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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Fourth and fifth grade students in Tarrant County are invited to participate in Pizza Ranch. This fun and free educational event is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Tarrant County Food and Fiber Committee to help our youth better understand the origin of the ingredients in pizza.

In 2016 Pizza Ranch will be held on April 24 & 25 in the Justin Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, 1501 Rip Johnson Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Teachers may request the day and time they would like to attend on a first come first serve basis or on-line at:  http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration or by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 817-884-1946; ask for Veronica Cabral.  Teachers are asked to respond as soon as possible, but no later than noon on Friday, April 8, 2016.

A giant pizza will be constructed in the Justin Arena. It will contain live plants and animals used to make pizza including wheat, beef, pork, cheese, tomatoes, peppers, onions, herbs and spices. Also present for the occasion will be the Southwest Dairy Association’s Mobile Classroom, a MyPlate presentation, and a display on 4-H opportunities.

Tours will begin at 9:40 a.m. on each day and continue every twenty minutes until 12 noon. It takes approximately two hours to complete the tour which includes and free lunch provided by Southwest Dairy Museum, Domino’s Pizza – Mark of Excellence, and many other Tarrant County sponsors. Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of each school. The free lunch is served to all students, teachers, and volunteers that attend Pizza Ranch.

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The “Brown Bag” webinar series hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will continue with Dr. Barron Rector presenting plant identification tips on Thursday, March 3. The one-hour interactive webinar starts promptly at 12 noon at the Tarrant Room at the Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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When floods or fires come across our landscapes, our first thoughts are for our family and home, but our livestock are impacted by these disasters in many ways. This webinar will show horse owners many practical things that should be done to reduce risks to horses during fires, floods and storms. The Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall invites all horse owners to attend this webcast at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. It will be held in the Fort Worth Room in the Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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Whether you own horses, goats, llamas or cattle, you need to plan on attending the North Texas Grazing and Pasture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will be held at the Magnolia Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “This is a unique program that will address the economics of pastures, alternative forages and have a special focus on developing healthy soils that can maintain high productivity year after year. Whether you are a part-time producer with ten acres and pastured poultry or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres and 100 momma cows, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 8:15 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 8:45 a.m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including one IPM and two general CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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Training for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) private pesticide applicator licenses will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office on Wednesday, March 9. Training begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will be completed by 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling the Tarrant County Extension office at 817.884.1946 or on-line at http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration/.

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Interest in honey bees by the public has increased dramatically in recent years. There is a growing demand for apicultural information from public agencies including the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Especially in the Extension service few employees have apicultural expertise or know who they can trust to give creditable, researched-based information to citizens.

Late in 2014 a group of bee keepers began the process of creating a Texas Master Beekeepers Certification program, similar to Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. The first offering of the testing was held in March 2015 with 68 students earning the apprentice title. The five year certification is built on training, experience and testing, scoring a 70 percent or higher on both a written and practical examinations.

The board will offer a third round of training and testing on Friday, April 15 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham. Registration is now open for the this testing session of the Texas Master Beekeeper Program. Please use the online form posted on at (http://masterbeekeeper.tamu.edu/2015-spring-exam-registration/). 

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