Area farmers are invited to attend the 87th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Southwest Research and Education Center near Mt. Vernon.
The planning committee, made up of Lawrence County farmers, has planned some topics that should be of interest to both livestock and crop producers according to Tim Schnakenberg, a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist headquartered in Galena.
Speakers this year will be Kent Shannon, regional natural resources engineer, from Columbia, talking about "Trends in High Tech Agriculture." Wesley Tucker, regional ag business specialist, from Bolivar, will speak on "Can I Justify Alfalfa in My Operation?" Schnakenberg will talk about "Strategies for Successful Corn Production."
In addition, Richard Crawford, superintendent of the Southwest Research Center, will provide an update on current projects at the center. Lawrence County commissioners will offer an update on the county's financial picture for 2011.
There is no charge to attend the conference, but reservations are needed by Jan. 4, 2011, in order to have enough food available. To reserve a meal, call the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.
The meal will be provided courtesy of Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon, Ozark Electric Cooperative, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce.