Wildlife management class scheduled

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The multi-county New Landowner Education program is a series of eight informational meetings, seminars, and field days designed to make new landowners in Austin, Colorado, Fayette and Washington counties aware of what types of agricultural enterprises are best for their property.

Participants in the program will hear from experts in a variety of fields in agriculture about best management practices that can be implemented on their own property. This innovative program assists new landowners in understanding the concepts of rural living. Participants in the program are given exposure to ideas on raising livestock and horses, plant identification, fence building, applying pesticides, soil testing, stock pond management, pond construction, fruit and nut production, rain water harvesting, turf management, and much more. The program also serves as a way for new residents of the four counties to network and meet new people in their communities, find out what can be done on their land, what operations can be successful, and possibly what opportunities they have to serve the community.

The programs will be held on the third Friday of the months of February through May and August through November. Each month’s meeting will be held at different locations in one of the four counties.The meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and will last between 4 and 5 hours depending on the topic and possible tour stops. The cost for the program series is $125.00 per person, $200.00 per couple for all eight meetings, $20 per person per meeting. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for pesticide applicators will be offered as they are applicable. great selection of refreshments will be provided at each session. Participants who sign up for the entire series will receive a notebook at the beginning of the series to fill as we progress through the program with handouts and reference material that will be useful as they move forward with improvements on their property.

October Program — Liedertafel Hall, Sealy, Texas (2 CEUs)

The seventh meeting for the 2018 series will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at the Liedertafel Hall, 116 Lux Road, Sealy, Texas 77474. The guest speakers will be Barron Rector, Extension Range Specialist and John Tomecek, Extension Wildlife Specialist. The goal of this session is to help landowners with information and knowledge pertaining to integrating wildlife with livestock and restoration of Native Grasses. This is a great opportunity for all landowners to learn from the experts in a classroom setting and have the opportunity to ask questions.

For more information please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Austin, (979-865-2072), Colorado County (979-732-2082), Fayette (979-968-5831) or Washington (979-277-6212).

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