Beekeeping Short Course
August 18 & August 25, 2014
Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building
Waller County CEP Newsletter
A sneak peek inside the July/August edition:
August Houston Food Policy Workgroup Traveling Meeting on Food Hubs and Aggregation
Friday, August 22
11:00am - 2:00pm
Washington County Fairgrounds
1305 East Blue Bell Road
Brenham, TX 77833
Please note that we have had a change in venue for our August Quarterly Traveling Meeting. We are still meeting in Brenham, but now at the Washington County Fairgrounds in the VIP Room. Our topic is food hubs and how we can work together to provide more aggregation of local produce to support farmers and access to healthy produce. The event will be followed by a tour of Brad Stufflebeam's Home Sweet Farm Market and an optional post-meeting tour and meet-up at the Brazos Valley Brewery.
We have a distinguished and knowledgeable panel for the discussion, featuring:
Rick Carrera, Texas Rural Cooperative Center, UT-Pan American
Tony Grasso, Moontower Coop
Robert Maggiani, NCAT, Texas
Dr. John Park, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Brad Stufflebeam, Home Sweet Farm and Market
11:00am Sign In, Networking, and Seating
11:30am Welcome and Overview of Houston Food Policy Workgroup
What’s for Lunch? – Overview of what is served by the Funky Art Cafe
12:00pm Panel Discussion and Meeting
2:00pm Adjourn meeting
2:30pm TOUR: Home Sweet Farm Market
3:30pm Optional TOUR and after-event: Brazos Valley Brewery
Registration is required: $20 covers the cost of the lunch and administrative costs.
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“Texas Drought Likely to Continue”, by Jeff Lindner, Harris County Flood Control.
After a brief relaxing of drought conditions toward the end of 2013, conditions have rapidly deteriorated again in early 2014 with nearly all of SE TX now in some form of drought.
In fact January 2014 was the 5th driest January on record for the state of state with an average precipitation of only .39 of an inch statewide making January 2014 the driest January since 1971! Rainfall has been sorely lacking across much of the state since early December 2013. The last significant rainfall to occur in SE TX happened the weekend before Thanksgiving and since then rainfall deficits have increased into the 4-8 inch range since January 1st across SE TX. This is on top of the rainfall deficits of 10-15 inches in 2013. Colder than normal temperatures have made the increasing dryness less noticeable along with the frequent bouts of cloudy and drizzly weather…however meaningful rainfall has been scarce in what is traditionally our wetter period of the year and when statewide water supplies tend to build for the coming warm season month drawdowns.
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