Annual Texas Farm, Ranch, Wildlife Expo set for Feb. 21-22
ABILENE — The annual Texas Farm, Ranch, Wildlife Expo is set for Feb. 21-22 on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center, located at 1700 State Highway 36 in Abilene. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22.The event is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.“The show features educational seminars, equipment exhibits, product demonstrations, the Town and Country Women’s Fair, the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association’s annual meeting and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership luncheon,” said Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor County. “The highlight of the luncheon is the naming of the Taylor County Farm Family of the Year.” Pritz said 19 Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered during the educational seminars.The women’s fair starts at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21, in the Display Building. The show’s agricultural-related educational programs begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 21, with the Big Country Range Management seminar in the Extension Classroom. At 10 a.m., the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association’s annual meeting will be held followed by their membership luncheon in the Big Country Hall. The afternoon sessions will start at 1 p.m. and include cotton production in 2012 in the Big Country Hall and a wildlife management seminar in the Western Heritage Ranch House. Concurrent programs beginning at 8 a.m. Feb. 22 will include a Texas Department of Agriculture recertification course in the Big Country Hall, a backyard gardening seminar in the Extension Classroom and the Tools VIII – Habitat Recovery program in the Western Heritage Ranch House. The Expo will also offer a three day-hunter safety education course beginning at 6 p.m. each night in the Extension Classroom. Pritz said participants must attend all three sessions and pass the end-of-course exam to receive credit and certification.The chamber of commerce luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22, in the Big Country Hall. The keynote speaker will be former Congressman Charlie Stenholm, now a senior policy advisor at OFW Law in Washington, D.C. The final educational program, a brush management seminar, will start at 2 p.m. in the Big Country Hall. The seminars are free to the public with the exception of the Tools VIII – Habitat Recovery program and the backyard gardening seminar, which have individual registrations of $20. Those interested in registering for these sessions are asked to RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County by Feb. 17.Tickets for the chamber of commerce luncheon are available at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, 325-677-7241, for $16 each. For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 325-672-6048.