Blackland Income Growth Conference January 14-15 in Waco

The Blackland Income Growth Program seeks to improve the overall agricultural and agri-business economy of the Blackland area.  This Annual BIG Conference is scheduled for January 14-15, 2020 at the Waco Convention Center.

On Tuesday, January 14, commodity groups will offer educational programs, including a session on Wildlife, Cotton, Beef Cattle, Grain, Horticulture, Rural Land Management and Forage. The first day of the conference starts at 9:00 AM and runs until 4:00PM and registration includes lunch. Registration for the commodity sessions on January 14 is $25 and includes lunch, registration opens at 8:00AM.

This year’s keynote speaker, which will be featured during the lunch on January 14, is Dr. Jeff Hyde the newly named director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. As director of the largest Extension agency in the nation, Hyde oversees agency programming in agriculture and natural resources, Family and Community Health, 4-H and Youth Development, and Community Economic Development. His research and extension education programs focused on factors affecting farm profitability, including new production technologies and business or marketing planning.

On day two of the conference, a 5 Hour Recertification Program will be held for those with a pesticide applicator license. Pre-registration is $60 and includes lunch or $70 at the door. Call 254-757-5180 to pre-register. Also, on January 15, a private applicator training will be held. Registration is $75 and includes lunch. Preregister by calling 254-582-4022.

For more information contact:  Chelsea Dorward, Bosque County Extension Agent (254) 435-2331

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