Agriculture

Small Acreage Horticulture Program to be held on 4.5.14

by Agent Dennison 3/4/14

5 hrs. of TDA CEUs will be offered with 1/2 the day being an educational slide show and 1/2 day being a walking tour of a nearby Vegetable, Fruit, and Nut farm in Monaville, TX area.  Cost is only $25 per person and deadline to RSVP is April 2, 2014.  Guest speakers are Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas Extension Veg. Specialist, Bill Ree, Pecan Insect Specialist, and Extension Agent – Cody Dennison.  Topics include: grafting, vegetable bed mgmt, citrus orchard mgmt, and pecan production.  Program starts at 9 a.m. at Repka’s Grocery Store on Buller Rd. with registeration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Program will conclude at 2:30 p.m. at another site nearby.

Call Agent Dennison at 979-826-7651 if you have questions about this great program.

NEW Waller County Master Gardener Class #2 offered in Spring

by Agent Dennison 12/1/13

Please contact the Extension Office for an application to apply for a spot in the new class of Master Gardeners (MG) in Waller County.  Class size limited to 15 persons due to space.  A selection committee will meet and review applications.  Applications are due Jan. 16, 2014 by 5 p.m.

Agent Cody Dennison is finishing up the schedule that will run from Jan. 21, 2014 through April.  Classes will be on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a few Saturday workshops as well.  Cost is $120 and includes MG manual, volunteer screening, and lots of hand-on gardening experience.  Fifty (50) volunteer service hours are required per volunteer within the first 9 months or so of joining the program, and after that only 12 hours are required each year (along with 6 hrs. of advanced training).  For more information contact Agent Dennison at 979-826-7651 or WCMG president, Mary Ann Drawl for more information.

Egg program to be Offered in Waller County in Sept.

by Agent Dennison on 8/13/13 and 8/26/13

Dr. Craig Coufal, TAMU Extension Poultry Specialist, will be coming to speak on egg production, issues with layers, and guidelines for keeping eggs safe and wholesome.  The program will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Call Agent Dennison at 979-826-7651  if you are interested or would like to attend.  This program is supported by the Waller County Farmers Market and hopes to target new egg producers or those flock owners looking to expand.  See updated flyerPoultry&Cottage Foods Program 9.12.13

Forage Equipment and Fall Plantings (2 TDA CEUs offered)  (1 in IPM and 1 in GEN)

(Rescheduled to occur on 9/24/13 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at PVFD)  Cost reduced to $15 per person.  Similiar schedule and topics.  Sausage wraps and cokes will be served.

by Agent Dennison

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is proud to host an educational program focused on Forage Equipment on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Pattison Volunteer Fire Dept. on FM 359 in Pattison, TX (near Brookshire).  This a good time to be getting fields and pastures ready for the Fall and Winter months.  Especially with the ongoing drought, cattlemen must continue to work together to find ways to save money and do more with less.  Ryegrass and Clovers are often used to stretch winter feeding costs, and you have got to plan ahead to make these work.  This program will feature speakers like Jeff Virnau of Sealy Tractor, local beef producer, Truett Bell, as well as Extension Agent, Cody Dennison.

Pasture/Hay equipment will be on hand for the public to view.  Cost is $20 ($15) per person, and supper is included in the cost of the program.  Deadline for registering is Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 (Sept. 20, 2013) so that enough food can be arranged.  Cost afterward is still $20, but meal cannot be guaranteed.  For more information, please contact Extension Agent Dennison at cdennison@ag.tamu.edu or by calling 979-826-7651.  Checks can be made payable to Waller County Beef & Forage Committee and mailed to 846 6th street Hempstead, TX 77445.  Please put ” #1 of 4 Beef & Forage Program” in memo box.

 

State-wide Extension Fruit & Veggie Workshops

7/23/13 by Agent Dennison

Check out these course offerings this October in the Bryan/College Station area!  I attended last year’s meeting, and really enjoyed it.

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Tex Fruit Conf 2013

 

Hempstead House of Help (HOH) Get HELP from Waller County Extension Office and Master Gardeners

5/9/2013 by Agent Dennison

Several non-profit groups came together today and put in a small vegetable garden (25 by 25 ft) at the Hempstead House of Help which helps provide food to those in need in the Hempstead area.  Sid Chipman, HOH Director, and Margo Gillum, member of Texas AHEC East group,  were instrumental in organizing the workday.  Local Waller County Master Gardener in training, Eileen Birney, also aided in the construction of the garden fence, planting of okra, black eyed peas, squash, and a few tomato plants.  See pictures taken by Extension Agent Jernard McCray below.

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The Volunteers at HOH Gardens.

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Planning for Success!

 

2013 Waller County Farmer’s Market

May 7, 2013 by Agent Dennison

What: STARTING DATE

Date:  GRAND OPENING – MAY 25, 2013  (MEMORIAL WEEKEND)

Delayed due to unseasonable cold weather – Original start date was to be 5/11/2013

Market to occur every other weekend.  June 8th is Tomato Festival at the Market.

Time: 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (vendors must be set up by 8 a.m.)

Location: US Hwy 290 and Fieldstore Rd (Old WISD Football Stadium) in Waller, TX

Cost: $15 for a 10ft by 10ft booth

Call Agent Dennison or visit our website at http://wallercountyfarmersmarket.com

 

Farmer’s Market Invitation for Vendors

4/8/2013 by Agent Dennison

Ag Commodity producers of all sizes…  Are you looking for an outlet to market your products.  The Waller County Farmers Market might be just what you are looking for.  Market to open on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the WISD Auxillary Stadium parking lot.  Cost is $15 per 10 x 10ft booth.  Harris County Health regulations apply.  Call Agent Dennison for more information.

 

2013 Pond Management Program

4/2/2013 by Agent Dennison

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Waller County will host a pond management program in August 2013.  Date & location are TBA.  Cost is $25.  There will be a $40 fee charged at the door.  A meal will be served.  A total of 3 TDA CEUs will be offered (.5 in L&Regs, 1.5 in Gen, and 1 in IPM).  Checks should be made payable to Extension Program Council.   Topics to be covered include: stocking options, fish management, and aquatic weed identification and control.  Call 979-826-7651 for more information.

 

Waller County Animal Issue Committee – Emergency Preparedness

3/2/2013 by Agent Dennison

Interested persons wanting to volunteer to serve on the Waller County Animal Issue Committee (AIC) can contact Agent Dennison at the Extension Office at 979-826-7651 or by email at cdennison@ag.tamu.edu.  The positions currently needed include volunteer managers, photographers, and call center volunteers during an emergency or disater (such as the Riley Rd fire of 2011).  Sorry, volunteers are not able to work in direct contact with animals due to liability concerns.  Volunteers can give as little as 3-4 hours at a time.
Additionally, persons with capabilities to haul cattle, provide boats for water rescues, donate hay for livestock, can also contact Extension Agent Dennison as he is trying to develop a resource list.

 

ALL PROGRAMS:

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program.

Educational program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.


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