Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Awards First Place Honors to Cooperative Extension Fort Bend County 4-Hers

March 17, 2011

Alecea Rush, CEP communications specialist, far right, is pictured with the Fort Bend County All American Fresno 4-H Club as they receive the $500 award from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for winning 1st place in the 2011 AG4U Video Challenge.

Excitement resonated among the Fort Bend County All American Fresno 4-H Club as members were proclaimed 1st place winners of the 2011 AG4U Video Challenge and awarded $500 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 8th.  Participants in the contest had to develop a video depicting what being an ambassador for agriculture meant to them and their communities.  The All American Fresno 4-H Club is one of the clubs that operates under the direction of Timothy Sandles, Extension agent – 4-H & Youth with the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program.

The award winning video, titled, “A Community of Anticipation” played on a large monitor at the rodeo during the awards ceremony.  “I am very excited that these 4-H club members collectively worked as a team to produce this video,” said Sandles. “Many of the members reside in areas in Fresno, Texas that don’t have positive outlets for them to display their creativity so producing the video afforded them an opportunity to release their talents.”

“I also appreciate the assistance of Alecea Rush, communications specialist, Prairie View Cooperative Extension Program, who showed the club members how to use and operate a video camera,” Sandles said.

There were numerous youth groups attending the awards ceremony including 4-H and FFA groups.

All of the students had a chance to interact with Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, during a question and answer session.

Staples talked about the youths’ future in agriculture and asked them about potential opportunities that they wanted to pursue. He also asked about their viewpoint on how technology and agriculture interact.

Writer: Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications
Photo Credit: LaRachelle Smith, Web Content Associate

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PVAMU Agricultural Field Day Scheduled May 6 – 7

March 17, 2011

The Prairie View A&M University 2011 Agricultural Field Day will be held May 6-7 on campus. Activities start on May 6th with a pre-Field Day workshop titled Farmscaping from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a High School Career Day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration for Field Day starts at 7:00 a.m. on May 7th in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension building and workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences is hosting the Field Day.

“Our featured pre-Field Day workshop on Farmscaping is something that many farm and ranch producers will find extremely beneficial,” said Billy Lawton, program specialist – Agriculture & Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension Program. “Farmscaping is the deliberate use of plants and landscaping to increase diversity of habitats to encourage and conserve beneficial organisms to help prevent damage to crops by insect pests.”

Dr. Richard McDonald of Symbiont Biological Pest Management in North Carolina will present the Farmscaping workshop aptly named “The Good, the Bad and the Bugly: Getting the Right Mix of Beneficial Insects and Pollinators on your Farm”. McDonald has been nicknamed Dr. McBug and specializes in providing guidance for farmers who want to use biological and organic toxic controls in commercial crop production.

Area middle and high school students will be invited to the High School Career Day where they will learn about the ABC’s of Entering College and given a tour of the PVAMU campus. Lunch is included.

On May 7th several speakers will address topics to help farmers and ranchers enhance and improve their farm operations followed by workshops that cover topics including food security, goat judging basics, diseases of pregnant goats, matching nutritional needs with forage and hay quality in beef cows, internal parasite management in goats, pasture management and general goat management.

Other featured events at the Agricultural Field Day include farm tours and a goat cook-off contest.

Registration for the Field Day events on May 7th is $10 per person, which includes registration materials and lunch. Contestants for the goat cook-off contest will be charged a $5.00 entry fee. There is no charge for the pre-field day Farmscaping workshop and the High School Career Day.

For more information about the Field Day, call 936/261-5072, 936/261-2540, or contact Billy Lawton at 936/261-5117, bclawton@ag.tamu.edu.  Interested persons can also download conference registration forms at pvcep.pvamu.edu.

Written by: Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications