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Monthly Archives: June 2016

The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) has the potential to affect anyone who feeds a mediated ration and is set to take full effect on January 1, 2017. This seminar will begin the conversation that any feeder needs to have with their veterinary and feed provider. The program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 in the Magnolia Room at the Tarrant County Resource Connection located at 1100 Circle Drive in Fort Worth.

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“Some of the things backyard flock owners do don’t help layers dissipate heat and in fact, make it worse,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Tarrant County Fred M. Hall. Flock owners can learn many best management practices for keeping their hens cooler at a program scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the Tarrant County Extension office. The Extension office is located at 200 Taylor Street in Fort Worth.

While there is no charge for the program or parking, everyone is asked to reserve their seat on-line at:

http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration.

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 27. For more information contact your local Extension office. In Tarrant County contact the office at 817.884.1946.

 

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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, July 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 or on-line at: http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration.

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The Johnson/Tarrant County Farm Service Agency is currently seeking nominations from eligible agriculture producers in area 5 in Tarrant County for the 2016 County Committee Election to be held in December.

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Is the Future of Agriculture in the Skies?

When precision technology and GPS became common language in agriculture, few folks in the industry thought unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be the next logical step for taking technology to the field. “Monitoring crops from the sky is here now and the science is getting better at it everyday,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall in Tarrant County. “If local producers and growers have an interest in developing this technology on there farms, they should mark their calendar for the North Texas Drones in Agriculture Seminar on June 24”, notes Hall. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24 in the Magnolia Room at the Tarrant County Resource Connection in Fort Worth.

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Producers are reminded to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.

It is recommended that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:

  • Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;
  • Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;
  • Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;
  • Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed;
  • Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records;
  • Pictures with dates of all damage by flood waters;
  • Evidence of damaged farm land.

For more information the USDA programs contact the local Farm Service Agency office at 817.645.7711. For information on managing livestock after a flood go to: http://texashelp.tamu.edu.

 

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Recent heavy rains have prompted state and local officials to declare states of disaster across a large number of Texas counties. “Local producers and animal owners recognize that whether they are in a disaster area or not, they have added management issues to deal with because of the saturated conditions,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall in Tarrant County. After the immediate threat associated with fast moving flood water, cattle, horses and poultry all have special needs if they have been exposed to standing water. “Observations for flood-related disease, illness from consuming spoiled feed and injury from debris left by flood-waters are added to the daily husbandry of animal owners,” notes Hall.

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