Multi-County New Landowner Educational Series – Fayette County Extension Office – February 17, 2016
3rd Friday of February-May & August – November (CEUs)
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 17th – Introduction (Ag & Wildlife Tax Valuation; Meet Local Resource People)
March 17th – Weed & Bruch Control
April 21st – Pond Management
May 19th – Forage Production & Livestock Production
August 18th – Bees and Trees
September 15th – Horticulture (Fruit Trees, Grapes, Olives, Pecans, and More)
October 20th – Wildlife Management, Native Grasses, Prairie Restoration
November 17th – Hot Topics (Participants Will Identify
February Program – Introduction (Ag/Wildlife Tax Valuation) – Fayette County Extension Office
The first meeting for the 2017 series will take place on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Fayette County Extension Office located at 255 Svoboda Ln., in La Grange. The goal of the session is to provide a round of introductions for county resources from agencies including Texas Parks and Wildlife, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Extension Agents. Appraisers from each county will also be on hand for individual county breakout sessions to help answer questions related to Ag/Wildlife Tax Valuation for participants. An overview of the program as well as an introduction to Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension will also be covered. This is a great opportunity to network with other new landowners, as well as, county officials who can be of great assistance to you in establishing an agricultural or wildlife exemption for your property. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!
The 2017 Multi-County New Landowner series is generously supported by:
Citizens State Bank – Somerville ———– Capital Farm Credit – LaGrange and Bellville!
Be sure to remember them for all you banking and lending needs. Additional contact information for each of these sponsors will be provided at the monthly New Landowner Sessions.
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). Registration materials and more information can also be found on our website, http://agrilife.org/coastalbend/program-areas/new-land-owner-information/