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Four Texas Panhandle Crop Production Clinics set Jan. 8-12

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-683-2736, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – Four Texas Panhandle Crop Production Clinics will be presented Jan. 8-12 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, DuPont Pioneer and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

The meetings will be free and include a meal. Each will start at 9:30 a.m. with registration. The programs begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Each will feature hour-long concurrent sessions, allowing attendees to pick four of the eight topics offered during the day.

The meeting locations are:

– Jan. 8, Rita Blanca Coliseum, 219 Farm-to-Market Road 281, Dalhart.

– Jan. 10, Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave., Dumas.

– Jan. 9, Sherman County Barn, 501 S. Maple St., Stratford.

– Jan. 11, Hansford County Barn, 607 E. Ave. D., Spearman.

Each meeting also will offer four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and two general.

The topics and speakers will be:

– Managing Fumonisin and Corn Rootworms, Mickey Huddleston, Pioneer Hi-Bred field agronomist, Rolla, Kansas.

– Weed, Insect and Disease Management, Jodie Stockett, Dow/DuPont Crop Protection, Claude.

– Improving Efficiency in Corn Production, Dave Collins, Collins Agronomics, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

– 3-4-5 Program Update and District Update, Dr. Leon New, Kirk Welch, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Dumas.

– Ag Financial Risk Management, Derrik Hobbs, Silveus Financial, Warsaw, Indiana.

– 2018 Market Outlook, Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension, Amarillo.

– Corn Rootworm Research Update, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo.

– TDA Laws and Regulation Update; Dicamba Use, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agents Mike Bragg, Dallam and Hartley counties; Marcel Fischbacher, Moore County; and Andrew Sprague, Hansford County.

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Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic set Jan. 5 in Cameron

Contact: Floyd Ingram, 254-697-7045, floyd.ingram@ag.tamu.edu

CAMERONThe 37th annual Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic will be Jan. 5 at the Milam County Youth Exposition Building, 301 S. Houston St. in Cameron.

The program is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Falls and Williamson counties.

Registration will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with presentations to begin at 8:30 a.m and conclude at 3 p.m.

Three hours of Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one integrated pest management and two general – are offered for pesticide applicators license holders.

The cost is $20, and lunch is included. Attendees should RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in Williamson County at 512-943-3300 or in Milam County at 254-697-7045 by Jan. 3 to ensure an accurate meal count.

Calf nursing mother cow

The 37th annual Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic will be Jan. 5 in Cameron. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“Beef cattle production has faced its share of challenges over the last five years with drought, feed costs and input costs,” said Floyd Ingram, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Milam County. “Beef prices, which previously had hit the highest they’ve ever been, have been on a steady decline over the past two years and have now become some of the lowest in many years. Producers now face what could be a dry, mild winter and an uncertain market in the new year.”

Ingram said the Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic is one of the longest running AgriLife Extension programs in the state and is renowned for its success in meeting the needs of both large- and small-scale cattle producers throughout the region.

Topics and presenters for the morning portion of the program will include:

— Current market trends, predictions and considerations for 2018: Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.

— Cattle evaluation, including desirable and undesirable characteristics, body condition scoring and identifying candidates for culling: Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station.

— Pasture management and weed control methods, including alternatives to 2,4-D application:  James Jackson, AgriLife Extension range management specialist, Stephenville.

After lunch, a live demonstration on managing herd health will be given by Cleere, Ron Kramer of Idexx Laboratories and Marvin Willis, special ranger for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. The demonstration will focus on practices such as pregnancy testing via blood sample, bovine viral diarrhea testing, and herd identification and handling techniques.

The afternoon portion will wrap up with a presentation on external parasite control by Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Stephenville.

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Give poinsettias a healthy home for the holidays and beyond

  • Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu
  • Contact: Dr. Brent Pemberton, 903-834-6191, brent.pemberton@ag.tamu.edu

Poinsettias come in a more than just the traditional crimson red. White poinsettia varieties provide an increasingly popular option for holiday ornamental displays. There are also bi-color varieties available. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)

OVERTON – The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton. 

“Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for display, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind to make sure you get the most out of the plant for your holiday displays.”

Pemberton said poinsettias shouldn’t be overwatered.

“Water when the soil surface is dry to the touch, and don’t let them stand in water,” he said. “Soil should be moist and well drained.”

Poinsettias prefer to be out of direct sunlight, but rather prefer bright, filtered light, Pemberton said. They won’t last as long if conditions are dark.

He said they also prefer cooler temperatures, 65-70 degrees, but if temperatures dip below 60 degrees, plants can sustain chill damage.

Pemberton said no fertilizer is necessary after the plants bloom.

“They are flowering, so just enjoy them through the season,” he said.

Poinsettias are tropical perennial plants, but most people discard them each year. However, he said, if plants are kept, there are steps to take to ensure they flower next holiday season. And plants should be transplanted into a size larger pot.

Dr. Brent Pemberton’s trials at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are determining which varieties of poinsettias can be grown optimally under greenhouse conditions in Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell)

Pemberton said plants should be cut back after the holidays. The plant’s stem should be trimmed just below the flowering portions, including the decorative red bracts, which are modified leaves.

“Cut them back and they will begin to grow,” he said.

Plants should be watered and fertilized as necessary to support regrowth, he said.

“Using liquid fertilizer at recommended rates on the package will be fine,” he said.

Plants can be placed outside through the summer but should be placed in a shady area, Pemberton said.

Poinsettias are tropical plants, Pemberton said. In the fall, plants should be brought inside before temperatures dip below 60 degrees. Around Oct. 1, plants should be in total darkness between sundown and sunrise.

“Any artificial light will cause them to grow vegetatively and not flower,” he said. “It’s hard to get them to flower again because any light from a parking lot or indoor lighting can disrupt flowering. But they are perennials and can be enjoyed for many holidays if properly maintained and proper steps are taken to promote flowering.”

 

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East Texas Master Naturalist application deadline Jan. 22

OVERTON – The deadline to participate in 2018 East Texas Texas Master Naturalist classes is rapidly approaching – Jan. 22. Classes begin Jan. 30 and conclude April 17.

Classes run from 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays at the Tyler Nature Center, 11942 Farm-to-Market Road 848 in Tyler. There will also be one Saturday class and three Saturday field trips. 

The East Texas Master Naturalist program is a chance to learn about the natural world and its preservation for future generations. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

“If you want to learn about our rich East Texas ecosystem and volunteer with like-minded people, this program is for you,” said Larry Pierce, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader, Overton.

“Whether you are into bugs, birds or botany, you will enjoy these classes and the fun ways Master Naturalists find to enjoy the outdoors while helping preserve natural treasures for future generations.”

The program is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife. It is for residents in Smith, Cherokee, Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains, Upshur, Gregg, Rusk and Wood counties.

Cost is $150, which covers tuition, materials, instruction and more.

The program includes more than 40 hours of classroom study and field trips. Classes cover topics such as wetland ecology, forest ecology and tree identification, mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, plants, geology, archeology and more.

For more information and an application, contact Beverly Guthrie, East Texas chapter member, at finwren@sbcglobal.net, or visit the Texas Master Naturalist website http://txmn.org/etwd/.

“We’ve really stepped up the list of instructors to offer a great program,” Guthrie said. “I’ve heard many times that going through the program is a life-changing experience.”

 

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December 15, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!  The last couple of weeks I made trips to Tulia and Miami for county extension programs, so welcome to those of you joining the blog.  Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week.

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

*KUT writes interesting article on wind right severances.  Mose Buchele wrote an interesting article on a new issue of Texas landowners selling property but reserving wind rights.  This is a new phenomenon, which raises interesting legal and practical questions.  [Read article here.]

*TCEQ will not appoint watermaster for San Saba at this time.  This is older news, but in November, the TCEQ decided it would not appoint a watermaster, at least at this time.  The commissioners agreed that discussion about issues on the San Saba needed to continue and that the issue was “better addressed through other mechanisms.”  [View article here.]

*Plaintiffs withdraw Colorado River lawsuit.  In a case seeking recognition of rights for the Colorado River, Plaintiffs have withdrawn their lawsuit.  They did this facing pressure and threatened sanctions from the State of Colorado.  The Plaintiffs’ attorney stated that “situations change, and what is best for the rights of nature movement is not to get involved in a lengthy sanctions battle, but to move forward with seeking environmental justice.”  [Read article here.]

*More dicamba in the news.  There seems to be enough dicamba news each week for me to give this its own round-up post.  Monsanto is offering a cash-back rebate to producers who purchase XtendiMax next year.  [Read article here.]  This week, Minnesota set a June 20 cutoff date for applying dicamba over the top of growing crops.  Additionally, applications may not be made if temperatures are over 85 degrees.  [Read article here.]  As expected, Missouri imposed the same restrictions on FeXapan and Xtendimax as it did on Engenia, including a June 1 cut-off date for 10 counties and July 15 statewide.  [Read article here.]  Additionally, the Texas Row Crop News Letter did a great job outlining some of the new EPA label restrictions, which are applicable nationwide.  Particularly, note that everyone applying dicamba must complete an auxin-specific training, which means that a person may not make an application under someone else’s license.  [Read article here.]  Finally, drama continues in Arkansas when a subcommittee of the Legislative Council recommended that the proposed Plant Board rule imposing an April 15 cut-off date should be delayed.  The full Legislative Council will make a decision on this today.  [Read article here.]

* MO Supreme Court says growing marijuana not protected by Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment.  As we’ve previously discussed, a criminal defendant in Missouri made an interesting argument in defense of his possession of marijuana charges.  He claimed that the Missouri Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment, which protects “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices” made his conviction unconstitutional.  Not surprisingly, the Court held that marijuana cultivation is not a protected farming practice.  “The amendment expressly recognizes farming and ranching practices are subject to local government regulation, it would be absurd to conclude Missouri voters intended to implicitly nullify or curtail state and federal regulatory authority over the illegal drug trade.”  [Read Opinion here.]

 

 

 

 

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Study shows ground-penetrating radar can detect fine roots in crops

Investigation led by AgriLife Research could help improve agricultural crop yield, quality

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-8459-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Xuejun Dong, 830-278-9151, xuejun.dong@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Daniel Leskovar, 830-278-9151, daniel.leskovar@ag.tamu.edu

UVALDE – A recent study led Texas A&M AgriLife Research has shown ground-penetrating  radar, or GPR, may be effectively used in detecting the fine roots of plants, helping agricultural producers identify what crop varieties are best suited to their field conditions.

Dong, center, shows how ground penetrating radar can be used to detect fine roots. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo)

“To meet the world’s growing demand for food, agricultural crop production needs to double by 2050,” said Dr. Xuejun Dong, an AgriLife Research soil crop physiologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde. “It is widely accepted that breeding efforts focused on aboveground traits alone are not sufficient to achieve the necessary agricultural yield to meet this future global demand. We felt shifting the emphasis to analyzing the root system would provide an additional means to help agricultural producers meet this important goal.”

Dong said a major limiting factor for crop assessment has been the lack of efficient root phenotyping methods for use in the field.

“We knew that ground-penetrating radar had been a non-invasive technique widely used in coarse root detection, but the applicability of GPR in detecting the fine roots of agricultural crops was still unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of utilizing GPR to detect fine roots under field conditions.”

Dong said to his knowledge this was the first study showing the high potential for using GPR to detect fine roots in agricultural crops.

The study, titled “Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) detects fine roots of agricultural crops in the field,” also involved additional researchers from the Uvalde center, Texas A&M AgriLife centers in Amarillo and Weslaco, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the  Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma

It was conducted at four Texas cities — Amarillo, Dilley, Uvalde and Weslaco — with different soil types and soil moisture conditions.

“Positive fine-root development is necessary for plants to maximize their intake of water and nutrients,” said Dr. Daniel Leskovar, Uvalde center director and one of study researchers. “Being able to use ground-penetrating radar to evaluate and assess the fine root structure of different crop varieties would give us another powerful weapon in our arsenal for plant selection and breeding.”

The study provided a comparison of core-measured and GPR-estimated root parameters depicting the most significant relations for wheat cultivars, studied in Amarillo and Uvalde, and sugarcane cultivars, studied in Weslaco. Several cultivars of winter wheat and sugarcane were scanned with ground-penetrating radar at 1,600 megahertz. In each measurement transect, the GPR antenna was moved at a steady speed over a 3-meter distance parallel to plant rows and between the two middle rows in each of the plots.

Shane Sieckenius, research assistant with AgriLife Research at the Uvalde center, uses GPR in a wheat field. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo)

Soil cores were collected immediately after scanning and the core samples containing roots were stored in a freezer until processing. The roots were then cleaned and scanned on a flatbed scanner where root diameter was analyzed. After scanning, roots were oven-dried until constant mass and root dry mass was recorded.

“To better compare the GPR signal against the measured root values from the soil cores, radar profiles were sectioned with the most signal concentrated on the upper soil layer for further analysis,” Dong said. “We also looked at pixel intensity in comparison to the different GPR indices.”

Dong said the results of the study showed significant relationships between root traits and GPR signals.

“Significant relationships were found and the accuracy of root detection was higher in wet clay soils than in dry sandy soils,” he said. “We also found that average GPR pixel intensity without an intensity threshold may be better to reflect root information.”

Most importantly, he said, the study showed both fine root diameter and biomass could be detected by ground-penetrating radar, depending on soil conditions.

“This means we may be able to use GPR to more quickly determine the suitability of various cultivars in different soil conditions so we can assess which ones might be the best to plant under those conditions to help ensure the most positive crop yield and quality.”

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Chapkin appointed to Allen Chair in nutrition at Texas A&M

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

Contact: Dr. Robert Chapkin, 979-845-0419, r-chapkin@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert S. Chapkin has been appointed to the William W. Allen Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Chapkin is also a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow. He is a National Cancer Institute R35 Outstanding Investigator and is co-director of a National Institutes of Health-funded nutrition, biostatistics and bioinformatics training grant.

Dr. Robert S. Chapkin has been appointed to the William W. Allen Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

The Allen Chair was established in 1990 to support the research of foods, which influence human health and nutrition including the development of new, genetically altered foods, which can prevent diet-related disease. Allen was a longtime research chemist for Dow Chemical Company and also served as a consultant for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He was moved by the hunger and malnutrition he witnessed in the world to start  the Allen Foundation supporting education and research in human nutrition.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Dr. Chapkin’s appointment,” said Dr. Alan Sams, executive associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M. “His work is broad reaching and has made significant contributions in cancer chemoprevention and inflammation biology.”

“Dr. Chapkin is recognized nationally and internationally for his outstanding contributions  to the understanding of nutrition and cancer,” said Dr. Boon Chew, head of the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M. “For this, he is very deserving of his appointment to serve as the Allen Chair ‘to support research of foods, which influence human health and nutrition. We enthusiastically look forward to Dr. Chapkin’s leadership and team building to advance the nexus of foods and health in serving the global community.”

Chapkin’s expertise is in dietary and botanical modulators related to prevention of cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease. His research centers on colon cancer prevention by investigating the impact of dietary fat, fiber and gut microbiota status on chronic disease processes.

He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Osborne and Mendel Award from the American Society for Nutrition, NASA Space Act Award and Bio Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition.

Chapkin also is a member of numerous professional societies and has authored or co-authored numerous scientific research publications.

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2018 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo dates announced

 

Fourth AgriLife Extension statewide event set for Aug. 17-18 in San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu 
Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu

 

SAN ANGELO – The fourth Texas Sheep and Goat Expo conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug. 17-18 in San Angelo’s 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena on the San Angelo Fairgrounds.

The statewide event is billed as one of the largest sheep and goat industry educational programs in the world focusing on the different segments of the industry, said Marvin Ensor, event coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader in San Angelo.

“The expo is a unique educational event targeting not only the various segments of the industry, but also the various issues we face here in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.,” Ensor said.

The expo is unique in that it offers much hands-on activity and speaker interaction for participants, he said.

A crowd of almost 400 attended the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo general session. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

“The format will remain the same as years past with the general session covering issues affecting all producers in the sheep and goat industry and the concurrent sessions focusing on specific interests voiced by producers within the respective industry sectors,” Ensor said. “Specifically, the 2018 expo will again feature segments for Angora and meat goat producers, wool and hair sheep producers, show stock producers, and we will again offer a youth program.

“This year, as in previous years, we are fortunate to have a very active planning committee who consider it a standing priority to procure top speakers and to keep the topics new or approached from a different perspective than done previously.”

Ensor said the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo was first conducted in 2015 as a stand-alone educational program, which attracted more than 200 participants. Though currently not dubbed an annual event, the program continues to grow with the 2017 event attracting almost 400 participants from across Texas and several other states.

“Through the years, we have also enjoyed an increase in participation and interest in the accompanying trade show, which has become a significant part of the expo’s success,” Ensor said. “To further highlight the products being offered, we tried a session in which exhibitors had a chance to demonstrate their equipment with live animals. The feedback from this first attempt was so positive, I suspect we will continue with this aspect.”

From an educational standpoint, Ensor said post-event evaluations indicated 83 percent of the sheep and goat producers attending the latest event plan to adopt at least one practice or technology offered during the event. Also, 80 percent said they anticipate an economic benefit from information gleaned from the expo.

Specific topics and information on registration for the 2018 Expo will be forthcoming, Ensor said.

For information on any aspect of the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, contact Ensor at 325-653-4576.  

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Water quality training Jan. 26 in Brenham to focus on Mill Creek watershed

Contacts: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu

Kara Matheney, 979-277-6212, kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu

Jennifer Cary, 979-862-8070, millcreek@tamu.edu

BRENHAM – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and management related to the Mill Creek watershed will be from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 26.

The workshop will be in the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility, 1385 Old Independence Road in Brenham. It will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Mill Creek. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jennifer Cary)

“This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in Mill Creek water quality management activities,” said Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program, College Station. “The workshop, professional continuing education credits and more are free to anyone interested in protecting water quality in the region.”

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and a free lunch will be provided by the AgriLife Extension office Washington County to attendees who preregister for the workshop by Jan 24.

Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at http://tws.tamu.edu.

A discussion on watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality through the application of best management practices will be included in the program. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

“The workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, but will focus primarily on local water quality initiatives, including current efforts to help improve and protect the Mill Creek watershed,” said Kara Matheney, AgriLife Extension agent,  Washington County. “It will address local water resources but will be applicable to all waters in the region.”

“The Mill Creek watershed provides water for wildlife habitat and supports agricultural and recreational activities.” said Jennifer Cary, AgriLife Extension program specialist and watershed coordinator for Mill Creek, College Station. “It truly is an important water resource and tributary of the Brazos River.”

Attendees of the workshop will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion. The Texas Watershed Steward program offers four continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisers, four units for professional engineers and certified planners, four credits for certified teachers, and two credits for nutrient management specialists. A total of four professional development hours are available for professional geoscientists.

In addition, three general continuing education units are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, and four for certified landscape architects. Four continuing education credits are provided to certified floodplain managers. Four continuing education credits are also offered for each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality occupational licensees: wastewater system operators, public water system operators, on-site sewage facility installers, and landscape irrigators. Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists may also earn continuing education credits.

“Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed,” Matheney said.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the conservation board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program and to preregister, go to the website or contact Kuitu at 979-862-4457 or mkuitu@tamu.edu; or Matheney at 979-277-6212 or kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu.

For information on watershed protection efforts for the Mill Creek watershed, contact Cary at 979-862-8070 or millcreek@tamu.edu.

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Permeable pavements course in Fort Worth offers hands-on instruction

Fouad Jaber teaches stormwater course

Professional, continuing education credits available

Fouad Jaber teaches stormwater course

Dr. Fouad Jaber teaches a course on stormwater management. (AgriLife photo by Gabe Saldana)

course flyer

Course flyer

Contact: Dr. Saima Khursheed, 972-952-9234, saima.khursheed@ag.tamu.edu

FORT WORTH — A Dec. 15 course, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Permeable Pavement, offers comprehensive instruction for using environmentally sound permeable pavements, which allow rainwater to pass through their surfaces and into the ground, replenishing precious water resources, organizers said.

Course participants at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will learn about permeable pavement benefits, design, maintenance and best management practices from Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service associate professor and ecological engineering specialist in Dallas.

“These pavements are quite valuable but underutilized for managing some of the environmental detriment of stormwater runoff,” He said.

Class instruction will precede performance demonstrations and a tour of permeable infrastructure at the garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. The course group will meet there for the 9 a.m.-noon session.

The $60 course is open to the public, but engineers, planners, landscape architects, contractors and stormwater professionals are especially encouraged to attend, Jaber said.

Register at http://bit.ly/2jRINJ4 and contact Dr. Saima Khursheed in Jaber’s lab at saima.khursheed@ag.tamu.edu for information on professional education credits, continuing education credits and obtaining a certificate of attendance.

Go to Jaber’s ecological engineering program Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/agrilifeecoeng for information on ongoing research and professional education opportunities.

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