The 2020 Agriplex Ag Day will mark the 30th anniversary of the biennial event. The event was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic church in 2018 but this year it will move to St. Joseph’s parish hall in Rowena.
AgriPlex Ag Day includes a variety of programs for producers and homeowners throughout the day. It is organized by the Runnels County Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Runnels County and will include over 30 sponsors and over two-dozen vendors.
Cotton is usually the primary topic of discussion on Ag Day kicked with programs offered on cotton technology followed by the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association meeting.
Congressman Mike Conaway will once again be the keynote speaker at this year’s Ag Day. Conaway chairs the House Committee on Agriculture and represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including Runnels, Tom Green, Concho, Coke and Brown counties.
Every Ag Day is topped off by the recognition of a farm family and an Agri-busiess. Runnels County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension agent Marty Vahlenkamp said that 2 scholarships are also awarded, “We award 2 Pat Lee scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Pat was a longtime extension agent secretary here. Those scholarships were started in her memory and are awarded to a graduating 4H member. In 2018 the Farm Family award went to the Bill Belew family while the Agribusiness award went to Toliver Brothers Chevrolet. Past scholarships have been awarded to Chad Halfmann in 1997. Halfmann works full time at the Glen Halfmann Red Angus, the family-owned business. Phoebe Harrell-Branham won a scholarship in 1999 and her daughters are now part of 4H and were featured in the 4H series of stories in this newspaper. In 2018, Shane Flanagan and Macey Gerhart were the scholarship winners.
Vahlenkamp says that the venue was moved to St. Josephs to give them more room, “Historically, it’s been held at St. Mary, the Ballinger Community Center and Ballinger High School. St. Joseph’s in Rowena is a bit bigger and we wanted to try it out to give us some more room to accommodate the vendors and the attendees.”
Vahlenkamp says that there will be several presentations during the day, “Soil health and cropping systems; weed resistance; cooking under pressure (pressure cooking) and adult mental health awareness, along with several other presentations.”
According to Vahlenkamp, a key to the past success of the event has been the support from the Agriplex area, “We have tremendous support from our Ag industry here in Runnels County.”
A meal will be served at noon. Vahlenkamp says that the event is free and everyone is welcome to attend, “This is the chance to meet and talk with Ag industry professionals.”
What you need to know: Where: St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at 506 Edward Street in Rowena; Entry is free to everyone; Registration begins at 9 a.m. The day will finish around 3:30 p.m. and will have an optional, “Auxin and herbicide,” presentation.
If you hold a Texas Department of Agriculture Applicator’s License, you will receive 2 CEUs of credit.