SAN ANTONIO – The International Farm and Ranch Show to be held October 8-10 at the Freeman Coliseum and surrounding grounds northeast of downtown San Antonio will have a variety of educational offerings for visitors, according to show coordinators.

“This won't be your typical ag show,” said Jeff Lynch of San Antonio International Ag Promotions, the organization presenting the show. “We'll have something for everyone – farmers, ranchers and small acreage landowners. It's not unusual for a rancher to grow some crops or for a farmer to run some cattle, so

we're making sure we present products, information and educational opportunities that reflect the extent and variety of today's agriculture.”


Lynch said the show also would provide educational opportunities for spouses and individuals seeking continuing education credits or units.

Several private applicator credits will be available, he said, as well as Beef Quality Assurance credits and Certified Crop Advisor credits.

However, Lynch added, a maximum of nine continuing education units will be available to any individual participant over the three-day show period.

Two additional instructional sessions designed for spouses but open to all show attendees will be presented. An educational session on health and finance to be held on Oct. 8, and a session on modern advertisement and promotion for ranchers, including Web site design, will be held on Oct. 9.

The show will be a tremendous educational opportunity for all participants, said Bryan Davis, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for natural resources in Bexar County, one of the show's educational program coordinators.

“Along with a variety of booths and exhibits informing visitors of the new technology and tools available to farmers and ranchers, there will be a significant opportunity to pick up several professional credits in a relatively short period of time,” Davis said.

Educational presentations over the three-day show period will address topics including: tillage and irrigation technologies; livestock fertility management; precision agriculture and global positioning system technology; solar/alternative energy; viticulture; new seed developments; alternative crops; biofuels; beef production; sheep and goat marketing; nature-based tourism; feral hog impact and control, horse management, wine-grape growing in the Texas Hill Country and wildlife management.

“For our visitors from Latin America, many of these educational sessions, including those on irrigation technology, bovine genetics and wildlife management, will also be presented in Spanish through simultaneous translation,” Lynch said.

More information on the show and the educational opportunities and credits available can be found at http://www.farmandranchexpo.com .

Keynote speakers for the show also have been scheduled, Lynch added. On Oct. 8, Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, who will make a presentation on the U.S. Farm Bill. On Oct. 9, Alex Avery, director of research and education at the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues and author of The Truth about Organic Foods, is slated to address the future of farming and food production.

Lynch said show sponsors include Holt, HEB, San Antonio Steel Company, Tractor City, Grande Ford Truck Sales, Texas Deer Association and Southwest Power Fence.

He added that show prizes will include Lucchese boots and a choice of one ton of cattle cubes or deer pellets provided by Lyssy and Eckel.

Admission to the show is free, and parking is $5. Trade show hours will be 8a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on the show, securing exhibitor space or becoming a show sponsor, contact the Freeman Coliseum at 210-226-1177.

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