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A keynote presentation by Dan Hale will highlight the 57th annual Blackland Income Growth Conference on Jan. 15 at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.

Hale, who is leading one of the new program initiatives by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service called “Path to the Plate,” will discuss “Connecting Food and Agriculture.”

Hale will provide information on diet, health, food safety, livestock growth and meat science to consumers, youth, health professionals, retailers, packers, processors and livestock producers. He has worked on several national studies on consumer retail and beef tenderness.

The conference is for producers in all Blackland Income Growth, or BIG, counties, including Denton County. The conference, which attracts hundreds of producers from 23 counties covering more than 12 million acres, is sponsored by the extension service and the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

“The BIG Conference features a number of commodity sessions including beef, horticulture, cotton grain, rural land management, forage and wildlife designed to help producers improve profitability and enhance stewardship practices,” said Brent Batchelor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader.

Bill Foshea, BIG Conference chairman, said several emerging issues affecting farmers and ranchers will be covered at this conference.

“Many take home what they learn at the conference and apply it directly into their farming and ranching operations,” he said.

Registration to attend all sessions is $25 and includes lunch. More information on this program can be found at

ZACH DAVIS is the agriculture and natural resources extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. He can be reached at 940-349-2889 or via email at

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