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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Central Texas home and landowners have seen lots of new visitors and some of them have outgrown any welcome they may have had. Species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can take over lakes and clog water pipes. Terrestrial species like king ranch bluestem and buffel grass can take over prairies and China Berry Trees can take over a riparian water way in a single season.

An invasive species grows and reproduces rapidly; establishes over large areas, and persists. This includes a wide variety of plants, insects and animals from exotic places. As invasive species spread and take over ecosystems, they decrease biodiversity by threatening the survival of native plants and animals. In fact, invasive species are a significant threat to almost half of the native U.S. species currently listed as federally endangered.

This program will be held at the Williamson County Extension office in Georgetown on Saturday, December 6 and will focus on several invasives that are effecting Central Texas. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The $25 registration includes program, handouts, refreshments and lunch. Registration is available on-line at or by calling the Extension office at 512.943.3300.

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Training for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) private pesticide applicator licenses will be held at the Williamson County Extension office on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Training begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will be completed by 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling the Williamson Extension office at 512.943.3300 or on-line at

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The annual multi-county pesticide applicator continuing education units (CEUs) program for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 13 locations across Central Texas, including the Williamson County Extension Office in Georgetown. The majority of the program will be online with live video from speakers across the state.

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