Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a one-day Certified Food Manager Course and Exam Monday, Oct. 20.
The class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the ServSafe Certified Food Manager Exam will begin at the conclusion of the 8-hour class. The class will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The cost for the course is $115. This includes the course, ServSafe Certified Food Managers examination, coursebook and all course materials.
This course is an update and review of food safety principles and practices and will help prepare participants for the exam.
The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Palo Pinto County, 221 South 5th Street, Palo Pinto, and in Parker County at 604 N. Main Street Ste. 200, Weatherford, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.
A meeting explaining screening results will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the AgriLife Extension office for Parker County in Weatherford. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will also discuss their ongoing programs regarding local groundwater issues.
The screening is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with the AgriLife Extension offices in Palo Pinto and Parker Counties.
“Private water wells should be tested annually,” said John W. Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist. “It is very important that only sampling bags from the Palo Pinto or Parker County AgriLife Extension offices be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results.”
Smith said for area residents to have their well water tested, they need to pick up a sample bag and sampling instructions from the AgriLife Extension office in Palo Pinto County or call 940-659-1228 or from the AgriLife Extension office in Parker County or call 817-598-6168 for more information.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Better Living for Texans Program of Parker County will conduct a free four-part workshop. Back to Basics will be offered beginning Oct. 1 and will meet each Wednesday through Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. The classes will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
Back to the Basics will help individuals and families reduce stress through learning meal planning and physical activity. There will be information on how to spend less at the grocery store and how to keep food safe. Each workshop will include food preparation techniques where participants will prepare a meal at each class.
Individuals interested in attending Back to Basics or who need information about the class should call 817-598-6168.
Elizabeth Neuman, registered dietitian with the Kidney Smart organization will conduct a program on Kidney Smart on Thursday, Sept. 25. The program will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford, 604 North Main Street. The free class will provide information on how kidney’s function and causes of chronic kidney disease; how medications, diet and nutrition work together to keep you healthy; how to manage other related healthy conditions including diabetes and hypertension; and how to continue educating yourself and what treatment choices are available.
For more information about the program contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 817-598-6168.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be $10 per person for the two day class and will include lunch.
The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Becoming A Love and Logic Parent” by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. The curriculum will cover Raising Responsible Kids, The Love and Logic Formula, C Stands for Control, Ownership of the Problem, Thinking and Decision Making, and Consequences. Also covered in the classes will be Keeping Children Healthy, Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Healthy Eating.
Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 26. For information or to register call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
To comply with current pesticide handling laws, those who use certain pesticides must receive training on the proper use, storage, and disposal of these chemicals. A license is required of anyone who purchases and/or applies a restricted-use or state-limited use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity. Restricted-use pesticides are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Department of Agriculture classifies state-limited use pesticides. Product labels indicate restricted-use pesticides, while state regulations list state-limited use chemicals.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides private applicator introductory courses that can prepare applicators to qualify for a license by passing a test. Anyone wishing to become a licensed private applicator can attend a training Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Parker County Extension office, 604 North Main, Weatherford. The training program is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An 80-page private applicator training manual and a copy of the current pesticide and herbicide laws and regulations are available at the Extension office for $40 (cash or check). It is recommended that these be purchased prior to the day of the training to begin familiarizing with the material. There is an additional $10 fee (cash or check) the day of the training.
Parker County will conduct a two-hour personal financial management class “Managing Your Money” Thursday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Class at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The class is for anyone interested in how to better manage money, but it also for people who are in bankruptcy Chapter 7 and/or 13. The intent of the course is to increase financial knowledge and skills, topics everyone filing for bankruptcy needs to know. The topics covered will include Developing a Spending Plan, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit and Consumer information.
There is a $10 charge to attend the class. For more information or to register call (817) 598-6168.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will host a “Twogether in Texas” Marriage Education class Friday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center and is free of charge.
After completing the class, couples will receive a certificate that can be taken to the county clerk to save $60 on a marriage license. Also, couples will not have to wait 72 hours to be married. The waiting period is waived for couples who complete the course.
The class focuses on helping couples develop communication and conflict resolution skills and other tools for building strong relationships.
To register, call 817-598-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parker County 4-H Extravaganza will be held Monday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the
Parker County Extension Office, 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford.
This fun-filled event is open to everyone. Enroll in your 4-H club for the 2014-15 4-H year. Meet new people and catch up with old friends. Food and beverages will be provided. There will be fun activities for all. Invite your friends.
Call the 4-H office for more info at 817-598-6172.
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled Creating and Maintaining a Healthy, Drought-Tolerant and Sustainable Landscape.
The class will be held at the Parker County Extension Office at 604 N. Main Street, Suite 200, Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. With the ever-increasing restrictions on water use in Parker County, there is a need for all of us to develop landscapes that rely on less water use and conserve other resources. This class will cover designing a sustainable landscape, appropriate use of water, taking care of soil, selecting appropriate hardy and drought-tolerant plants, and conserving natural resources through responsible fertilization and integrated pest management.
To attend the class, the charge is $10. The fee will cover the costs of handouts, refreshments and lunch. For more information about the water conservation class, contact the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168. Pre-registration is requested by Aug. 12.