Agricultural Field Day


This major annual event originated as Goat Field Day only later to combine activities with another major event known as Agricultural Field Day. The program focuses not only on programs in our flagship International Goat Research Center but other types of farming. Once again in 2013, the event expanded to include not only staff on campus but also community organizations interested in promoting locally grown foods and good nutrition. It includes talks on marketing, healthy living, and legislative issues.

The Agricultural Field Day is a family friendly celebration of the programs and innovative research in the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences. We welcome the community to raise awareness about our farm activities and attend informative workshops intended for local farmers and producers.

Festivities Include:

  • Workshops
  • Farm Seminars
  • Farm Tours
  • Barbecue Cookout

Agricultural Field Day Photos

2013 | 2014 | 2015

April 28 & 29, 2017

8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg., University Demonstration Farm, PVAMU Main Campus
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas




8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration - Carden-Waller Extension Building Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome -  CEP Auditorium

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Growing Profits With Fall Specialty Greens” - Mr. Billy Lawton (Program Leader, CEP – AgNR) - CEP Auditorium

Paul Eyre, is a Jefferson County Master Gardener and Vegetable Specialist and has presented at major conferences across Texas on this subject.  A dynamic, entertaining speaker with a passion for growing vegetables, Paul has a key area of interest in growing high value” specialty greens” that will bring a high price at farmers markets or direct to consumer markets.  He will show a step-by-step process of getting you into full production by this Fall.



12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch - Campus Farm

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Growing Profits with Fall Specialty Greens Field Demonstration” -  Mr. Billy Lawton - University Farm

Come dressed and prepared to spend the afternoon during hands-on demonstration work using farm equipment such as seeders, and tillers, applying soil amendments, making compost tea and constructing drip irrigation systems which are all the elements needed to develop this program.  We will be using some of the same principles learned last year at the “43560 Initiative” training.  These principles can also be applied to High Tunnel production.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration - CEP Lobby

8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session - CEP Auditorium

What’s new in farming? This session will address three innovative topics:

“Utilizing Goats for Brush Management and Fire Control” will be presented by Tim O’ Connell, The Nature Conservancy, Texas City, Texas

“Diversifying your Operation with Hair Sheep” will be presented by Mr. Rob Bass, President of the St. Croix Hair Sheep International Association and Owner of Just Right Ranch, in Palestine, Texas

“Working with Vegetable Brokers to Sell to Farmers Markets” led by Mr. Jerald Prelow,  Market Broker Dallas, Texas

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Goats Vs. Worms, “And The Winner Is!” - Dr.  Tom Craig (Texas A&M University College of  Veterinary  Medicine) - Seminar “A” CEP

We cannot rely on drugs alone to control parasitic infections in goats. Understanding the interactions among goats, worms and the environment is important to prevent disease. What the goat eats when in the reproduction cycle, who shares the environment, and who was the goat’s mommy and daddy may all influence which worms and how many the goat is exposed to. Parasitic disease is a numbers game and if the goat is exposed to a few parasites the body will try to protect it from more if it can. We will look at a few worms and try to help the producer make decisions before the wreck occurs.

Dairy Goat Youth Project - Mr. Scott Horner, (Prairie View A&M University International Goat Center) - IGRC Nutritional Barn

Dairy goats make an ideal project for youth that are interested in a long term project animal.  This workshop will discuss opportunities in 4-H for youth with dairy goat projects, as well as cover basic record keeping and management needed to have a successful 4-H project.


Watermelon Production Workshop (Part 1) - Mr. Lynn Remsing (owner of Gnismer Farms, Riesel, Texas) - Seminar “B” CEP

A review of sessions one and two held on campus in Feb/March will cover field preparation and setup using plasticulture and drip tape, inter-row ground covering, proper plant spacing and equipment selection and setup.

Nutrition/Forage Cattle and Goats - Dr. Lou Nuti and Dr. Flavio Ribeiro (Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) -  CEP Auditorium

This workshop will cover basics of ruminant digestive tract and nutrients requirements for beef cattle and goats when feeding hay and supplements.

Comparisons of different feeding management techniques will be presented in order to keep cows and does in good condition throughout the year and through different phases of production. Also will discuss importance of body condition scores in cattle and goats.

The Management and Economics of Natural and Artificial Breeding of  Goat: - Dr. Gary Newton, Dr. Bill Foxworth  & Dr. Shaye Lewis (Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) -  IGRC Conference  Room

Discussions on the use of natural breeding, estrus synchronization, semen collection, artificial insemination, recipient management and embryo transfer.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Lunch ticket required by all)
Visit vendor and USDA Booths setup a lunch area

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Nutrition Management for Show Goats - Margo Mansell, (Sales representative  Purina Animal Nutrition) -  Seminar “A” CEP

It is an art and a science to successfully feeding out a youth show animal.  This workshop will provide information on how to properly feed a youth project show goat.

Watermelon Production Workshop (Part 2) - Mr. Lynn Remsing University Farm

This workshop will cover plant care during the production stage.  Topics will include scouting fields for production problems, weed, disease, and insect control.  Proper irrigation and the use of fertilizer and trace minerals will be addressed.

Herd Health and Diseases in Goats - Dr.  Barbara Johnson (Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) - IGRC Conference Room

A herd health management program is essential to operating a successful and profitable operation. This is accomplished through disease and parasite control, and reproductive, nutritional, and environmental management. Effective management practices, understanding and recognizing the common diseases affecting goats will go a long way in maximizing economic returns in a goat operation. Also let us introduce you to our searchable online database of literature and videos related to livestock diseases and management.

Medicinal Plants and Strawberry Field Tour

Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya (Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) -  University Greenhouse
The diversity of medicinally important plants: The PVAMU Medicinal Plant Research Program is developing an authentic living collection of medicinal plants from all over the world. You will be able to see the some of the rare and exciting medicinal plants in the greenhouse.

Dr. Peter Ampim (Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Agricultural Research Center) - University Farm
Strawberry trials: Strawberries are a “high value” crop, making it attractive to small producers; however with high value comes “high risk”. One of the goals of this project is to identify the production risks associated with growing strawberries and develops production practices that mitigate the risk.

1:30 p.m. – Until end

Livestock Fencing Workshops - Judd Pearce (Territory Manager, Stay -Tuff Fencing) - University Farm

If you are still building fences like your grandfather taught, you need to attend this workshop!!! It will focus on modern fence construction for cattle and goat/sheep.  Stay-Tuff Fence Manufacturing will present information on building braces, fence type, stretching, tying and splicing fence.  This workshop is the last one of the day because we are sure there will be lots of questions.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Gary Newton at or (936) 261-5086


Rita Jackson-Lovett at or (936) 261-5072

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