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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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, January 13, 2016. 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 817.884.1946.

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Here is information about the USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) so that livestock owners are aware of options regarding death losses due to severe weather and flooding.  Certain measures and records of dead livestock must take place before disposal therefore it is imperative that livestock owners know what records are necessary in order to qualify for LIP payments.   LIP information is available at  http://fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/livestock-indemnity/index.

Texas Animal Health Commission has received calls regarding significant losses of dairy cattle due to Winter Storm Goliath across the western Texas Panhandle and South Plains.  Although no loses from from beef cattle feeding and ranching operations have been reported as of Wednesday noon, additional losses may be reported at these operations too.

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The North Texas weather can have some pretty dramatic changes this time of year. Temperature swings are not uncommon from now to early spring. Animals may have a tough time coping with these changes. Horses are especially susceptible to developing an impaction colic when the weather changes and during cold weather. Be sure your animals always have access to water all winter long to help avoid impaction colic.

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Among organic and sustainable farmers, there is a belief that healthy ecosystems with minimally disturbed soils, adequate access to diverse, high quality forages, and clean water have a robust correlation with cows’ well-being and milk quality.  However, there has been limited research on the relationships between changes in biodiversity, livestock health, and farm management and productivity.

Therefore, in 2012, a University of Vermont research team began a multidisciplinary, long-term study to learn if managing farms for increased diversity at different “community” levels (from rumen microbes to forage composition) in Northeast pasture-based dairy production systems positively contributes to improved livestock well-being, health and productivity, and creates an ecological service feedback loop that benefits soil and natural resource diversity.

“While this research is being done in the northeast, it’s application has amazing potential for the nations largest livestock state” says the new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred. M. Hall. The 60-minute webinar program is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, January 4 and will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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“If your still unclear as to how the proposed EPA regulations will effect you as a pesticide applicator, join us on Friday, January 8 to learn what is new in pesticides for 2016” says the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. The program will feature industry representatives as well as Extension professionals. Applicators and producers will earn three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units by attending plus gain valuable information that can have a positive effect on their profits.

Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. and the programs start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and should conclude by 2 p.m. The program will be held at Russell Hall located at 5708 Jacksboro Hwy in Fort Worth. The $25 registration includes all program materials, CEUs, plus a bar-b-que lunch. Since a count is needed for the meal, pre-registration by January 6 to guarantee your meal is required. Register by calling the Extension office at 817.884.1946 or on-line at: http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration. The three CEUs include one general, one intergraded pest management and one laws and regulations.

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Forage producers in North Texas will have a opportunity to hear the latest information on the new Bermudagrass Stem Maggot at the North Texas Spring Forage Conference. The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 in 2016 and will be held at the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “Whether you are a part-time producer with twenty acres or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 9 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 9:30 .m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including the hard-to-find law and regs plus IPM CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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“Pesticide applicators will need to mark their calendar for Friday, January 8 and attend this program to learn what is new in pesticides for 2016” says the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. The program will feature industry representatives as well as Extension professionals. Applicators and producers will earn three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units by attending plus gain valuable information that can have a positive effect on their profits.

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