BALLINGER — The 2018 AgriPlex Ag Day is long awaited and anticipated by farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the area and this year's installment will be filled with new and innovative information. The event will be held Tuesday, March 27 at the St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish Center and will include a wide array of conferences, seminars, presentations and services for attendees.

BALLINGER — The 2018 AgriPlex Ag Day is long awaited and anticipated by farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the area and this year’s installment will be filled with new and innovative information. The event will be held Tuesday, March 27 at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Parish Center and will include a wide array of conferences, seminars, presentations and services for attendees.

This will be the 29th Ag Day, a heralded event held every other year in Runnels County.

This year there will be programs for producers at the Parish Center and the homeowners programs, which will be held in the newly built Hubert Hall at St. Mary’s. Programs kick off at 9 a.m. with registration and booth visitation at both locations.

On the producer side the first presentation will be cotton technology updates, at 10 a.m. which will precede the Annual meeting of the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association at 11:15 a.m. led by Executive Director Karin Kuykendahl.

"We are certainly happy about the record crop but most of our time will be used to discuss the ongoing farm policy initiatives that impact cotton," Kuykendahl said.

She will will introduce SRPCGA President Robert Englert, who will deliver the president's report. Craig Brown of the National Cotton Council will give the National Cotton Report and Dirctor Doyle Schniers, Committee for the Advancement of Cotton director will give the CAC's annual report as well as other participants.

"Ron Craft chairman of the National Cotton Council will discuss the latest developments in the cotton industry," she said. "We

Gary Six, State Executive Director of the Texas Farm Service Agency is also slated to update farmers on ginning assistance for the 2016 cotton crop as well as other issues that impact farmers.

During the complementary lunch, there will be the Prayer for Rain and awards will be presented for Farm Family of the Year, Agribusiness of the Year and the Pat Lee Scholarship presentations will be made.

Congressman Mike Conaway, will be the keynote speaker during the lunch program which begins at 12:15 p.m. Conaway who was first elected in 2004 to Texas' 11th Congressional District, won the Republican March primary and will be seeking an eighth term in office in November.  

"Chairman Conaway has been instrumental in getting cotton back in the Title 1 portion of the Farm Bill," Kuykendahl said. "We are in the middle of discussing a new farm bill so his keynote address during lunch will be timely and important."

Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the Runnels, Tom Green, Concho, Coke and Brown. In the House, Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He holds town hall meetings regularly across Runnels, Tom Green and Concho counties and discusses a variety of issues with constituents, including issues regarding agriculture.

Other programs include presentations on food production, farm equipment laws and updates, weather patterns and forecasts and auxin training.

There will also be homeowner presentations simultaneously held throughout the day including a presentation on quilting, identity theft and fraud and chocolate candy making.

Throughout the event there will be door prizes presented and visitors can attend a variety of booth presentations,

Ag Day sponsors for 2018 include the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association, Phytogen Cotton Seed, Abilene Ag Service & Supply, Crop Production Services, Miles Coop Gin, Bayer Crop Sciences, Oasis Crop Insurance, Mueller, Inc. Wingate Gin Corp. Inc., Wall Coop Gin, Haechten Crop Insurance, Coleman Co. Electric Coop, Aldridge Crop Insurance, Ballinger National Bank, Central Texas Farm Credit, First State Bank of Paint Rock, Mereta Coop Gin, Lipan Kickapoo Water Conservation District, Elm Creen Grain, LLC, First National Bank of Ballinger and Highway 67 Gin.

The Trade Show exhibitors include Runnels County Farm Service Agency, Texas Wildlife Services, Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS, Americot, Inc., Abilene Ag Service and Supply, Helena Chemical Company, Runnels County Farm Bureau, Top Tier Grain & Feed, Capital Farm Credit, Ballinger National Bank, West Texas Fire, Inc., Central Texas Fsrm Credit, Security State Bank, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, Lipan Kickapoo Water Conservation District, Monsanto/DeltaPine Cotton, South Plains Implement, Raymond James Financial Services and the First National Bank of Ballinger.