Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. An upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen.
“Women – Takin’ On the Stewardship Challenge,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will take place Oct. 2-3 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. Cost of the two-day conference is $75 and includes the opening breakfast as well as all other meals, break refreshments and tour transportation. Hotel rooms are available at the Inn on Barons Creek for $99 per night under the Bennett-TAMU group code.
Other topics and speakers on this year’s agenda include:
- What is Land Stewardship? Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension range specialist, College Station.
- Water in the Hill Country – Our Most Valuable Resource, Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station.
- Reptiles and Amphibians – Get to Know Your Neighbors, John Karges, The Nature Conservancy associate director of field science, San Antonio.
- Stewardship of the Land – What’s Involved? Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.
- Birding in the Texas Hill Country, Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde.
- What Women Need to Know About Finances? Cissy Williams, senior vice president-lending in San Saba, and Jeri Langehennig, vice president-relationship manager in Mason, both with Capital Farm Credit.
- Pasture-Raised Poultry, Mandy Krause, co-owner of Parker Creek Ranch, D’Hanis.
- Stewardship in the Edwards Plateau: The Next Generation, Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Corpus Christi.
The second day will include tours that concentrate on “Hunting Property Use Options” in the morning. Rector will lead a session on plant identification and Annaliese Scoggins with Texas Parks and Wildlife will lead a session on tracking and animal scat identification. A skeet shooting demonstration will be led by Denise Harmel-Garza, AgriLife Extension associate, College Station, and an archery shooting demonstration is being coordinated by Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension agent in Gillespie County.
The tour will continue to Texas Hills Vineyard for a wine tasting, and then to Lavender Lane Farms and the CKC Dairy, both near Blanco.
For more information and to register, go to: http://agrilife.org/bennetttrust/
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