Join us in McDade, Texas to learn about wild hog management practices. Speakers will discuss the effects hogs have on the landscape, different trapping systems, and the rules and regulations for controlling populations on your property. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 321-2489 ext. 3 to receive directions to the property location .
2 CEU credits available for participants.
Join us at the Bastrop County Local Working Group Meeting to help us establish local resource priorities and criteria for USDA conservation activities and program planning for the upcoming fiscal year. The Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting landowners, agricultural producers and the general public to discuss conservation topics and issues. Your valuable input will help determine how funds are allocated locally for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land.
Grazing Lands Soil Health Workshop will follow the planning meeting. Demonstrations and a presentation will show how soil building practices on grazing land can increase productivity, reduce inputs and protect our natural resources. Our presenter, Nathan Haile, has spent 21 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service which has given him the opportunity to evaluate soils across the state of Texas and many unique regions of the nation. For the past 10 years he has focused his efforts in improving knowledge of soil quality in Texas.
RSVP by July 21st to email@example.com or (512) 321-2489 ex. 3 or visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov for more info. Please contact 2 weeks prior for hearing or visually impaired special needs. Event is FREE to the public.
Free Conservation Field Tour to Highlight Native Grass Restoration and Prescribed Burning in Bastrop County
When: Nov 18th, 2016
Time: Registration at 8:30, Program 9 am - noon
Location: Peach Creek Farm, 435 Peach Creek Road, Rosanky, TX78953.
Bastrop, Texas, October 19, 2016—The Bastrop Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite landowners to attend the second annual Bastrop County Conservation Field Tour on November 18th.
This year’s field tour will highlight the native grassland restoration efforts of Dr. Gerald Baugh at his Rosanky property. “Interest in native prairie restoration is gaining steam as more landowners want to prioritize wildlife habitat or are looking for low-input alternatives to high maintenance introduced grasses like coastal bermudagrass,” said Hilary Bravenec, District Conservationist with the USDA NRCS.
Dr. Baugh was an early adopter in the native prairie movement, beginning his first restoration efforts by hand planting and seeding native grasses over 20 years ago. He renewed efforts in 2013 and has since planted nearly 100 acres to native tall grasses like little bluestem, indiangrass, big bluestem and switchgrass that once blanketed the Great Plains of the central United States, including this area of Texas. Now, some of the grass stands over 5’ tall, reminiscent of early pioneers’ claims of stirrup-high grass.
“Native prairie restoration is a noble goal, but unfortunately, it takes a lot more effort to restore it than to destroy it, especially after years of farming or the introduction of aggressive exotic species,” says Bravenec. “Native grass establishment requires planning, money, energy and luck, and it doesn’t happen overnight.” The field tour will go over the techniques that Dr. Baugh used as well as general information about native grass planting.
Native prairies evolved under a regime of grazing, drought and fire. “Because fire has always been an essential part of the ecosystem, prescribed burning can be an extremely effective tool for restoring native prairies, improving plant and soil health, and reducing the risk of damaging wildfires,” says Jason Morris, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist in Bastrop County. Dr. Baugh is planning a prescribed burn for this winter and the field tour will discuss burn planning and preparation to safely implement a prescribed burn.
The tour will be held Friday, November 18th at Peach Creek Farm, 435 Peach Creek Road, Rosanky, TX. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the tour will be from 9:00 am to noon. RSVP by Nov 16th at (512) 321-2489 ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free of charge and refreshments will be provided by the Bastrop County SWCD. The tour will include short walks over grass and uneven terrain. Please contact two weeks prior to the tour with any special needs for hearing or visually impaired.
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The purpose of the annual Local Work Group meeting is to bring together conservation stakeholders to discuss conservation topics and issues, and to set local conservation priorities for Farm Bill conservation programs to help farmers, ranchers and private landowners conserve and manage the natural resources.
Starting at 9am, Sarah Cusser, a UT-Austin graduate student who studies native bees in agricultural environments will give an overview of native bees and general management considerations to protect habitat in agricultural environments. Following her talk, Agrilife Extension Program Leader Dr. Larry Redmon will address weed control strategies to improve production on pasture and hayland. One pesticide applicator CEU credit will be offered in Integrated Pest Management.
The meeting will follow the presentations by our two guest speakers.