Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Earthkind Lanscape School Success

The Texas Agrilife Extension Service in Leon County hosted its annual Home Landscape School on January 31, 2009. The Keynote speaker this year was Texas AgriLife Extension landscape horticultural specialist Dr. Steven George. Each year the program has grown and this year was no exception with over 75 people in attendance. The program was held at the Centerville High School Cafeteria. This years event, marked the 4th year of the program. Dr. George discussed topics including landscape bed layout and prep, plant placement, general design principles and, his foremost interest, EarthKind gardening and landscaping principles. Dr. George is a charismatic, engaging speaker who fits a lot of useful information into just a few hours. The project goal was to use the class information to sketch a landscape plan and then review the plan during the event. The class was a great, time-effective way to learn solid landscape-design basics and get a plan going. Door prizes for this event were provided by Cattle Country, Kountry Produce and Plants, Davis Country Store, Larry Lynch Construction, Woodson Lumber, Sun Mart, The Horse's Mouth, NAPA Auto Parts, Robinson Home and Auto, Buffalo Flower Basket, Tiger Mart, Brookshire Brothers, Gilliam's Grocery, Heart and Home, Centerville Building Supply, Centerville Feed, Western Auto, Davis Feed, Country Memories, Bo's Bo's Nursery, Marquez Farm and Ranch, Cattle Country Jewett, Huebner Christmas Tree Farms, A&A Feed and Glick Auto.

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Texas Agrilife Extension, Dr. Steven George discusses landscape possibilities with Leon County participants at the Earthkind Landscape School.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

CEU Recertification Provides Opportunity

Texas Agrilife Extension provides opportunity for locals needing
Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Training. This training was held
on January 30, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Centerville,
Texas. Registration began at 8:00 a.m., followed by the program from
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants earned six Continuing Education
Units credit toward Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator
license re-certification 2 CEU laws and regulations, 1 CEU Integrated
Pest Management, and 3 CEUs general. Topics and speakers included; “Mud
Farms-The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” and “Land Application of
Alternative Fertilizers,” Dr. Sam Feagley, Extension State Soil
Environmental Specialist; “Laws & Regulations, & Recordkeeping,” Dr Don
Renchie, Texas Agrilife Extension Specialist; and an update on the Farm
Bill,” Dr. Jason Johnson.

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Texas Agrilife Extension Dr. Don Renchy provides feedback to Leon County
producers on Pesticide Laws and Regulations at the annual CEU Re
certification Conference in Leon County.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service