The Commerce Journal

February 22, 2013

Product and Service Improvement Strategies for Small-Acreage Producers


The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The Texas A&M University-Commerce Agricultural Sciences will host its second of four seminars scheduled for this spring.

This one will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office on 1200B West Houston Street in Sulphur Springs tomorrow morning from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics to be discussed are:

o    Pests Affecting Crops in North East Texas: Best Management Practices Targeted to Control Armyworms and Grasshoppers, Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent

o    East Texas Weeds and Strategies to Control Them, Dr. Curtis Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Agronomist Specialist and Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Cooperatives, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture

The following two will be held on March 16 and 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the Agricultural Science Building room 149 on 2600 West Neal Street in Commerce.

Items to be discussed during the March 16 meeting are:

o    Youth Employment in Agriculture, Dr. Bob Williams, Associate Professor and Teacher Educator, Coordinator-Agricultural and Family Education, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Tractor and Machinery Safety, Mr. Jonathan Mendez, Graduate Student and Former John Deere Service Technician, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Management of Cooperatives, Dr. Jose Lopez, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Lessons Learned from Running a Pick-Your Own Fruit Operation, Dr. Jim Heitholt, Professor and Department Head, Agricultural Sciences, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Selecting Your Crop: Soil Properties and Site Selection, Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent

The following topics will be covered on the March 23 meeting:

o    Tractor and Machinery Maintenance, Mr. Jonathan Mendez, Graduate Student and Former John Deere Service Technician, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Cooperatives, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture o    Sprayer Calibration, Dr. Curtis Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Agronomist Specialist and Assistant

Professor, Texas A&M University – Commerce

o    Alternative Crops: Agricultural Diversification to Satisfy Changing Markets, Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent

o    Erosion Prevention, Mr. Troy Mumphrey, Soil Conservation Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture

The seminars are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided as well.