Basic farm and ranch security practices, plus livestock theft prevention, are part of several topics that will be discussed at a Sept. 29 workshop at Camp Huisache on East U.S. Highway 59 in Laredo.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.

"With cattle prices at a premium, ranchers need to protect their investment,” says George Gonzales, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Webb County. "This workshop will cover a broad program area with regards to cattle theft, animal health and biosecurity."

Other program topics include overview of land fragmentation trends in Webb County, and trends and patterns in farm and ranch security with the U.S. Border Patrol. Scheduled speakers are Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist; Roland Garcia, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association special ranger; Bob Most, supervisory border patrol agent ranch liaison officer; and Gonzales. Cost is $10 and RSVP by Sept. 26 for noon meal preparation. For more information, call Gonzales at 956-721-2626 or email