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Bees and Trees for Homeowners – Colorado Co. (2 CEUs)
August 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm$20.00
The Multi-County New Landowner Education program is a series of 8 informational meetings, seminars, and field days designed to make new landowners in Austin, Colorado, Fayette, & 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 1:30pm 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, $20.00 per person per meeting. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for pesticide applicators will be offered as they are applicable. A 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.
February 16th – Introduction (Ag & Wildlife Tax Valuation)
March 16th – Pond Management
April 20th – Weed and Brush Control
May 18th – Forage Production & Livestock Production
August 17th – Bees and Trees for Homeowners
September 21st – Horticulture Production
October 19th – Wildlife Management, Native Grass Restoration
November 16th – Hot Topics (Participants Identified)
August Program – Bees and Trees – Colorado County Fairgrounds HE Building
The August meeting for the 2018 series will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Colorado County Fairgrounds HE Building (Exhibit Hall) located at 1146 Crossroads Blvd in Columbus. Beekeeping is quickly becoming a hot topic, especially for medium to small acreage landowners. Before you jump in head first and order that equipment and a hive of bees, come learn what to expect! We will hear from several area beekeepers on what it takes to raise honey bees in this area of Texas, some of the challenges they face, and what they’ve found to be good solutions. We will also hear from Certified Texas Master Beekeeper Justin Perry. There will be time for hands-on learning with beekeepers and the equipment, supplies, and tools that they bring.
Everyone has a favorite tree, and we all wish to keep those trees healthy and vigorous for the next generation to enjoy. But trees face many challenges and stresses in their environment. Come learn about tree biology, how to recognize common tree problems, and how to manage for tree health. We will “leaf” no question unanswered, discussing planting, pruning, watering, fertilizer, insect and disease control. Certified arborist Mike Hackfield of Columbus will be there to share his knowledge which comes from decades in the tree business. He will discuss the most common tree issues he sees in this area, and will then get to the root of the problem and what can be done about it. Additionally, if you wish to have a tree (or several trees) identified from your property, feel free to bring a sample. Any plant sample need to be as fresh as possible; we recommend bringing about an 18” section of branch or twig that includes leaves, flowers, seeds, or fruit (if applicable). Also, having some pictures of the whole tree and the bark will help to make positive identifications. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!
For more information please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Austin County (979-865-2072), Colorado County (979-732-2082), Fayette County (979-968-5831), or Washington County (979-277-6212). Registration materials and more information can also be found on our website, https://agrilife.org/coastalbend/nlo/