AG & Natural Resources Opps & Webs

Opportunities & Webinars


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomology

Cicada killer wasps are common in Texas and elsewhere and are being submitted for identification as possible Asian giant hornets (murder hornets).

This short video explains how to tell them apart.

Asian Giant Hornet Article

Extension Entomology, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 2020.

Note:  The photo credits are incorrect.  All USDA photos should be credited as Hanna Royls (USDA Aphis PPQ IPT), specimens provided by Colorado State University’s C. P. Gillete Museum.  We apologize for this error

2021 Brazos Valley CEU Conference

In-Person for first 200 paid registrants.  Face masks will be required.

Click here for Event list.


Livestock Producers Reminded to Report Forage Losses by Feb. 1

Coverage Available for Eligible Grazing Losses Due to Drought

For more events, offered state-wide, visit the AgriLife Extension Calendar.

Lee County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Geri L. Kline, encourages livestock producers to consider their losses due to drought conditions.  Kline said, “Livestock Producers can reach out to Fayette/Lee County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Levi F. Garlick.”  Garlick is reminding livestock producers, who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2020 due to drought, to report their losses timely and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by February 1, 2021.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Fayette and Lee Counties are eligible to apply for 2020 LFP benefits on native pasture and improved pasture.  Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Fayette/Lee County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.

“Prolonged drought conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Fayette and Lee Counties,” said Garlick. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Fayette/Lee County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Feb. 1 deadline.”  Garlick can be reached at the Fayette/Lee County FSA Office at 979-968-5894.

Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Feb. 1, 2021, for losses that occurred throughout 2020. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.

Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.

In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise.

The Lee County Extension office remains available to assist.  Contact Geri L. Kline, the County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, at (979)542-2753.


Master Naturalist Training

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists is offering their 2021 training class for new Master Naturalists.   The Texas Master Naturalist Program’s mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

Master Naturalist Trainees must successfully complete an approved training program, with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction through a Texas Master Naturalist Chapter.  The Gideon chapter’s  training program is a 15-week course that meets once a week.  The curriculum includes lectures on Monday afternoons and field trips on Saturdays as appropriate. The tentative 2021 class schedule will start in January with graduation in May 2021.   For more about the program, visit: https://txmn.org/glc/becoming-a-master-naturalist/.

Topics range from climatology to herpetology, to botany and ornithology as examples. If you have an interest in the natural world around you, then this comprehensive training is for you. You will learn about soils, pollinators and insects, mammals, archeology, land stewardship, aquatic systems and so much more. If you want to learn Citizen Science or how to identify that grass or butterfly in your backyard, this is the course for you.

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter covers five counties: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Washington and has a wide variety of projects and activities in which to become involved in, once you complete the training. Come be a part of a group that believes in providing service and education to enhance our world and manage our resources.


Monthly Aquatic Webinars

Each webinar will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, lasting an hour with 30 mins for questions at the end.  Registration included in the link featured on each date/title.

January 19, 2021: Pond Stocking by Dr. Todd Sink
Join us for a how-to educational program on pond stocking as we cover multiple stocking strategies for both small ponds to larger lakes. Common pond species that may be used in pond stocking will be covered as well as understanding basic genetics for stocking largemouth bass as well as advantages and disadvantages of hybrid species commonly available for pond stocking. Four stocking strategies as well as two variations of these strategies will be discussed for small ponds (less than 1 acre). Two stocking strategies with several variations will be discussed for ponds larger than 1 acre as well as trophy management strategies for trophy catfish (Trophy management for bass or sunfish will be covered in the upcoming fish management strategies webinar). Importantly, stocking order will be covered as stocking at the correct time in the correct order is critical to establishing a well-balanced pond that will provide decades of good fishing. Finally we will conclude with undesirable species that should not be stocked in ponds as they may be harmful to the fishery.

February 16, 2021: Will My Aquatic Vegetation Return? by Brittany Chesser
Join us for a how-to educational program on preventing aquatic vegetation from re-emerging in ponds and lakes. To get a deeper understanding, we will cover how certain species of aquatic plants are able to persist during the colder months and what types of aquatic vegetation you may be battling again this year. In order to help you get ready for the spring, we will cover potential prevention methods, discussing their feasibility including money, labor, and timing.

March 16, 2021: Fish Management Strategies by Dr. Todd Sink
Join us for a how-to educational program on fish management strategies for ponds and lakes as we cover the pond food chain, what it takes to grow abundant or large fish, fertilization programs, fish feeds and feeding fish, sampling the fish population, many common problems that can be found within a fish population, and how to determine if your pond is suffering from stunted fish. We will also cover the maximum fish production, trophy bass, trophy bluegill/sunfish, trophy catfish, and black crappie management strategies that can be employed in your pond or lake. Finally we will conclude with the types of structure and fish attractors that can be added to a lake to improve fishing.

April 20, 2021: Aquatic Herbicides & Permitting by Brittany Chesser
Join us for an in-depth program as we cover the 15 aquatically approved herbicides, their common uses, modes of action, and differences between terrestrial herbicides for a better understanding when making management decisions. We will also cover frequently asked questions on aquatic herbicide use including water restrictions ( i.e. “Can I still eat my fish?”, “Is this toxic to my fish”). Lastly, we will go over what type of permitting you may or may not need for aquatic vegetation management in lakes or ponds.

May 18, 2021: Water Quality for Fisheries Management
We will cover what is water quality, how do you determine water quality, the link between water quality and chemistry, why you should worry about water quality for your fish. Most people are surprised to learn how critical water quality is for their fish, how many different water quality factors can impact their fish (often in unusual ways), that toxic organisms in their pond can kill their fish, livestock, or companion animals, and how minor amendments to water quality can drastically improve their fishery. We will also cover what is tested during a standard water quality test, how each parameter tested affects your fish, how to fix any issues found during the test, how to apply treatments, and how to have your water quality tested.

June 15, 2021: Aquatic Vegetation: Beneficial or Pest? by Brittany Chesser
Join us for an in-depth conversation on the pros and cons with having aquatic vegetation in your pond or lake. We will cover the top beneficial aquatic plants which may add aesthetic value or have wildlife value; along with covering the top nuisance species (native and non-native) which could pose a threat to your pond or lake. If you would like your aquatic vegetation identified and discussed during the presentation, please send high quality, up close photos, against a light background to brittany.chesser@tamu.edu before June 13, 2021.

 

 


For more events, offered state-wide, visit the AgriLife Extension Calendar

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