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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Due to conflicts and limited registrations the Lone Star Healthy Stream program scheduled for November 1 & 2 have been postponed.

Notifications will be sent when a new date has been set.

For more information contact the Tarrant County Extension office at 817.884.1946.

Horse owners from Tarrant and Dallas counties heard Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist Dr. Blake Bennett outline how to determine the actual cost of horse ownership and then collected data from those attending to determine the cost of ownership for the group in the room using the University of Kentucky Horse Enterprise Budget Calculator.

Equine insurance was also discussed by Tarrant County Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. He defined the differences between full mortality and perils insurance plus the difference between fair market value and agreed upon value in policies.


The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail rides, horse shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream the programs will focus on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

On Tuesday, November 1 the program will be hosted at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 110 Circle Drive in Fort Worth and on Wednesday, November 2 it will be hosted at the Fort Worth Nature Center located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth.

Both programs start at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend and a box lunch will be provided. However, pre-registration on-line is required at:

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I don’t often put much youth stuff in this blog because there is a Tarrant County webpage that does that. But Mason Bellmon did a great job with his Jersey and Ayrshire heifers plus he earn Junior Showmanship in his division at the Texas State Fair last week. This young showman is one to watch- of course, he has dairy cattle in his genes!

Mason Bellmon with his Ayrshire heifer at State Fair in Dallas.

Mason Bellmon with his Ayrshire heifer at State Fair in Dallas.

Earth-Kind Living Conference Set For Nov. 18 In Sulphur Springs

Texans from this area will have a chance to learn about new environmentally friendly techniques around the home and ranch during the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Earth-Kind Living conference Nov. 18 in Sulphur Springs. The conference will be held at the First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Ave. and begins with registration at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

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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, November 9, 2016. Training begins promptly at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 12 noon. Pre-registration is required on-line at:

Or registrations can be made by calling the Tarrant County Extension Office at 817.884.1946.

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Dr. Bob Lyons, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Range Specialist will discuss recommended equipment and techniques for DIY brush control on Thursday, November 3 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in a webinar hosted at the Tarrant County Extension office. “The program will emphasize Brush Busters leaf spray, stem spary and cut stump treatments” says Tarrant County AgriLife Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Fred M. Hall.

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