Agriculture Field Day

This major annual event originated as Goat Field Day only later to combine activities with another major event known as Agriculture 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 Agriculture Field Day is a family friendly celebration of the programs and innovative research in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. We welcome the community to raise awareness about our farm activities and attend informative workshops intended for local farmers and producers.

There is a $10 registration fee for our guest over 12 years old.
Saturday lunch is provided for registered participants of the workshops.

You may bring your receipt to the event as proof of payment

Friday & Saturday,
April 24-25, 2015

Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg.
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas

Students, Faculty and Staff can register at



Friday, April 24, 2015




7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 125th Celebration & Agriculture Field Day Breakfast
    Speaker: Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter
Under tent at MSC on LW Minor
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Registration
Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg. Lobby
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Welcome
Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg. Lobby
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Farm Bill Education Workshop
    Alfred Parks, Ph.D. (The Extension Staff will conduct a review and update on the 2014 Farm Bill and how small farmers and ranchers can benefit)
  • "43560 Initiative"
    Nelson Daniels, Ph.D., Clif Slade (A farmer and retired Extension Specialist with Virginia State University will demonstrate how a farmer can gross $43,560 by using just one acre of land. He has established a plan known as the “43,560 Initiative” which allows a farmer to make an average of $1 per square foot using limited resources and organic methods)
CEP Auditorium
12:00 Noon
  • Lunch
Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg.
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • "43560 Initiative" Hands on Field Work
    Billy Lawton (Come dressed and prepared to spend the afternoon during hands on demonstration work on 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 farm your one acre of land)
Campus Farm

Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Registration
CEP Lobby
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 3rd Annual Cooperative Extension Housing Fair
    Chris Cotton (The Community and Economic Development unit of the Cooperative Extension Program will be hosting this event.  BB&T will be the sponsoring bank who will provide programs for individuals looking to buy a home as well as for those people who currently own a home and need repairs. We are taking the necessary steps to identify grant opportunities and position qualified individuals with BB&T. The bank will then pre-approve clientele for homes, while homeowners cover everything from sheet rock repair to giving low interest loans to repair their property)
CEP Auditorium
8:30 AM
  • Concurrent Workshops 1
7:30 AM
  • Concurrent Workshops 2
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Reproduction in Goat (Female) I Location: IGRC Seminar Room
    Drs. Newton and Nuti (Geared at giving a farmer understanding of important aspects of Reproduction and Reproduction Control in female goats, including factors which affect the onset of estrous cycles, critical points in the cycle that can be manipulated for synchronization and various methods of estrus synchronization)
  • Sustainable Agriculture Workshops Location: University Farm Greenhouse Area
    (Workshops will address several topics relating to making your small or urban farm more profitable.)
    • Constructing a Chicken Tractor
      Corey Hicks, CEP Agent Harris County
    • Worm Composting and Compost Tea
      Brukendra Jackson, CEP Agent Harris County
    • Soil Sampling
      Damion Turner, CEP Agent Waller County
    • Raised Bed Gardening
      Ashley Pellerin, CEP Agent Smith County
  • Cattle Production Workshops Location: Poindexter Veterinary Clinic
    Hosted by 100 Ranchers
    • Beef Cattle - Integrated Resource Management Record Keeping (Integrated Resource Management is a team management concept that recognizes effective production practices, diagnoses the inefficiencies in production and prescribes corrective action that will ensure maximum profitability and competitiveness through the optimum utilization of all farm/ranch resources)
  • Goats and Worms, "And The Winner Is!" Location: IGRC Cow Dairy Parlor
    Dr. Tom Craig (We cannot rely on drugs alone to control parasitic infections in goats. Understanding the interactions among goat, worms and 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)
10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon


  • Reproduction in Goats (Male) 2 Location: IGRC Conference Room
    Drs. Lewis and Foxworth (Geared at giving a thorough understanding of reproduction in the male including factors which impact the onset of sexual maturity, indicators of breeding soundness, semen production and collection and semen quality)
  • Goat Emergencies "What To Do Until The Veterinarian Gets To Your Farm" Location: IGRC Cow Dairy Parlor
    Dr. Thompson (Discusses how to manage potential emergencies with small ruminants until the vet arrives. Outlines monitoring methods, supplies needed and common emergency situations faced when dealing with small ruminants)
  • Predator Control and Guard Dog Training Location: Poindexter Veterinary Clinic
    Ms. Tamara Taylor (This workshop will discuss recognizing the signs of different kinds of predators that can wreak havoc on your livestock operation. Also, discuss talk different methods of controlling and preventing this type of loss. Considerable time will be spent discussing the training and use of the various breeds of guardian dogs, and how they can be best used to prevent predator loss on your farm)
  • Medicinal Plants and Strawberry Field Tour Location: University Farm/Greenhouse Area
    • The diversity of medicinally important plants:
      Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya (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)
    • Strawberry Field Tour
      Dr. Peter Ampim (Strawberries are a “high value” crop, making it attractive to small producers although 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)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Lunch
International Goat Research Center
1:30 PM
  • Value Added Showcase / Farmer's Market
    (Sample items made of produce from the farm such as Goat Sausage, Cheeses and Ice Cream.  Fresh canned and pickled vegetables and fruits)
International Goat Research Center
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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