Wheat forum slated Aug. 23 in San Saba

Wheat producers can get the latest information concerning karnal bunt disease at a public meeting scheduled Aug. 23 in San Saba. Karnal bunt is a minor fungal disease which has had a severe financial impact on the wheat industry in Central and North Texas due to its quarantine status and lack of viable marketing options. The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the San Saba Civic Center at Mill Pond Park, 1006 East Stone in San Saba. Several state and federal officials have been invited to attend the public meeting, including U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, U.S. Cong. Charles Stenholm and Larry Combest, as well as Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Pete Laney. ‘This will be a forum where producers can get direct input into what is going on at the state and federal level in terms of this disaster,’ said Dr. Travis Miller, associate head and Texas Cooperative Extension program leader for the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University. Miller will be one of the featured speakers, providing producers with Extension’s recommen-dations concerning planting options, cropping alternatives and management practices to minimize risk from this pest. The program will begin with George Nash, state officer for support operations with USDA/APHIS, leading a discussion on quarantine issues. He will be followed by Chuck Schwalbe, director-emergency with USDA/APHIS, who will discuss compensation programs; and David Kostroun, assistant commissioner regulatory programs with the Texas Depart-ment of Agriculture, who will discuss TDA activities. The majority of the program will consist of an open forum for questions and answers on regulatory, produc-tion or payment issues. For more infor-mation, call the McCulloch County Extension office at 915-597-1295.

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