Two upcoming agricultural conferences are planned in East Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension said.
The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference is Feb. 21 in Nacogdoches. An East Texas Pasture Management workshop is planned Feb. 21 in Overton.
The Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Civic Center, 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive. It will include sessions on budgeting and finance, new farm operations and site selection, raised beds, vegetable diseases, and pest insects.
Speakers will include AgriLife Extension specialists and a field representative for the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Register at agriliferegister.tamu.edu/horticulture or by calling (979) 845-2604 by Feb. 20. Early registration is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Late registration is $40 per person or $60 per couple. Lunch is included.
The pasture management workshop is from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 FM 3053 in Overton. It will include topics like controlling forage insect pests, weed control, grazing management and saving money in pesticide use.
The program will be hosted by Vanessa Corriher-Olsen, an AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Jason Banta, an AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.
“Pesticide use, both herbicides and insecticides, is a part of pasture management for many producers,” Corriher-Olsen said. “This program provides information on how pesticides can be used effectively and how they should be used safely to protect our livestock and environment. By following best management practices for forage production we can often reduce the amount of pesticides needed.”
Registration is $25 is received by Feb. 19 and $40 at the door. Register online at agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Overton or call (979) 845-2604. This workshop provides five TDA continuing education units for pesticide applicators.