Workshops & Events

5th Annual Texas Fruit Conference @ New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm

5th Annual Texas Fruit Conference to be Held in Central Texas for the First Time

 Now in it’s fifth year, the Texas Fruit Conference has gotten bigger and better, encompassing a wide variety of  cultural information and best management practices regarding fruit and nut crops. Featuring some of our most renowned AgriLife Extension experts and industry professionals, this year, for the first time ever, the conference will be held right here in Central Texas, at the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center.

Whether you currently own an orchard, are considering the potential of establishing one, or are simply a fruit enthusiast, there’s something for you at this conference. This opportunity to learn from the very best experts on all-things fruit should not be missed!

Date: October 31 (1:00 to 5:00 PM) and November 1 (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM), 2016
Location: New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center, 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels
Cost: $80 through 10/21 ($95 late and onsite)
Register online: 5th Annual Texas Fruit Conference Registration

Just a few of the featured speakers include:
Monte Nesbitt, Jim Kamas, Larry Stein, George Ray McEachern, and Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Tom Beckman, USDA-ARS Fruit & Tree Nut Laboratory
Wes Mickel, Argus Cidery
Tim McCaskill, Austin Orchards

Check out the full agenda here: 5th Annual Texas Fruit Conference Agenda


Using Water Wisely – Demonstration Field Day @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Texas SuperStar Vinca

Learn about the entire spectrum of water saving solutions from high tech to no tech at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Demonstration Field Day in Austin.  You determine the best answer for your situation and pocket book.   Travis County Master Gardeners and Horticulturist Daphne Richards will be available to demonstrate and answer your questions on a one- on-one basis.

Discover various rain water catchment methods.   See examples of various watering methods from a wicking bed to drip irrigation.  Understand the importance of compost for water conservation and plant health.  Gain knowledge about the importance of selecting the right plant for the spot.  Look at ways to control heat (summer and winter) to increase vegetable garden production.

Come stroll the diverse garden and ask questions.  Enjoy watching the butterflies, bees, blooming flowers, and growing vegetables.  Take home lettuce seeds and how-to knowledge to accomplish your next project.

Saturday, November 5
9 am to 1 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Flyer    The Gardens

Demonstration Field Day is free and open to the public – No RSVP is required.
For more information, contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600.

Preserving the Harvest @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

PreservingtheHarvest-JeffBackyard Basics Series:

Learn about the key food preservation processes; freezing, dehydration and canning. Factors related to food spoilage and the science involved in prevention will be covered along with a basic review of the tools and techniques involved.

Master Gardener Jeff Peters will provide a step‐by step illustration of the hot water bath canning process–an excellent resource for those with an interest in preserving their garden produce.


Thursday – November 10
10 am to noon
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Cost: $10 thru 10/31, $15 starting 11/1 and onsite
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or

Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives @ Zilker Botanical Garden
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

BIBE Rio Grande Invasive caneInvasive species have the potential to drastically change our Texas landscape. This presentation will cover the threats posed by invasive species, as well as responses to the threat. The Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program will be introduced, as one of several ways you can get involved in managing invasive species. As the Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Hans Landel manages the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program, manages the website, and collaborates with other agencies and organizations in managing invasive species. He has performed conservation research both in the U.S. and internationally.

Picture: Giant reed (Arundo donax) along the Rio Grande, National Park Service ‐

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd,  Austin, TX 78746

Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over),  $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600


Landscape Irrigation System Evaluation Workshop @ LCRA Dalchau Service Center
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Lower Colorado River Authority and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Texas A&M School of Irrigation are hosting a Landscape Irrigation System Evaluation workshop for licensed landscape irrigation professionals, water professionals, water conservation coordinators and homeowners. Irrigators who complete this workshop will be allowed to conduct irrigation evaluations for customers on behalf of LCRA.

LCRA along with retail water providers offer free landscape irrigation system evaluations to customers as part of LCRA’s WaterSmart program. The evaluations can help make irrigation systems more efficient, saving water and money. An evaluated irrigation system also is eligible for up to $350 in rebates for water-saving equipment such as pressure-reducing sprinkler heads, nozzles, soil moisture sensors and rain sensors.

Cost:                       $60 through 11/7,   $75 from 11/8 and onsite

Agenda    Invitation

4 TCEQ Irrigation License CEUs pending, Registration fee includes lunch.

Class outline:

  • Controller settings / trouble shooting with the customer to train them to use it
  • Flagging issues and record keeping
  • Identifying efficiency measures to improve performance
  • Conservation suggestions or changes that can be made to the existing system to increase water savings
  • Seasonal water budgets
  • Technology usage i.e. sensors, ET programs “Water My Yard”
  • Irrigation and Maintenance of Drought-stressed Trees

Presenters Include:

  • Charles Swanson, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M School of Irrigation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station
  • Brad Hamel, Regional Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin