14th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar

 

The 14th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar will be held Wednesday, June 26th 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 $20.00 per person, payable at registration.

 

Topics for the program will be: Agriculture Financing in a Changing World; Defining the Dollar Value of Cattle, Live Cattle Demonstration; Importance of Securing a Safe Food Supply; Proper Vaccination for Carcass Integrity; Nutrition, Forage First; and Cattle Market Update.

 

Breakfast provided by AgTrust Farm Credit. Steak lunch included. RSVP is required for the meal by June 18, 2024, by calling (254)435-2331.

 

Sheep & Goat Conference

The Bosque, Bell, Coryell, Falls, McLennan, Johnson, Hill, Hamilton, and Limestone County AgriLife Extension Offices will be hosting a Sheep & Goat Conference on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at The Exchange Events Center, located at 300 S Jefferson Ave in McGregor, Texas.  The registration fee is $30 and includes breakfast and a noon meal.  For more information or to pre-register contact the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331 by Friday, May 24, 2024.

 

The registration will start at 8:00am with the program to start at 8:30am. Presentation topics include Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants, Dr. Andrew Roemisch, Cottonwood Creek Veterinary Hospital; Texas Solar Sheep, JR Howard; Nutritional Needs of Sheep, Panel Discussion; Type/Kinds of Sheep & Goats, Dr. Jake Throne; Goat and Lamb Market Update: Price Seasonality and Opportunities, David Anderson TAMU Ag Economist and Livestock Guardian Dog: Best Management Practices, Bill Costanzo from TAMU.

 

 

Vines & Wines Program 5-7-2024

The 7th Annual Central Texas Vines & Wines Program will be held on May 7, 2024, at the 15:5 Vineyard, located at 3405 Southwinds Drive in Lorena, TX. Registration will start at 8:30AM with the program to follow at 9:00AM and should conclude around 2:30PM.

 

This program will feature TAMU Viticulture Specialists – Michael Cook, Dr. Patrick O’Brien, Fran Pontasch and Dr. Justin Scheiner; Attorney Kimberly Frost; Vineyard owners Robert and Donna Alston; TAMU Horticulture Department Head Dr. Amit Dhingra. Topics include Moisture Monitoring and Floor Management, Water: Limitations and Opportunity; Pest and Disease Concerns during a Drought, TTB & TABC Winery permitting Requirements; Grape Varieties for Texas, BioChar and Soil Health and include a Walking Tour of 15:5 Vineyard.

Three CEUs (2IPM, 1 General) will be offered for individuals holding a Private Applicator’s Pesticide License. 6 CCCA’s (Nutrient Mgt, Soil and Water, Crop, Prof. Development).

 

The cost of the program is $40.00 and can be paid at the door, includes a steak lunch. For any questions or to confirm your attendance please contact the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331. Breakfast provided by Capital Farm Credit.

 

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

 

 

Tree & Lawn Program 5-9-2024

Bosque County Extension Office will be hosting a Tree & Lawn Health 101 Program on Thursday, May 9, 2024. This program will be held at the Clifton Fairgrounds Home Economics’ Building located at 108 E 7th Street in Clifton. Registration will start at 8:45AM with the program to follow at 9:00AM and should conclude by noon.

 

This program will feature Renee Burks of B&H Oak Wilt, covering Practices to Improve Tree Health, Making Informed Decisions on Trees; Robert Hawthorne with Texas Forestry Service, covering Oak Wilt – What it is & What to Do? and McLennan County Master Gardener Mark Barnett covering Lawn Weed Control. One General CEU will be offered for individuals holding a Pesticide License.

 

Cost of the program is $15.00 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 or pre-register online at bosque.agrilife.org.

 

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Two Upcoming Programs for Bosque County Agriculture Producers

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office has partnered with nearby counties to host two upcoming programs for agricultural producers and horticulturalist. On Thursday, April 11, 2024, a Pecan Field Day will be held at Russell’s Pecan Orchard, located at 12633 Gholson Road outside of Waco, TX. Presentations on Pecan Grafting: Tools, Methods, and a Demonstration; Pecan Variety Selection and Irrigation & Factors that Can Limit Pecan Production. Registration starts at 8:30 am and will conclude at noon. This program is $10/person payable, but please RSVP for planning purposes. One (1) IPM continuing education credit for those with a pesticide applicator’s license and please plan to bring your own lawn chair!

 

The following week on Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Central Texas Small Grains Field Day will be held. Field location is Kevin Huffman Farm, 1.9 miles East of McGregor on North Side of Hwy 84. The program will conclude at the McGregor Research Center, located at 773 Ag Farm Road, McGregor.  This year’s topics include a tour of the variety plots, Small Grain Insect Scouting Report; Commodity Market Update; Small Grain Update, Agriculture Applications with Drone Demonstration, and a tour of the Small Grains Research at McGregor Research Center. Registration will open at 7:30 am in the field, cost is $10/person and includes lunch. Two TDA continuing education credits will be offered (1 IPM, 1 General) and 5.5 Certified Crop Advisor Credits will be offered (2.5 IPM, 3 Crop Management).

 

For more information or to pre-register for either of these programs please call the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331.

 

Texas Community Futures Forum

The Texas Community Futures Forum is being held in Bosque County to assist local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents and the Leadership Advisory Board identify the most critical issues affecting local citizens.  Our local Extension program has a rich history of providing educational programs that address the most critical issues in the county, related to Agriculture and Natural Resources, Families and Health, Youth Development and Community Development.  To make sure that the programs being planned are on target, we invite your participation in the TCFF process.

We invite your participation in at least one of the Texas Community Futures Forum to be held on March 26, 2024, from Noon to 1PM at the Bosque County Extension Office in Meridian, Texas or on April 9, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the HE Building located at the Clifton Fairgrounds in Clifton, Texas. Your opinion is highly valued in our community, so we truly hope you can join us.  Our expectation is that the forum will last about one hour, as we understand the value of your time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Extension office at 254-435-2331.  Please RSVP to the same telephone number with your ability to join us or online at  https://bosque.agrilife.org/.  Thank you very much for your involvement in this forum, and we look forward to seeing you on March 26 or April 9, 2024. If you are unable to attend in person but would like to provide input, please go to: tx.ag/RjWOuV0; be sure to select Bosque County.

Private Applicators Trainings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County will be hosting a Private Applicators Pesticide training on Friday, March 1, 2024, located at 104 S Fuller in Meridian. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the training starting at 8:30 a.m. and continue until noon.

 

The training is open to the public. The cost of the class is $75.00. A Laws and Regulation Manual and a Private Applicator Study guide is mandatory and included in the class cost.

To register or if you need more information, please call the Bosque County Extension Office at (254) 435-2331 or http://bosque.agrilife.org/.

 

Blackland Income Growth Conference January 9 &10 in Waco

The Blackland Income Growth Program seeks to improve the overall agricultural and agri-business economy of the Blackland area.  This Annual BIG Conference is scheduled for January 9-10, 2024, at the BASE Extraco Events Center

 

On Tuesday, January 9, commodity groups will offer educational programs, including a session on Wildlife, Cotton, Beef Cattle, Grain, Horticulture, Land Management and Forage. The first day of the conference starts at 8:30 AM and runs until 4:45PM and registration includes lunch. Registration for the commodity sessions on January 9 is $25 and includes lunch, registration opens at 8:00AM.

This year’s keynote speaker, which will be featured during the lunch on January 9, is Dr. Jason Johnson. Dr. Johnson serves as an Associate Professor, TAMU AgriLife Extension Economist, Registered Investment Advisor and is a fifth-generation rancher.

 

On day two of the conference, a 5 Hour Recertification Program will be held for those with a pesticide applicator license. Pre-registration is $65 and includes lunch, call 254-757-5180 to pre-register by January 3. Also, on January 10, a private applicator training will be held. Registration is $75 and includes lunch. Preregister by calling 254-582-4022.

 

For more information contact:  Chelsea Dorward, Bosque County Extension Agent (254) 435-2331 or https://bosque.agrilife.org.

 

24th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Meeting 1-16-2024

The 24th annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at the Meridian Civic Center, located at 309 W River Street in Meridian, Texas. Registration will start at 5:00PM with a steak dinner and Program at 5:30PM.

 

This annual event is hosted jointly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in Bosque, Hood, Somervell, and Johnson Counties. This year’s program will include the following presentations:

 

Market Update & Forecast, Bull Selection and Body Condition Scores During a Drought, Pasture and Weed Management.

 

Cost of the program and meal is $15.00 and can be paid at the door,. For those with a TDA Pesticide Applicator License, one (1) General CEU will be offered.

For meal planning purposes please RSVP by contacting the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331 or https://bosque.agrilife.org no later than January 12th, or for any other information concerning the workshop.

 

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aid, service, or accommodations to

participate in this event should contact Chelsea Dorward in the Bosque County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service no later than January 10, 2024, at (254) 435-2331.

 

Nominate a Volunteer

Each year, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County and the Commissioner’s Court host a Volunteer Recognition Banquet to recognize outstanding volunteers who serve the residents of Bosque County.  These volunteers give their time and energy to serve in civic and community organizations and to improve our communities.  The Volunteer Recognition Banquet is a special time to honor these extraordinary volunteers.

We invite organizations or individuals in Bosque County to nominate outstanding volunteers in the following categories:

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Civic Organizations & Community Service
  • Community Festivals & Events
  • Fire Department & First Responders
  • Family & Health Services
  • Youth Services
  • Other

 

Please visit the Bosque County Extension Office’s Website to nominate a volunteer at https://bosque.agrilife.org/ or at 254-435-2331. Nomination forms are due back to the Extension Office by December 18, 2023.  The Leadership Advisory Board of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will review each nomination and select the awardees to be recognized at the 2023 Volunteer Recognition Banquet on Monday, January 11, 2024.  Tickets for the event are available at the Extension Office.