ANGELINA CO., Texas — As we continue to leave behind any Covid restrictions, a new format for cattlemen looking for an educational series that fits anyone’s stay at home schedule continues. The Agricultural Producers Lunch & Learn which began in February maintains its monthly meetings with topics that are sure to aid producers.
This coming Wednesday, April 27 from noon to 1 pm, Dr. Vanessa Olson, Associate Professor and Forage Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be covering the topic “Forage Pest Control: More Than Spraying”.
Pest control of weeds and insects this year is especially important as producers are investing in the higher than normal costs of fertilizer. “We want to make sure that every fertilizer dollar counts,” says Olson. She continues, “Identification is key and identifying pest species early is important to time appropriate pesticide application.”
This talk will give 1 general continuing education unit to those holding a pesticide license with the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Looking ahead at the upcoming May 19 session, Dr David Anderson, Texas A&M Professor& Extension Economist, will be discussion the “Beef Cattle Market Outlook”. Market trends and prices will be the studied.
On June 30, “Hog Control Technologies” will be discussed by Dr. Aaron Sumrall, Director of Outreach for Field Engine Wildlife Research. This talk will provide 1 Continuing Education Unit in the Integrated Pest Management category. Sumrall has worked with all manner of traps and is now representing the Pig Brig trap product.
Interest in the topic of Regenerative Agriculture will be the focus of discussion at the July 28 session. Jeff Goodwin, Program Director Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute will discuss the current state of regenerative agriculture as well as its progress over time.
Come August 31, it will be high time for stockmen to be planning for their winter pastures. Perhaps the most tenured professor from Sam Houston State University’s Department of Ag Sciences, Dr. Robert Lane will talk about choices and the pre-establishment efforts to ensure quality grazing. From the typical ryegrass to small grains, and clovers, options abound.
Wrapping up the 2022 Virtual Luncheon series on September 28, Dr. Joe Paschal, Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist will discuss Regulations & Guidelines for Animal Antibiotics. Keeping up with the current disease abatement strategies require regular studying and Dr. Paschal will be able to greatly assist.
Every session will be held during the noon hour from 12 to 1 pm. Registration for all programs is only $20 and that includes the upcoming 2 Continuing Education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture for pesticide license holders. This is a joint program hosted by the following counties: Cherokee, Shelby, Newton, Tyler, Panola, and Angelina County.
If you have questions or wish to sign up for these lunch hour seminars, contact the Cherokee County Extension office at 936-683-5416.
–Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Angelina County