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Anyone interested in private water well management in the San Gabriel River watershed is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) training Feb.19 in Round Rock. The training is hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension—Williamson County and is free to the public. It will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Jester Annex, 1801 East Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock, according Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator in College Station.

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The annual District 8 CEU Seminar hosted at thirteen locations across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension District 8 on Thursday, December 11, 2014. This seminar will offer eight (8) CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. The approved credit hours are: four (4) General, one (1) Laws and Regulation, two (2) IPM hours and one (1) Drift hour. Commercial and non-commercial license holders will be able to obtain all of their needed hours for license renewal with the first 5 hours of the program. The Texas Pesticide Law requires that a person may not use a restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides unless licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. All applicators must obtain continuing education units (CEU’s) to renew their license.

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Whether you own hundreds of cows or a goat, attending the 2014 Williamson County Forage Conference will help you understand your forage options. The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14 at the Williamson County Extension office. The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch if the office receives it by July 8, or $30 at the door with no lunch guarantee.

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A multi-county livestock conference will be held at the Bell County Expo Center on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The theme for the day will be “Rebuilding the Beef Herd” and will address many issues related to the current challenges many producers are facing. 20 or more commercial exhibitors will also be there with products and industry information. Pre-registration is $40.00 and is due by March 21 with $50.00 at the door registration. Registration includes the program, refreshments, lunch and 1 CEU for Pesticide Applicator Licenses. Registration will begin from 8:00am-8:30am and the program will conclude by 4:30pm.

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Citizens will have the opportunity to get their hands on the newest irrigation technology during the Williamson County Residential Irrigation Workshop. The workshop will be a come and go event beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Williamson County campus and ending at 12 noon. The campus is located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

Demonstrations will give homeowners insights on how their sprinkler system works; how to recognize water pressure issues; how to set controllers for water efficiency; how to diagnose problems and make simple repairs plus how to do simple drip conversions.

The presenters will include professionals from Ewing Irrigation, Rain Bird Irrigation, Texas Land & Water Designs, City of Round Rock, City of Georgetown and the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Williamson County Master Gardeners are coordinating the event to help citizens understand that landscape irrigation accounts for up to 70 percent of residential water usage in the summer months– with most homeowners overwatering landscapes, sometimes to the detriment of their landscape.

As water availability continues to be a growing concern in Central Texas, citizens need to understand how to conserve more water while still maintaining a beautiful landscape.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.


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The Texoma Turf and Tree Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at the MPEC. This all-day program is for Texoma turf and tree professionals, school athletic field managers, park care-takers or anyone who want to be armed with the most up-to-date information to help with the issues and questions that are sure to come this spring concerning drought, trees and turf in landscapes.

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