GILMER – The annual East Texas Forage Conference will give livestock and hay producers a wide range of information to help them maximize their pastures’ potential.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Upshur Rural Electric Co-Op, 1200 W. Tyler St. in Gilmer.

Cost is $15 per person until Aug. 30 and $25 thereafter. Lunch is provided. To register, call the AgriLife Extension office in Upshur County at (903) 843-4019.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits – two general, one laws and regulations – will be available for licensed pesticide applicators.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Sprayer calibration and armyworm control, Darren Rozell, owner Rozell Sprayer Manufacturing Co., Tyler.
  • Pasture herbicide updates, Clint Perkins, AgriLife Extension agent, Smith County.
  • Winter forages and winter weed control, Jason Banta, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton.
  • Feral hogs, Hank Hayes, D.V.M., Texas Animal Health Commission region director, Sulphur Springs.
  • Electronic animal identification, Hayes.
  • Importance of forage testing and supplements, Banta.

Matt Garrett is the Harrison County Extension agent for agriculture.