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A&M Agrilife Extension announces full schedule of events into the Fall

THE TEXAS A&M AgriLife Extension Agency has announced a jam-packed schedule of events for the remainder of summer and into the fall.

Pond Weed Control Field Day (NEW EVENT)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

9:00 AM 

33 Hickory Lake, Drive, Huntsville, TX 77320 

(2 Hrs. CEU Credit)

We ask that you park on the left side of the drive way, or along the road. Please do not park in the yard in front of the house.

Join us for this field day event to view aquatic weed control equipment, application methods and learn about pond or lake management options.  Matt Ward with SOLitude Lake Management will be onsite treating Alligator Weed (& probably other aquatic plants).  We will offer up to 2 Hrs. CEU credit for TDA Pesticide Applicators for participation in this Field Day.

Diseases Shared by Livestock & Wildlife

Friday, August 10th, 2018

(11:30 AM Registration, Noon – 1:30 PM Program) 

Walker County AgriLife Extension Office (102 Tam Rd & SH75 N, Huntsville, TX)

RSVP to (936) 435-2426 to confirm a seat in the class.

The next presentation (Native Plants & Water) blends well with the wildlife series above or can stand on its own merit. This is one that will be included in the Urban Wildlife Series being scheduled in Bexar County.  Yes, we will be joining them via the web to explore this very relevant and interesting topic.

 Every Drop Counts – Native Plants & Water Conservation

Friday, August 31st, 2018

(10:00 AM – Noon) *Note the time is different from programs above

Walker County AgriLife Extension Office (102 Tam Rd & SH75 N, Huntsville, TX)

RSVP to (936) 435-2426 to confirm a seat in the class. 

Preserving the Harvest

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Walker County Storm Shelter (445 Highway 75, Huntsville, TX 77340)

Cost: $25.00 per person (includes Lunch & Supplies)

RSVP to (936) 435-2426.

Wasting good home-grown vegetables and fruit is a terrible thing.  At one time or another, we all grow more than we can eat right that day.  Sometimes we even have trouble giving the extras to family, friends, and neighbors.  Here is an outstanding opportunity to learn the proper methods to safely preserve your harvest for later enjoyment.  The early spring session on this subject was exceptionally popular so we decided to offer it again with a new season of homegrown produce. Topics to be discussed during this event: Pickling and Hands-On Workshop to learn pickling, Jams and Jellies with a Hands-On Workshop.  Join us for this extensive training on safe recommended methods and techniques to preserve the bounty of your home gardens.

Bull Selection Workshop (New Event)

September 27th, 2018

6:30 PM

SHSU Gibbs Ranch Working Pens (Top of the hill)

Cost: $10.00 per person

RSVP to (936) 435-2426

 We will be discussing bull selection criteria based on physical characteristics and EPD numbers with the goal of meeting your ranch needs. Dr. Ron Gill, Associate Department Head & Extension Program Leader for Animal Science will team up with our SHSU faculty for this workshop. We plan to have live cattle in the pens for this workshop discussion.

Fall Hay Evaluation – Hay Testing Submission Deadline (New Event)

Thursday, October 4th @ 5:00 PM

Texas AgriLife Extension office, Walker County

102 Tam Road, Suite B

Huntsville, TX 77320

Entry forms are available via email from r-lepley@tamu.edu Be sure to type Hay Entry Request in the subject line.

*Additional information available from Walker County, TX AgriLife Extension at (936) 435-2426

Walker County Fall Hay Evaluation (1 CEU) (New Event)

With a STEAK DINNER!

Thursday, October 25th

6:30 PM

Walker County Storm Shelter

455 Hwy 75 N 

Huntsville, TX 77320

$5.00 /person (RSVP to 936-435-2426 by 10/22/18 for meal planning)

In addition to producing and evaluation of quality hay, we will look at hay feeding management to stretch your hay supplies while increasing feed efficiency of beef cattle.  Dr. Joe Paschal, Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist, from Corpus Christi will be on hand with us for the beef cattle discussion. We have a great set of sponsors lined up to help us with this

2019 Walker County Master Gardener Program Orientation (New Event)

November 15th, 2018

11:00 AM

Walker County AgriLife Extension Office

We hold this program orientation each year prior to the start of the next years Master Gardener Training Classes.  If you are interested in learning about what the MG program has to offer and what is involved in the process, this is the event you need to be at. Training rosters fill quickly, contact the AgriLife Extension Office at (936) 435-2426 if you would like to be on the list.

 Calving Assistance Workshop (New Event)

November 15th, 2018

6:30 PM

Walker County AgriLife Extension Office

102 Tam Road, Huntsville, TX 77320

Cost: $10.00 per person

RSVP to (936) 435-2426

 It has been several years since we have offered this workshop.  Experienced ranchers can always use a “refresher course” and new beef producers should really have this knowledge in their personal toolbox. Join us for this workshop to learn the proper methods and timing for assisting cattle during difficult calving. We will demonstrate the method and proper use of tools which you need to know.

Other Local Events:

TU-MILE Sportsman’s Association Banquet

August 17, 2018

Walker County Fairgrounds

6:00 PM

 This locally based organization has been an outstanding supporter of the 4-H & Youth Shooting Sports program and our outdoor education/wildlife activities.  The TU-MILE Sportsman’s Association has donated to numerous 4-H programs in our area.  Walker County is fortunate to be one of those counties. Additionally, the association is planning to provide five $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.  This year’s banquet will include youth events, special raffles, gun giveaways and much more. Admission tickets are: Kids 8 & under (free), Ages 8-18 ($25), Adults ($65), Couples ($120).  For more information, or to purchase tickets please contact Jody Crawford (936) 714-3499. Your banquet ticket provides you a membership in the association.

TU-MILE Sportsman’s Association Seed Program

Members of the association are eligible to recieve seed purchasing assistance for wildlife food plots. This program provides 20% (up to $50.00) assistance program per member redeemable at local feed suppliers. Read more about cool season forages and food plots later in this newsletter.

Texas Farm Bureau, Young Farmer & Rancher Fall Tour

September 7-9, 2018 

Huntsville, TX (Hampton Inn & Suites)

This is a fantastic opportunity for Farm Bureau members 35 and under. This tour will headquarter out of Huntsville, Texas and will travel around our area of the state exploring diverse agricultural enterprises.  The YF&R Fall Tour provides opportunities to:

  • Learn about the diverse agricultural industry Texas offers.
  • Learn about agriculture indigenous to the Huntsville Texas area.
  • Develop a network with other young producers from across the state.
  • Fellowship with one another and make new friends.
  • Expose young people to Texas Farm Bureau and the Young Farmer and Rancher Activities.

Three different packages are available:

Package A – $375 Includes all functions listed above for Two People (Sharing a room)

Package B – $275 Includes all functions listed above for One Person (private room)

Package C – $100 Includes all functions listed above for an Individual or Couple (NO HOTEL)

Registration must be completed online by the member. The online instructions, flyer and link to

register for the tour are available at: http://texasfarmbureau.org/yfr  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 15. Registration forms need to be submitted online no later than this date to allow for making appropriate bus, room and meal arrangements.

Information courtesy of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agency

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