Smith County Extension Agent
Two annual conferences are scheduled for February — the annual East Texas Turfgrass Conference and the annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference. The Turfgrass Conference will be held Feb. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Research and Extension Center in Overton. The an- nual Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held Feb. 26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.
The East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference, which kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m., will provide a wealth of information on commercial fruit and vegetable production for the price of $30 per person (includes lunch) payable at the door. Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive two hours of continuing education credits (two hours General).
The morning general session features presentations on the topics of Ag exemption 101, high tunnel houses for strawberries and vegetables, managing weeds and the orchard floor, water requirements for fruits and vegetables and sustainable versus organic production.
Following lunch, afternoon sessions will be held. The afternoon session includes developing a sustainable vegetable garden plan, managing Texas’ most common fruit problems, honey for home and profit and the do’s and don’ts of a raised bed garden.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit commercial vendors during the course of the day. Sponsors for the annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference include Irrigation-Mart, Inc. and Heritage Land Bank. The Rose Garden Center is at 420 Rose Park Drive.
For complete agendas for these two events, visit the Smith County AgriLife Agriculture Blog on the web at agrilife.org/smithcounty agriculture or call 903-590-2980. Persons with special needs are asked to contact our office at least five working days in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.
Programs offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are for people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.