Precision Ag Expo scheduled for September 6, 2007

The Precision Ag Expo will be held September 6, at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview. The Expo is sponsored by the Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) and co-sponsored by USDA-ARS, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Cooperative Extension, New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, West Texas A & M University, International Plant Nutrition Institute, National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants and the Texas Farm Bureau Texas Agriculture publication.

Ray Smith, TPPA Board Chairman explained, "TPPA sponsored the first Precision Ag Expo last June in Corpus Christi. Based on the excellent attendance, interest and suggestions, our Expo Planning Committee has made plans for 2007. Due to its central location for West Texas farmers, Plainview was selected as the site for the 2007 Precision Ag Expo."

The Precision Ag Expo will be a day-long event that will begin at 8 AM. The Expo agenda will include both classroom style presentations and "hands-on" demonstrations and discussions in the field. This will be great opportunity for all involved in farming to learn about the latest precision ag practices and products from those that are leaders in working with this new technology.

Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, has been invited to present the "Welcome" which will be followed by the presentations and field demonstrations. There will be an overview of precision ag and the benefits it may offer West Texas farmers. Other topics will include use of guidance systems, monitors and equipment to measure soil and crop variables. Information on data collection and use will be discussed. Another presentation will be on irrigation management. A group of farmers also will discuss their experiences with precision ag and the benefits it offers their farming operation.

Many precision ag firms and other agribusinesses will participate in the Expo and will have both equipment displays and other exhibits. Many of the precision ag firms will also be demonstrating their equipment in a field near the Liner Center.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) will be offered during the Expo for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration and other information can be found on the TPPA website or contact Bob Sasser, TPPA Executive Director, at (936) 539-2349. or by e-mail at [email protected].

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