Women’s land stewardship conference offered Oct. 1-2 in Fredericksburg

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu

FREDERICKSBURG – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a two-day land stewardship conference, “Empowering Women – New Stewardship Traditions,” Oct. 1-2 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg.

The conference, funded in part by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Trust, is an effort to reach women landowners who want to learn more about stewardship of the land, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader and associate head, Texas A&M University soil and crop science department in College Station.

Cost of the two-day conference is $75 and includes the opening breakfast as well as all other meals, break refreshments and tour transportation. Hotel rooms are available at the Inn on Barons Creek for $99 per night with the Bennett-TAMU group code.

Tina Buford, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board member from Harlingen, is the invited keynote speaker. She is also president of Texan by Nature, director of the Sand County Foundation and an advisory board member for the Texas Agricultural Land Trust. She previously served as president of both the Texas Wildlife Association and Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. She and her family own the H. Yturria Land and Cattle Company.

Also this year, in addition to the traditional wildlife and land management speakers, Redmon said they will be offering a look at environmental stewardship on a smaller scale with a lawn management presentation by AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist Becky Grubbs from College Station.

Other topics and speakers on this year’s agenda include:

– Small Ruminants in the Hill Country, Lisa Brown, AgriLife Extension agent, Menard.

– Beekeeping, Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Bexar County.

– Horses and Your Property, Jennifer Zoller, AgriLife Extension horse specialist, College Station.

– Birding in the Texas Hill Country, Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agent, Val Verde.

– What Women Need to Know About Finances? Jae Thompson, Capital Farm Credit, Uvalde.

– Agriculture Laws Every Landowner Needs to Know, Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo.

– The Old, The New and The Wild, Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Corpus Christi.

The second day will include tours that concentrate on plant identification, tracking and identifying wildlife scat, skeet shoot and Bow Pros archery shooting demonstration. The tour will continue to Bridget’s Basket in Hunt for lunch and a tour.

For more information, go to the website, https://agrilife.org/bennetttrust/ ,or contact Redmon at l-redmon@tamu.edu, or Matt Brown, matthew.brown@tamu.edu, or an AgriLife Extension agent in the region.