Cow Country Congress to convene at Crockett Civic Center
Houston County Courier
By Robert Burns
Texas A&M AgriLife
This year's Cow Country Congress on Oct. 24 in Crockett will have several presentation topics not covered in previous years, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Two program highlights will be a presentation on estate planning when transferring an operation to the next generation and a demonstration on working cow dogs. The Cow Country Congress is an annual multicounty event supported by the AgriLife Extension beef and forage committees in Walker, Madison, Houston, Trinity, Leon, Freestone, Polk and Anderson counties, said Armon Hewitt, AgriLife Extension agent for Trinity County. Set at the Porth Ag Arena, 1100 Edmiston Dr. in Crockett, registration is $20 per person and includes a steak lunch. Attendees must RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in one of the eight participating counties by Oct. 15, Hewitt said. To RSVP locally, call 936-544-7502. Sign-in will be from 7 to 8 a.m. the day of the event. The program will adjourn about 2:30 p.m. "Beef producers from outside the traditional eight counties of the Cow Country Congress are invited to attend this educational program," Hewitt said. "Participants will have the opportunity to visit with a variety of commercial exhibitors throughout the course of the day between presentations and demonstrations." Dr. Charles Long, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and resident director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, will give a video and slideshow presentation on the finer points of using cow dogs to work cattle. Dr. Wayne Hayenga, AgriLife Extension economist, will present "Generation Turnover," a talk about estate tax issues when turning a farming or ranching operation over to the next generation. Also on the program will be a legislative update by State Rep. Trent Ashby, District 57; "Marketing Beef to U.S. Consumers," by a Nolan Ryan Beef representative; and an update on Texas water issues. For spouses there will be cooking demonstrations and workshops on container gardening, growing herbs and cheese making. For more information, contact Mandy Patrick, AgriLife Extension family consumer sciences in Houston County at 936-544- 7502.