Shared agriculture, wildlife, natural resources program set for April 28 in Brackettville

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Emily Grant, 830-5563-2442, emily.grant@ag.tamu.edu

BRACKETTVILLE—The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Kinney County will present a shared program with other agriculture- and natural resourcesrelated agencies April 28 Brackettville.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kinney County Civic Center, 200 E. Spring St.  The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — one in integrated pest management and one general — will be offered.

Registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m., with lunch from noon to 1p.m. Those presenting include representatives of AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency.

“The Kinney County Annual Shared Workshop is packed full of information for producers,” said Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agent, Kinney County.

Grant said the program will include information from Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Uvalde, on natural resources tourism as an alternative income program.

“This should help producers find a unique way to utilize their Kinney County property to increase the profits they can receive from that property,” Grant said.

She also noted the brush and weed management presentation by Kason Haby with NRCS will provide information on the upcoming prescribed burn association meeting set for May 19, as well as the advantages of practicing prescribed burning as an inexpensive range management tool.

“Kason will be giving producers a trick to manage prickly pear after a prescribed burn with a chemical treatment following the burn, which is sure to save producers both product and funds,” Grant said.

She said the Kinney County Appraisal District will give producers an overview of wildlife tax exemptions.

“This will cover appraisals for birding, bees, as well as other wildlife that we typically think about, such as deer,” Grant said. “Wildlife and wildlife management represent a huge source of income for the producers of Kinney County, so we want to make sure they have the information  they need regarding the wildlife tax appraisal system in order to improve their agri-enterprises.”

For more information and to RSVP, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Kinney County at 830-563-2442 or Kinney-TX@ag.tamu.edu.

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