Grain-grading workshops planned for May

Two one-day grain-grading workshops will be held May 4 and May 5 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., according to Dr. Steve Amosson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

Each workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A registration fee of $45 is required to cover the costs associated with instruction, lunch materials and equipment, Amosson said. Pre-registration is required, as each workshop is limited to 60 participants.

Registration forms can be found online at and by clicking on the link in the Events and Updates section. These forms should be mailed to: Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, attn: Jane Planchon, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.

Amosson said the grain-grading workshop is designed for corn, sorghum and wheat grain handlers and producers. Information from the workshop will help them recognize the different types of damages that occur in these grains and how the damages affect grade.

The grain-grading workshops are co-sponsored by the Panhandle Grain and Feed Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and AgriLife Extension. Course instructors are Amosson; Gale Calkins, retired from the Federal Grain Inspection Service, Wichita, Kan.; Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo; and Dr. James Welch, AgriLife Extension economist-grain marketing and policy, College Station.

Topics covered will include: why grade grain, grain quality and the feedlot industry, grain standards and upcoming changes, and hands-on sessions for wheat, sorghum and corn grading, Amosson said.

For more information, e-mail Amosson at [email protected] or Planchon at [email protected], or call either person at 806-677-5600.

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