Equipment & Machinery

Texans use a wide range of equipment and tools in their homes, businesses and agricultural operations. We have educational resources and in-person programming designed to help Texans manage and maintain their equipment and machinery.

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Agricultural Safety and Health

Agricultural Safety and Health Program addresses farm machinery safety, safe handling of agrochemicals, and topics related to safety in farm, ranch, and rural settings.  

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The center pivot is the agricultural irrigation system of choice for large acreage because of its low labor and maintenance requirements, convenience, flexibility, performance, and easy operation. Center pivot systems, when properly designed and equipped, conserve valuable resources such as water, energy, money, and time. The wise selection of a center pivot system will result […]

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Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics, resulting in a natural, symbiotic system of raising both fish and plants. This publication examines the methods and benefits of establishing an aquaponics system. (7 pages.)

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This pocket-sized guide gives step-by-step instructions for calibrating ground sprayers. Tables provide instructions, examples, and sample formulas for determining the speed of application, flow rate, and the amount of pesticide to add to the tank. (9 pages)

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
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The TCFA Feedyard Technician Program provides high school upperclassmen knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for a possible career in the fed cattle industry.

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The Pecan Orchard Management Short Course is the world renowned premiere educational event on how to grow pecans.

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Agricultural Safety and Health Program addresses farm machinery safety, safe handling of agrochemicals, and topics related to safety in farm, ranch, and rural settings.  

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    Most homeowners do not consider lawn maintenance to be dangerous. However lawn mowers, trimmers, edgers, and other power equipment can cause minor to severe burns and lacerations, broken and dislocated bones, eye injuries, and loss of fingers, toes, and legs. You can avoid accidents like these by following the safety guidelines in this publication. (3 […]

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    La mayoria de los propietarios no consideran que el mantenimiento del cesped sea peligroso. Sin embargo, las cortadoras de cesped, recortadoras, bordeadoras y otros equipos de energia pueden causar quemaduras y laceraciones leves a graves, huesos rotos y dislocados, lesiones oculares y perdida de dedos de manos, dedos de los pies y piernas. Puede evitar […]

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    It is important to know how to operate backup power generators safely. The tips in this publication can prevent problems with CO poisoning, electrocution, fire and other hazards. (2 pages)

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    Agriculture is among the most dangerous industries. Being alert and understanding the physical challenges that come with aging is the key to successful, safe farming by senior farmers and ranchers. The changes they make in work tasks and activities help ensure that they, their co-workers, and their family are safe. (4 pages)

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    About 50 tractor drivers are killed each year in collisions with other vehicles on public roads. Many of these accidents could be prevented. This publication describes the legal requirements for operating a tractor on public roads, safe driving and towing practices, and other precautions to keep you and your family safe. (3 pages)

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    A subsurface drip irrigation system should last more than 20 years if properly maintained. Important maintenance procedures include cleaning the filters, flushing the lines, adding chlorine and injecting acids. Details of these procedures are presented in a practical format. (6 pages)

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    About 250 people are killed each year in tractor accidents, and rollovers cause more than half of these fatalities. In this publication you'll learn about the physics of tractor stability, how to prevent side and rear rollovers, and the importance of rollover protective structures. (4 pages)

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    The center pivot is the agricultural irrigation system of choice for large acreage because of its low labor and maintenance requirements, convenience, flexibility, performance, and easy operation. Center pivot systems, when properly designed and equipped, conserve valuable resources such as water, energy, money, and time. Wise selection of a center pivot system will result in […]

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    All-terrain vehicles are very popular for off-road recreation. However, the number of injuries and deaths from ATV accidents is growing rapidly. This publication lists the causes of injuries and fatalities, discusses Texas ATV laws, and provides specific safety tips for using these vehicles. (3 pages).

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    Most electrocution deaths on farms involve moving tall equipment that comes in contact with power lines. Other causes are damaged electrical systems in buildings and misuse of extension cords. This publication lists specific safety precautions you can take to prevent electrocution and handle emergencies should they occur. (4 pages)

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