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Forage producers in North Texas will have a opportunity to hear the latest information on the new Bermudagrass Stem Maggot at the North Texas Spring Forage Conference. The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 in 2016 and will be held at the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “Whether you are a part-time producer with twenty acres or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 9 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 9:30 .m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including the hard-to-find law and regs plus IPM CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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The Tarrant County Continuing Organics Program will begin with an eOrganic webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4. The program will be on making and using compost tea, with Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and CeCe Crosby of Washington State University presenting. The program will be held at the Tarrant County Extension office in Fort Worth.

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Unconventional grazing systems typically involve an unusual management effort, an unusual kind or class of livestock, multi-species grazing and more often a combination of these three. “This is often the hall-mark of small farms in the urban area around Fort Worth and that makes this program a great fit for local folks” says new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall.

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Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

Brittany Leslie is the new Administrative Assistant at the Tarrant County Extension Office in Fort Worth.

One of the first tasks for new Tarrant County Ag and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall was to interview and hire a new administrative assistant. From over 100 applicants, several were interviewed , but Hall says, “ we found the perfect combination of life-skills, personality and energy that we where looking for in Brittany Leslie.” Leslie started this past Monday according to Hall.

The Administrative Assistant for the agriculture and natural resource agent helps Hall organize programs and citizens find information in the AgriLife system. “Leslie’s background with the county and her attention to detail in previous positions made her a logical choice to compliment the Extension team in Tarrant County,” says Hall.

Her on-boarding process will include being mentored by other administrative assistants and AgriLife specialists. While the agents and other staff will assist with her training in specific areas, the mentoring program allows for Leslie to acclimate to the agency’s work environment and transition into the organization more efficiently.

Leslie was born and raised in northern New Hampshire and graduated from Profile Junior Senior High School in Bethlehem, NH. She attended Granite State College in Concord, NH where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is currently enrolled for her MBA at University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Leslie has two children, and a husband who enjoy the not so cold winters here in Texas, compared to New Hampshire. Leslie notes, “I look forward to this new career path, and am excited to meet new friends along the way.”

You can contact Leslie at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Tarrant County located at 200 Taylor Street in Fort Worth or by calling 817.884.1945.


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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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 Training for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) private pesticide applicator licenses will be held at the Williamson County Extension office on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Training begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will be completed by 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling the Williamson Extension office at 512.943.3300 or on-line at

This evening training is offered due to requests by producers who could not attend day-time training due to other obligations. The four-hour training at the Williamson County Extension office will give participants the necessary information to take the private applicator license test. Any agricultural producer or land owner who applies restricted use pesticides to their own property needs a private pesticide applicators license and may participate.

Persons seeking to acquire a private pesticide applicator’s license must attend a private applicator training prior to their test date. Cost for the training and study materials in Williamson County is $50. Contact the Williamson County Extension office to register and receive your training manuals in advance. The Williamson County Extension office is located at 3151 SE Inner Loop, Suite A in Georgetown.

Since the Texas Department of Agriculture has contracted with PSI to administer the exams for agricultural pesticide applicator licensing, we will no longer be able to have testing available immediately after the training. The closest locations will be in Austin.

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