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Texas EDEN Whooping Cough Resources

Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Source:  Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Whooping cough, which is also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a bacteria. Whooping cough is a very serious disease and can cause permanent disability and even death to infants.

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Dicey odds for continued drought

Date: Friday, May 18th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Today

A “coin toss” is how a Texas drought expert describes the forecast for rainfall across the state this season. But there are some actions farmers and ranchers can take rather than hoping for a stroke of luck.

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Turfgrass Care – Guidebook

Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Extension Specialists in Amarillo

About 2 million acres in the state of Texas are planted to turfgrass. With the increasing water shortages, it is important that homeowners learn to manage this valuable resource and avoid severe restrictions in the future, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialists.

Homeowners can find information in it covering grass types, establishment, lawn care, weed control, insects and diseases.

“Homeowners need to learn to apply only the necessary water, as well as nutrients and pesticides, to their lawn,” said Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist and co-author of the book. “Continued water issues could lead to severe restrictions in available water for lawns in the future.”

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Drought Update: Conservation Still Key

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Source:  Texas Department of Public Safety

Reports from officials at state environmental agencies conclude that a few inches of unexpected rain in individual areas of the state does not mean Texas is out of a drought. The need to minimize water use and extend current reserves while researching ways to increase supply to meet future demand is more important than ever.

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Texas Wildfires & Drought Tax Information

Date: Friday, February 10th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Today

Extreme weather conditions in 2011 caused havoc for Texas agricultural producers with property damage and forced early livestock liquidations, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo.

Such unplanned events often create more revenue than usual in a given year, generating income tax issues, said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo and co-author of a newly released publication.

The publication, “Texas Panhandle Producers Face Tax Implications from Drought-Related Losses,” will help producers walk through several scenarios as they sort through the many decisions they will face at tax time, Jones said.

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A copy of the publication, along with other drought resources, can be found at:

http://agecoext.tamu.edu/drought


Feb 17 – Tax workshop aims to help landowners recoup drought and wildfire losses

Date: Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source:  Texas Forest Service

New timber tax laws could allow landowners to recoup some of the losses they sustained from the relentless drought and devastating wildfire season that plagued Texas during the last year.

The workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center, 601 Dennis St., Diboll, Texas. Registration is $70 and includes lunch and a workbook.

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For more information or to register, go to http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/timbertaxworkshop. Or, contact Staff Assistant Monica Jadlowski at 979-458-6630 or mjadlowski@tfs.tamu.edu.

*Note: Landowners who have been affected by drought may also want to attend the Texas Forest Service Drought Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll. For more information or to register for the Drought Symposium, contact Forester & Farm Bill Coordinator Shane Harrington at 936-546-1470 or sharrington@tfs.tamu.edu.


East Texas Spring Landscape & Garden Conference – Feb. 11 in Tyler

Date: Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source:  AgriLife Today

Held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., registration for the program will be $35, payable at the door by cash or check only and will include a hot lunch. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m, with the program concluding at about 3:30 p.m.

A variety of subjects will be discussed including how to help homeowners and gardeners cope with drought conditions and water restrictions, plus some other fun and interesting topics.

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For Wildfire Activity & Reports – “Like” the Texas Forest Service on Facebook

Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Source:  The Texas Forest Service

“Like” the Texas Forest Service page on Facebook to connect to up-to-the-minute reports about wildfires, drought and more.

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Infographic: Wildfire Impact on Texas

Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Source:  Office of the Governor

Infographic displaying statistics from the 2011 Texas Wildfires.

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Wildfire Survivors Should Consider Flood Insurance

Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Source:  FEMA.gov

Flood protection might be the last concern of Texas wildfire survivors these days. Yet Texans — even those who live in areas not rated at high risk of flooding — should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy now.

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