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Category Archives: Williamson County

Things change. Sometimes the changes are slow- like looking at photos of yourself from ten years ago you notice the gray hair and wrinkles that have sneaked onto more recent photos. Sometimes change is fast, like a change in jobs. That’s my position today as I announce that I will be leaving Williamson County to take the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent position in Tarrant County.

Extension is the suit that fits me the best. I like keeping abreast of research and sharing that knowledge with producers. It is a thrill to see that expression that tells me I have been successful in communicating a new concept or idea.

I have enjoyed my time in Williamson County; it was exciting and I had the opportunity to work with progressive thinkers who made things happen. Thank you to everyone who made me feel at home from day one!


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The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3 in Georgetown for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the San Gabriel River watershed.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County and the city of Georgetown.

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Due to potential heavy rainfall, the 52nd Stiles Farm Field Day June 16 will held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor, 2201 E. 4th St. in Taylor.

The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Cost is $10 for individuals wanting to receive three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with classroom presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. The following are topics and speakers:

– Management of new technology in cotton, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station.

– Reducing planting populations in grain sorghum and source of phosphorous starter fertilizer, Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, College Station.

– Lessons learned in managing sugarcane aphids in grain sorghum, Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas.

– Soil profile and benefits of strip till in the Blacklands, Dr. Tony Provin, AgriLife Extension soil chemist, College Station.

The noon program will feature scholarship presentations and a catered lunch. The afternoon program will feature a presentation on development and management of aquaponics facilities by Joe Schram, owner and operator of JoLi Farms.

Weather permitting, equipment demonstrations will be held at the Stiles Farm Foundation, 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79, 1 mile east of Thrall.

For more information contact the Williamson County Extension office at 512.943.3300.


Williamson County Commissioners joined with the Lonestar Ag Credit and the Williamson County AgriLife Extension office in supporting National Agriculture Day on March 24, 2014. The local proclamation helped to mark the 42nd anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for the 2015 National Ag Day is “Sustaining Future Generations.”

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The Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB) is holding its biennial election to elect five board members to fill expiring positions.  The mail election officially begins March 23, 2013 and will conclude April 9, 2013.

Terms expiring in 2013 include Cagle Kendrick of District I, Tommy Womack of District II, Fred Dwyer of District III, Ken Davis of District IV, and Jack Norman also of District IV.

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If you have one pecan tree in the backyard or 1,000 trees, you will benefit by attending the Central Texas Pecan Field Day on Saturday, April 18 at the Schwegmann Orchard located at 3530 N. I-35 in Georgetown. The all-day event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and includes speakers, lunch, a grafting workshop and vendors. Deadline to pre-register is 5 p.m. on April 16 and the fee is $20.

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With changes in market opportunities, weather, and rainfall, local farmers are exploring opportunities to reduce risk through crop diversification. The Central Texas Small Grain and Canola Field Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the Stiles Research Farm in Thrall will provide an in-depth study of bareley, canola and wheat. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the presentations at 9 a.m. The program will include lunch and three pesticide applicator continuing education units.

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