Upcoming CEU’s / General Agricultural Topics

Bennet Trust Event Flyer (pdf)

4th Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference


Beef & Range Field Day

2017 Beef & Range Field Day Flyer (pdf)

Date: Thursday,May 11, 2017
Where: Gillespie County Fairgrounds Show Barn in Fredericksburg


3:00 – 4:00 pm 1 CEUs (Laws & Regs.)
4:00 – 4:30 pm Registration & Exhibits
4:45 – 6:15 pm Educational Program
6:30 – 7:00 pm Meal
7:00 – 7:30 pm Updates & Door Prizes
7:30 – 8:30 pm Speaker on Feral Hog Toxicant

Pre-Registration Deadline is Friday, May 5th
Buy tickets at NRCS/SWCD at 1906 N. Llano, #106, or Gillespie County Extension Office
at 95 Frederick Rd Fredericksburg. Call (830) 997-3349 x3 or (830) 997-3452 for info.
Tickets are $15/each. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Fee includes educational programs, exhibits, Meal, 3 CEUs, & chance for door prizes.


Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Pedernales River

Riparian & Stream Ecosystems – Pedernales River Program (pdf)

  • May 16, 2017
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Texas Tech University Hill Country University Center at Fredericksburg
2818 East U.S. Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Hill Country Alliance, The Nature Conservancy and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Gillespie County. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

The Pedernales River is approximately 106 miles long and is fed by more than 1,000 springs as it runs through the Hill Country in central Texas.  It is a tributary of the Colorado River, and is home to 14 endemic species of fish, including the state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe Bass. These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units Available

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours
  • Society of American Foresters – 4 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5) (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by May 12, 2017. RSVP by email to n-dictson@tamu.edu or by calling Dictson at 979-575-4424. Hill Country Alliance is providing a catered lunch for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using this online link http://bit.ly/2nLUPne or by cash at the door.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the stream during the afternoon.

For more information or questions please contact Nikki Dictson at 979-575-4424 or n-dictson@tamu.edu.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

  • When: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • Time: 8:30am (class will be 3-4 hours)
  • Location: Gillespie County Extension Office @ 95 Frederick Rd

This 3-4 hour training session is for individuals that do not have a license and those desiring to buy restricted chemicals. Individuals interested in attending should contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at (830)997-3452. Study materials can be purchased from the Extension Office located at 95 Frederick Road prior to or on the day of the training. Cost of manuals and study materials is $75.

Testing is now done at testing facilities located in San Antonio, Austin, Abilene or San Angelo with separate fees. A complete step-by-step guide to obtain a private pesticide applicator’s license can be found by visiting: https:lltexasagriculture.gov/RegulatoryPrograms/PesticidesIPesti



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Seven Things Every Producer Should Know

Prowl H2O Chemical Label

Video on Trapping Feral Hogs

Managing NR – Stocking Rates, Carrying Capacities & Animal Units


The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Bookstore

This is an online bookstore with a wide range of information available to the public from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension program.  Some publications are viewable as a pdf, and others are available for purchase.  Once you pull up the website click on “Browse the Shelves” and search for the topic that you are interested in researching.  Please feel free to contact a local extension agent for additional information.

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