Saturday, October 4, 2008

Youth Leadership Day

Leon County 4-H members and leaders attended the State Fair on Saturday, September 27, 2008, for Youth Leadership Day. Over 125 youth and adults represented all parts of Leon County. A canned food drive competition was held amongst 4-H clubs, FFA and FCCLA chapters and Leon County 4-H won second in the canned food drive over all with 303 pounds of food donated. After attending a leadership seminar, lead by keynote speaker, Connie Lott, and the Texas 4-H , FFA and FCCLA Officers the youth had the opportunity to explore what the State Fair has to offer. Each participant recieved a T-Shirt. Leon County 4-H shirts were sponsored by Leon County Farm Bureau.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Local 4-H Youth Honored

September 27, 2008 proved to be a remarkable day for Leon County 4-H member Will Mahaffey. During a formal Banquet at the Sharaton Hotel in Dallas, Texas Will was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in the Texas 4-H program. As one of the top seven officers in Texas 4-H which is the largest youth organization in the state of Texas Will was awarded a Leadership Award and recognized along with other youth leaders of Texas 4-H, FFA and FCCLA. The event was coordinated and hosted by the State Fair of Texas in their tradition of recognizing young Texas Leaders in Agriculture.

Pic Caption:
Tommy & Wendy Neyland - Leon County Extension Agents, Commissioner & Mrs. Dean Player, Will Mahaffey, Judge & Mrs. Byron Ryder, and parents Lisa & Steve Noey

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hay Show

The Annual Leon County Hay Show will be held on Wednesday, October 22,
2008 at the Buffalo Civic Center. The deadline for submitting samples
is Friday, September 26, 2008. Samples should not be taken from the
outer 4 to 6 inches of round bales. Samples from square bales should
come out of the middle of the bale. Most producers place their samples
in feed sacks, we need about half a sack of hay. Write your name, and
type of grass sampled (Bahia, Coastal, Tifton, Jiggs, Ryegrass, etc).
There will be a charge of $5.00 for each sample submitted after the
first free sample. Normal cost of samples is $10, hay show participants
will be receiving a $5 discount on each sample submitted. Hay samples
and checks, made payable to Ag Fund can be left at: Texas Agrilife
Extension Service in Leon County, Davis Feed Centerville-Buffalo, Cattle
Country, Centerville Feed, M&M Farm Supply and A&A Feed.
The Leon County Beef and Forage Committee jointly with the
Freestone County Beef and Forage Committee and Texas Agrilife Extension
Service will host the Hay Show this year. The program will start with a
trade show and follow with a meal which will be at 6:00 pm. The guest
speaker for this year’s hay show will be Vanessa Corriaer the new
Forage Specialist with The Texas Agrilife Extension Service. If you
want to learn how to get the most out of your winter grass, save money
and increase profits, you should attend. We will be offering two
CEU’s toward recertification of private, non commercial and
commercial applicator licenses for attending the evening program.
Local sponsors are Normangee State Bank, Oakwood State Bank,
Wells Fargo Centerville, First National Bank Buffalo, Farmers State Bank
Jewett, and Citizens State Bank Buffalo- Centerville. The sponsors
listed above have been a part of the Leon County Hay Show for several
years. These sponsors pay for your meal and the plaques. During the
selection process a Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show will be
selected and they will be awarded the night of the Hay Show. All
persons interested in attending should Contact The Texas Agrilife
Extension Service in Leon County by Tuesday, October 20, 2008 at
903.536.2531 or by email at to reserve your dinner.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

4-H Week

Leon County Officals sign proclamation during court to recognize October 5-11 as National 4-H Week in Leon County.


Seated Left to right: Commissioner Sullivan, Commissioner Ferguson, Judge Ryder, Commissioner Gaskin, Commissioner Player

Standing Left to Right:Lenora Oden Texas Agrilife Office Manager, Wendy Neyland- CEA, Will Mahaffey, Ryan McCarty, Casey Helfenbein, Taylor McGill, Justin Pistone, Reagan Robertson, Amy Terry, Tommy Neyland, CEA

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Vetrans Memorial

Leon County Texas Agrilife Extension Service Master Gardeners begin landscaping of the Leon County Vetrans Memorial.

PIC Texas Agrilife Extension Service Master Gardeners Jeff Miller and Mary Foucheux work on the memorial project.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service