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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in four East Texas counties will present “Taste of Texas” from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. June 27 at the Windham Civic Center in Center. Registration will start at 5 p.m.

“Taste of Texas” is a unique program in many ways, in that it will include “viewing, tasting and learning events,” said Lane Dunn, AgriLife Extension agent in Shelby County.

One highlight will be a virtual feedlot and packing plant tour, Dunn said.


We will actually have video going through an entire feedlot operation and an entire packing plant operation,” he said. “So it’s just like you were there, walking through in person. We’ll see everything on the feedlot side of things, then everything on the packing plant side.”

There will also be new and different cuts of beef to taste, and instruction on how to cook and cut beef, and how to produce a quality beef product.

Registration is $15 per person, which includes an evening meal and product sampling. Registration is limited to the first 100 people who RSVP, Dunn said.

To RSVP, contact one of the following AgriLife Extension agents:

– Dunn, Shelby County, 936-598-7744.

– Lee Dudley, Panola County, 903-693-0380.

– Jerry Nickerson, San Augustine County, 936-275-3644.

– Jamie Sugg, Nacogdoches County, 936-570-7711.


The Taste of Texas program, set June 27 in Center, will include a virtual tour of feedlots and packing plant operations. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“We are going to have a gentleman who’s a chef for Texas Beef Council,” said Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton. “He’s going to show, for example, if we cut this particular steak out of a chuck roll, this is how we can utilize it; or if we cut a roast, this is how we can utilize it. And also, if you cook a cut of meat one day, what are the options for reheating and reusing the extra meat for another meal?”

The program is sponsored by the Shelby County Farm Bureau, Shelby County Leadership Advisory Board, San Augustine Beef and Forage Committee, Heritage Land Bank in Nacogdoches, Texas Department of Agriculture, AgriLife Extension and the Texas Beef Council.



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