The Multi-County New Landowner Education program is a series of 9 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 certain fields of agriculture about the best management practices that they can implement 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, fence building, applying pesticides, soil testing, stock pond management, pond construction, fruit and nut production, and 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 profitable, and possibly what opportunities they have to serve the community.

The program will be held on the third Friday of the months of January 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 1:30 pm. And will last until 4:30-5:00 pm depending on the topic and possible tour stops. The cost for the program series is $125.00 per person or $200.00 per couple for all nine meetings or $20.00 per person per meeting. CEU’s for pesticide applicators will be offered as they are applicable, and refreshments will be served at each program session. Participants will receive handouts of timely and useful information.

Forage Management – May

The fifth meeting of the Multi-County New Land Owners Education Program will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Hobson Choice Ranch, located at 10305 Jalowy Road, near Cat Spring.  Directions and a map will be posted on the New Landowner Program Website.  Registration will be from 1:00-1:30 and the program will run from 1:30-5:00 pm.

The field day will include an overview of value added hay production, information on irrigation to maximize production, and the how to’s of adding value to your hay crop.  This session is designed to help producers identify proactive options for forage management in haying and grazing.  Participants will learn about everything from soil sampling and forage testing to grass identification, weed management, and marketing.

For more information please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Colorado County (979-732-2082), Austin, (979-865-2072), Fayette (979-968-5831) or Washington (979-277-6212).  Registration materials, a map for the program, and more information can be found on the Multi-County New Landowner Website.