Multi-county new landowner series to address all phases of agricultural production

Six-part series to be held in four South Central Texas counties

SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — The multi-county 2014 New Landowner Series, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held  in four South Central Texas counties from March through September.

A total of six sessions will be held in Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties.

A multi-county new landowner series will be presented in Kerr (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

A total of six different sessions,  constituting the multi-county 2014 New Landowner Series, will be presented from March through September at locations within Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“These sessions are designed for the novice who just acquired property or is looking into purchasing land in the Hill Country,” said Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension agent for Gillespie County, one of the series coordinators. “At these sessions, attendees can meet and speak with some of the top experts in their respective fields, as well as get hands-on experience in learning how to get the most out of their property.”

Roeder said topics addressed in the series will include learning how to make wildlife, livestock and the environment work; live oak wilt and decline; how to drought-proof pastures; taxes, permits and property regulations: growing your own food; facts about the best hay, forages and grains for the area; and herbicides/pesticides for home and commercial use.

“We will also make site visits to operations in all phases of agriculture and have hands-on activities,” he said. “And participants will be provided a new landowner notebook full of timely information and handouts.”

All programs begin with registration from 1-1:30 p.m., with presentations from 1:30-5 p.m.

Dates, towns and topics for the sessions are:

– March 7, Fredericksburg, Introduction, Neighbor Relations, Tax Valuations, Well and Septic Permits, Grazing and Hunting Leases.

– April 4, Kerrville, Live Oak Wilt, Home Use Pesticides, Turf, Tree and Landscape Maintenance, Rainwater Harvesting.

– May 9, Stonewall/LBJ Ranch, Forage Production, Livestock Production and Handling, Crop Production.

– June 13, Stonewall, Commercial Horticulture, Vineyards, Orchards, Produce (hands-on pruning).

– July 11, Boerne, Back to Basics, Home Gardening, Chickens, Natural vs. Organic.

– Sept. 12, Kendalia, Wildlife and Range Management, Brush Work and Sculpting.

Specific session sites are being identified, with maps and directions to each location to be provided to attendees prior to each session.

The cost is $30 per session or $100 per person, $150 per couple, for the entire series, payable in advance or at the door. Make checks out to Gillespie Ag & Natural Resource Committee and drop off or mail to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 95 Frederick Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

Advance notice for each session is requested so adequate quantities of take-home materials can be prepared.

For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Gillespie County at 830-997-3452.

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