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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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The fall edition of the wild pig newsletter is available on our website at:

http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/newslettersupdates/

With hunting season upon us, this issue covers some timely considerations for those interested in the impacts of wild pigs on white-tailed deer management.  

Also addressed in this edition are a number of myths concerning the ethical harvest of wild pigs, both in the field and while enacting control strategies such as trapping.

 

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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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As issues arise in livestock, grain, forage and equine industries, I compile the best information and send it our to local producers. If you are interested in receiving the update by email, please subscribe here:

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I will continue to publish the Ag News blog. The updates contain additional weather information, calendar and more in-depth articles.

 

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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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The 9-hour Earth-Kind Landscape Design School will take place in Georgetown at the Williamson County Extension Office and will consist of an in-depth classroom program plus a personalized 30 minute landscape design consultation with a landscape professional. This program will be especially useful for homeowners in home owner associations considering changing landscape requirements to be more water efficient.

The school will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 30 and resume from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, January 31; break for lunch and conclude with class from 1 to 3 p.m. The lunch and refreshments are included in the $125 per household registration (two people living at the same residence). Consultation on a landscape design with Dr. George will be scheduled during registration.

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Central Texas home and landowners have seen lots of new visitors and some of them have outgrown any welcome they may have had. Species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can take over lakes and clog water pipes. Terrestrial species like king ranch bluestem and buffel grass can take over prairies and China Berry Trees can take over a riparian water way in a single season.

An invasive species grows and reproduces rapidly; establishes over large areas, and persists. This includes a wide variety of plants, insects and animals from exotic places. As invasive species spread and take over ecosystems, they decrease biodiversity by threatening the survival of native plants and animals. In fact, invasive species are a significant threat to almost half of the native U.S. species currently listed as federally endangered.

This program will be held at the Williamson County Extension office in Georgetown on Saturday, December 6 and will focus on several invasives that are effecting Central Texas. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The $25 registration includes program, handouts, refreshments and lunch. Registration is available on-line at http://williamson.agrilife.org/program-registration or by calling the Extension office at 512.943.3300.

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