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.

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