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Extension Agent: Texas Wildlife Short Course set for Aug. 20-21

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 2, 2010 at 3:02 a.m.
Updated Aug. 3, 2010 at 3:03 a.m.

Joe Janak

By Joe D. Janak, Jr.

Texas is getting ready for hunting season with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's first ever Texas Wildlife Short Course on Aug. 20-21 at the Brazos County Exposition Center.

The Texas Wildlife Short Course is designed for new and seasoned sportsmen alike, providing up-to-date information on various aspects of wildlife management.

Educational topics covering white-tail deer management, the use of infrared cameras for scouting, and what forages to plant for deer and doves will be discussed.

Feral hog and farm pond management, and marketing wildlife on your piece of Texas will also be covered.

A special session will be devoted to managing wildlife for the 1-d-1 Open Space Lands tax valuation. Three continuing education units will be provided.

Admission to The Texas Wildlife Short Course is $75.

To register go to the Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services' website at https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu.

For more information call 979-845-7471 or e-mail kjsmith@ag.tamu.edu.

SOUTH TEXAS FARM & RANCH SHOW SCHEDULE

The South Texas Farm & Ranch Show will be Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28.

The exhibits will open both days, and speakers will be present.

The show committee, chaired by Gary Loest, is planning its 26th year of providing top programs and the newest technology for agriculture producers.

Many other area, state and national shows have come and gone, but the South Texas Farm & Ranch Show continues to hold a quality event that is sought after by both exhibitors and local and area farmers and ranchers.

Final details are being made now, but here are some of the programs scheduled so far: Estate planning for farmers and ranchers; retirement planning for farmers and ranchers, pesticides and compliance issues; tractor restoration; wildlife enterprises for agri-tourism; Rio Grande wild turkey biology and management; new features of the latest row-crop planters; electric fence applications; Karnes/Wilson counties forage work; forage quality - stocking rates and economics; and Department of Public Safety laws and rules and guidelines for moving oversized equipment on roadways.

Other programs that are still being finalized, but on tap, will be choices for pesticide applicators to get ample credit of laws and regulations, IPM and general training as in the past.

For information about reserving a booth at the show to promote your product, contact Vikki Fitzpatrick at the county extension office, 361-575-4581.

Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.

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