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Janet Laminack: Educational programs coming to extension office’s new location

We have several upcoming educational opportunities to let you know about. But first, I thought you should know that our office has relocated from Loop 288 to the Joseph A. Carroll Building at 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

We are easily accessible on the first floor of the building from the parking lot, which is at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry Street. We will be offering many educational programs here and Master Gardeners are available to answer your horticulture questions. Stop by and see us sometime, but please overlook the boxes, we aren’t quite settled in yet.

On Feb. 28, the Denton County Beef, Crops & Forages Committee, along with the Noble Foundation, will be conducting a Basic Ag workshop on introduced forages from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Texas State Fairgrounds.

Climate forecasts for 2013 are indicating another limited moisture growing season for area pastures. This workshop will cover the management aspects of forage production critical to optimal production such as fertility, weed control and proper grazing management of both introduced and native grass pastures.

Private pesticide applicators can receive one hour of continuing education general credit by attending this workshop. There is a $20 per person registration fee, which includes dinner. To register or for more information, call 940-349-2894.

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) is a unique Texas A&M AgriLife Extension educational program. TALL takes a selected group of emerging leaders in agriculture and provides them with the opportunity to come together once each quarter over a two-year period. The main goals behind the program are to promote and inspire leadership and to teach about the different areas of production agriculture, agribusiness and agriculture policy.

Each TALL class will commit 45 days of their time over the two-year period. Participants experience seminars from agriculture experts, on-site tours, meetings with elected officials and leaders and out-of-state and international travel.

If you are interested in more information about TALL or have further questions, please contact Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Leadership Program director and professor, at 979-845-1554 or You can also view the activities of TALL XIII and previous classes by visiting http://

Finally, the Texas Watershed Steward program is a free, one-day educational workshop designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by getting involved in local watershed protection and management activities. The class will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District in Lewisville.  Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 979-862-8070.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883. Her e-mail address is