Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show introduces cotton and hemp programming

The Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show 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.”

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Also new at the show this year is COTTON U presented by High Plains Journal and IDEAg Group. This free, half-day event features industry experts and farmer panelists focused on topics such as managing cotton in a short-season environment, irrigation and sustainability.

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.

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation