Some locations have had more rain than a year ago during the record stretch of the 2011 Drought, but many areas of Texas—including range and pasture land—are still very dry in 2012.
A Texas AgriLife Extensiion Service range and wildlife management workshop has been scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at the Crockett County Convention Center in Ozona, Texas.
Attendees at the workshop can earn five continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture. One of the CEUs will be in laws and regulations, one CEU will be for integrated pest management, and three general CEUs will be obtainable for those with a valid private pesticide applicator's license.
The drought will be the hot topic for the daylong workshop.
"This program will center on the drought we are still very much in here in Crockett County," says Chase McPhaul, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Crockett County. "We've had more moisture this year than last, but times are still hard out here in West Texas."
The program will share some ideas for coping with the extended drought.
"During this workshop, we'll be discussing drought management strategies, how the dry weather has affected livestock, supplemental feeding regimes, and range and pasture issues," McPhaul says. "We'll also hear how the dry weather hasn't 'slowed' the influx of feral hogs to our area, and what's being done about it."
Speakers and topics will include:
--Dr. Frank Craddock, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, on supplemental feeding, drought management, health issues, and the future of hair sheep.
--Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Fort Stockton, discussing rangeland drought recovery, drought management, and re-seeding.
--Cory Pence, Texas Department of Agriculture, San Angelo, explaining pesticide laws and regulations.
--Jake Babb, Crockett Country trapper, providing feral hog trapping techniques and a feral hog update.
Individual registration is just $20 and includes lunch. Please RSVP by July 25 to help with planning by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Crockett County at 325-392-2721. You also can get more information by calling that number.