The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County and the Denton County Extension Agriculture Committee will hold a cool-season forage field day from 5-8 p.m. at Rancho De La Roca, located on 2459 Blackjack Road West, Aubrey.
The event will begin in the field on the north side of Farm-to-Market Road 428, between Blackjack Road and the Green Belt Corridor at 5 p.m., said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Denton County.
Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Overton, will discuss the pros and cons of utilizing cool-season forages in cattle operations, Boughen said.
Registration will be $15, and include educational materials and a light meal. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by calling Pamela Hill at 940-349-2894 by March 31, he said.
“When properly utilized, cool-season forages can save cattle producers the time and cost associated with extensive hay use,” Boughen said. “The results of our cool-season ryegrass demonstration will be used as a teaching tool to help producers understand the dynamics of forage, whether they are grasses or legumes.”
For more information contact Boughen or Hill at 940-349-2894.
Discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill will take center stage at the Texas Ag Forum, scheduled April 10 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive, in Austin.
The event will bring together producers, commodity and farm organization leaders from across the state, said Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
“The 2014 Farm Bill significantly changed the farm program safety net,” he said. “The new law provides producers with a number of choices for both commodity programs and crop insurance. We will take the opportunity to discuss these changes and provide insight on how the new farm programs will work for Texas producers. In short, the conference will focus on what the impacts will be.”
The forum will feature presentations from policy makers, university experts and farm-group representatives. Presenters and topics are:
• Judith Canales, state executive director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Texas, “Implementing the 2014 Farm Bill.”
• Outlaw, “Commodity Title Overview and Explaining the Crop Policy Decision Aid.”