This week’s Waco ag conference offers latest trends

An update on current farm bill policy as well as other ag trends was to be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 10-11, for those who want to keep up with what’s new in ag issues.

The presentations were to take place at the 56th Blackland Income Growth Conference Jan. 10-11 at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

Subject matter included drone technology, maintaining a healthy beef cattle herd plus a number of issues and trends affecting production agriculture.

The Conference was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, was to be the keynote luncheon speaker Jan. 10. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy change.

“The BIG Conference features a number of commodity sessions including beef, horse, horticulture, cotton, grain, rural land management, forage and wildlife designed to help producers improve profitability and enhance stewardship practices,” said Bill Foshea, conference chair and Ellis County agriculture producer.

Registration each day was $25 at the door and included lunch; Tuesdays events were to include commodity sessions covering beef, cotton, forage, grain, horse, rural land management and wildlife. Jan. 11 was to offer a horticulture session. 

A BIG Recertification Program was to be held concurrently. Registration included lunch and was $70 at the door.

Also on Jan. 11, a private applicator training was to be held. Registration was $75 and included lunch. More information is available by calling 254-582-4022. Rounding out the event, a From the Ground Up program was to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration was $40 general admission, $25 for students. Call 940-552-9941, ext. 226 for registration information.

The Mid-Texas Farm and Ranch show was to be held in conjunction with the conference to showcase the latest in farm and ranch equipment, seed, chemicals and ag-related services and technologies. For a complete schedule, visit

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