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January 2020

Spring Lawn, Landscape, and Garden Soil Testing Campaign

January 15 - February 28
Washington County Fair Grounds (Extension Office), 1305 East Blue Bell Rd
Brenham, 77833
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2020 Urban Soil Testing Campaign Packet The Spring Lawn, Landscape, and Garden Soil Testing Campaign is underway in Washington County and will run January 15 – February 28. This campaign is made possible through the support of the Multi-County Ag Committee and in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil, Water, and Forge Testing Lab in College Station.   Soil sample bags and submittal forms for the soil testing campaign are available at three locations including: The Washington County…

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Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale

January 15 - March 13
Washington County Fair Grounds (Extension Office), 1305 East Blue Bell Rd
Brenham, 77833
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2020 Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale Order Packet   Washington County Horticulture Committee Tomato & Pepper Plant Sale – Now Accepting Orders Calling all gardening enthusiasts!  It’s that time of year again and we wanted you all to be the first to know that the Annual Tomato and Pepper Plant Sale is officially here and we are ready to take orders.  The varieties featured have all been selected by Washington County Horticulture Committee Members and are suitable for our area!…

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Agriculture Valuation “Ag Exemption” Workshop for Landowners (1 CEU)

January 24 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington County Fair Grounds (Sales Facility), 1305 East Blue Bell Rd
Brenham, TX 77833 United States
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Agriculture Valuation “Ag Exemption” Workshop for Landowners In Texas 95% of land is privately owned, making landownership the leading investment for Texans.  The Texas Constitution permits special agriculture appraisals of land if the owners meet specific requirement defining farm and ranch use.  Property Tax Code defines agricultural open space land as land that is currently being devoted to agricultural use including but not limited to cultivating the soil, producing crops, raising livestock, raising exotic animals or fowl, planting cover crops,…

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Private Applicator Training

January 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Private Applicator Training Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Washington County Extension Conference Room 1305 E. Blue Bell Road, Brenham If you plan on using a state limited use or state restricted use pesticide, such as Grazon P+D, 2 4-D, Weedmaster, etc., and need a license, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be sponsoring a Private Applicator Training and Testing on Wednesday, January 29th at the Washington County Extension Conference Room. Books and study materials for the course need to be purchased ahead of time for $40.00 at the Extension Office. A registration fee of $10.00 will be charged for the training. The registration fee will include the training, additional study materials, refreshments, and breakfast. The training will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 12:30 pm. Seating is limited please RSVP as soon as possible. The Texas Department of Agriculture who over sees the testing and administration of Applicator Licensing has contracted with PSI Services to administer the exam for agriculture pesticide applicator licensing. Applicants will coordinate testing with PSI at one of their 22 locations around Texas. Details on the process, locations, cost, and other pertinent information will be provided at the training to help applicants complete the licensing process. Once an applicant has completed the training, and pass the exam with a score of 70 or above, they will you will be eligible to apply for your Private Applicator License, which will allow you to purchase all state limited use and restricted use pesticides used in agriculture. For more information and to reserve your spot at the training, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Washington County at (979) 277-6212 or visit the Washington County Extension Website at https://washington.agrilife.org/pat. Private Applicator Q&A Corner What is a Private Pesticide Applicator? A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on: Personally owned property; Rented property; Property owned by his or her employer; Property under his or her general control; or The property of another person if applied without compensation, other than the trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities. An agricultural commodity is a plant or animal grown for sale, lease, barter, feed or human consumption and animals raised for farm or ranch work. No license is required to apply general-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities. Private Applicator Certificates -- From 1977 through 1989, TDA issued private applicator certificates (not licenses) under a voluntary program. Private applicators who originally obtained a private applicator certification prior to January 10, 1989, were "grandfathered" by the legislature, meaning the certificate does not expire; however, in 1989 the Texas Pesticide Regulations were revised to require recertification for all applicators, including certified applicators, in order to purchase or use restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides. The original "grandfathered" certificates had an issue number of 158532 or below. Because of computer advancements, when the original certificate is recertified, the applicator is given a new certificate number. Certified private applicators may not supervise an application of restricted-use or state limited-use pesticides. Certificate holders must obtain 15 CEUs every five years to keep the certificate valid. What are the recertification requirements for a Private Pesticide Applicator? Licensed private applicators are required to recertify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing education credits, including two (2) credits in laws and regulations and two (2) credits in integrated pest management (IPM), prior to expiration of the license. Change of Information The Texas Administrative Code (rule 7.20) requires all licensees to notify the department within 30 days of any change in the information provided as part of the application for a license. Licensees must submit a change of information form that is signed. You can scan the signed form and email it to license.inquiry@TexasAgriculture.gov, faxed to 800-909-8534 or mail it to Texas Department of Agriculture, Licensing Division, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX 78711. This will ensure you receive licensing information from TDA.

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February 2020

Washington County 4-H Round Up

February 25

March 2020

Extension Office Closed

March 2
Extension Office is Closed Today

The Washington County Extension Office will be closed today.

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12th Annual Beekeeping School

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

If you desire to learn more about the art of Beekeeping, this school is for YOU! From the opening remarks that start at the beginning ("This is a bee!") until the demonstration on how to extract honey, you will experience what it takes to build, install and care for your own bee hives. The school will be held on March 21, 2020 at Brenham High School in Brenham. Our Beginning Beekeeper class includes instruction on the role of each type…

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April 2020

Extension Office Closed

April 10
Extension Office is Closed Today

The Washington County Extension Office will be closed today.

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May 2020

Extension Office Closed

May 25
Extension Office is Closed Today

The Washington County Extension Office will be closed today.

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