Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
Anyone interested in private water-well management in Parker and surrounding counties is invited to the free Texas Well Owner Network training Oct. 2 in Weatherford.
The training will be held from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Dr., said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator, College Station.
“The Texas Well Owner Network program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs,” Gholson said. “Well owners who want to become familiar with Texas’ groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, water quality and water treatment will benefit from this training.”
Participants can have their water well samples screened for $15, with payment due when samples are turned in at the training.
“We invite private well owners to bring in a water sample to be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria,” he said.
Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up the two sample containers – one bag and one bottle – at Parker, Hood, Wise, Johnson, Palo Pinto and Jack County AgriLife Extension offices. They can also be obtained at the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District office, 1250 E. Highway 199 in Springtown.
After filling each bottle and bag with a sample from their well, participants should bring the two samples to the Oct. 2 training, Gholson said.
Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Texas AgriLife Extension will offer a Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 29 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 16 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. The class teaches safe and nutrition child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. The cost of the program is $35, which will cover workbook and lunch. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
A Food Handlers Food Safety class will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
The two-hour class will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is a Texas Department of State Health Services-accredited food handler’s class. This class is recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment. Some practices discussed will be Good Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Time and Temperature abuse.
The training fee is $20 and includes training and handouts. This certification is good for two years and is recognized throughout Texas.
To register for the Food Handlers class, contact the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.
Sat, 05/11/2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled How to Help your Landscape Survive a Texas Summer. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11 at the Extension Office at 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford. The agenda will include presentations on successful techniques for water-wise gardening using drip irrigation, rain water harvesting, and drought tolerant plants. The class will include a hands-on workshop on how to use and install drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting systems.
There is a $20 charge per person to attend the class. The fee will cover the costs of handouts, refreshments and lunch. Class size is limited to the first 30 people to register and in order to secure a spot and allow a head count for the meal, registration with payment is due by Thursday, May 9. To register, come by the Parker County Extension Office or mail your payment to 604 N. Main, Suite 200, Weatherford, 76086. Checks should be made to PC Ag. For more information about the water conservation class, contact the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.
Tue, 04/23/2013 (All day)
The Parker County Extension Education Association’s Spring Fling Fundraiser will be Tuesday, April 23, at Couts United Methodist Church. The event will include a fashion show by Kaleidoscope, speakers including Nancy Robinson Master, Rev. Georgia Orr, Jon Green and more. There will be a lunch and raffle and door prizes. The cost is $15.
Sat, 04/20/2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will host a Twogether in Texas Marriage Education class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The class will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center and will be 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. Couples will not have to wait 72 hours to be married. The waiting period is waived for couples who complete the course. The class is eight hours long and 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 email@example.com.
Pasture recovery from drought, soil fertility, weed management options, stocking rates and watershed quality will be the major topics discussed at the upcoming Pasture Management Seminar to be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center meeting room, 604 North Main in Weatherford. Cost for the program is $10 per person.
Dr. Larry Redmon, State Extension Forage Specialist from College Station, will present and answer questions that participants may have.
For those livestock producers with a pesticide applicator license, 1 CEU will be offered toward their re-certification.
Hosted by the Parker County Extension Ag. Committee and the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, all interested livestock raisers are invited to attend.
Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service, or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 817-598-6168 for assistance.
Fri, 03/22/2013 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
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/testing program on Friday, March 22, at the Parker County Extension office, 604 North Main, Weatherford. The training program is from 8:30 a.m. to noon with testing to follow. 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 yourself with the material. There is an additional $10 fee (cash or check) the day of the training. It is also recommended that you bring a calculator for math computations.
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County will offer Healthy Hearts Cooking Classes. The two session classes will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 26 and March 5 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The cost to attend all the classes is $20, which covers both evenings and will include recipes, demonstrations and heart-healthy food to taste each evening the entire series.
The Healthy Hearts Cooking series will include the following topics: Understanding Fats and How to Cut the Fat in Main Dishes, Reducing Sodium and Increasing Fiber, Heart Healthy Foods, Understanding Food Labels, Meatless Meal Ideas, Cooking Fish and Ways to Include Beef in a Healthy Heart Diet.
To pre-register for Healthy Hearts Cooking Classes and for more information, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Mon, 02/25/2013 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer a one-day food manager certification training course, Food Safety: It’s Our Business, for food service managers on Monday, Feb. 25, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the examination being conducted at 5:00 p.m.
The course fee is $115 and includes training, a coursebook, handouts, materials and the National Restaurant ServSafe Certified Professional Food Manager examination. The coursebook can be picked up one week prior to the training from the Extension Office. The deadline to register is Feb. 18.
For a registration form and for more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, contact Parker County Extension Agent Kathy Smith at 817-598-6168.