Whether operating a working ranch or engaging with the general public through tourism endeavors, landowners are faced with a number of legalities that can affect their business.
The sixth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 25-26 in Kerrville, will offer attendees a chance to learn about top laws they need to be aware of and hear from experts on other topics important to their operations, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader, College Station.
The conference will open with on-site registration, check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 25 at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, 2033 Sidney Baker St. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The conference fee is $75 and includes all meals, break refreshments and tour transportation costs. Registration will be available through April 15.
One of the speakers will be Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo. She will discuss Top Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know.
Other topics and speakers include:
- Managing for Unwanted Plant Species, Dr. Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.
- Birding in the Hill Country, Dr. Rhandy Helton, retired from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
- Using Prescribed Burning on Your Property, Dr. Morgan Treadwell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo.
- How to incorporate Exotics, Charly Seale, Exotic Wildlife Association executive director, Kerrville.
- Managing your Whitetail Deer, Redmon.
The second day of the conference will be dedicated to ranch tours. Attendees will pick from tours of the Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County, where legacy management will be discussed, or the Cimarron Ranch in Kerr County, where wildlife management will be the topic.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.