Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Countdown for Last Chance CEUs is here!!!



Travis County East Service Center
6011 Blue Bluff Rd.
Austin, TX 78724

A)   Tuesday, February 10th at Blue Bluff East Service Center 9AM - 4PM
            5 CEUs (3 GEN, 1 IPM, 1 L&R)
                         Speakers:
                 Dr. Bob Lyons, Professor & Extension Range Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
                 Mr. Jacob Hetzel & Mr. Stefan Hunt, Wildlife Biologists, Texas Wildlife Services
                 Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock/Veterinary Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
                 Cost: $50 - includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages

B)    Tuesday, February 10th at Blue Bluff East Service Center 4PM - 7PM
            3 CEUs (1 Drift - can be counted as GEN, 1 L&R, 1 IPM)
                                Delivered via video from “Last Chance Series”
                Cost: $20 - includes dinner, dessert and beverages

C)    Thursday, February 12th at Blue Bluff East Service Center 9AM - 4PM
            5 CEUs (2 GEN, 2 IPM, 1 L&R)
                        Speakers:
                            Daphne Richards, County Extension Agent Horticulture, Travis
  Wizzie Brown, Extension Program Specialist IPM
  Monte Nesbit - Texas A&M AgriLife Fruit & Nut Specialist
                Cost: $50 - includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages

D)   Thursday, February 12th at Blue Bluff East Service Center 4PM - 6PM
            2 CEUs (2 GEN)
                                Delivered via video from “Last Chance Series”
                Cost: $15 - includes snacks and beverages

An opportunity for great speakers, delicious food, CEUs and we guarantee you’ll be entertained and learn something new!  To register, please call Sue Carrasco at 512-854-9610 or e-mail her at: sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu.  If you do not already have a scan card to maintain your records, we will make one for you.  Calling ahead also helps us to make sure we have enough food and space.  You MUST PAY WITH CHECK OR MONEY ORDER!!  NO CASH!!  Please make checks payable to: AgriLife Extension Service, and mail to: Sue Carrasco,  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721.  We hope to hear from you soon.  This is a popular course and it fills quickly.  Let Sue know which classes you are interested in attending by class letter: A, B, C, D or any combination of the four. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Central Texas Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop



October 22, 2014 
Creedmoor Community Center, 12511 FM 1625, Creedmoor, 78610
$50 (through 10/17), $60 (10/18 and on-site)
4 Irrigation CEUs


Register:  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone:  979-845-2604
Contact:    Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, drichards@ag.tamu.edu, 512.854.9615


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold an Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop on Oct 22, 2014. This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues. The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf and irrigation professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms as well as contractors; retail nurseries and other users of urban water resources.

The goal of the workshop is to share new technologies and best practices for water conservation and drought survival. Four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) licensed irrigator credits are available to attendees.

Presentations and speakers will be:
9 AM         Irrigation Scheduling, Brad Smith, Instructor, Irrigator Training, LLC

10 AM        Efficient Irrigation Practices, Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA

11 AM        Break

11:15 AM   Turfgrass Selection and Cultural Practices for Water Conservation

12:15 PM    Lunch

1 PM           Water Management for Sports Field Turf, Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor        
                   and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

2 PM           Evaluation, Wrap-up and CEU certificate

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Technology: My best friend or worst nightmare?

I have recently been struggling with this blog.  As you can see there is nothing posted on the left side in the calendar section...well, it is simply because it's not working.  Now granted, that could be user error.  I won't lie, I'm not always at the top of the tech game.  With that said, if this reaches your inbox, I have a request of you.  I will be working with a tech guru soon to be redesigning this blog and changing it to a different format and also creating a new one designated to new landowners in Central Texas.  I will do my best to continue to post to this, but for the time being would like to create a bank of all your e-mail addresses so that I may simply add you to an e-mail and directly contact you with upcoming programs or educational pieces. 

Send an e-mail titled: "Count me in" to jzansley@ag.tamu.edu

to receive these e-mail updates and be on my.  Also, once we've created the new blog, you will automatically be added to receive e-mails.  I hope to get rid of this specific blog and be transitioned to the new blog by early 2015.
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"And now for something completely different" (any Monty Python fans?***all smiles)

We see children and adults alike with faces buried in cell phones and tablets constantly.  Average society today is 5 generations removed from the farm.  People don't know where their food comes from.  I have decided that I want to show the world all the wonderful things in agriculture going on right here under their noses daily.  I've jumped on the bandwagon...Instagram.  Now, if you are like I was you just shook your head and said heck no...that's okay!  Honestly, YOU know where your food comes from and know about farming and ranching, what my second charge to you in this e-mail is to tell your friends, kids, and everyone you know about this new Instagram account.  My user name is: traviscountyagagent - it's all run together. 

Our goal is to teach others about agriculture in Central Texas and where people's food comes from.  Please help me by encouraging everyone you know to follow me on Instagram:

Traviscountyagagent


Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing your faces on Instagram.  Get your kids and grandkids involved.  They need to see what's happening around them.  I've already got a handful of photos and have been interacting! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Travis & Bastrop County update on Vesicular Stomatitis 7/25/14



Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Texas Update



The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of eight new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. Five new premises are located in Travis County and three new premises are in Bastrop County.
  • One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 6 miles southeast of Spicewood in Travis County
  • One premises is located 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
  • One premises is located 2 miles south of Garfield in Travis County
  • One premises is located 3.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
  • One premises is located 2.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County 
To date, 21 premises in eight Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Affected counties include(d): Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis and Guadalupe counties. Four premises have been released from quarantine: 1 in Kinney county, 2 in Nueces county and 1 in San Patricio county.
*Case= A premises; a location*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Update Number 2 on VS



One waits around all day for an update and I'll be if it didn't happen right after I posted the first time on the subject.  My apologies for back to back info.  -Julie Ansley

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On July 18, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of three new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. One premises is located 4 miles east of Webberville, TX in Bastrop County, one premises is located 1 mile northwest of Webberville in Travis County, and one premises is located 8 miles southeast of Seguin in Guadalupe County.
  
To date, 13 premises in eight Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Affected counties include(d): Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis and Guadalupe counties. The Kinney county premises and one premises in Nueces county have been released from quarantine.
*Case= A premises; a location*
  
The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine.  Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Travis & Bastrop Counties

The note below is the latest update from the Texas Animal Health Commission on Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  In a recent conversation with the local inspector for the Bastrop & Travis County area, he informed me that “we currently have several premises under quarantine or hold order in Travis and Bastrop Counties”.  I will keep you up to date as this develops, however, I encourage you all to check the Texas Animal Health Commission website and subscribe as well.   http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/

From the Texas Animal Health Commission, July 11, 2014  
“On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One premises is located 2 miles east of Webberville, TX in Travis County. The other premise is located 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include: Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties. Note: The Kinney county premises has been released from quarantine.     
The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine.  Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events.”

From Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Contestants who are preparing to haul horses to shows and contests this summer, including the Texas State 4-H Horse Show, should be cautioned about the importance of using best management practices for disease prevention and good biosecurity practices at all times.
Horse owners should be encouraged to follow important practices such as:  do not comingle your horses with other horses of unknown origin; do not water horses out of a community water trough (each should have their own buckets); do not share halters and bridle bits between horses without first thoroughly washing and disinfecting them; thoroughly clean hands and all equipment when working around multiple horses’ faces and mouths; do not pet other horses on the nose, then go pet your own horse; never use the same needle for injections or vaccinations of multiple horses; use a good insect control spray to protect horses from biting insects.  Under the circumstances, it might even be advisable to carry a spray bottle of stall disinfectant to horse shows and disinfect stalls before putting your horse in stalls at show facilities.