With a mission to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information, Annie’s Project is coming to Stephenville beginning in September. Annie’s Project is a nationally awarded workshop series for women focusing on farm/ranch management. Program topics include decision-making in areas of production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resources risk management, along with information on estate planning.

Classes will be held in Stephenville at the District 8 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center (1229 N US Hwy 281) on Sept. 7, 14, and 21 and October 5, 12, and 19 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Registration is limited to 30 participants and the $50 registration fee covers meals and material for all six sessions.

For more information, please contact Jason Johnson at (254) 968-4144, extension 225 or Lonnie Jenschke at 965-1460.

Program Support is being provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Farm Credit.

Beef cattle short course

Live cattle working, fence building, tractor equipment and Brush Busters demonstrations are among several activities planned for the 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

All demonstrations will be Aug. 9 at various locations. They will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. The demonstrations will provide participants with live demonstration opportunities in a variety of beef cattle activities.

The Brush Busters demonstration will cover how to manage prickly pear, mesquite, greenbrier, Chinese tallow trees, huisache and other species.  A beef cattle business management workshop, beef carcass value determination workshop and live cattle-handling and chute-side   demonstrations are also planned.

The short course is the premier beef educational event in Texas, attracting more than 1,400 attendees annually, Cleere said. It features 24 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics.

“Concurrent workshops will feature information on introductory cattle production, forage management practices, range management, nutrition and reproduction, record keeping, genetics, purebred cattle and much more,” he said. “The goal of the short course each year is to provide sessions on basic beef cattle production practices as well as the most cutting-edge information needed by beef cattle producers.”

Participants can earn at least seven Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide continuing education units.

An industry trade show will be held during the event, featuring more than 130 agricultural businesses and service exhibits.

“And the famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner is always a highlight of the short course,” Cleere said.

Registration is $180 per person before July 31 or $220 afterwards. It includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, lunches, breakfasts and daily refreshments.

Registration information and a tentative schedule were mailed to previous participants in May, but also can be found on the short course website at http://beefcattleshortcourse.com.

Producers can register at the website or by contacting Cleere’s office at 979-845-6931.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly and online at yourstephenvilletx.com.