On May 13th, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct an Ag Technology Workshop to train farmers and ranchers to use their iPhones and iPads to make decisions to increase their profitability at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 10345 Highway 44, Corpus Christi. Participants will learn to use their iPhones and iPads to make quick decisions in the field or from the cab of a pickup or tractor.

Jay Yates and Jackie Smith, Extension Program Specialists in Lubbock, will train producers to utilize these apps to more effectively manage risks in their business and improve the profitability of their business. They will learn to access market data to help them evaluate relevant pricing strategies. They will improve their knowledge of breakeven costs using cost of production apps that have been developed. A wide range of other apps related to marketing, budgeting, irrigation decisions, and various time saving calculators and tools will be presented.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own iPhones and iPads to the program. However, they will also have iPads with apps already installed on hand for growers to use. Participants will be able to enter data and learn how to utilize various apps that can help them make decisions related to profitability.

The program will be split between Novice and Seasoned Technology Users. For Novice, the workshop registration will start at 8:30am with presentations on the basics of using an iPhones and iPads beginning at 9am. A catered meal will be provided. Seasoned Users, will register at noon and join the Novice users for the catered lunch. The program will then continue addressing various apps and useful risk management tools. The program will conclude around 4pm.

A participation fee of $25 will be charged at the door and includes lunch. Registration by May 6th is required. For more information on the program contact the Nueces County Extension Office at 361.767.5223.

Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office eight days before all programs for assistance. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.