Conference Information

The 55th annual BIG conference will be December 13-14, 2016 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.  This year, Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M, will be the keynote speaker on December 13th at noon.  The title of her address is “Agricultural Sustainability In A Challenging Marketplace”. 

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From The Ground Up; Connecting Agriculture and Health

The program will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Waco Convention Center.    On-site registration begins at 8:30 am.  “From the Ground Up” topics will include the domestic and global issue of hunger, food waste, food labeling, and the New Dietary Guidelines.  A nutrition and culinary segment will include important factors related to nutrition and food preparation as a health benefit.  Pre-registration before December 1 is $35 and $40 after December 1.  Those interested in attending the From the Ground Up program can find out more and pre-register at For general    questions, please contact Dana Tarter at or (940) 552-9941.

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New to the BIG Conference this year, a youth session is being offered at no cost to any 4-H or FFA member, grades 7-12 and adult chaperone(s).  Pre-registration is required by November 30.  Go to  For additional information, contact Sara Thetford at (254) 968-4144.

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If you have any questions, please call Patti Locke at (254) 968-4144


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