Famous Farmer speaks in Fort Worth

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The Organic Garden Club of Fort Worth is delighted to announce thatBrad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm will be speaking to the club on Tuesday, August24, 2010. Brad has excellent experience and credentials in organics.  He and hiswife Jenny operate a successful Community Supported Agriculture farm in Brenham Texas west of Houston. As former TOFGA President, he understands the needs and benefits of organicpractices.  His knowledge of food production and marketing is vast and thisis an incredible opportunity to learn from him. The club will meet at 7:00… Read More →

Lunch and Learn about Tree Pests

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Carrie Smith with the Texas Forest Service invites interested professionals to attend the next meeting of the Dallas At-Large Chapter of the Society of American Foresters on August 20th, 2010 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Spring Creek BBQ in Irving (3514 West Airport Freeway, Irving, TX 75062).  The guest speaker will be Ron Billings, Texas Forest Service  Forest Pest Management Manager.  He will be discussing new & some old insect/disease problems in Texas.  For more information about the meeting, contact Carrie at 817-579-1847 (o)936-546-3123 (c)csmith@tfs.tamu.edu

IR-4 Survey

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The mission of IR-4, more formally know as Interregional Research Project #4, is to facilitate the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses.  Since all horticultural uses are minor in the big picture of pest management, IR-4 is instrumental in expanding labels to include ornamentals, fruits and vegetables. The IR-4 team recently opened  a Grower & Extension survey to help them focus theirresearch efforts on diseases, insects, and weeds. They will target thosediseases, insects, and weeds that impact crop production but do not… Read More →

Pesticide Collection Day in October

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What’s in Your Pesticide Storage Facility? If your valuable storage space is even partially occupied by products that you no longer can use, mark your calendar now for the last week in September. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas AgriLife Extension are sponsoring a nearby pesticide collection day. October 14 8:00 am-1:00 pm Parker County Sheriff’s Posses Grounds 2251 Mineral Wells Highway Weatherford, TX 76088 Contact Jon Green, Parker County Extension Agent 817-598-6168 or jon-green@tamu.edu for more information Why Should You Bother? Stored pesticides that are… Read More →

Late Blight

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You can say tomato or tomahto, potato or potahto, but can you say Phytophora infestans?  More commonly known as Late Blight, this highly contagious disease of potato and tomato has been making news since back in 1844 when it kicked off the Irish Potato Famine. 2009 was an especially busy year for late blight in the United States, though Texas didn’t make the Late Blight Late Show.  We don’t know what 2010 will bring, but Late Blight has already been detected in four parishes (we would call them… Read More →

Nursery and Greenhouse Field Day in Overton

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A free Nursery and Greenhouse Professional Field Day will be held Thursday, June 24, 2010 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. Here’s the schedule of events: Pre-Field Day Seminars (2 TNLA CEUs)1:00-1:30 2010 CA Spring Trials – Brent Pemberton1:30-2:00 2010 CA Spring Trials – Jimmy Turner2:00-2:20 Summary of Texas Field Trial Evaluations – Brent Pemberton2:20-2:50 Use of Traps to Manage Feral Hogs – Billy Higginbotham Nursery and Greenhouse Professional Field Day (2 TDA CEUs, 4 TNLA CEUs)2:50-3:00 Registration (Auditorium)3:00-4:00 Overview of Applied Horticulture, Entomology,… Read More →

Vineyard Irrigation Workshop/ Drip Injection Systems

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Grape growers in all regions of the state have expressed an interest in enhancing their knowledge in soil moisture monitoring, especially after the droughty 2008 and 2009 growing seasons.  Dr. Guy Fipps, Extension Agricultural Engineer and Director of the Texas A&M Irrigation Technology Center is launching a series of vineyard irrigation workshops in collaboration with regional Extension viticulture advisors.  The focus of these workshops will be on drip irrigation injector technology and soil moisture monitoring.  Drip injection systems are becoming an industry standard for delivering fertilizers and pesticides… Read More →

The Small Business Environmental Stewardship Assistance Act of 2010

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The National Small Business Tree Planting Program was authorized from 1991 to 1997 and was administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA provided grants to state forestry agencies to contract with local nurseries, arborists and landscapers to plant trees along neighborhood streets, courthouse squares, city parks, and school playgrounds.  More than 18,000 small landscaping businesses with fewer than 100 employees were employed to plant over 23 million trees across the country as a result of the program. These trees have encouraged consumers to spend more time… Read More →

Vegetable Production Program in McKinney

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On March 5th, 2010, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Collin County will conduct a Vegetable Production Program at Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney Texas.  The educational program will include the following topics and speakers: Basics of Commercial Vegetable Production – Steve Upson, Horticulturalist, Noble Foundation Pest Management for Vegetables – Allen Knutson, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Entomologist Vegetable Disease Management – Greg Church, Ph.D., County Extension Agent -Horticulture The program starts at 8:30 AM and ends with a lunch at 12:00 PM. Registration is $10…. Read More →

Grape Pruning Workshops

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Fran Pontasch sent this e-mail with all of the hands-on pruning workshops she’ll be conducting this season.  I went to one of these last year and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to prune grapevines and network with other growers.  Scroll down for Fran’s contact information. Below are the scheduled pruning workshops for 2010. There is no fee, however, RSVPs are appreciated. Participants should bring pruning shears and dress for the weather. Jan. 28, Thursday, 12-3pmAdvanced Pruning Topic – Pruning & training hybrid vines to… Read More →