April 12, 2013

Next Generation Agricultural Conference Announced

Capital Farm Credit and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension teamed up to offer two agricultural conferences for beginning farmers and ranchers this year. The first will be at the Brazos Expo Center in Bryan, Texas, May 23-24. The second, held at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, will be July 18-19 with more information to follow.

The conference in Bryan will begin Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome from moderator Larry Boleman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Strategic Initiatives and Capital Farm Credit director. Discussion topics and speakers include:

Thursday, May 23:

Analyzing the Performance of Your Operation – Stan Bevers, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economist

  • Thriving versus surviving.
  • How do you analyze an operation?

Growing Your Operation and Advice from a Lender - Barry Abel and Jason Fuchs, Capital Farm Credit

  • Looking to get bigger?
  • Should you expand or intensify your current operation?
  • What does a lender need to originate credit?

To Lease or Buy – Ron Gill, Texas A&M Agrilife Beef Cattle Specialist

  • When expanding your ranching operation should you buy or lease equipment and livestock?

The Next Generation of Texas Agriculture – Doug Steele, Director of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Budgeting Tips – Danny Klinefelter, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economist

  • Budgeting, planning how to determine capital purchases, and when to purchase land.

Success - Richard Cortese, Dale Hoelscher, Kevin Huffman and John Perryman

  • Real farm and ranch success stories and how they did it.

Friday, May 24:

Southern Plains Ag Economy - Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

  • Where are we heading?

Developing This Year's Marketing Plains for Your Ranch - David Anderson, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economist

Managing Risk – David Anderson and Mark Welch, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economists

  • Protecting your operation from the volatile commodity markets and weather.

The View from the Bottom Side of the Fiscal Cliff - Wayne Hayengay, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economist - Emeritus

  • New tax and estate laws affecting agricultural operations.

Hay Preservation - Jason Banta, Texas A&M Agrilife Beef Cattle Specialist

  • How to value hay for a cattle operation and what is it worth?

Challenges and Opportunities in Rebuilding the Cow Herd - Ron Gill, Texas A&M Agrilife Beef Cattle Specialist

The conference is free for those who register two or more days in advance. Late conference registration is $50. Lunch will be provided to participants both days.

To Register: Go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu (keyword search: generation) or call 979.845.2604.
Hotel Information: http://www.visitaggieland.com/Where-to-Stay/Hotels-Motels-Inns
Maps and Directions: http://brazoscountyexpo.com/directions

If you have questions please contact Jason Cleere, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, at extansc@ag.tamu.edu or his office at 979.845.6931.

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