CEU Programs

Annual Western Rice Belt Conference-El Campo, Texas – January 19, 2022

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the El Campo Civic Center.  The Rice Conference is composed of a Production Conference for rice producers and rice industry professionals, and a Rice Consumers Seminar for homemakers.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the main program to begin at 8:10 a.m.  After a catered lunch, provided by area agribusiness sponsors, the program will conclude around 2:30 p.m.

This joint effort between the Western Rice Belt planning committee, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Rice Producers Association, and U.S.A. Rice will offer growers and others the opportunity to hear presentations from the professionals and leaders in the agriculture industry.  Topics and speakers will include:  Rice Variety Performance – presented by RiceTec, Horizon Ag, and Dynagro; Rice Dryer Variety Data for 2022 – Corrie Bowen; Row Rice Production – Dr. Jarrod Hardke, University of Arkansas; Pesticide Laws and Regulations Update, Stephanie Theriot; Carbon Credit Economics – Dr. Luis Ribera;  Rice Market Outlook – Dr. Thomas Wynn; Farm Policy Update – Dr. George Knapek, and an update on Conservation Programs for Working Lands – Dennis Neumann.  The Texas Rice Council will also conduct their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2022Western Rice Belt Conference.  The results of the Rice Poster Contest will be announced during the lunch hour by County Extension Agents Lori Garcia and Laura Reyna.  The Rice Consumers theme this year is “Rice Around the World”, featuring rice recipes around the globe.

For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Colorado County at 979-732-2082; in Matagorda County at 979-245-4100; or Wharton County at 979-532-3310; or go to https://wharton.agrilife.org and click on Events to view a flyer for the Rice Conference. 2  CEU’s (1 L&R and 1 GEN) for TDA Pesticide Applicators will be awarded at this event.  CCA hours have been applied for and will be offered pending approval.  Pesticide Applicators are reminded to provide their Pesticide Applicator License number at registration.




Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference at Crescent – January 25, 2022

 By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Wharton County


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, and Colorado Counties are happy to announce the Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference for Tuesday, January 25, 2022.   This year’s conference will be held in Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds at 6036 FM 961 Road Wharton, Texas 77488.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with our first speaker beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The conference will include a catered lunch meal will conclude at 1:45 p.m.  3 CEUs will be awarded to pesticide license holders with the Texas Department of Agriculture (2 IPM, 1 L&R); and 4.5 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for.  Thanks to ag industry sponsors, no registration fee will be charged.

The Feed Grain and Cotton conference will address the following topics: Bollworm Update – David Kerns, Texas IPM Coordinator; Cover Crops – Dr. Jake Mowrer, Extension Soil Specialist; Herbicide Selection – Dr. Josh McGinty, Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist;  2022 Texas Auxin Herbicide Training Dicamba and Enlist Technologies – Dr. Scott Nolte, Extension Weed Specialist; Timing of Fungicide Applications in Corn -Tom Isakeit, Extension Plant Pathologist; Cotton Market Update – John Robinson, Extension Cotton Marketing Specialist; RACE Trial Update/Current Cotton Research – Dr. Ben McKnight, Extension Cotton Specialist; and Fertilizer Market and Supply – Toby Hlavinka, American Plant Food.

The annual Auxin training will be a one-hour training for 2022.  The Auxin training that is provided as part of the Feed Grain and Cotton Conference will fulfill the annual auxin training requirements for Dicamba and 2,4-D Choline products and will include 1 hours of Laws and Regulations CEUs.

For more information or for a copy of the conference flyer, go to https://wharton.agrilife.org, or contact Stacey at the Wharton County Extension Office at (979) 532-3310, or stacey.shanks@ag.tamu.edu.  Please call or email Stacey by January 21st just to let us know that you’ll be attending.


The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any Extension activity, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office for assistance 5 days prior to the activity.



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