2016-2017 Model State Program Texas A&M University

Final report for STX16-001

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2016: $22,222.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2018
Grant Recipient: Texas A&M University
Region: Southern
State: Texas
State Coordinator:
Dr. Diane Boellstorff
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
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Project Information

Abstract:

The Texas Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee meets annually to oversee the state program for training agricultural professionals in concepts of sustainable agriculture. The program involves a multifaceted effort that provides training opportunities for County Extension Agents, FSA personnel, NRCS personnel, producers, and other agricultural professionals and also incorporates concepts of sustainable agriculture in existing, state-wide training efforts. These training opportunities include conferences, field meetings and workshops held at various locations in Texas.

Another approach of the Texas Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee is to support travel of selected professionals to regional and national conferences on sustainable agriculture, with the intent of participants gaining knowledge and skills that they will share with other agricultural professionals in Texas.

Program evaluation will be accomplished with pre- and post-tests designed to measure knowledge gained by participating in educational programs. A subset of attendees will be mailed an additional survey instrument four to eight months after the training to determine if participants have adopted any of the sustainable concepts presented. The aim of the evaluation is assess knowledge gained and to determine whether new knowledge will be applied in future programs for their clientele.

Project Objectives:

1) Annually conduct training for new employees of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (AgriLife) and the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) at Prairie View A&M University regarding sustainable agricultural practices and Southern Region SARE programs. Goal of training 20 new employees.

2) Annually include USDA – Farm Service Agency (FSA), USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Credit System personnel in seminars and trainings regarding sustainable agriculture practices and Southern Region SARE programs held locally or on a state-wide basis. Goal of training 30 USDA and Farm Credit personnel.

3) Annually participate in three outreach efforts, such as field days and industry conferences, to inform producers and agricultural professionals regarding the SARE program. Goal of reaching 500 agricultural professionals.

4) Maintain a website to provide timely and updated information related to SARE and the SARE grant program to Texas clientele. Goal of 500 “hits” on updated website.

5) Annually conduct training for Extension agents and agency staffs to learn to instruct socially disadvantaged farmers, landowners and community leaders, including African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, women and persons who have limited resources of land, labor and capital regarding sustainable agriculture practices and Southern Region SARE programs. Goal of training 20 Extension agents and/or agency personnel.

6) Work with the Texas SARE Advisory Committee to consider revisions to the state strategic plan.

Advisors

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  • Brent Batchler (Educator)
  • Kim Benton (Educator)
  • James Cates
  • Susan Beckwith
  • Dr. Diane Boellstorff (Educator)
  • Mark Burow
  • Mark Chavett
  • Dr. Megan Clayton (Educator)
  • Dr. Jason Cleere (Educator)
  • Dr. Doug Constance (Educator)
  • Mandy Krause
  • Travis Krause
  • Johnie DeBera
  • Kevin Crosby (Educator)
  • Dr. Nelson Daniels
  • Steadman Douglas (Educator)
  • Dr. Monty Dozier (Educator)
  • Rebekka Dudensing (Educator)
  • Marvin Ensor (Educator)
  • Ruby Dunlap
  • Dr. Sam Feagley (Educator)
  • Ben Godfrey
  • Mengmeng Gu (Educator)
  • Jennifer Herrera (Educator)
  • Horace Hodge
  • Boone Holladay (Educator)
  • Mary Holliman (Educator)
  • Brent Johnson
  • Searcy Jordan
  • Jackie King
  • Susie Marshall
  • Patrick Lillard
  • Dr. Joe Masabni (Educator)
  • Laura Miller (Educator)
  • Rene McCracken (Educator)
  • Jerome Peters
  • Betsy Pierson (Educator)
  • Robert "Skip" Richter (Educator)
  • Dr. Reid Redden (Educator)
  • Andrew Smiley
  • Allen Smith (Educator)
  • John Smith (Educator)
  • Barbara Storz
  • Brad Stufflebeam
  • Leo Williams
  • Peter Woods (Educator)
  • Dr. Louis Nuti (Educator)
  • Mike Morris (Educator)
  • Dr. Craig Coufal (Educator)

Education

Educational approach:

Texas SARE serves as a leader for training Texas agricultural professionals regarding concepts of sustainable agriculture. Through cooperative efforts with Texas Department of Agriculture, USDA, Texas Organic Farmer and Gardener Association, Houston Food Policy Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and many Texas producers, the program involves a multifaceted effort that provides training opportunities for Extension agents, FSA personnel, NRCS personnel, producers, and other agricultural professionals and also incorporates concepts of sustainable agriculture in existing, state-wide training efforts. These training opportunities include conferences, field meetings and workshops held at various locations in Texas. Another approach of the Texas Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee is to support travel of selected professionals to regional and national conferences on sustainable agriculture, with the intent of participants gaining knowledge and skills that they will share with other agricultural professionals in Texas.

Program evaluation is accomplished with pre- and post-tests measuring knowledge gained by participating in educational programs. The aim of the evaluation is to assess knowledge gained and to determine whether new knowledge will be applied by participants.

 

The Texas Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee (AC) conducted their annual meetings in Prairie View on 21 January 2016 and 18 January 2017 to plan training opportunities in sustainability. The Texas AC sponsored training activities related to the USDA-SARE program, grant opportunities, organic vegetable production and marketing, and sustainable systems.

 

Emphasis was also placed on outreach efforts to increase awareness of Texas SARE. These included partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture in establishing and manning an educational display at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition where 126,034 display viewers were recorded. Our outreach efforts were supported through update and maintenance of the Texas SARE program website.  In 2012, some 14,645 visits were logged, and this number increased to 47,335 in 2014.  In 2015 there were 79,507 visits.  In 2016 there were 63,952 visits.To date, in 2017 there have been 42,425 visits.  The Texas SARE website can be found at http://sare.tamu.edu.

Education & Outreach Initiatives

Working with Farmers Market Agent training
Objective:

Provide agents comprehensive training on working with farmers markets

Description:

Attendees were provided trainings on cottage foods, and other food safety concerns, and locally grown field to school products. Speakers represented several agencies and NGOs, plus SARE. “The New Farmer’s Market” was provided to participants.

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents were able to carry information back to their local communities to train others. Eighty agents present.

Texas Hosting SARE Fellows program
Objective:

The SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program enhances understanding of sustainable agriculture through broad-based training and hands-on exposure to successful and unique sustainable agriculture programs. Participating fellows are better able to create new programs that meet the needs of their local clientele.

The program aims to:
•Enhance selected fellows’ capability to deliver sustainable agriculture programs
•Develop NACAA leaders committed to sustainable agriculture who can share their knowledge
•Increase agricultural professionals’ awareness of program opportunities and concepts of sustainable agriculture
•Recognize NACAA members who are leaders in the development and adoption of sustainable agriculture

A series of seminars exposes the fellows to sustainable farming and ranching systems, with a focus on basic sustainable agriculture strategies and how they work in the field. Fellows also visit selected farms and ranches to view firsthand the sustainable agriculture principles studied in the classroom.

Outcomes and impacts:

Fellows were provided an overview of Texas Sustainable Agriculture. Left Texas talking about how it was so much different than they expected.  Impact was large, especially them spending the time to extensively analyze Parker Creek Ranch for the “SARE Reading the Farm” training.  Fifteen participants. 

Sheep Shearing Training
Objective:

Mentor Ranchers receive training in shearing sheep.

Description:

Those attending received information and training that they will use themselves and share with others regarding sheep shearing.

Outcomes and impacts:

Those attending received information and training that they will use themselves and share with others regarding sheep shearing. Three Extension and 9 mentor ranchers.

Fruit Tree Production and Management Training
Objective:

Provide comprehensive training in sustainable fruit tree production management.

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable fruit production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable fruit tree production management. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Those attending received information on profitable fruit production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable fruit tree production management to use themselves and teach others. Three agents, 2 nonprofit and 67 others in attendance.

Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course
Objective:

Training in sustainable practices in landscaping planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical turf area, practical turf selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance.

Description:

Participants learned sustainable practices in landscaping planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical turf area, practical turf selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants learned sustainable practices in landscaping planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical turf area, practical turf selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance to use themselves and teach others. Two agents and 19 others.

Aquaponics workshop
Objective:

Training on profitable aquaponics production management from fish to a salad. Provide details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management.

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable aquaponics production management from fish to a salad. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management for participants to use themselves and train others.  

Outcomes and impacts:

Those attending received information on profitable aquaponics production management from fish to a salad. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management.  100% of participants reported an increase in knowledge, and economic value of the program to participants totaled $76,375.

Olive Production and Variety Selection training
Objective:

Provide training information on profitable olive production management. Details provide a comprehensive sustainable olive production management training.

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable olive production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable olive production management for participants to use themselves and to train others. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Those attending received information on profitable olive production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable olive production management for participants to use and train others. Two agents and 3 others in attendance.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Objective:

Provide sustainable agriculture training in a wide variety of subjects for agents

Description:

Agents attended sessions on a range of sustainable agriculture areas including Pasture Beef, Pastured Poultry, Hoop-house Vegetable Production, and Cut Flowers. As a result of this conference, attending agents and mentor farmers have been able to better advise producers regarding sustainable production practices. Producers in attendance have increased implementation of sustainable production practices learned at the conference. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents attended sessions on a range of sustainable agriculture areas including Pasture Beef, Pasture Poultry, Hoop-house Vegetable Production, and Cut Flowers. As a result of this conference, attending agents and mentor farmers have been able to better advise producers regarding sustainable production practices. Producers in attendance have increased implementation of sustainable production practices learned at the conference. Nine agents attended.

Fruit tree pruning workshop
Objective:

Training participants in fruit tree pruning

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable fruit production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable fruit tree production management for themselves and training of others. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Those attending information on profitable fruit production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable fruit tree production management pruning for themselves and to teach others. Four attended.

Vegetable Training
Objective:

Provide agents and others multiple sessions for a wide variety of sustainable vegetable

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable vegetable production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable vegetable production management. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents, gardeners and mentor farmers attending received information on profitable vegetable production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable vegetable production management to use themselves and teach others. Nineteen agents, 100 mentor gardeners, 11 NRCS, 5 researchers, 105 others attended.

Grow Green Landscape Professionals Training: Plant Selection and Soil Management
Objective:

Train agents and mentor landscape professionals to use native species, low water usage plants on very fertile, but shallow soils of the Hill Country. The training featured utilizing many organic and sustainable practices.

Description:

Train agents and mentor landscape professionals to use native species, low water usage plants on very fertile, but shallow soils of the Hill Country. The training featured utilizing many organic and sustainable practices.

Outcomes and impacts:

Train agents and mentor landscape professionals to use native species, low water usage plants on very fertile, but shallow soils of the Hill Country. The training featured utilizing many organic and sustainable practices. Agents and mentor landscape professionals will train others. Three agents and 56 landscape mentors.

Organic Farming and Gardening
Objective:

Provide a wide variety of subject break-out topics for agents and mentor farmers.

Description:

Train agents and mentor farmers and gardeners regarding sustainable organic production. The training featured utilizing a variety of organic and sustainable practices.

Outcomes and impacts:

Train agents and mentor farmers and gardeners regarding sustainable organic production. The training featured utilizing a variety of organic and sustainable practices. Sixteen agents will provide programs for their clientele from what they learned.

Sustainable Urban Forestry training
Objective:

Provide training in sustainable urban forestry

Description:

Participants learned sustainable practices in landscaping, tree planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical tree spacing, practical tree selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance.

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents and participants learned sustainable practices in landscaping, tree planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical tree spacing, practical tree selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance they can teach others or use themselves.

Grape pruning workshop
Objective:

Provide sustainable grape production training

Description:

Participants learned sustainable practices in grape production, use of pruning for planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical area, practical selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participating agents, producers and mentor producers learned sustainable practices in grape production, use of pruning for planning and design, soil analysis and improvement, practical area, practical selection, appropriate efficient irrigation, use of mulch, and proper maintenance. Participants can use the information themselves or train others. Five agents, 84 urban mentor forestry professionals and 67 others attended.

Aquatics workshop
Objective:

Provide training on profitable aquaponics production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management.

Description:

Those attending received information on profitable aquaponics production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents and mentor producers attending received information on profitable aquaponics production management. Details provide for comprehensive sustainable aquaponics production management can use the information received themselves or teach others. 

TWON Training – Blanco and Kendall Counties, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Three agents, 21 mentor farmers and 22 others attended.

TWON Training - Gatesville and Saledo, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Three agents, 21 ranchers and 22 others attended.

TWON Training - Lee County, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

2 agents , 20 ranchers and 26 others attended.

TWON Training - Hays and Travis Counties, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Three Agents and 46 others attended.

TWON Training - Jim Hogg County, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Two agents and 46 others attended

TWON Training - Cameron, Hildalgo, Willacy Counties
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Four agents and 46 others attended.

TWON Training - Atascosa, Dimmit, and Frio Counties, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Four agents and 42 others attended.

TWON Training - Culbertson County, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent and 10 mentor ranchers attended

Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) training
Objective:

Provide basic train-the-trainer RWH installation programming

Description:

Madisonville, Texas. Provided train-the-trainer programming in RWH, including critical information regarding water conservation for mentor ranch owners, gardeners, and farmers. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Madisonville, Texas. Provided train-the-trainer programming on RWH, including critical information regarding water conservation mentor ranch owners, gardeners, and farmers.  They can use the information themselves as well as share what they learned with others.

RWH training - Ward County, Texas
Objective:

Provide train-the-trainer programming in RWH, critical information in water conservation mentor ranch owners, gardeners, and farmers. They can use the information themselves as well as share what they learned with others.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided train-the-trainer programming in RWH, critical information in water conservation mentor gardeners, farmers and ranchers.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided train-the-trainer programming in RWH, critical information in water conservation mentor gardeners, farmers, and ranchers they could use themselves and provide to others. Two agents, 4 NRCS and 58 others attended.

TWON Agent training - Ft. Bend County, Texas
Objective:

Agent training to provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Description:

Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Thirteen agents attended.

Outcomes and impacts:

The agent training from Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Agents can provide training for their clientele after receiving this training

TWON training - Odessa, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent, 5 mentor ranchers, 3 NRCS and 41 others attended.

Grass-fed Beef Conference
Objective:

Teach participants proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation. The training is held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and includes a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef.

Description:

Participants learned about proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation. The training was held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and included a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants learned about proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation. The training was held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and included a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef. Eight agents, 82 mentor ranchers and 20 others attended.

Production, Marketing, and Sales of Local Foods Training - Prairire View, Texas
Objective:

Attendees were provided trainings on Cottage Foods, Requirements for Organic Certification, and Funding Opportunities through many sources including SARE, Food Safety.

Description:

Attendees were provided trainings on Cottage Foods, Requirements for Organic Certification, and Funding Opportunities through many sources including SARE, Food Safety. Also, attendees were trained on locally-produced eggs.

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents and other attendees were provided trainings on Cottage Foods, Requirements for Organic Certification, and Funding Opportunities through many sources including SARE, Food Safety. They will use the information themselves and will train others. Six agents, 6 mentor farmers and 16 others attended.

Cover Crops training
Objective:

Train the trainers in cover crops utilization

Description:

Agents and mentor farmers were trained on incorporating cover crops into their program so they could train others and use cover crops themselves. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents and mentor farmers were trained on incorporating cover crops into their program so they could train others and use cover crops themselves. Six agents, 2 NRCS, 40 mentor gardeners/farmers and 20 other attended.

TWON training - Angelton, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Three agents, 7 farmers and 30 others attended.

TWON training - Falfurrias, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents, 5 mentor farmers and 30 others attended. 

TWON training - Hebbronville, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents and 26 others attended.

TWON training - San Isidro, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

TWON training - Benavides, Texas
Objective:

Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff  provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train the trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents and 16 others attended. 

TWON training - Crowley, Texas
Objective:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Four agents, 7 mentor farmers and 25 others attended. 

TWON training - Henderson, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents, 8 mentor farmers and 60 others attended. 

TWON training - Angelton, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Four agents, 6 mentor farmers and 42 others attended.

TWON training - Port Lavaca, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Six agents 23 mentor farmer/ranchers and 70 others attended.

Vegetable Gardening training
Objective:

Agents and participants attend a variety of break-out sessions on sustainable vegetable production.

Description:

Agents and participants attend a variety of break-out session on sustainable vegetable production. Information will be used by participants or to train others.

Outcomes and impacts:

Agents and participants attend a variety of break out session on sustainable vegetable production. Information can be used by participants or to train others. One agent, 21 mentor farmer/gardeners and 190 others attended.

TWON training - Tyler, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents, 11 mentor farmer/gardeners and 76 others attended.

TWON training - Goldthwaite, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents and 74 others attended.

TWON training - Llano, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

TWON training - Lampasas, Texas
Objective:

Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents, 31 mentor ranchers and 71 others attended.

TWON training - College Station, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON and Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD) delivering critical information for  groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. 1 agent and 21 groundwater conservation personnel attended

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent, 3 mentor farmers and 18 others attended.

TWON training - Glen Rose, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent, 3 mentor gardeners and 14 others attended. 

TWON training - Granbury, Texas
Objective:

Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

TWON training - Weatherford, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Diane Boellstorff provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Three agents, 31 mentor farmer/gardeners and 55 others attended.

TWON training - Montague, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent and 51 others attended.

TWON training - Brenham, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Two agents, 29 mentor farmer/gardeners and 61 others attended.

TWON training - Milano, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainerr programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. One agent, 20 mentor ranchers/farmers and 43 others attended.

TWON training - Fredericksburg, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. 6 agents 40 farmer/gardeners 140 others attended.

TWON training - Wimberley, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. 5 agents, 20 mentor farmer/rancher/gardeners and 28 others attended.

SARE grant oppertunities - Rosenburg
Objective:

Share grant opportunities with minority mentor farmers

Description:

Share grant opportunities with minority mentor farmers and ranchers.

Outcomes and impacts:

Shared grant opportunities with minority mentor farmers and ranchers so they can share with others. 42 mentor farmers present.

TWON training in Liberty, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

John Smith and Drew Gholson provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees.

Outcomes and impacts:

John Smith and Drew Gholson provided well water screening and train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available to attendees. Thirty-one mentor gardeners were present.

TWON training - Liberty, Texas
Objective:

Provided well water screening train-the-trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses. Provide well water screening and train-the-trainer programs.

Description:

 John Smith and Drew Gholson provided well water screening and train the trainer programming through TWON delivering critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses.  The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available.

Outcomes and impacts:

 John Smith, Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson and Ryan Gerlich provided well water screening and train the trainer programming through TWON providing critical information for private well owners, watershed coordinators, groundwater conservation district personnel, and county Extension agents regarding the suitability of local well water for sustainable agricultural irrigation purposes, as well as for domestic uses.  The TWON Handbook: Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply was made available.

Grass-fed Beef training
Objective:

Participants learned about proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation. The training was held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and included a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef.

Description:

Participants learned about proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation.  The training was held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and included a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef.

Outcomes and impacts:

 Participants learned about proper stockpiling of forages to safeguard continued forage availability for finishing cattle, as well as science-based information on carcass preparation.  The training was held in the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meats Center and included a demonstration emphasizing the proportion of total meat product derived from end rather than middle meats in the fabrication of a side of beef.

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo training
Objective:

Participants learn about production of Wool Sheep, Hair Sheep and Meat Goat production. Topics included: coyote and bobcat management, dealing with feral hogs, ram breeding soundness exams, and physiological selection to disease control and prevention. Speakers included Lesa Eidman, Director of Producer Resources and Sustainability, Superior Farms, Davis, California.

Description:

Participants learned about production of Wool Sheep, Hair Sheep and Meat Goat production. Topics included: coyote and bobcat management, dealing with feral hogs, ram breeding soundness exams, and physiological selection to disease control and prevention.  Speakers included Lesa Eidman, Director of Producer Resources and Sustainability, Superior Farms, Davis, California.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants learned about production of Wool Sheep, Hair Sheep and Meat Goat production. Topics included: coyote and bobcat management, dealing with feral hogs, ram breeding soundness exams, and physiological selection to disease control and prevention.  Speakers included Lesa Eidman, Director of Producer Resources and Sustainability, Superior Farms, Davis, California. Twenty-five agents, 180 mentor ranchers and 100 others attended.

Ag marketing for small producers - Minority Landowner Conf
Objective:

Provide input into alternative marketing oppertunities

Description:

Provide marketing alternative opportunities for producers

Outcomes and impacts:

Provide marketing alternative opportunities for producers. Fifteen agents and 150 mentor farmers attended the 4 sessions.

Sustained by our culture urban gardening series with Houston
Objective:

Sustained by our culture urban gardening 8 program series

Description:

Provide marketing alternative opportunities for producers

Outcomes and impacts:

Provide marketing alternative opportunities for producers. Forty-three attended each of the 8 programs.

HYPE Freedom School Gardening Series - 320 participants
Objective:

Teach sustainable gardening principles at seven schools in Houston

Description:

Teach sustainable gardening principles at 7 schools in Houston. 320 total attendance.

Outcomes and impacts:

Teach sustainable gardening principles at 7 schools in Houston. 320 total attendance.  

Soil Health training for small and minority farmers and ranchers
Objective:

Soil Health training for small and minority farmers and ranchers

Description:

Soil Health training for small and minority farmers and ranchers

Outcomes and impacts:

Soil Health training for small and minority farmers and ranchers learned principles they can teach others. 35 mentor farmers attended.

Ag risk management training for small farmers and ranchers
Objective:

Ag risk management training for small farmers and ranchers

Description:

Ag risk management training for small farmers and ranchers-124 present.

Outcomes and impacts:

Ag risk management training for small farmers and ranchers-124 present.

Educational & Outreach Activities

336 Consultations
765 Curricula, factsheets or educational tools
3 Minigrants
9 On-farm demonstrations
3 Online trainings
5 Published press articles, newsletters
6 Travel Scholarships
33 Webinars / talks / presentations
38 Workshop field days
2 Other

Participation Summary

319 Extension
20 NRCS
16 Researchers
4 Nonprofit
1318 Farmers/ranchers
2593 Others

Learning Outcomes

2702 Participants gained or increased knowledge, skills and/or attitudes about sustainable agriculture topics, practices, strategies, approaches
637 Ag professionals intend to use knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or awareness learned

Project Outcomes

4 Grants received that built upon this project
1 New working collaboration
282 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
505 Farmers reached through participant's programs
Additional Outcomes:

Pre/post test administered indicated a 96 percent increase in knowledge of program participants.  

Recommendations:

Thank you for providing support to make a difference in Sustainable Agriculture in Texas

Face of SARE

Face of SARE:

Texas SARE serves as a leader for training Texas agricultural professionals regarding concepts of sustainable agriculture. Through cooperative efforts with Texas Department of Agriculture, USDA, Texas Organic Farmer and Gardener Association, Houston Food Policy Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and many Texas producers, the program involves a multifaceted effort that provides training opportunities for Extension agents, FSA personnel, NRCS personnel, producers, and other agricultural professionals and also incorporates concepts of sustainable agriculture in existing, state-wide training efforts. These training opportunities include conferences, field meetings and workshops held at various locations in Texas. Another approach of the Texas Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee is to support travel of selected professionals to regional and national conferences on sustainable agriculture, with the intent of participants gaining knowledge and skills that they will share with other agricultural professionals in Texas.

 

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