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Monthly Archives: December 2014

The law affects sustainable, local food producers in many ways, and farmers need information on how to deal with these concerns. Williamson County Extension will present an interactive webinar series through Farm Commons in 2015 that will help farmers identify some common concerns. Webinars are hosted on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Topics will include: beginning farmers and farm law, putting your CSA on a solid legal footing, hosting legally secure farm events, adding value with liability to farm products and farm leases that are good for landowners and tenants.

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A major blast of Artic air that reminded anyone outside very long that the low temperatures are uncomfortable and can be dangerous. The frigid weather can pose special risks to your pets. Here are some tips for keeping them safe and healthy during the cold weather around the holidays.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present an agriculture workshop for active duty and veteran military service members and others on Saturday, Jan. 24.

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The 9-hour Earth-Kind Landscape Design School will take place in Georgetown at the Williamson County Extension Office and will consist of an in-depth classroom program plus a personalized 30 minute landscape design consultation with a landscape professional. This program will be especially useful for homeowners in home owner associations considering changing landscape requirements to be more water efficient.

The school will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 30 and resume from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, January 31; break for lunch and conclude with class from 1 to 3 p.m. The lunch and refreshments are included in the $125 per household registration (two people living at the same residence). Consultation on a landscape design with Dr. George will be scheduled during registration.

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The Annual Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic in Milano, Texas will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at The Milano Livestock Exchange, US 79. This Program is provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson, and Falls counties. The Registration is from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. with the Presentation starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. 2 CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $25.00 payable at the door. Please R.S.V.P to your local Extension office for a meal count. In Williamson County registration can be done by calling 512.943.3300 or on-line at: http://williamson.agrilife.org/program-registration

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Local Pecan Producers Earn Top Honors At Regional Pecan Show

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Williamson County hosted the Central Texas Region II pecan show. From over 150 samples from 12 counties in the competition, Williamson County growers brought home 13 first place ribbons plus grand champion honors in two divisions. These winners will go on to competition in the state show in July.

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On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Williamson County hosted the Williamson/Bell County Pecan Show. From 106 samples in the two-county competition, Williamson County growers brought home 24 first place ribbons plus grand champion and reserve champion honors in two divisions. These winners went on to competition in the Central Texas Region II later that same day.

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The annual District 8 CEU Seminar hosted at thirteen locations across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension District 8 on Thursday, December 11, 2014. This seminar will offer eight (8) CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. The approved credit hours are: four (4) General, one (1) Laws and Regulation, two (2) IPM hours and one (1) Drift hour. Commercial and non-commercial license holders will be able to obtain all of their needed hours for license renewal with the first 5 hours of the program. The Texas Pesticide Law requires that a person may not use a restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides unless licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. All applicators must obtain continuing education units (CEU’s) to renew their license.

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Local pecan growers won’t have far to drive to attend the regional pecan show on Saturday, December 13 because it will be held in Georgetown in conjunction with the annual Williamson and Bell county show. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. and the awards will be presented at the conclusion of the judging after lunch.

This will be the first time the local horticulture and pecan committees will host the show and it couldn’t happen at a better time. “The trees are loaded and the crop looks great” says Williamson County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall. “We could have the largest show in years,” he continued.

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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. Williamson County Extension will present this webinar series through Farm Commons over the winter of 2014-2015. The series will help farmers identify some common concerns. Webinars are hosted on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and be held at the Extension office. Topics will include: beginning farmers and farm law, putting your CSA on a solid legal footing, hosting legally secure farm events, adding value with liability to farm products and farm leases that are good for landowners and tenants.

The first program will be on Monday, December 8 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The interactive webinar will be a preview of the many legal issues beginning farmers should consider when just starting out with farming. What business entity should a farmer choose? Which insurance policies are really important? What about that farmland lease- when should it be written down and what should it say? Is there anything to know about farmers market sales, volunteers, or working with family members? This webinar will touch on all of these questions and more.

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