cup of coffee on us! For more information contact the Extension office at 512.943.3300.

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 The Patio Lecture Series brings experts and citizens together to visit about topics of interest to homeowners who live where nature and the city meet. Each program will be at the Williamson County Extension Office Training Room. The cost of the series will be $25 or $10 at the door if you only want to attend a single program.

The third program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 12. The presenters will discuss preserving home produce. Shelly Franklin and Michelle Chambers will explain and demonstrate the different processes for storing home-grown produce and give understanding to the diversity of food preservation that can greet home-owners at the edge of their patio.

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