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Cattlemen from six counties and beyond will converge on the Milano Livestock Exchange on Friday, Jan. 7 to learn about new ways to improve their beef cattle production systems, ways to make operations more economically viable and successful for years to come.
The Central Texas Cow Calf Clinic has become a staple activity for large-scale and smallscale producers alike. Everyone can learn something that they can bring back and apply to their ranch, regardless of size or capacity. This year’s clinic will be no exception.
Clinic registration is $10 and will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the clinic. Preregistration is not necessary, please register at the door. The program will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Two CEU hours (2 general) will be given to individuals who have a Private Pesticide Applicators License. Also, 1.5 continuing education hours will also be awarded to producers who have attended the Beef Quality Assurance program, or BQA.
Topics to be discussed will be new weed control options, places to trim, invest, and not leave money on the table in livestock operations, pesticide safety and does sprayer calibration pay, practical animal health, and a live demonstration on assisting difficult calving.
Milano Livestock Exchange is located on Hwy 79 in Milano. For more information regarding this educational event, please contact the Milam County Extension Of f ice, 254- 697- 7045.
MASTER GARDENERS SIGN UP–If you are interested in becoming a Texas Master Gardener, the Little River Basin Master Gardener Association will be holding a training class beginning on Jan. 12.
Deadline for registration has been extended to Jan. 7. The cost of the course is $150, and includes course manual, materials, field trips, graduation celebration, name badge and national membership fee.
The requirement to become a Certified Texas Master Gardener is to complete the 50 hour classroom instruction and 50 hours of volunteer activities to be completed within a year of the completion of the classroom.
The Little River Basin Master Gardeners are a very active chapter and provide a multitude of volunteer opportunities that interest you.
For more information, or to register for the class, please call the Texas Agrilife Extension Service–Milam County office at 254-697-7045, or remit payment with name, address, phone, and email to 100 E. 1st, Cameron, TX 76520.
MASTER MARKETER PROGR AM–Texas AgriLife Extension will host a group of instructors from within the agency, several universities and private industries to bring the Master Marketer Program to Central Texas agriculture producers.
Master Marketer is a national award-winning risk-manage- ment educational program where participants learn how to develop marketing plans, evaluate marketing alternatives, manage production and price risk and execute a risk management strategy to address volatile input and commodity prices.
The 64- hour curriculum is offered as four, two-day sessions held every two weeks. It is the most intensive marketing/risk management training provided by Extension anywhere in the U. S., said Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist. Case studies, group discussions and simulation exercises will be used to provide experience with real tools that can be used on individual farm and ranch operations after the class. The next Master Marketer Program will be held in Waco, starting Jan. 12-13, with follow-up dates of Jan. 26-27, Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 23-24. All the meetings will be held at the Texas Farm Bureau Conference Center in Waco, 7410 Fish Pond Road.
A free futures and options leveling workshop will be held on Jan. 11 before the program begins for anyone who doesn’t feel they are ready for intermediate to advanced level training.
The final date to register is Monday, Jan. 3, but Johnson said the class size will be limited to the first 60 participants, so those interested shouldn’t wait to register.
The registration fee for the program is $250, which includes noon meals and educational materials. Johnson said previous registrants say it is well worth the money, citing previous participant evaluations that credited an average increase in farm/ranch revenues of more than $30,000 per year as a result of the information learned in the program.
For more information or to obtain a brochure and registration form, contact your local county extension agent or call Johnson at 254-968-4144.
Registration forms may also be obtained at http://mastermarketer. tamu.edu. Fees may be paid by check made payable to account #222100-60025 and sent with a completed registration form. For those who want to use a credit card and register over the Internet, go to http://agrilifevents. tamu.edu.