The Blackland Income Growth Program seeks to improve the overall agricultural and agri-business economy of the Blackland area. This Annual B.I.G. Conference is scheduled for January 10-11, 2018 at the ExtraCo Events Center in Waco.
On Wednesday, January 10, commodity groups will offer educational programs including sessions on Wildlife Management, Cotton, Horse, Beef Cattle, Grain, Rural Land Management and Forage. The first day of the conference starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. Registration for the commodity sessions on January 10 is $25 and includes lunch.
This year’s keynote speaker, who will be featured during the lunch on January 10, is Dr. Joe Outlaw. Dr. Outlaw is co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension economist in College Station. He frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy change.
On day two of the conference, a horticulture session will be offered for $25, and also includes lunch. Concurrently, a 5 hour Re-certification Program will be held for those with a pesticide applicator license. Pre-registration is $60 or $70 at the door. Call 254-757-5180 to pre-register. Also on January 11, a Private Applicator Training will be held for those who need to obtain a Private Applicator License. Registration is $75 and also includes lunch. Preregister by calling 254-582-4022. Rounding out the event, a “From the Ground Up” program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $40 or $25 for students. Call 940-552-9941 ext. 226 for registration.
The Mid-Texas Farm and Ranch show will be held in conjunction with the entire conference and will showcase the latest in farm and ranch equipment, seed, chemicals and ag-related services and technologies.
For more information contact: Chelsea Dorward, Bosque County Extension Agent (254) 435-2331