Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show Introduces Cotton and Hemp Programming

Newsroom / November 22, 2019

The Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show, slated for Dec. 3-5 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas, features several education sessions with a focus on ag topics affecting the Texas Panhandle. New programming at this year’s show will highlight cotton and hemp.

IDEAg Group, producers of the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show, is working with the North Texas Hemp Cooperative, Texas Hemp Growers Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to provide a forum for farmers and farm managers to learn more about hemp and ask questions of a panel of expert speakers gathered for sessions. The morning session will cover topics that help attendees determine if hemp is right for their business; the afternoon session will provide answers to questions from industry leaders as well as give a full understanding of risk and reward from a neutral position.

“There is a lot of interest, enthusiasm and curiosity around hemp in Texas,” said Richard Forrester, director of the North Texas Hemp Cooperative. “We look forward to answering the hard questions farmers have about placing hemp in their crop rotation.”

“We are pleased to work with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show to bring this information to panhandle growers,” said Delmon Ellison, board president, THGA. “Our mission for this learning session is to provide growers with unbiased information that will enable them to make the best decisions for their operations.”

Sessions will take place Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 starting at 10:10 a.m. Central in the Hospitality Room of the Amarillo Civic Center.

Also new at the show this year is COTTON U presented by High Plains Journal and IDEAg Group. This free, half-day event will feature industry experts and farmer panelists focused on topics such as managing cotton in a short-season environment, irrigation and sustainability. Attendance is limited to 150 so attendees are encouraged to pre-register at CottonU.net.

Additionally, the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show will again host the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium on Dec. 3, where attendees can learn about topics including weed resistance, glyphosate and Bt traits while earning CEU credits.

The Texas Wheat Symposium and Ag Appreciation Luncheon takes place on Dec. 4 and features farm policy and wheat market outlooks as well as a keynote address from Ray Starling, former chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

As always, the halls of the Amarillo Civic Center will be lined with more than 400 exhibitors showcasing products, services and technology for the ag industry. Companies represented range across categories such as harvesting equipment, cattle and other livestock handling equipment, irrigation, and parts and maintenance services.

An overview of Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show scheduling is below (all times are Central). More information on each forum event can be found here.

Tuesday, December 3

8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Panhandle Farm & Ranch Management Symposium, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstrations, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

10:10 a.m.–11:50 a.m. The State of Hemp in the Texas Panhandle, presented by North Texas Hemp Co-op

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. “First Things”—Considerations for Industrial Hemp Production in Texas, presented by Texas Hemp Growers Association & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Wednesday, December 4

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstrations, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Texas Wheat Symposium and Ag Appreciation Luncheon, presented by Texas Wheat Producers and Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council

10:10 a.m.–11:50 a.m. The State of Hemp in the Texas Panhandle, presented by North Texas Hemp Co-op

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Water Efficiency and Irrigation Management: What You Need to Know About the New Technology Out There, presented by Ceres Imaging

1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Pesticide Applicator Testing, presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. “First Things”—Considerations for Industrial Hemp Production in Texas, presented by Texas Hemp Growers Association & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Thursday, December 5

8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. COTTON U, presented by High Plains Journal & IDEAg Group, LLC.

The Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show takes place Dec. 3-5 and opens daily at 9 a.m. Visit AmarilloFarmShow.com for hours and additional information about the show.

IDEAg Group LLC delivers an optimal experience to attendees, exhibitors and industry thought leaders in the agricultural market. Through its established farm show events and Feed & Grain Magazine, the IDEAg Group is dedicated to bringing interactive, content-rich, high-value events to the marketplace, connecting top-level producers to providers across the country. The IDEAg Group offers interactive events, publications and media products that are produced “For Agriculture. By Agriculture.” IDEAg Group LLC is an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Visit www.ideaggroup.com to learn more.

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