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. www.isatexas.com/for-the-public/find-an-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 www.tfsweb.tamu.edu/PreventWildfire/

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 chelsea.dorward@ag.tamu.edu or 254-435-2331 or visit the Texas Forestry Website at www.tfsweb.tamu.edu/afterthestorm/ .



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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 chris.coon@ag.tamu.edu.


Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.

2020 Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

The annual Bosque County Volunteer Appreciation Banquet took place on Monday, December 14th at the Meridian Civic Center. While it did look a little different this year due to COVID-19 safety protocol, this event was still able to occur in-person and recognize outstanding volunteers and volunteer groups that keep our community going.

This year’s award recipients are:

Dr. Lloyd Hampe-Agriculture and Natural Resources

Central Texas Youth Fair-Community Festivals and Events (Pictured Below)

Irene Wilkinson-Family and Health Services

Jerry McDougal-Fire Department and First Responders (Pictured Below)

Rhonda Jernigan-Youth Services

David Burden-Civic Organizations and Community Service


Thank You to the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court and the Leadership Advisory Board for hosting this event!


BIG Recertification Program

Blackland Income Growth Conference January 5-6, 2021

By Chelsea Dorward


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 5-6, 2021. This year dur to COVID-19 the entire conference will be held virtually.

On Tuesday, January 5, commodity groups will offer educational programs, including a session on Wildlife, Cotton, Beef Cattle, Grain, Horticulture, Rural Land Management and Forage. The first day of the conference starts at 9:00 AM and runs until 4:00PM, Registration is free for the commodity sessions on January 5. To register go to https://tinyurl.com/y5759wcz, fill out the registration form and you will then receive a link to the session.


This year’s keynote speaker, which will be featured during at 1pm during the Scholarship Presentation will be Billy Howe, Associate Director of Government Affairs for Texas Farm Bureau.


On day two of the conference, a 5 Hour Recertification Program will be held for those with a pesticide applicator license. The BIG Recertification Class on January 6th 2021 but we will be virtual this year.   To register go to EventBrite to register by clicking on https://tinyurl.com/yydl6x96 (different registration from January 5 commodity session’s link). Once there you will click on the green link to the right that says “Register.”  The cost is $40 and you must pay with a credit or debit card.  After you have registered/paid with EventBrite you will receive a confirmation registration email with a link to Zoom; please click on the Zoom link and enter your TDA license # and answer a few demographic questions.  You can click on that link the morning of the program to attend.


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

59th Blackland Income Growth Conference

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Preparing for the Holidays

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November 2020

5 Ways to Prepare for Holiday Gatherings

Living with prediabetes or diabetes can sometimes result in wondering what to do with food at gatherings around this time of year.  Should you enjoy in bliss or restrict yourself? Well, it can be a happy balance between these options.  The holidays should be a time we can feel confident in our choices but enjoy our time together.  The tips below can help you prepare for events that come your way!

  1. Remember to enjoy the season. No one wants to worry about having a good time and about the foods we choose.  Take this time to give yourself a bit of grace.  Enjoy time with your family or friends without the worry of food.  You can still prepare for food choices and participate in holiday gatherings.
  2. Does it spark joy?  Not just for organizing your home, asking yourself if you really enjoy the food can make deciding on what to eat easier. It’s the time when you sit down for a meal and everything looks delicious. Take a moment to think about the foods you enjoy the most. Mushrooms, not your thing? Then pass on the stuffed mushrooms and choose a food which you have been looking forward to.
  3. Check-in with your body.  When you sit down for a meal, take a moment to assess your hunger level? Did you just eat a snack, and the meal happens to be ready?  Choose smaller portions first then assess whether or not you feel satisfied.  It is easier to add food to your plate than return it to the pot! If you eat a smaller amount because you’re not hungry you won’t find yourself on the couch trying to decide if the pie will fit onto your plate!
  4. Divide your plate and portion to accommodate your carbohydrate choices. Wondering if you use your carbohydrate choices for the mashed potatoes or the dressing? Is this the one time of year you eat these foods? Foods make the holidays special. Depending on the number of carbohydrates you have for a meal allow yourself to fit these favorites into your plate.  If you have 3 carbohydrates choices for a meal, look at the portion size and make it work for your plate.
  5. Be mindful of how you fill your plate. If all else fails, use the diabetes healthy plate model. Fill ½ of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, ¼ lean protein, ¼ starchy foods, 1 serving of fruit, and 1 serving of dairy.  In total it is about 3 to 4 carbohydrate choices which can help you keep to your diabetes plan without having to pull out your trusty measuring cups.

Fitting foods into your meals takes balance and practice.  The tips listed are just a few of the many ways to enjoy the holidays without guilt.  If you would like to know more about diabetes and how to manage your health and food choices contact Chris Coon, County Extension Agent at 254-435-2331 or at chris.coon@ag.tamu.edu.

Written by: Danielle Hammond-Krueger, MPH, RD, LD, Extension Program Specialist, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, Texas.

District 8 Farm & Ranch Seminar

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**This program has recently been changed to VIRTUAL ONLY!!**


7:00 am Registration

7:30 am General Herbicide / Pesticide Update

1 hr. IPM James Jackson—Range & Pasture Specialist for Alligare

8:30 am Laws & Regualtions Updates & Complaint Process

1hr. L&R Perry Cervantes—TDA, Coordinator for Pesticide Certification and
Compliance (Ag)

9:30 am Drift Management & Sprayer Calibration

1hr. Drift Matt Matocha—Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, Row Crop and
Pasture Weed Specialist

10:30 am General Laws and Regulations Compliance

1hr. L&R Don Renchie—Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service IPM Specialist

11:30 am Lunch

12:00 pm Horn Fly Control Methods & Hot Topics in IPM

1hr. IPM Sonja Swiger—Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Entomologist

1:00 pm Plant Pathology in Row Crops

1 hr. General Tom Isakeit—Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, Professor & Extension
Specialist, Field Crops

2:00 pm Pond Management & Weed Control

1 hr. General Brittany Chesser—Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Aquatic Vegetation
Program Specialist

3:00 pm Combating Common Pests & Disease in Trees

1 hr. General Rachel McGregor—Texas A&M Forestry Service, Staff Forester II

4:00 pm Adjourn and hand out certificates

***Topics of discussion are subject to change***