North Carolina Cooperative Extension Animal Agriculture Agent Training Conference

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Animal Agriculture Agent Training Conference is August 6-8.

Monday, August 6, Schaub Hall (NC State Campus)

10:00 – 10:30 New agents (5 or fewer years of CES service) and specialists arrive and enjoy snacks and coffee.

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome and introductions of new agents and all specialists attending

11:00 – 12:00 Needs of new agents. New agents will discuss their needs and challenges.

12:00 – 1:00 Pizza and Salad Lunch, Everyone is welcome!

1:00 – 1:15       Introductions and Welcome. Todd See, Tom Melton, Matt Poore

1:15 – 2:30       Dealing with controversial issues. How to you help concerned citizens when even the experts don’t want to talk about it? Farm Bureau technical specialists present brief background on current issues, and a panel of agents discuss how to approach citizen calls. Chester Lowder, Keith Larrick, Eve Honeycutt, Liz Lahti, and Beth Burchell.

2:30 – 2:45       Break

2:45 – 3:45       Making an effective farm visit.

  1. Johnny Rogers
  2. Making the first impression. Jim Handley
  3. Preparation, data to collect and follow up. Bryan Cave, Dan Wells, Sara Routh, and Kelsey

3:45 – 4:00       Update on the NC Cattle Industry Assessment Program. Bryan Blinson

4:00 – 4:15       Break

4:15-5:15         Understanding Beef Quality. Dana Hanson

5:15 – 6:45       Social reception/Mixer.

Tuesday, August 7, Hall of Fame Room, Jim Graham Building (NC State Fairgrounds)

8:00 – 8:15       Networking over coffee/drinks/doughnuts/snacks

8:15 – 8:30       New Faculty Introduction. Jon Holt

8:30-10:00       Integrated Pasture Weed Control Programs. Fred Yelverton, Miguel Castillo, Ramon Leon. This session will feature a team of specialists from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences who will discuss how to use a variety of management practices including fertilization, grazing management and strategic use of herbicides to make the most productive pastures possible. Will be approved for 1.5 hrs pesticide license credit.

10:00-10:15     Break

10:30-11:15     Important laws regulating animal agriculture. Andrew Brannon

11:15-11:45     Helping producers with state and federal cost-share programs. Lee Holcomb

11:45 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30-12:45     Do we need extension veterinarians? Tom Melton and Paula Cray

12:45-1:45       Economic Outlook for Animal Agriculture. Kelly Zering (Swine and Poultry), Brittany Whitmire (Dairy) and Chris Prevatte (Beef)

1:45-2:15         Making Common Sense Fertilizer Recommendations. Brandon Poole

2:15- 3:00        Working with beginning farmers. Gary Bullen, Johnny Rogers and Sarah Blacklin.

3:00-3:15       Break

3:15-4:00         Applied forage economics. The economic realities of annual vs perennial forages, legumes, and harvested vs grazed forages. Chris Prevatte

4:00-5:00         Byproduct feeds for livestock. Shannon Davidson, Deidre Harmon, Johnny Rogers, Alaina Cross, Eric van Heugten

5:00                 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 8, Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab Beef Educational Unit (BEU).

8:00 – 8:15       Coffee/Doughnuts/Snacks

8:15 – 10:00     Managing internal and external pests in cattle and other pasture-based livestock species. Wes Watson and Mark Alley

This session will cover the latest on controlling flies, lice, worms and coccidia, including basic education on these important pest species and how to develop an effective control program. Will be approved for 1.5 hours of pesticide training credit (pending).

10:00 -10:15    Break

10:15-12:00     Elective Sessions

  1. Managing Dystocia in Cattle. Mark Alley
  2. Animal Waste Management Tour. Becky Spearman, Eve Honeycutt, Mark Rice, and Mahmoud Sharara
  3. Developing silvopasture systems. Brian Parrish, Colby Lambert and Buron

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch and brief comments from Sponsors

1:30 – 2:00       Open opportunity to interact with Sponsors

2:00 Adjourn general program and continue informal interactions.

Please take advantage of the online evaluation form to make comments. Thank you!

Remember Monday August 6 is in Schaub Hall, Tuesday August 7 is at the Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, and Wednesday Aug 8 is at the Beef Educational Unit!

Directions to the Jim Graham Building:

The Jim Graham Building is near the east Entrance to the State Fairgrounds off Blueridge Road.

Lake Wheeler Road Beef Unit for the Wednesday activities 4505 Mid Pines Road Raleigh, NC 27603

For a map to the Beef Educational Unit at North Carolina State University, please see:

The Beef Educational Unit is located 2 miles south of interstate 40.

  • Exit I-40 onto Lake Wheeler Road and drive
  • Cross over Tryon, then go approximately one more mile and turn right (west) onto Mid Pines
  • Take the first right (dirt road) and you will see the Beef Educational Unit (which has a bright red roof) ahead of

Rick Kern is the Manager of the Beef Educational Unit: 919-513-7287

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