District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar


(Multi-county CEU event)


A multi-county Farm and Ranch Seminar for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled for December 9, 2021.  The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 14 locations across Central Texas.


Bosque County Texas A&M will be hosting this program at the Meridian Civic Center located at 309 W River Street in Meridian, TX. Program registration cost is $50, which includes lunch, breaks and handout materials.  Registration will begin at 7AM with presentations starting at 7:30AM and running till 4:00PM. Persons interested in this program on December 9th can pre-register by contacting the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331 or online at https://bosque.agrilife.org.


The December 9th seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight (8) CEUs.
Of these eight (8) hours, three (3) hours will be in General, two (2) hours in IPM, two (2) hour in Laws and Regulations, and one (1) hour in Drift.  Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to obtain their required five hours within the first five hours of the program.


Topics and speakers include: General Herbicide & Pesticide Update (1 General CEU Credit) presented by              Dr. Scott Nolte, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Feral Hog Management Strategies & Control Methods (1 IPM CEU Credit) by Mikayla Killam, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Managing Pesticide Drift & How to Do Your Part (1 Drift Mgmt. CEU Credit) by Ben McKnight, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; TDA Laws & Regulations Compliance (1 Laws & Regs. CEU Credit) by Perry Cervantes, Texas Dept. of Agriculture; Pest Management in Forage & Row Crop Operations (1 IPM CEU Credit) by Dr. David Kerns, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; 2021 TDA Laws & Regulations Update (1 Laws & Regs. CEU Credit) presented by Dr. Don Renchie, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Controlling Disease and Insects in Fruit & Nut Trees (1 General CEU Credit) by Dr. Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Turf Grass Management for Homeowners (1 General CEU Credit) by Dr. Chrissie Seagers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


Private Applicators License holders must obtain 15 hours of CEUs every five years to renew/recertify their license; including two hours of Laws and Regulations, two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and any mix of these and General hours to equal the required 15 hours of CEUs. Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to recertify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.


Individuals with disabilities requiring an auxiliary aid or special accommodations in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331 to determine how reasonable accommodations may be met by December 3, 2021.

Forage Program

The Next Forage Program will be held on Tuesday, October 26 at the Johnson County Extension Office, located at 109 W Chambers St. in Cleburne, Texas. Registration and dinner will start at 5:30pm, with program to follow.


This event is hosted jointly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in Bosque, Hood, Somervell and Johnson Counties.  This program will include presentations on: Drought Insurance & Forage Profitability, Controlling Armyworms &  Other Pests in Forages and What makes quality Hay.


Program and dinner is $20/person payable by cash or check at the door. Please confirm your attendance by contacting any of the AgriLife Extension Offices: Johnson County – 817-556-6370; Bosque County – 254-435-2331; Hood County – 817-579-3280; or Somervell County – 254-897-2809. One CEU will be provided for those with a pesticide applicators license.

2021 Bosque County Volunteer Appreciation Banquet – Nominations

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.

Volunteers may be nominated in the following categories:

-Agriculture & Natural Resources: Volunteers in this category work to promote agriculture awareness and agribusiness in Bosque County.

-Civic Organizations & Community Service: Volunteers in this category work to improve their community through service. These volunteers may serve through a civic organization or contribute their time individually.

-Community Festivals & Events: Volunteers work to organize and promote festivals and events in Bosque County to promote tourism, raise money, or provide opportunities for family fun.

-Fire Department & First Responders: Volunteers serve as a fire fighter or first responder, or they might work to help raise funds and support for the Volunteer Fire Departments in Bosque County.

-Family & Health Services: Volunteers in this category work to provide family and health education or to meet the physical needs of community members.

-Youth Services: These volunteers serve Bosque County youth by leading youth organizations, raising support or funds for youth activities and scholarships, or mentoring youth.

If you would like to submit multiple nominations, please complete one form per nomination.

Nominations are due on November 17th, 2021.




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

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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 chelsea.dorward@ag.tamu.edu.



We will not have the live educational portion. Results and awards will be posted online at https://bosque.agrilife.org/ 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 https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Aerobic.

Extension Beef Cattle Program

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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 chelsea.dorward@ag.tamu.edu 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.