"Producers in this area are facing major issues from varying fronts. Most obvious is the ongoing drought and its impact on production and commodity prices," says Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLife Extension ag economist. He's talking about the need for and opportunity represented by the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference at the Comanche County Fairgrounds Coliseum in Lawton, OK, on Aug. 5. The conference is a joint effort between the Extension services in Oklahoma and Texas.

Here's a sampling for the presentations:

  • "What’s Going on with the Markets" by Stan Bevers, Texas AgriLife Extension ag economist.

  • "Developing a Cattle Marketing Plan and Outlook" by Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension livestock marketing specialist.

  • "Developing a Wheat Marketing Plan and Outlook" by Mark Welch, OSU Extension grain marketing specialist.

  • "The Current Agricultural Environment in Washington, D.C.," by Joe Outlaw, Texas AgriLife Extension economist.

  • "Changes Within our Cattle and Wheat Operations" by a producer panel that includes: Steve Marten, Holiday, TX; Terry McAlister, Electra, TX; Dennis While, Ninnekah, OK; Jimmy Kinder, Walters, OK.

    The conference begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 4 p.m. Registration is $20, which includes educational materials, a copy of the proceedings, noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at agrisk.tamu.edu