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Faith Christian Academy Expresses Gratitude to PVAMU County Agent Bell

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September 21. 2020 – Faith Christian Academy’s Owner and Founding Board Member, Sandy Wakefiled, pens a message of appreciation:

Christian Academy Expresses Gratitude to County Agent

Before the Covid-19 Pandemic, Kashara Bell from Prairie View A&M University’s Cooperative Extension Program implemented educational workshops at Faith Christian Academy in Wharton, TX. Through these workshops, she and School Nurse Nancy Ondrias facilitate amazing opportunities for FCA students to try new foods, learn essential life skills, and compete in fun contests through the Family and Community Health (FCH) program.Extesion Agent Kashara Bell with students from Faith Christian Academy

A few years ago, the property next door to the Faith Christian Academy became vacant. With increasing enrollment and the desire to add life skills, homemaking, and technical education courses for the school, the Board of Directors moved forward on the purchase. Homemaking classes topped our list and have allowed us to instill financial management, nutrition, essential skills, and many other needed life skills. The house is equipped with a full kitchen and other spaces for sewing, physical activity, and other subjects. I’m sure Mrs. Bell enjoys not having to bring her wagon full of kitchen supplies to teach our students. We are blessed to have Mrs. Bell work with our 2nd-12th graders every week. She leads with enthusiasm, joy, and a real desire to see our students excel in these areas. We are thankful to have Mrs. Kashara Bell on our campus!

-Sandy Wakefield, Founding Board Member

AgriLife Extension agricultural pesticide waste collection set Oct 21 in Lubbock

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I want to share this announcement with all of our Wharton County Ag Extension contacts.  Yes, Lubbock is far from Wharton County, but I wanted you to be aware of this event as the effort to bring back the Ag Waste Collection events began right here in Wharton County.  Maybe you can pass this along to fellow farmers and ranchers in the Lubbock area.



AgriLife Extension agricultural pesticide waste collection set Oct. 21

Drive-up, drop-off event at South Plains Fairgrounds


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding an agricultural pesticide waste collection event Oct. 21 in Lubbock in partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture. The event will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Plains Fairgrounds at 105 E. Broadway.

Agricultural pesticide waste containers will be accepted during a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pickup Oct. 21.

“If you have unwanted, surplus agricultural pesticides this is an opportunity to safely and properly dispose of them,” said Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension regional program leader, Amarillo/Lubbock. “We’re glad to be able to offer this service to producers in our local community and surrounding regions.”

This is a drive-up service and those dropping off will remain inside their vehicles. Pesticides need to be in their original containers, even if the label is not present. Unknown pesticides will be tested onsite.

Items that will be accepted include outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides; insecticides; herbicides; fungicides; rodenticides; nematicides; growth regulators; empty, triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers; and empty or partial metal drums.

Unacceptable items include explosive ordinances and ammunition; petroleum-based products; paints; medical wastes; radioactive substances; household pesticides, chemicals and waste; tires; fertilizers; propane or butane cylinders; chlorinated hydrocarbons; fumigant canisters; used motor oil and other automobile fluids; auto batteries; empty totes; methyl-bromide cylinders; and dioxins.

For questions or additional information contact the AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock at 806-775-1740.


Susan Himes


Susan Himes is a communications specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research based in San Angelo. She primarily writes news releases and feature articles about AgriLife events and faculty in West Texas, but also covers AgriLife stories statewide.


Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County

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USDA Crop Acreage Report Confirms Wharton County Planted Acres for 2020

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County


USDA Farm Service Agency policy requires that producers participating in several programs submit an annual report, or certify all cropland use on their farms. These programs include Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Reporting also applies to those who receive marketing assistance loans or loan deficiency payments. The deadline to certify planted acres is July 15th.

USDA Farm Services’ Crop Acreage Data Report for the 2020 crop year was first posted on August 12, 2020.  Updates are released on the following dates:  Sept 11th, Oct. 9th, Nov 10th, December 10th, and again in January.  USDA-FSA posts these acreage reports at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/efoia/electronic-reading-room/frequently-requested-information/crop-acreage-data/index

Per the September 11, 2020 USDA FSA Crop Acreage Data report, for the 2020 crop year Wharton County farmers certified 101,424.99 acres of corn planted; 14,475.68 acres of grain sorghum planted; 71,958.44 acres of cotton planted; 34,407.84 acres of conventional rice planted; 4,451.81 acres of seed rice planted; 7,379.20 acres of soybeans planted.  Total planted acres of the five major grain commodities in Wharton County for 2020 comes in at 234,079.96 acres planted, compared to 213,096.12 acres planted in 2019.

Planted cotton acres in Wharton County are down 18% in 2020 compared to 2019.  Wharton County had 90,114 acres planted to cotton in 2018; 87,930 acres planted to cotton in 2019.  Planted corn acres is up 73% in 2020 over the 58,543.48 acres that were planted in 2019.  Of course, in 2019 we had a lot of prevented planting corn acres, so corn acres were down tremendously in 2019.  But if we compare 2020 to  the 69,174 acres of corn planted that was planted in 2018, that’s still significant increase (46%). Conventional rice acres are up 33% over the 25,813 acres of conventional rice planted in 2019.  Seed rice acres are down 34% in 2020, compared to the 6,844 acres of seed rice planted in 2019.  Grain sorghum acres are up slightly (6%) from the 13,559 acres planted in 2019.



Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County


Food Manager 2 Day Certification Training Oct 22-23

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The Food Manager 2-Day Certification Training is an exciting, hands-on food safety course will equip you with the latest in food safety principles and practices and will help prepare you for the National Certified Food Manager Examination. The cost of this course is $125.00 and includes the course, national certification examination, coursebook, and all course materials. For more information, contact FCH Wharton County Agent Lori Schindler at 979-532-3310 or lori.schindler@ag.tamu.edu

Date: October 22-23, 2020
Time: 8:30a – 5:00p
Cost: $125.00

Jackson County Extension Office
411 North Wells, RM 119
Edna, TX 77957

The Food Manager 2-Day Certification Training will take place October 22-23, 2020 at the Jackson County Extension Office: 411 North Wells, RM 112 • Edna, TX 77957

Click here to download the FPM Certification Registration Form

Make check or money order payable by October 7th to:
AgriLife Extension – Acct #230202

Mail Completed registration form and payment by Wednesday, October 7th to:
118 Cater-Mattil
2253 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2253