WACO Management of Roundup-Ready resistance in cotton in the Central Texas Blacklands will be a featured topic at the 46th Blackland Income Growth Conference scheduled for Jan. 15-16 at the Waco Convention Center.

Other topics include range brush control, feed efficiency as it relates to beef cattle genetics, how to lower water bills, factors affecting nitrogen loss in grain, changes in the family and small acreage wildlife management options.

The event is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension and the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Managing for wildlife in conjunction with traditional agricultural practices and farm pond health are other featured topics for the Jan. 15 sessions, which run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and educational materials. Registration will be taken at the door Jan. 15.

Coach Gene Stallings, retired football coach for Texas A&M University and University of Alabama as well as coach for several pro teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, will serve as luncheon speaker on Jan. 15. Stallings, who resides in Paris, Texas, is known for his inspirational speeches re-enforcing family values and strength of character.

The Jan. 16 sessions will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and include workshops on pesticide license re-certification, private applicator training and testing and rural economic opportunities.

Registration rates vary for these workshops and will be taken as pre-registration as well as at the door.

Participants will be able to earn Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units and certified crop advisor units by attending specific sessions.

Download the conference brochure online at http://dallas.tamu.edu/BIG/ or contact the conference coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Parker, at 972-952-9240 for additional information.