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Conference to Feature Herd Rebuilding and Legislation Update

27 December 2012

US - Tips on rebuilding Texas cattle herds and an update on livestock traceability will be featured topics at the 51st Blackland Income Growth Conference scheduled Feb. 4-6 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The center is located at 4601 Bosque Boulevard.

“We think we have something for everyone, and producers will take home plenty of strategies they can incorporate into their operations,” said Ron Woolley, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program director at Stephenville.

The annual conference is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Waco Chamber of Commerce. The Dinner Tonight cooking school is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 4, featuring recipe demonstrations that promote Texas agriculture. Cost is $15 with preregistration and $20 onsite. To register, visit

Registration for the main Blackland Income Growth Conference on Feb. 5 is $20 per person and includes lunch. Several sessions will award continuing education units. Producers are encouraged to download the brochure at to see specific continuing education credit allocations, sessions and speakers.

The keynote luncheon speaker Feb. 5 will be Dr. James Kroll, also known as “Dr. Deer” and is the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in forest wildlife and director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kroll is a nationally-known resource for excellence in research in deer biology, management and economics, Woolley said. Most recently, Kroll was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker as the nation’s first deer trustee for Wisconsin and given the authority to investigate and develop solutions to long-standing public issues related to the management of white-tailed deer in the state.

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