5 CEU Pesticide Recertification Conference Feb 13

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5-CEU Pesticide Recertification Program offered in Wharton County – February 13, 2020

 By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

 The Wharton County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is proud to announce an opportunity for pesticide license holders to earn five continued education credits (CEUs) toward their TDA pesticide applicators license.

The Wharton County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will hold their annual 5-CEU program on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Wharton County Fairgrounds – Crescent Hall in Crescent, TX.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  Program begins at 9:00 a.m.   2-IPM, 1-Laws and Regulations,  1-Drift Minimization, and 1 General CEU have been applied for through the Texas Department of Agriculture.  Topics and presenters include:  TDA Pesticide Laws and Regulations – Melissa Barton; Livestock Diseases, Insects, and Parasite – Dr. Tom Hairgrove; Weed and Brush Control – Corrie Bowen; Wildlife Damage Control – Dr. Aaron Sumrall; Minimizing Drift and Avoiding Temperature Inversions – Greg Baker.  Cost is $35.00 payable to the Wharton County Row Crops Committee.  A lunch meal is included.  Please register by February 12, 2020 through the AgriLife Extension Wharton County Office at 979-532-3310, or download a flyer and registration form online at https://wharton.agrilife.org

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Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County
979-532-3310
cbowen@ag.tamu.edu

 

5 CEU Pesticide Recertification Conference Feb 13

USDA Local Working Group Meeting Jan 15

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USDA Local Working Group Meeting open to all Ag Producers, Ag Leaders, and Individuals with Interest in Resource Conservation – Wednesday, January 15, 2020

 By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

At 2:00 p.m. next Wednesday, January 15, 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 Western Rice Belt Conference, the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service will hold their annual Local Working Group (LWG).  I encourage all farmers, ranchers, federal, state and local agencies, agricultural leaders, organizations, businesses and other individuals to attend the Local Working Group meeting.  The LWG is Wharton County’s annual opportunity to identify and prioritize the resource concerns that can be addressed through conservation practices identified and funded through the Farm Bill.

The meeting’s purpose is to collect input from farmers, ranchers, federal, state and local agencies, agricultural leaders, organizations, businesses and other individuals who have an interest in natural resource conservation. Input allows the LWG to identify and prioritize a county’s resource concerns that need to be addressed through eligible 2018 Farm Bill conservation practices and also aids in establishing ranking criteria for county based funding.   Meeting recommendations are provided to and reviewed by the State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) which advises the State Conservationist on the conservation programs offered by NRCS. Through stakeholder meetings like LWGs, the public has an opportunity to help local conservation leaders prioritize and set natural resource concerns in their counties.

I’ve attached the invitation letter that has been sent out by David Daniels with the Wharton County USDA-NRCS office.  I hope all ag producers in Wharton County will come out and attend the Local Working Group meeting at 2:00 p.m. at the El Campo Civic Center next Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  The process of identify and prioritize the resource concerns usually lasts one hour.

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Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County
979-532-3310
cbowen@ag.tamu.edu

LWG_Meeting Invite Letter FY2020

2019 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation (RACE) Trial results

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To assist Texas cotton producers in remaining competitive in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Blacklands, South Texas/Wintergarden, and Upper Coastal regions ), the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Cotton Agronomy program has been conducting, large plot, on-farm, replicated variety trials for the past eleven years. This approach provides a good foundation of information that can be utilized to assist the variety selection process, where all companies have the opportunity to participate. These trials occur on producer’s farms and are managed by the producers.  The sole objective of these trials is to provide cotton producers, consultants and the seed industry of the state with high quality and local cotton variety results

I’ve attached the results of the Cotton RACE Trials from 2019.  Within the attached document you will also find results for three (3) MONSTER cotton trials, which are small-plot replicated trials,  from 2019 are included.

2019 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation RACE Trial Results

27th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference – January 14, 2020

27th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference – January 14, 2020
By Laramie Naumann
County Extension Agent
Colorado County

The 27th annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Kicking off with registration at 7:30 am, the program will begin at 8:30 am and should conclude around 3:30 pm.  A catered lunch will be provided.  Five CEUs (pending approval from TDA) will be offered to all TDA pesticide applicators that sign in at the beginning of the meeting and remain through the closing of the program.  No structural credits offered.

The cost of the program is $20.00 per person preregistered by January 10th or $25.00 per person at the door.  To preregister, please contact the Colorado County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082 and we will send a form to you.   Program Topics and Speakers Include: TDA Pesticide Laws & Regulations Update – Dr. Don Renchie,  Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator ;  Pesticide Resistance in Insects and Insect Identification – Ms. Kate Crumley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension IPM Agent; OSHA Update – Marianne McGee, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist;  How to be Bug Free – Randy Willis – Regional Sales Manager Central Life Sciences; Phosphine Management – Chad Bilger – mPower Electronics, Bill Cohen – Pest Fog Sales; Grain Bin Safety – Corrie Bowen – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent; Pesticide Storage and Disposal – Dr. Mark Matocha – Associate Professor and Extension Specialist.   For more information or to pre-register, call 979-732-2082.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the Colorado County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082 prior to the meeting to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.

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Annual Western Rice Belt Conference Jan 15

Annual Western Rice Belt Conference-El Campo, Texas – January 15, 2020

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the main program to begin at 8:10 a.m.  After a catered lunch, provided by area agribusiness sponsors, the program will conclude around 2:00 p.m.

This joint effort of our Western Rice Belt planning committee, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Rice Producers Association, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will offer growers and others the opportunity to hear presentations from the top Extension and Research scientists from Texas as well as respected individuals from the rice industry.  Topics and speakers will include Auxin Herbicide Application in Rice – Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan; Timing of Disease Applications – Dr. Shane Zhou; Insect Management  – Dr. Mo Way; Pesticide Laws and Regulations Update, Melissa Barton; 2018 Farm Bill Update –  presenter TBA;  Rice Market Outlook – Thomas Wynn; and a presentation on Conservation and Working Lands Programs.    The Conservation and Working Lands Programs presentation will introduce producers to the different conservation programs that provide financial assistance to farmers who adopt practices that  reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters on land in agricultural production.  Rice producers will have an opportunity at the conclusion of the conference to discuss conservation programs, individually, with USDA-NRCS, Ducks Unlimited, and Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The Texas Rice Council will also conduct their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2020 Western Rice Belt Conference.

At 2:00 p.m., the USDA-NRCS and the Wharton County Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct their annual Local Working Group (LWG) meeting.  The meetings’ purpose is to collect input from farmers, ranchers, federal, state and local agencies, agricultural leaders, organizations, businesses and other individuals who have an interest in natural resource conservation.  Input allows a LWG to identify and prioritize a county’s resource concerns that need to be addressed through eligible Farm Bill conservation practices and also aids in establishing ranking criteria for county based funding.

For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Colorado County at 979-732-2082; in Matagorda County at 979-245-4100; or Wharton County at 979-532-3310; or go to https://wharton.agrilife.org and click on Events to view a flyer for the Rice Conference. 3  CEU’s (1 L&R,1 IPM, and 1 GEN hour) for TDA Pesticide Applicators will be awarded at this event.  CCA hours have been applied for and will be offered pending approval.  Pesticide Applicators are reminded to provide their Pesticide Applicator License number at registration.

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Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County
979-532-3310
cbowen@ag.tamu.edu