AgriLife Extension offices in Collin, Denton and Hunt counties are hosting a series of five in-person/online workshops for new landowners across North Texas starting April 23 through Aug. 27 at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney.
Chase Brooke, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Collin County, said the workshops provide opportunities for landowners to engage with experts and learn the basics of property management, including property taxes and available resources, to starting an agricultural business, and best management practices for a sustainable agriculture operation.
“This series really helps new landowners set up their property for success,” he said. “Participants in previous workshops have found the series useful in planning their land-use goals and implementing solid agricultural practices to new operations.”
Dates and topics
Workshop 1 – April 23: Property Taxes and Local Resources
- Property taxes/agriculture valuation.
- Wildlife valuation.
- Useful agencies to know and utilize.
Workshop 2 – May 28: Planning an Ag Business
- Assessing the resources on your land.
- Marketing your product.
- Accounting/business management.
Workshop 3 – June 25: Introduction to Land Management
- Farm equipment and maintenance.
- Pond management.
Workshop 4: July 23: Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
- Pasture management, stocking rates, and biodiversity.
- Crop selection for small acreage.
- Soil health and cover crops.
Workshop 5: Aug. 27: Principles of Livestock Management
- Low-stress livestock handling.
- Nutrition and supplementation.
- Herd/flock health.
Attendees may register to participate in person or online via the Teams conferencing application. Cost is $30 per workshop, and registration is online at https://bit.ly/3x3uq9t. Classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., with lunch provided for in-person participants at 1 p.m.