4-H T-Shirt Fundraiser!

$10.00 Shirt

Youth, Adult and Extended sizes available

Order DUE August 31st!

Proceeds will be used towards Erath 4-H club, member and team needs.

Animal Handling Training – August 7, 2018

ATTN: Dairy owners, managers and employees

The Texas AgriLife Extension Offices in Erath, Comanche and Hamilton Counties will host a

Dairy Animal Handling Training

Tuesday, August 7th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Tarleton Dairy Center, 2929 N US Hwy 281, Stephenville


Presentations will be in English and Spanish. Speakers will be Dr. Hagevoort from NMSU and Armando Garcia from NMSU. Topics will include safe and appropriate dairy animal handling techniques and stockmanship skills. Lunch will be provided by Zoetis and refreshments by Dairy Max.

Please RSVP by August 3rd  to Erath Extension office at

254-965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

Agriculture Law/Leasing Workshop August 28, 2018

Agriculture Law/ Leasing Workshop

Texas AgriLife Extension Research Center
1229 N US Hwy 281, Stephenville, Tx
August 28, 2018 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Limited to first 90 participants
RSVP by August 24th
Cost: $25.00 – Lunch will be provided
(Lawyer & Economist Info for $6.25 per hour!!)


Tiffany Lashmet – Texas AgriLife
Extension Agricultural Law Specialist in
Jason Johnson – Texas AgriLife Extension
Economist in Stephenville

Landowner Leases and checklist
Landowner Liability
General Ag Laws
Landowner Leasing Rates and Resources
All participants will receive a copy of the
Rancher’s Agricultural Leasing Handbook, which
contains checklists and sample lease language.




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 JudgingCard.com    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, droper@tarleton.edu

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

AgriLife Logo

Click here to download the new 2019 JLSEC Rule Book

2019 JLSEC RULE BOOK_Revised 04.27.18

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 erath-tx@tamu.edu.

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

http://twon.tamu.edu/training/  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 http://twon.tamu.edu/training 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 https://youtu.be/sjbSJFUzgtY 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 http://twon.tamu.edu/ 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 erath-tx@tamu.edu

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 ellenowells@texashealth.org.

Download Vendor Application HERE.