Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers, the 74th Annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show was another success.

There was a record 3,730 entries with 1,406 youth exhibitors participating in the 2009 show. Entry numbers for livestock projects making the Blue Ribbon Auction were as follows; 66 broiler pens, 22 turkeys, 120 rabbits, 245 goats, 26 steers, 2 carcass steers, 60 lambs, and 322 swine.

Preliminary estimates for the Blue Ribbon Auction put the total auction sales at $935,433 while early add-on contributions had reached a total of $268,087.

The top selling project was the Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Payne Neessen of the London 4-H Club, which sold for $22,500. The Grand Champion Swine sold for $16,500 and was exhibited by T. C. Haynes of Tuloso Midway Jr. FFA, while the Grand Champion Lamb sold for $12,000 and was exhibited by Rachal Kaplan of the Rainbow Jr. 4-H.

The Champion Goat shown by Kaitlyn Pittman of Run-IN-JM 4-H sold for $10,000, while the Champion Turkey sold for $7,500 and was exhibited by Jarrett Campbell of River Hills 4-H. The Champion Rabbit, exhibited by Dina Rodriguez of Annaville 4-H, sold for $5,000 while the Champion Broilers also sold for $5,000 and they were shown by Elise Becquet of London 4-H. For more judging results check out the Web site

Add-on contributions can still be made to projects but must be submitted to the NCJLS Office in the Johnny Calderon Building in Robstown by Friday. Contributions made after this time will not receive public acknowledgment. Contributions can be faxed to the Show office at 387-4295.

Coastal Bend farmers can obtain 5 continuing education credits at the Annual Crop Symposium that will be held on Tuesday at the Johnny Calderon County Building at 710 E. Main Ave. in Robstown. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the first presentation at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $10 per person which includes a catered lunch and all those planning to attend should call the Extension Office at 767-5223 by Friday to aid in meeting preparations.

The seventh annual Tree Health Conference will be held at the Del Mar College Economic Development Center (3209 South Staples, Rm 106), also on Tuesay, beginning at 8:30 a.m. This conference is designed to help people of all levels to understand and promote healthy tree growth.

Pre-registration is required at 767-5217 and there is a registration fee of $30 per person which includes lunch. Continuing education credits will be provided for pesticide applicators, certified nursery professionals and ISA certified arborists.

This conference is being sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Nueces County Master Gardeners.

A farm worker protection safety training class will be held on Feb. 4 at the County Extension Office in the Johnny Calderon Building in Robstown from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pesticide handlers and workers must be trained every five years unless they are certified pesticide applicators.

This training will be conducted in English and Spanish and cards will be issued certifying participation in the training.

Jeffrey Stapper is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent for Nueces County. Readers may contact him at (361) 767-5217.