Monday, August 16, 2010

Buffelgrass & Forage Quality Workshop to be Held Aug. 20

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Rio Grande City, TX – In recent years, advances in plant and animal breeding, introduction of new products, and development of new management approaches have made it possible to increase animal performance. However, for this to be realized there must be additional focus on forage quality.

Buffelgrass is a highly nutritious grass and is considered excellent for pasture in hot, dry areas and is valued for its production of palatable forage and intermittent grazing during drought periods especially in dry land areas. The focus of this Educational Program will highlight Buffelgrass and its establishment in Starr County.

The Cooperative Extension Program, Texas Agrilife Extension and the Texas/Mexico Border Coalition will be hosting this educational program. Dr. Wayne Hanselka, Dow Chemical Company will provide a topic on Forage Quality & Chemical Treatments, U.S. Insurance will provide a topic on Pasture & Rainfall Insurance for 2011, and the USDA Natural Conservation Service will provide topic on Increasing Productivity & New Conservation Practices. The Program will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall in El Sauz, Texas on August 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Please reply by R.S.V.P. before August 20, 2010.
For more information on this program, please contact Ronnie Zamora, Extension Agent CEP-AgNR or Omar Montemayor, County Extension Agent-Ag at the Starr County Extension Office at (956) 487-2306.

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