Pond Management Program set for Nov. 1 near Walnut Springs

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

WALNUT SPRINGS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Bosque, Somervell, Hood and Johnson counties  will be hosting a Pond Management Program Nov. 1 at the Flat Top Ranch, 298 Private Road 2640-A near Walnut Springs.

Registration starts at 8:45 a.m.  with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Topics include pond stocking rates and onsite aquatic management. The program will be   presented by Steven Smith, wildlife and fisheries consultant with the Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

After lunch, a presentation on pond planning and construction will be presented by Mike Otto of Otto’s Dirt Service.

Two continuing education units will be offered to those holding a Texas Department of Agriculture private applicators pesticide license.

“Folks care about their ponds and stock tanks, as many have dual purposes and managing these features on your property is a year-round task,” said Justin Hale, AgriLife Extension agent for Johnson County. “This program aims to help landowners do this using best management techniques to make the job a little less strenuous.”

He said landowners seeking to add a body of water to their property can avoid many problems by correct pond construction.

Registration is $15 and includes a noon meal. For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office at Bosque County, 254-435-2331; Somervell County, 254-897-2809; Hood County, 817-579-3280; or Johnson County, 817-556-6370.

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