Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop Mar 22

Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop – March 22nd – Wharton


This workshop will provide a general overview of the wildlife tax valuation guidelines and qualifications, wildlife management plan development and applicable management practices.  Workshop begins at 8 am with presentations until noon.  Upon conclusion of the presentations, biologists will be available to assist landowners with management recommendations and developing management plans.   The workshop is being held at the Wharton Central Appraisal District, 303 E. Milam St., Wharton, TX 77488. Please contact Clinton Faas at clinton.faas@tpwd.texas.gov or (832) 595-8999 with any questions.


Register for this event with TPWD’s online Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop Registration Form — event details are on the Form.





Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310

2,4-D deadline for Wharton County extended until Mar 25

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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has granted the suspension of a rule regarding the application dates of 2,4-D in Wharton County – Section 7.53(oo)(1) and (2) of the special provisions for Wharton County.  The suspension allows for both the ground and aerial application of 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing herbicides by permit on the east and west sides of the Colorado River in Wharton County beginning March 10, 2019 and ending on March 25, 2019.  All other applicable rules for Wharton County continue in effect.  Pesticide applicators are urged to pay special attention to 7.53(oo)(4) “In no case shall 2,4-D be used to treat any area that is nearer than two miles to any susceptible crop.”  Also, in a regulated county no person shall spray regulated herbicides (2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac) when the wind velocity exceeds 10 miles per hour or as specified on the product label, if the label is more restrictive.  Regulated Herbicide Spray Permit forms, or applications are available at the Wharton Co. Extension Office, or by logging-on at http://texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/forms/PEST/Applicator/spraypermitq820.pdf

TDA Pesticide license holders are required to submit a regulated herbicide spray permit when 2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac will be sprayed in Wharton county.  The submission of the regulated spray permit does not only apply to 2,4-D, but also when spraying dicamba, MCPA, or quinclorac in Wharton County.  Completed Regulated Herbicide Spray Permit applications can be faxed to the TDA Regional Office in Houston at (888) 223-5606.

Survey Invitation: Human Dimensions of Wild Pigs

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From the Desk of Corrie Bowen: County Extension Agent – Wharton County


You have been invited to participate in this survey as a member of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service email list.  This study is designed to allow Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to better understand hunter, landowner, and stakeholder opinions about wild pigs and management practices for the species.

You will be asked a series of questions about your thoughts and opinions on the resource use, economic impacts, and management of wild pigs. The survey should only take about 30 minutes to complete. Your responses are voluntary.  Your answers will be submitted confidentially and will not be linked to your name or address.  No risks are expected to participants in the study. There are no sensitive questions in this survey that should cause discomfort.  However, you can skip any question you do not wish to answer, or exit the survey at any point.

If you have questions, complaints, or concerns about the project, you may contact the Human Research Protection Program at Texas A&M University by phone at (979)-458-4067, toll-free at 1-(855)-795- 8636, or by email at irb@tamu.edu.

Please access the online survey by clicking on the link below:
Human Dimensions of Wild Pigs Survey

We hope that you will take a few moments to help us to learn more about the human dimensions of wild pigs in Texas.  Should you have any questions regarding this survey, or if you would like to respond to a paper copy of this questionnaire, please call or email Rachael Connally – we will be glad to assist you!  You can reach Rachael by phone at (979)-583-2205 or by email at rachael.connally@tamu.edu.

We hope that you will enjoy completing the questionnaire and the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on wild pigs.  We look forward to receiving your responses.
John M. Tomeček, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor &
Extension Wildlife Specialist


Maureen G. Frank, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor &
Extension Wildlife Specialist


Rachael L. Connally
Graduate Research Assistant

Food Handler Safety Class Mar 14

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and made effective October 11, 2015. A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited Food Handlers Training Program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.

A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services of Wharton County.  Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019 starting at 4:00pm at the Extension office at 315 East Milam Street.

This 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.

To register for the course, call the Extension office at 979-532-3310.   Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course.  The cost is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.

Please bring Check or Money Order made out to:
Food Handlers #230202.
No cash or credit cards accepted.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program Offers Special EQIP Funding for Texas Rice Growers

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New Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife Regional Conservation Partnership Program Offers Special EQIP Funding for Texas Rice Growers To Improve Surface Water Irrigation, Water Quality, Wildlife

USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS assistance available through RCPP


HOUSTON – Feb. 4, 2019 – Rice producers in 12 Texas counties can apply for financial assistance to make on-farm improvements, thanks to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), sponsored by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited. Eligible counties include: Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton. A priority emphasis is placed on Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties where surface water conservation is critical. In addition to the special funding opportunity through RCPP, supplementary EQIP funding is also available in all of these counties. All rice producers are encouraged to apply.


This Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife RCPP and Texas specific EQIP sign-up aims to address three natural resource opportunities related to rice production – water quantity, water quality and wetland habitat provided by rice. Water quantity is the top concern. Practices such as irrigation land levelling and water-control structures are the highest priority practices for rice farms using surface water. Elevated conservation planning efforts will be delivered by project partners.

“The main goal for Ducks Unlimited is to provide rice habitat for waterfowl, while also considering surface water demands in rice production areas. We are all focused on ensuring the sustainability of that water source for the future of rice, people and waterfowl,” DU Outreach Biologist Kirby Brown said.


A total of $1,000,000 in financial assistance to producers is anticipated for the Gulf Coast Water and Wildlife RCPP sign-up. In addition to the special funding opportunity through RCPP, supplementary EQIP funding is also available in all of these counties. Producers should visit their local USDA service center before the first application pool closes on March 15, 2019 to apply for this opportunity. If funding permits, a second application pool will close May 10, 2019.

The NRCS sets sign-up dates and specific deadlines for ranking, contracting, and funding. Other ranking pool deadlines may be established if additional funding becomes available. This special opportunity for rice producers is following the same dates and deadlines as the state’s general EQIP sign-up.


“Interested rice producers need to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible to apply,” Brown said. “This partnership between USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited and NRCS is designed to help rice producers address water quantity and quality, as well as wildlife habitat on their farms.”


For more information contact Texas Rice Stewardship staff Kirby Brown at (210) 213-2805 or kbrown2@ducks.org, and Dennis Neuman at (512) 373-5736 or dneuman@ducks.org.

Additional information on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program can be found at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill/rcpp/.

Rice Stewardship funders include the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Mosaic Company Foundation, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Chevron U.S.A., Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, RiceTec, BASF, American Rice, Inc. – Riviana Foods, Inc., Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Delta Plastics, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Corteva Agriscience, Wells Fargo, Farmers Rice Milling Company, Horizon Ag, Turner’s Creek & Bombay Hook Farms, MacDon Industries, Riceland Foods and Ducks Unlimited major sponsors.


DU News Release Texas Gulf Coast RCPP EQIP FINAL 020419

Gulf Coast TX RCPP EQIP Screening Tool FINAL 010219