The Multi-County New Landowner Education program is a series of 8 informational meetings, seminars, and field days designed to make new landowners in Austin, Colorado, Fayette, & Washington Counties aware of what types of agricultural enterprises are best for their property. Participants in the program will hear from experts in a variety of fields in agriculture about best management practices that can be implemented on their own property. This innovative program assists new landowners in understanding the concepts of rural living. Participants in the program are given exposure to ideas on raising livestock and horses, plant identification, applying pesticides, soil testing, stock pond management, pond construction, fruit and nut production, beekeeping and so much more. The program also serves as a way for new residents of the four counties to network and meet new people in their communities, find out what can be done on their land, what operations can be successful, and possibly what opportunities they have to serve the community.
The programs will be held on the third Friday of the months of February through May and August through November. Each month’s meeting will be held at different locations in one of the four counties. The meetings begin at 1:30pm and will last between 4 and 5 hours depending on the topic and possible tour stops. The cost for the program series is $125.00 per person, $200.00 per couple for all eight meetings, $20.00 per person per meeting. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for pesticide applicators will be offered as they are applicable. A great selection of refreshments will be provided at each session. Participants who sign up for the entire series will receive a notebook at the beginning of the series to fill as we progress through the program with handouts and reference material that will be useful as they move forward with improvements on their property.
February 17th – Introduction and Program Overview – Ag & Wildlife Valuations
March 17th – Pond Management – Construction, Aquatic Weed Control, and Stocking
April 21st – Weed & Brush Control – Plant Identification and Control Recommendations for Common Weeds and Brush
May 19th – Forage &/or Livestock Production – Options for Small Acreage Operations
August 18th – Bees and Trees for Homeowners
September 15th – Horticulture Production – Fruit Trees, Pecans, and Grapes for Landowners
October 20th – Wildlife Management and Native Prairie Restoration
November 17th – Emerging Issues for Rural Landowners
For more information, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Austin County (979-865-2072), Colorado County (979-732-2082), Fayette County (979-968-5831), or Washington County (979-277-6212). Registration materials and more information can also be found on our website, https://washington.agrilife.org/nlo