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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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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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“Water rights and wrongs: What Every Rancher Should Know About Texas Surface and Groundwater Law” will be the topic of a May 1 webinar featuring Dr. Ron Kaiser, professor in the recreation, park and tourism sciences department at Texas A&M Universityand chair of the Texas A&M Water Program.

Water has become a very limiting resource, Kaiser said. This webinar will disclose information every landowner should know about both surface and groundwater laws and how they relate to them.

“Put rumors to rest and join us for this informative topic,” he said.

This webinar is part of the Texas Range Webinar Series conducted monthly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceecosystem science and management unit. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Flores said the program has switched webinar software, so those planning to attend should go to to configure their computer prior to the webinar.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at .

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A coalition of livestock, poultry and dairy organizations expressed extreme disappointment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of requests that it waive a federal law that requires corn to be turned into ethanol for gasoline. In the wake of the worst drought in more than half a century, livestock producers see that they play second fiddle to the corn interests of the upper midwest.

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This week’s Crop Progress Report from USDA indicates that winter wheat planting is progressing at a very normal pace. That is good news for the beef industry which sorely needs to see the wheat crop progress normally in order to provide pasture for calves and, as was the case last year, a good number of cows given the poor pasture conditions in much of the country. As of September 30, 40% of the nations winter wheat acres had been planted. That compares to 36% last year and an average of 43% over the past 5 years. Emergence stood at 12%, the same as last year and 4% slower than the 5-year average of 16%.

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The Wichita County Master Gardeners are hosting a drip irrigation for homeowners educational program at the Kell House on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 10 a.m. Bill Bosworth from North Texas Design and Landscape will present a program on how drip irrigation works and how it can save you on water and on work.

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