Bosque County Hay Show Collection Event 9/17/2021 at Extension Office

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Bosque County will be collecting hay samples for the 43rd Annual Bosque County Hay Show & Scholarship Fundraiser. If you are interested in submitting hay samples into this year’s contest, entries maybe dropped off at the Bosque County Extension Office (located at 104 S Fuller in Meridian) between 8:30AM and 11AM on Friday, September 17, 2021. Sampling will close on September 17, but you may also drop samples off early at the Extension Office or by 3pm on Thursday, September 16 to your local Bosque County Vo-Ag Teachers. Samples will be taken from the conventional bales and/or round bales on the 17th so that the protein analysis can be made. Cost is $10 for first bale, $5 for each additional bale per participant. Only hay grown in Bosque County and/or adjoining counties will be eligible for the show and awards. This year’s Scholarship Auction and Educational Program will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021, at the Meridian Civic Center starting at 5:30PM.  The Hay Show Committee is also collecting donations for their annual Bosque County Hay Show and Scholarship fundraiser. If you are interested in contributing towards this, please go to contact Chelsea Dorward at 254-435-2331 or



We will not have the live educational portion. Results and awards will be posted online at in mid-October and mailed to participants.


Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a homeowner education event discussing the operation and maintenance of aerobic treatment units.  The “Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units” workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Meridian Civic Center, 309 W. River Street, Meridian, TX.


The workshop will be of interest to homeowners who want to learn more about the components and maintenance of an aerobic treatment unit and spray field. It is important for homeowners to properly maintain their onsite wastewater treatment systems to help protect public safety, public health, and water quality.


The purpose of the course is to present information on the function, operation, and maintenance of aerobic treatment units, and to provide hands-on demonstration of evaluation techniques to determine operational status of the treatment system. Topics will include the importance of maintaining the treatment system, health and safety considerations, basic concepts about the aerobic treatment processes, and treatment system testing and reporting. It also will address “care and feeding” of the aerobic treatment unit, system evaluation tools and supplies, and how effective wastewater treatment protects water resources.


The course fee is $150 if registered from August 24 to September 17 or $175 if registered September 18 to September 27. Registration is only done online for this program. To register, go to

Extension Beef Cattle Program

CenTex Beef Symposium Set for September 24th

The theme for the Annual CenTex Beef Symposium is “The Business End of The Cattle Business”.  This annual event is sponsored by 9 area counties in Central Texas and will be held Friday, September 24th at the Texas A&M McGregor Research Center, 773 Ag Farm Road, McGregor, Texas.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the programs start at 8:30 a.m. with Dr. Don Gill, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist discussing “Factors Affecting Profitability and Key Performance Indicators” in the beef herd.

Dr. Jason Johnson, Extension Economist will provide information on “From the Rancher to the Consumer, How Does the Cash Flow”?

After a morning break, Shelly Coston, Bell County Clerk and Marvin Wills, TSCRA Special Ranger, will provide an update on “Livestock Brand Registration Renewals, the Process, Timing, and Importance”.

Robin Thomas, CPA, Agribusiness Owner and Rancher will provide information regarding “Tax Planning and Tax Law Changes or Updates for Preparing 2021 Taxes”.

After lunch and a few words from program sponsors, Dr. Don Renchie will provide an update on “New Regulations and Required Trainings for Herbicides for Weed and Brush Control”.  The program will conclude around 2:00 p.m. with door prizes. 1 CEU is offered for pesticide license holders. The registration fee is $20 and can be paid at the door.  We do ask that you RSVP by calling to 254-435-2331 or email to for a meal count.


Private Applicator Training Class

11th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar

The 11th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar will be held Wednesday, June 23rd at the West Auction Barn located at 20645 N. I-35, West, Texas 76691. This multi-county programming effort will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Beef and Forage Committees in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill, Limestone and McLennan Counties. Cost for the program is $10.00 per person, payable at registration.


Speakers and topics for the program will be Biosecurity by the Texas Animal Health Commission; “Do it for the Industry” Vaccination/Health Program by Jason Swain of Livestock Producers and Chris Orr of Zoetis; Mineral Supplementation, by Dr. Doug Hawkins, Purina Consulting Cattle Nutritionist; Cattle Market Update, by Dr. Jeff Geider TCU Ranch Management School; Branding Demonstration (live cattle demonstration) by Marvin Wills and HD. Brittan of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; Updates on Antibiotic Use by Dr. Mike Nichols, Veterinarian for Boehringer-Ingelhiem.


Breakfast will be provided by Lone Star Ag Credit and the workshop will include lunch. RSVP is required for the meal by June 21, 2021, by calling (254)435-2331.


Hay Show Scholarship Recipients

The first Bosque County Hay Show was held in Clifton in 1979 with the purpose of providing producers information as to the quality of the hay they were producing. By knowing the quality, producers know if their hay has adequate protein or if they need additional supplements to meet the requirements of their livestock.

Along with the hay from this contest, the committee has fundraised to provide scholarship opportunities to FFA & 4-H members from Bosque County. A total of 293 scholarships in the amount of $232,850 have been provided to graduating seniors in Bosque County. To the senior class of 2021, fourteen $1,250 scholarships have been awarded.


This year’s recipients include from Bosque 4-H: Laramee Crockett, the Charley Aars Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Emelia Hyde, the Homer and Vera Erickson Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Burkly Paruszewski, the Sandra S. Shrank Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Faith Paruszewski, the Kenneth Shrank Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Marcus Wright, the J. B. Wood Memorial Hay Show Scholarship. From Cranfills Gap FFA: Tanner Allen, Wade Lee Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Cason Cox, the Marc Johnson Memorial Hay Show Scholarship. From Iredell FFA: Samantha McGinnis, the John D. & Murlene Smith Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Sage Potter, the Carroll M. Olson Memorial Hay Show Scholarship; Macy Skipper, the Bosque County Hay Show Scholarship. From Meridian FFA: Shayla Jones, the Jon F. Henderson Memorial Hay Show Scholarship. From Valley Mills FFA: Avery Zimmerman, the C. Pernell and Rosalie Aars Memorial Hay Show Scholarship.

Weed & Brush Program 6-4-2021

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Bosque County will be hosting a Weed & Brush Program at the Meridian Civic Center. Registration will start for each session at 8:15AM with program to follow at 8:30AM and should conclude by noon.


Topics to be discussed will include:  Range & Pasture Plant Identification by James Jackson, Range Management Specialist for Alligare; Brush Clearing Options, by Dr. Morgan Treadwell, TAMU Extension Range Specialist; and Value of Land: Cleared, Semi-Cleared or Left Alone, by Dr. Jason Johnson, TAMU Ag Economist. One IPM and One General CEU will be offered for individuals holding a Private Applicator’s Pesticide License.


Cost of the program is $10.00/session and can be paid at the door. For any questions or to confirm your attendance, please contact the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331.

Oak Trees After Winter Weather

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Oak Trees After Winter Weather 2-26-2021

By: Chelsea Dorward


As everyone recovers from the winter storm you might have noticed the oak trees in our county are looking brown and dropping leaves. They too were impacted by the 70-degree temperature swings, extreme cold and moisture. The oaks in our county should recover from this in the coming months, BUT the trees probably won’t look their best this year. The trees took the full brunt of the storm, due to water inside of them that froze and then thawed. Add to this that some of our oaks had already started shedding their leaves for the new spring growth because we had a warmer December and January. All this said our oaks may look a little thinner this year, but they should recover.

For trees damaged during the storm the Texas Forestry Service put out information on what you should (and shouldn’t) do to clean up the damage while also protecting them from oak wilt:

While painting fresh wounds on oak trees is important to prevent the spread of oak wilt, wounds that were caused by the ice storm are no longer fresh. In cold conditions, trees quickly stop exuding sap and sap-feeding beetles are not active, so it is unlikely that oak wilt will spread as a result of an initial ice storm event.


Prune safely within your ability and DO NOT remove limbs on or near power lines. For work you cannot complete safely or that is beyond your ability, find a Certified Arborist.

Be sure to immediately paint any new wounds on oak trees that are created during cleanup using wound dressing or latex paint. Immediately means make one cut then paint it before making the next cut. Clean all pruning tools with a 10% bleach solution or Lysol™ before pruning a different tree. Additional cosmetic pruning of oaks should be delayed until summer, once the threat of oak wilt spread has diminished. Avoid pruning oaks February through June! Any trees that are not oaks can be pruned at any time and painting the wounds is not necessary.

When disposing of debris, burning should be delayed until spring green-up when wildfire danger is reduced. If debris must be disposed of immediately, a chipper is recommended. For more information visit

Most live oaks, and many other trees that currently have leaves, suffered freeze damage. However, it is difficult to determine the true extent of this damage until after spring green-up. Trees are quite resilient, and the damage may not be as bad is it initially seems. So be patient, prune selectively and be sure to paint any fresh wounds on all oak trees.

For more information contact Chelsea Dorward at or 254-435-2331 or visit the Texas Forestry Website at .



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Health Literacy Program for Older Adults

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AgriLife Extension Offers Health Literacy Program for Older Adults

Ability to understand health information equals better health outcomes.

Every Wednesday of February 2021, a team of Bosque, Leon, and Johnson County Extension Agents will be presenting the “Health Literacy for Older Adults” program. It will be open to the surrounding region and will be hosted online via the Zoom platform at 10:30am each week. The program includes four sessions, which cover topics such as making healthy lifestyle choices, understanding Medicare benefits, communicating well with your doctor, managing medications, and finding reliable information on the internet. Adults over age 65, family members and caregivers of older adults, and health care professionals are encouraged to attend.

The ability to obtain, understand, and act upon health information (health literacy) is key to making the right health decisions. Evidence shows that people with higher health literacy are more likely to seek preventive care, follow treatment plans, and experience decreased rates of hospitalization and emergency services, along with shorter hospital stays.

There is now an emphasis on patient-clinician collaboration and shared responsibility, said Andy Crocker, Senior Extension Program Specialist. “An older adult’s health literacy can vary depending on changes in one’s medical issues, provider, or system providing the care,” said Crocker. “No matter the context, we all want to feel confident about our decisions and understand that we’re getting cost-effective, safe, high quality health care,” he said.

Paula Butler, AgriLife Extension Regional Program Leader, says that the benefits of health literacy in older adults extends beyond their own improved health care decisions and improved health status. “Ultimately, health literacy should result in cost savings to the health care system and improved patient-provider satisfaction,” Butler explained. “We want to help empower older adults to take an active role in their health care, which will not only benefit them personally, but the larger community too.”

For more information about the Health Literacy series or to sign up, contact County Extension Agent Chris Coon at 254-435-2331 or


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