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Monthly Archives: March 2014

New U.S. census data indicates that in Texas more women are managing farms today than they were since 2007 and a series of workshops are scheduled for Georgetown to help cater to this trend, according to an expert.

Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise, said Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Stephenville. The series will be offered in six sessions, from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday beginning April 15 through May 20, at the AgriLife Extension office in Williamson County, 3151 S.E.  Inner Loop, Suite A in Georgetown.

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 If you want to know more about Aquaponics, Habiturf, sustainable landscapes or native and adapted plants then you need to mark Saturday, April 5 on your calendar! Or if you know just the spot in your landscape for a native or adapted plants you can’t miss the plant sale hosted by the Williamson County Master Gardeners during their spring educational fair. Both events plus tours of the demonstration gardens will be held from 8 am to 2 pm at the Williamson County AgriLife Campus located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

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This Tuesday, March 25th, there was a special ceremony at the Nations Capitol in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. Each state has two statues of famous citizens in the Capitol. A statue of Dr Borlaug will replace that of Judge Harlan with lots of pomp and ceremony for Iowa.

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Williamson County Commissioners joined the Williamson County Farm Bureau and the Williamson County AgriLife Extension office in supporting National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014. The local proclamation helped to mark the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

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If you have one pecan tree in the backyard or 1,000 trees, you will benefit by attending the Central Texas Pecan Field Day on Saturday, April 19 at Georgetown Pecan Co. located at 1300 CR 150 in Georgetown. The all-day event begins with registration at 8 a.m. and includes speakers, lunch, a grafting workshop and vendors. Deadline to pre-register is 5 p.m. on April 16 and the fee is $20.

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Citizens will have the opportunity to get their hands on the newest irrigation technology during the Williamson County Residential Irrigation Workshop. The workshop will be a come and go event beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Williamson County campus and ending at 12 noon. The campus is located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

Demonstrations will give homeowners insights on how their sprinkler system works; how to recognize water pressure issues; how to set controllers for water efficiency; how to diagnose problems and make simple repairs plus how to do simple drip conversions.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.

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The law affects sustainable, local food producers in many ways, and farmers need information on how to deal with these concerns. Over the past three months a Williamson County Extension series has discussed a wide range of topics including: hosting on-farm events, workers and employees, selling products to larger buyers, and starting a farm.

The final two programs are set for Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 25. The programs are held at the Extension office beginning at 6 p.m. and usually conclude by 8:30 p.m.

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