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Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Tarrant County Continuing Organics Program will begin with an eOrganic webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4. The program will be on making and using compost tea, with Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and CeCe Crosby of Washington State University presenting. The program will be held at the Tarrant County Extension office in Fort Worth.

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The Livestock Conservancy is conducting a North American Poultry Census. Funded by Murray McMurray Hatchery, this critically important project will enable us to understand how different poultry breeds are faring in the United States and Canada. The last poultry census was conducted by the Conservancy more than a decade ago, and now with the Federal National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) no longer collecting breed-specific data, this will be the only effort of its kind in America. The census will be a vital source of information for the Conservancy as well as other poultry focused organizations nationwide and internationally. The data gathered will help to aim and extend vital breed conservation work where it is needed the most and will guide efforts throughout the 21st century.

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Unconventional grazing systems typically involve an unusual management effort, an unusual kind or class of livestock, multi-species grazing and more often a combination of these three. “This is often the hall-mark of small farms in the urban area around Fort Worth and that makes this program a great fit for local folks” says new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall.

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Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

One of the first tasks for new Tarrant County Ag and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall was to interview and hire a new administrative assistant. From over 100 applicants, several were interviewed , but Hall says, “ we found the perfect combination of life-skills, personality and energy that we where looking for in Brittany Leslie.” Leslie started this past Monday according to Hall.

The Administrative Assistant for the agriculture and natural resource agent helps Hall organize programs and citizens find information in the AgriLife system. “Leslie’s background with the county and her attention to detail in previous positions made her a logical choice to compliment the Extension team in Tarrant County,” says Hall.

Her on-boarding process will include being mentored by other administrative assistants and AgriLife specialists. While the agents and other staff will assist with her training in specific areas, the mentoring program allows for Leslie to acclimate to the agency’s work environment and transition into the organization more efficiently.

Leslie was born and raised in northern New Hampshire and graduated from Profile Junior Senior High School in Bethlehem, NH. She attended Granite State College in Concord, NH where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is currently enrolled for her MBA at University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Leslie has two children, and a husband who enjoy the not so cold winters here in Texas, compared to New Hampshire. Leslie notes, “I look forward to this new career path, and am excited to meet new friends along the way.”

You can contact Leslie at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Tarrant County located at 200 Taylor Street in Fort Worth or by calling 817.884.1945.

 

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Training for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) private pesticide applicator licenses will be held in the Bluebonnet room at the Tarrant County Extension office on Wednesday, November 4, 2014. Training begins promptly at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 12 noon. Pre-registration is required by calling the Tarrant County Extension office at 817.884.1945.

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