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Houston Livestock Show Results

Bosque County 4-Hers had a great 2015 Houston Livestock Show.  Madysin and McKenzie Hicks were the first to compete with their swine.  This was the first major show competition for both of these young ladies.  They put in a lot of time and effort into the swine they raised, and their showmanship in the ring was outstanding, but they did not make it to the sale ring.  Next to compete was Maggie Chaffin and her heifer Shania, excelling and earning the first place trophy for their class.  Maggie… Read More →

Private Applicators Pesticide Training

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in McLennan County, will be hosting a Private Applicators Pesticide training on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Extension office, 420 North 6th Street in Waco, Texas. The training will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 11:30 am. The training is open to the public. The cost of the class is $60.00. A Laws and Regulation Manual and a Private Applicator Study guide is mandatory, and included in the class cost. It is recommended that the manuals and study guide be picked… Read More →

Keeping Food Safe When Cooking Outdoors

The beautiful spring weather we are enjoying makes me ready to get outside and grill in the evenings.  To keep your cookouts safe and fun, follow these simple steps before, during, and after grilling to ensure a clean work space and safe food preparation. Choose meat, poultry, or seafood that is fresh and high quality and once bought, get it home and in the refrigerator right away.  If the trip home takes more than 30 minutes, use a cooler.  Cook or freeze fresh poultry, fish, seafood, or ground… Read More →

Contest Results

Congratulations to Maggie Chaffin and her heifer Shania for taking 1st place in their class at the Houston Livestock Show!  This placement just goes to show the hard work and dedication Maggie has put out this year. The Bosque County 4-H Range Evaluation Team participated at the Hackamore Ranch Contest on Saturday, March 14. The team took 3rd place overall with the members individually placing:  Matthew Murphy 11th, McKenzie Kreztmeier 9th, Emily Murphy 7th and Benjamin Murphy 6th.

Bosque County-Wide Garage Sale

Spring is in the air, which means we are getting close to the County-Wide Garage Sale!  The garage sale will be held Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, from 8am-5pm.  This is a great community event that brings in visitors from all over the state to shop at garage sales throughout the county. If you are interested in holding a garage sale, please register your sale through our online form or a paper registration form.  The online form can be found at or you can get paper registration… Read More →

What is a Serving of Fruits and Vegetables?

Making it Simple:  The Half-Your-Plate Concept What does a serving of broccoli look like?  How many baby carrots are in a cup?  Even the most well-versed nutrition professionals don’t have all these measurements memorized!  So let’s make it easier:  fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal or eating occasion. Making fruits and vegetables the focal point of every meal will help you meet your recommended amount each day – and you won’t have to do all the math! The new healthy MyPlate icon developed… Read More →

Family Finances

Do you ever feel like your finances are controlling you, rather than you controlling your finances?  Are you having trouble staying on track with your family budget? Join us for a class on family budgeting in the Fellowship Hall at the Laguna Park Community Church on Tuesday, March 17, from 10am-12pm.  The two hour class will cover topics about setting financial goals, creating a family budget, tracking personal spending, and finding ways to decrease spending. Getting a handle on your finances is something that is important now and… Read More →

Photography Workshop

All of you 4-H shutterbugs come and join us for “The Golden Hour” photography workshop on Monday, March 16th starting at 5:00pm at the Meridian State Park.  Leigh Gilbert, a professional photographer from Meridian, will be teaching a lesson on how to take photographs during the Golden Hour before the sun goes down.  Whether from a point and shoot camera or a highly advanced high tech camera, Leigh has a lesson to fit you all.  If you are interested in attending please contact the Extension office.  The workshop… Read More →

Bosque County 4-H Roundup

County 4-H Roundup will be held at First Baptist Meridian on Saturday, March 28th.  Registration for the Roundup is now open on the website.  The County Roundup consists of two events:   Educational Presentation – beginning at 2:00pm; and Share the Fun – beginning at 4:00pm.  If you have any questions or would like more information please call Marc at the Extension office at 254-435-2331.

Central Texas Youth Fair

The Central Texas Youth Fair is happening all this week, March 3-7. Please come and show your support to the youth of Bosque County by cheering them on at their events. On Saturday, March 7th the CTYF will conclude with the cake and livestock auction starting at 12:00 noon.  For a full schedule call the Extension office at 254-435-2331 or visit