Ag and Wildlife Symposium Sept. 6 in Lampasas

LAMPASAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will participate in an Ag and Wildlife Symposium hosted by the Hill Country Soil and Water Conservation District and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service on Sept. 6 in Lampasas. 

This symposium will offer local landowners and land managers an opportunity to hear about conservation management practices essential to their farming, ranching and wildlife operations, said Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research watershed coordinator for the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership.

The event is free and includes a catered barbecue lunch. The workshop will be held at the Grace Fellowship Church, 2974 U.S. Highway 281. Preregistration is required by Sept. 2.  

“Attending this program is an excellent opportunity for landowners to learn about management practices to protect and improve both soil and water quality in the watershed.  This workshop aligns with the outreach and education strategy of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan,” she said.

Landowners conducting soil and water conservation and vegetation management operations to improve rangeland productivity, aesthetics and wildlife habitat can benefit from the program, said Tom Casbeer, Hill Country Soil and Water Conservation District chairman

“Hill Country SWCD serves both Burnet and Lampasas counties and works to increase the understanding of the needs of soil and water conservation,” Casbeer said. “In addition, we work to enhance the efforts of public and private organizations and agencies into a united front to improve soil and water conservation and to enhance water quality and quantity at the local level. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

The program will also offer information from experts regarding funding incentives and technical support provided to area landowners.

“Attendees will also hear information about local natural resource programs that offer technical and financial incentives that are available to landowners that implement conservation practices for landowners,” said Lee Gernentz, Hill Country Soil and Water Conservation District technician. “In addition, participants will also hear an update about new products and control methods for wild pig populations.”

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits will be offered for non-commercial pesticide applicator license holders – one integrated pest management and four general.

For more information and to register, go to www.lampasasriver.org or call Gernentz at 512-556-5572, Ext. 3. 

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