NRCS ranch economics conference

Nov 11, 2008
NRCS ranch economics conference

Landowners, ranchers and producers are invited to attend the Blackland Prairie Ranch Economics Conference which will be held at the Fletcher-Warren Civic Cen ter located in Greenville, TX, on Sept. 19, 2008. The cost of the conference is $5 per person.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at the civic center. Lunch is planned for all registered attendees. All attendees will receive valuable information about ranch economics and profitability from pre sentations by conservation professionals.

Additionally, three hours of pesticide applica tor’s license continuing education units will be offered during the conference.

The USDA Natural Resources Conserva tion Service (NRCS) will present discus sions regarding getting started with stock ing rates, economical alternatives to inor ganic fertilizers, and federal assistance through Farm Bill programs. Other conservation presentations include maintain ing profitability in forage-based production systems, economics of forage fertilization and hay production, and adding value and marketing beef cattle.

To end the conference, a rancher’s panel will discuss staying profitable in your ranch operation. The panel will include Chip Merrill, who operates the XXX Ranch in Tarrant County, Kenneth Braddock, man ager for Rosewood Ranches in Navarro County, and Jim Russell, owner of Jim Russell Hay and Sprig Farm in Hopkins County.

For those who plan on attending the conference, please RSVP by Sept. 12, 2008, at 903/455-6212 Ext.3. For more informa tion, please contact Jeff Goodwin at 903/874-5131 Ext.3, or Randy Henry at 817/467-3867. GLCI information can be obtained at and www.tx.usda. or contact your local NRCS service center for details. — WLJ