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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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, October 12, 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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Managing Land for Hunting and Grazing will be the topic of the Oct. 6 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent Fred M. Hall.

This month’s presenters are Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, and Dr. Morgan Russell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, both based in San Angelo.

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The fourth public meeting for the Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Partnership is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. It will be held at the Texas Health Huguley Hospital fitness center amphitheater located at 11801 South Freeway in Burleson, Texas.

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TAMU Professor and AgriLife Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialist Bill Higginbotham has made five publications available on cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) toxicity in livestock drinking water. If a landowner suspects that blue-green algal blooms in a water trough or pond may be involved in livestock sickness or death, livestock should be moved to another source of water and water samples should be forwarded to the TVMDL for diagnostics. Although there are always exceptions, blue-green algal blooms are usually most prominent in the hottest time of the summer without significant rainfall (e.g., “stagnant” conditions)—and just because blue-green algae is present does not necessarily mean it will have an adverse impact on livestock and wildlife drinking it.

All five publications are available under livestock water quality at

http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/publications/

 

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Come hear Jeff Raska, AgriLife Specialist, speak on preparing your chickens for winter.

Register at:

http://www.jabosace.com/gardentalk

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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, September 14. Training begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will be completed by 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required to be made on-line at http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration/. Information is available by calling the Tarrant County Extension office at 817.884.1946

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide cost share assistance to producers, processors, distributors or other handlers of organic agricultural products.

Eligibility

Texas-based organic producers (crops, wild crops, and/or livestock) and/or handlers are eligible to participate in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP). Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements. This means operations either must have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent, or must have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement. The applicable NOP regulations and resources for certification are available on the NOP website at www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

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