Inaugural Texan Livestock Judging Clinic hosted by Tarleton State University – July 25, 2018

Mark your calendar!


Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018  |  Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Deadline to register is Friday, July 13 Cost: $50/person (includes youth & adults)

Register online at    Payment is due with registration.

This clinic is open to rising 3rd graders through high school seniors. All youth must be accompanied by a chaperone

Location: Tarleton State University Ag Center (Teaching Pavillion), 2065 College Farm Road, Stephenville, TX

Make plans to attend the inaugural Texan Livestock Judging Clinic hosted by Tarleton State University. The day will include several sessions for judgers of all skill levels. Basic judging workshops are provided for inexperienced judgers and several practice classes will be geared toward more experienced judgers. All attendees will have the opportunity to judge practice classes at their own pace with their teams or adult leaders, followed by an official critique of each class.

Questions? Please contact David Roper,

Tentative Schedule

9-1o a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Species Workshops noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1 – 3 p.m. Practice Classes 3 – 4 p.m. Official Placings 4 p.m. Adjourn


2019 Junior Livestock Show Rule Book

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Click here to download the new 2019 JLSEC Rule Book

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Cross Timbers Land Management Symposium May 11, 2018

This event will highlight land management practices, opportunities that are available, and present a trade show, having vendors that are relative to land management in the Cross Timbers Area.

May 11, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm
Registration @ 8:30am
City Hall
1907 E Washington
Stephenville, TX
$30 per person
Lunch will be provided

Contact your local County Extension Office for more information and to pre-register.

Bringing the latest information in the science and practices of brush management on rangelands to the Cross Timbers Area



Rain Barrel Harvesting Workshop – April 19, 2018

The Erath Texas AgriLife Extension Office and Erath County Master Gardener Interns will be hosting a

Rain Barrel Water Harvesting Workshop

Thursday, April 19, 2018

from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The workshop will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center-

Corner of Highway 281 & Highway 8 in Stephenville.

Our guest speaker will be Dottie Woodson, Texas AgriLife Water Specialist.

The program will help participants learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Building your own rainwater harvesting system to collect and utilize water.

The cost of the program will be $50.00 (includes barrel and supplies).

Please RSVP at the Erath County Extension Office.

254-965-1460 or

Water Well Owners Educational Event – April 24, 2018

Water Well Owners Educational Event

April 24, 2018

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center

1229 N US Hwy 281 (corner of Hwy 281 & Lingleville Hwy)

Stephenville, TX

Pre-register for the workshop at  or call 979-845-1461

The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1229 N. US Highway 281. It is being offered to area private water well owners through collaboration with the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

“The Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs, so they can learn more about how to improve and protect their community water resources,” said Dr. Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and TWON coordinator, College Station. “The program was established to help well owners become familiar with Texas groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, and water quality and treatment.”

He said participants may bring well-water samples to the training for screening. The cost is $10 per sample, due when samples are turned in.

“Water samples will be screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria,” Gholson said.

Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up two sample containers from the AgriLife Extension offices in Erath, Comanche, Bosque or Coryell counties.

Bringing water samples to the training is not required, Gholson said, but those wanting to have water samples analyzed must attend.

Gholson said space is limited, so attendees are requested to register at or by calling 979-845-1461 as soon as possible.

The training is one of several being conducted statewide through the Texas Well Owner Network project.

“The core content of this program is the same as other trainings, but the information is tailored to local water quality issues and aquifers,” Gholson said.

More than a million private water wells in Texas provide water to citizens in rural areas and increasingly to those living on small acreages at the growing rural-urban interface. Private well owners are independently responsible for monitoring the quality of their wells.

Texas Well Owner Network:

Instructions for Collecting and Submitting

Water Samples

Visit to view a video on how to take a sample.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Use a faucet as close to the well as possible for making the collection. If an inside faucet is used, remove the aerator on the end of the faucet before making the collection.
  • Rinse and dry the exterior of the faucet to prevent exterior contamination of your water sample. If possible, wipe off with a Chlorox-type towelette or paper towel wetted with a light bleach solution to kill any bacteria present on the faucet. Allow the solution to dry before sampling.
  • Turn on the water full force and let it run at full force for two minutes.
  • Reduce the water flow to a small stream.

 *** Fill both the bag AND the bottle***


  • This container has a line for 100 mL. Please fill the water slightly above 100 mL line and do not rinse the powder out of the container. It is there to neutralize chlorine. Unless your sample is collected in a sterile container and every precaution taken to avoid contamination, the results of the analysis may be without value.


  • Tear off the perforated strip above the yellow twist ties from the top of the bag. Grasp the small white tabs on the side of the water-sampling bag and pull the bag open (be careful not to touch the inside of the bag with your fingers).
  • Holding the bag by the yellow twist ties, fill the sampling bag three-fourths full and then twirl the bag top over bottom to close it. Some water may leak out, but don’t worry.  Tie the twist ties together.
  • Cost per sample is $10.00. *** Fill both the bag AND the bottle*** This is one sample

Submitting the Samples:

Refrigerate the sample and transport it to the workshop (in an ice chest) as soon after collection as possible (6 hours is best, but up to 24 hours).

Please Note: Samples should be collected within 24 hours before the training to ensure accurate results.

 Visit to register and for more information. 

Spring DOPA Training – April 10, 2018

On April 10, 2018, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Erath, Comanche and Hamilton Counties will host a Spring DOPA meeting. It will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center on N. Hwy 281 in Stephenville.


5 DOPA Credits offered!

2 DOPA credits – Morning Session

3 DOPA credits – Afternoon Session

Agenda – Morning Session

9:30AM Registration
10:00 Weed Control, Herbicides & Potential Herbicide Residuals in Manure by James Jackson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Range Specialist
11:00 Liability Issues from Herbicide Residuals; Working with Neighbors by James D. Bradberry, PLLC
12:00 – Lunch

Agenda – Afternoon Session

1:00 Trucking Laws & Regulations Associated with Manure Hauling by Texas Department of Transportation
2:00 Air Emissions & Potential Reporting Rules & Requirements by Dr. Kenneth D. Casey, Air Quality Engineer, Texas A&M Research & Extension
3:00 Lagoon Treatment & Management Technology by Dr. Zong Liu, Assistant Professor & Extension Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Lunch & program provided for you
at no cost by our sponsors.
Please register by April 9th
254-965-1460 or

Dinner Tonight Cooking School – April 10, 2018

Save the Date for:

7th Annual Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School

AgriLife Extension, Erath, Comanche, Eastland, Hamilton, Hood, Parker & Stephens Counties presents:

WHEN: April 10 at 5:45 – 8 PM


WHERE: Cowboy Church of Erath County
4945 US 67
Stephenville, TX 76401

COST: $25

  • Gift Bags for each attendee containing Dinner Tonight cookbook, goodies from The Home Place, Texas Beef Council and more
  • Great doorprizes from The Home Place!
  • Last year was a hit, so we will have, again this year:
    • 15+ Food Vendors
    • lots of taste samples
    • healthy handouts
    • items available for purchase

5:45 PM – Doors Open!
Browse vendor booths and sample food items

7:00 PM – Cooking Demos by Extension Agents

Come again for a fun and exciting evening showcasing cooking tips, recipes, and ideas for families on the go!

Vendor samples and tasting begins at 5:45 with cooking demonstrations from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  There will be lots of door prizes and the coveted gift bags. Registration is limited to 200 participants.



or via phone at:
1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355)

If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Ellen Wells at

Download Vendor Application HERE.

Leadership Advisory Board Overview

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Erath County LAB Chair, Gary Sult gives a great overview of the purpose and mission of Leadership Advisory Boards in connection with local County Extension Agents.

4-H Food Challenge 2017

See District 8 4-H website for District contest info and complete Rules & Guidelines, scorecards, worksheets, and more helpful resources.

Erath County Food Show/Food Challenge Information

 Registration Deadline:  Thursday, November 9, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. – call or email –

254-965-1460 or


Food Challenge Food Show
·         Name of team and team member names/age group ·         Name of individual participant and age group
· $25 entry fee

Make sure you have enrolled for this

4-H year.


·         Category chosen: (Protein, Fruit & Vegetables, Grains, or Dairy)

·         Make sure you have enrolled for this

4-H year.


November 18 (Saturday) at Texas A&M Research and Extension Center – 1229 N US 281, Stephenville.


8:15-8:30                     Registration and Check-In – $25/team registration due

8:30-9:00                     Food Challenge Orientation for participants

 9:00                            Food Challenge Contest begins

 9:45                            Food Challenge Judging Begins

11:30 -12:00                Tentative Awards


FOOD SHOW – Theme – “Fresh from the Farm”

            9:00                             Registration and Check-In for Food Show participants

            9:30                             Food Show orientation for participants

            9:45                             Food Show Judging

            11:30-12:00                 Tentative Awards


Bonus Information

  1. Don’t forget the registration fee of $25.00 per team for COUNTY 4-H Food Challenge. 4-H Food Show has no registration fee – because no kit is required or food purchased ahead of time.  4-H Food Challenge contestants are provided a kit and food for the contest.
  2. Food Challenge: Check your kit and be sure you have all supplies as listed in the lid of the kit BEFORE you get to contest.
  3. Aprons are not a requirement, but very useful!
  4. If you are competing in both contests (Food Show and Food Challenge), be sure and ask for order of judging for Food Show at the beginning of contest. There will be a separate set of judges for Food Show and Food Challenge.
  5. Time table for each contest:
    1. Food Show4 minute presentation – youth introduces themselves and their dish. Describe inspiration in choosing the recipe and how it relates to the theme, “Fresh From the Farm.”  4 minute interview from judges asking questions applicable to the scorecard – basic nutrition, food safety, preparation, as well as project experiences.  It always helps to review the scorecard.  You will have 1 minute to serve the judges a portion of your dish.  You don’t have to bring the whole dish – a smaller portion is actually recommended.
    2. Food Challenge – 5 minutes for the presentation; 3 minutes for judge’s questions. Review the scorecard ahead of time.
  6. Parents can help kids into the county contest with kits, etc. but there is really no place to wait. Parents not allowed in competition room.  Feel free to come back around 11:30 for the awards.  😉
  7. Who advances to the District Contest in Belton on December 13 ????
    1. Food Challenge – the 1st and 2nd place teams from each age group– JR/INT/SR
    2. Food Show – the 1st place winner from each Food Show category (Protein, Fruits & Vegetable, Grains, and Dairy) from each age division – JR/INT/SR
  8. For complete set of rules for each contest:
    1. Food Challenge –
    2. Food Show –
  9. Practice recipes:
    1. Jr-Int practice recipes
    2. Sr practice recipes
    3. Powerpoint of 2014 Practice recipes
  10. Food Resource Guides
    1. Cooking in the Kitchen
    2. Explore Food Challenge
  11. See District 8 4-H website for District contest info and complete Rules & Guidelines, scorecards, worksheets, and more helpful resources.


Central Texas QuickBooks Pro Shortcourse – October 5, 2017

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QuickBooks Pro computer short-courses are taught in a single-day format, beginning at 9:00 A.M. and ending at 4:00 P.M.

The class registration fee is $50 which covers computer lease payments and teaching materials.  Couples are encouraged to attend and will be charged only one registration fee if they share a computer.  Class size for each course is limited to 15 so that individualized attention can be provided to all participants.


QuickBooks Pro is a double entry business accounting program often utilized by agricultural lenders and producers, as well as small business owners.  In this one-day course, participants use a case study to apply QuickBooks in a hands-on setting.  They learn how to develop cost and profit centers, enter transactions and create meaningful reports. Program tips are discussed throughout the workshop.  No prior computer experience is necessary.


For more information on this workshop, please contact Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460 or

To enroll, DOWNLOAD the registration form and send it to the address below.

Payment is due upon arrival.


Texas AgriLife Extension Office

Erath County

112 W. College Street – Room 109

Courthouse Annex

Stephenville, TX 76401