Extension Education in Wichita County
Making a Difference in 2012
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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been dedicated to educating Texans for nearly a century. In 1915, the agency was established under the federal Smith-Lever Act to deliver university knowledge and agricultural research findings directly to the people. Ever since, AgriLife Extension programs have addressed the emerging issues of the day, serving diverse populations across the state. Through a well-organized network of professional educators and some 100,000 trained volunteers, Extension delivers practical research-based knowledge to Texans in all 254 counties. Our expertise and educational
outreach pertain to the food and fiber industry, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, nutrition and health, and community economic development. Among those served are the hundreds of thousands of young people who benefit annually from Extension’s 4-H and youth development programs. Texans turn to Extension for solutions. Its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but also with resources and services that result in significant returns on investment to boost the Texas economy. The agency custom-designs its programs to each region of the state, relying on residents for input and for help with program delivery. Here are just a few highlights of Extension’s impacts on this county and its people:
Wichita County – Summary of Educational Contact Founded- February 1, 1858 County Seat- Wichita Falls Area- Total 606 sq mi Est. 2012 Population- 130,698
Total Contacts Site Visits Phone Calls Mail/Email Contacts Website Radio & Television Columns News Releases
White 83.4 % Black 10.9% Hispanic 17.2%
2012 Contact Hours Summary Total Education Programs Conducted Total Group Participants Contact Hours 4-H Members 4-H Volunteers 4-H Clubs
260 6,170 18,535 155 176 6
1,323,349 617 822 672 4,330 67 50 107
Producer Programs Start 2012 With An Eye On Weather, Prices And Re-Stocking After The Drought The Cattle Trails Cow and Calf Conference was held on January 4. Given the drought conditions of 2011, the planning committee felt that ranchers should be informed of basic information for coming out of the drought and reinvesting in the cattle business. Each topic on the agenda addressed this basic theme. Approximately 110 participants attended the conference. Obviously, the participants were from Oklahoma and Texas. Based on evaluation results, the average participant managed 2,330 acres of pasture annually and ran a drought reduced 148 head of cows annually. The keynote speaker was Mr. Bryan Rupp, KFDX TV 3 Meteorologist from Wichita Falls, Texas. Mr. Rupp is a young professional that takes an interest in the areaâ€™s agriculture. While the short term and long term forecast was on everyoneâ€™s mind, Mr. Rupp also discussed how this area must adapt to a warming climate. As the day progressed, participants heard speakers from both Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provide details of coming out of the drought, potential changes to the cow herd and reinvesting schemes after the drought. To finalize the program, participants were asked to provide their candid responses to an evaluation. Sixty six evaluations were returned. These results were compiled following the conference. Based on these results, 70 percent expected to, at least minimally, change their production and/or reinvesting plan based on the information they received at the conference. The financial impact of attending the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference was estimated to be $662 per respondent. In addition, the program received the 2012 Superior Achievement Award from Texas AgriLIFE Extension, recognizing its usefulness to area producers.
Bryan Rupp, area TV Meteorologist started the day with a discussion on climate changes for Texoma during the next decade.
Dr. Dave Lalman discusses potential changes to ranchers herds and management changes they can implement to lower risks.
Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Continues to Provide Educational Programs For Producers And More
A new feature was the Horse Quiz Bowl Competition. 4-HTeams from Wichita and Wilbarger counties went head-to-head in this first competition of the season. Based on the same principals of the “academic bowl”, these young women would often “ring in” before the question was completely asked and rarely answered incorrectly. Hat’s off to the Wichita team for winning this year’s competition. Thursday’s speakers included Gerald Hobson on weed control in pastures; Daren Harmel on optimizing fertilizer application for profitability; Stan Bevers with a market outlook and Bryan Rupp with a discussion on climate change.
Buyers saw five breeds go through the sale ring on Wednesday evening totaling nearly $80,000 and setting a new high of $3,100 on a consignment from Yandell Limousin. This year’s edition of the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Show set new records for attendance, vendors and bull auction interest plus added a youth component. Over 130 producers attended each continuing educational program over the two-event that earned then pesticide applicator units from Texas or Oklahoma plus Certified Crop Advisor units.
Horse Quiz Bowl team members listen with buzzers in-hand as the question is read.
During the producers breakfast sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, Helena Chemical and Winfield Solutions, Gene Hall presented the kick-off address discussing how producers need to discuss food production with consumers. Henry Krusekopf then gave the laws and regulation program; Fred Hall presented information on drift management; Gerald Hobson spoke on insect identification and control; and Dr. Todd Baughman spoke on weed management. On Wednesday afternoon Dr. Steve Hammack helped producers understand the value of pedigree information when selecting herd sires. That knowledge was put to the test at the second annual bull sale that evening. This year 33 bulls grossed nearly $80,000. The top seller was a Limousin for $3,100.
Rep. Rick Hardcastle visited with radio personality Joe Tom White during live talk radio on the first morning of the Expo.
Cattle Trails Conference Addressed Producer Questions on Markets and Re-stocking And Introduced the Las Vegas Strip Steak to Rolling Plains Producers Given the continuing and expanding drought conditions, the Cattle Trails planning committee felt that producers should begin planning early for wheat planting and cattle procurement. The drought of the Midwest was creating difficulties for all those involved in the cattle industry. Each topic on the agenda addressed this basic theme. The participants were obviously from Oklahoma and Texas, but some participants traveled from Arkansas as well. Based on evaluation results, the average participant managed 1,858 acres of pasture annually and ran approximately 1,044 head of stocker cattle annually. Dr. Larry Sanders, Professor and Extension Economist, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provided an overview of the southern agricultural economy and the impacts that the drought and policy changes may have on area producers. Dr. Chris Richards, also from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, provided details on his research for management strategies or bull calves. These were followed by two private industry speakers, Paul Coleman, COO and Partner of Frontera Feedyard in Muleshoe, Texas, and Dr. J.P. Pollreisz, veterinarian with Pfizer, Inc., from Amarillo. Coleman spoke of the current challenges faced by those in the feedlot industry due to limited number of calves and the impact that the national drought was having on feed sources. Dr. Pollreisz provided an update on stocker cattle health issues. Lastly, Stan Bevers spoke on the market impacts on the area’s profitability. An added component to this conference was the introduction of the Las Vegas strip steak to Texas during the luncheon. The steak was detailed by Dr. Tony Mata who was part of the team that developed the steak from the chuck. He presented it as a moderately priced steak that can compete with more well-known steaks like the New York Strip. Participants were surveyed following the meal.
Producers had the second opportunity in the country to sample the Las Vegas Strip steak during their luncheon. When producers were asked about the overall acceptability of the steak, 85.4 percent of respondents gave acceptable or extremely acceptable and 100 percent confirmed the steak was at least average. When asked specifically about tenderness, the results were even more amazing with 95.1 percent responding that the steak was at least average for tenderness and 14.5 percent called the steak extremely tender– not bad for a “moderately priced” steak. After seeing the impact of the Flat Iron Steak on carcass value nearly a decade ago, producers were asked what they thought the new steak would add to carcass value. One hundred percent of those responding indicated it would have a positive effect and 35.4 percent indicated they believed it would add $2 to $4 to each carcass. Nearly five percent thought it would add over $10 to the carcass. To finalize the program, participants were asked to provide their candid responses to an evaluation. Sixtyfive evaluations were returned. Based on these results, 48 percent expected to, at least minimally, change their production and/or marketing plan based on the information they received at the conference. The financial impact of attending the 2012 Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Conference was estimated to be $6,408 per respondent. This issue of the Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference continued on the tradition of an award-winning program for producers.
Extension Brings New Events To Texas Oklahoma Fair When the smoke cleared the judges had given KFDX TV3 Weekend Anchor Mechell Dixon the nod for champion showman at the first Texas Oklahoma Fair Media Showmanship Showdown. Eight contestants vied for the title Wednesday on afternoon. Celebrity judges included Texoma County host Mike Campbell; Wichita County Precinct 2 Commissioner Barry Mahler; and long-time TV, newspaper and radio personality good oleâ€™ Joe Brown. The master-of-ceremonies was new AgriLife Extension Administrator Miles Dabovich. Seventy-three dogs and over 30 exhibitors showed up for the first-ever Red River Cattle Dog Trial held during the Fair. In these timed trials, dogs tried to move three head of cattle through four obstacles. The pattern mimics how cattle are worked on ranches and in feed yards. Officials from the sanctioning associations hope it will become an annual event. Bragging rights for the hay contest at the Fair were earned by Eddie Moer from Windthorst. Judge Marty New from Oklahoma Extension reviewed the entries. The reserve champion came from the wheat hay entry by Mike Yandell from Wichita Falls. This was the first hay show at the Texas Oklahoma Fair in over a decade. This was the first year for these event s which helped to promote the livestock and horse events during the week of the Texas Oklahoma Fair. The grand champion at the new hay contest was won by Eddie Moer from Windthorst on a bale of costal berumdagrass with a relative forage quality (RFQ) of 163
Grand Champion honors at the first Media Showmanship Showdown went to Mechell Dixon from KDFX TV 3. Included in the photo are (L-R): Master-of-Ceremonies Miles Dabovich, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service District Extension Administrator; event judge, Commissioner Barry Mahler, Precinct 2 Commissioner; American Quarter Horse, owned by Mandy Smail; Champion Media Showman Mechell Dixon; judge Mike Campbell, Texoma County host; and judge Joe Brown, TV and radio icon.
Master Gardeners Enhance Kell House with Bridal Garden Project The final step was to tie the garden into the existing irrigation system and then mulch the bed, This included a educational program by the licensed irrigator installing the system.
Once the design was decided on for the Bridal Garden in the Master Gardener project at thefoliage Kell House, White flowers, a variety of green and the volunteers with shovels and wheel barrows sprang into earthy red and gray tones from the re-cycled action. and garden pavers give a quite charm that bricks In keeping the nuance of a bridal garden, only will be awithgreat back-ground for wedding photographs. white flowered plants were put into the design and the Master Gardeners stayed true to their belief of recycling, sustainability and water-efficient plants. Each planting was also considered as to how it would look in the “camera’s eye” in hopes of promoting the garden as part of the ambiance of the Kell House in hosting weddings under the pergola. The design was created by MG Arthur Beas Williams and captured the notion of entwined-hearts in bricks and a combination of annuals and perennials. A plant list was created and the initial plantings boasted Crape Myrtles, roses, and petunias among others. Master Gardener Project Leaders Betty McCulley and Rae Paris have partnered with several volunteer groups including the airmen from Sheppard Air Force Base and the Wichita Falls PALS. To date, over 700 man-hours have been donated to the project.
Master Gardener Project Co-Chairman Betty McCully (center) ponders the next move during the first day of the creation of the Bridal Garden at the Kell House with design-originator Arthur Bea Williams, Master Gardener Joann Plaxco and Ann Funston, Heritage Committee, Kell House Board.
Wichita County Master Gardeners Earn State Association Awards
The “camera-view” from the pergola with white roses in the foreground and the entwined-hearts centered against white crape myrtles will mature and change every season.
Local Awards Committee Chairman Jackie Godwin (center right) help Master Gardeners Virginia Krebs (left), Jeff Smith (center left) and Mary Barry display state awards earned during the 2012 Annual Texas Master Gardener Conference in San Antonio. The local association earned second place in the small association mass media division for their weekly feature in the Times Record News; Second place in the individual achievement division for the explementary work done by Mary Barry; and third for the regional educational program. “Living Well With Less Water in Texoma”.
Master Gardener Arthur Bea Williams (center) shows volunteer airmen where to make changes as the project came to life. Williams created the entwined-heart design and the airmen were an eager source of help with the physical labor.
Wichita County Master Gardeners Help Bring Record-Breaking Crowds to Home and Garden Show With Top-Notch Speakers Program Judy Barrett was up after the noon hour and talked about growing herbs and heirloom plants in this part of Texas. Square foot gardening was the topic at 2 p.m. presented by Julie Whitis, a certified square-foot gardening instructor. The final program on Saturday was Purina Mills Educator Jill Harbour. She spoke on raising backyard chickens.
Sharing a booth with Texas Forest Service make promoting FireWise Landscaping easier plus it had it’s perks– everyone could shake Smokey’s hand! Smokey is shown with Texas Forest Service’s Mary Kay and Wichita County Master Gardener Association Vice-President Jason Cooper.
This year’s educational program on Saturday saw over 100 in attendance during each session– a record for recent years and a fitting tribute to the 15th anniversary edition of the show. Dr. Bill Welch kicked-off the day talking about tough perennials that survived last year’s drought. Then KFDX Metergolist Bryan Rupp spoke on why last year happened and how he sees the climate changing in the next 50 years.
Speakers Bill Welch (seated) and Judy Barrett took time to visit with “the folks” at the Home and Garden Show. Over 12,000 attended the regional two-day event according to show officials.
Expanded signage and more floor space gave the tradition “gazebo” a more open and inviting look even with the addition of the Texas Forest Service material. New Extension fact sheets were also included. For this year’s booth, the Master Gardeners partnered with the Texas Forest Service to help promote Firewise Landscaping. In 2010, the local Master Gardeners hosted a Firewise specialist training with over 20 Master Gardeners attending the three-day training. After the training, they created a power point program for citizen training that is segmented to be useful in situations from a 15-minute introduction to a multihour seminar to given urban home-owners training in how to make minor changes that can have a big inpact on protecting their home from wildfire. Since then the specialists have presented the program over a dozen times to hundreds of citizens. In addition to having Firewise material in the booth, Master Gardeners gave away free seeds and answered hundreds of citizen questions.
Texoma Horse Expo Excites Citizens With Jousting Plus Shows and Educational Events For over 25 years the highlight for many Texoma horse enthusiasts is the annual Texoma Horse Expo held each October. The iconic event has featured the Texoma Futurity and classic shows over the years but has seen a make-over during the past several years. And apparently, Texoma horsemen like the changes as the crowds are growing. For the second year, the event has included an educational program, a model horse show and the Parade of Breeds and Breeders Alley. This year’s Friday night program featured top cowboys from local ranches demonstrating their methods for starting a young horse. Three individual cowboys started the evening show with a barely halter-broke horse and worked their magic until they rode each horse at the conclusion of the two-hour program. During the program the emcee walked the crowd through the action in each ring and allowed the crowd to ask questions. On Saturday, congruent with the Futurity Show, the Texoma Model Horse Show gave visitors a chance to see unique model horses exhibited. This show has more than doubled in numbers in just two years and has turned into a full day competition. Over the noon hour break, visitors enjoyed the Parade of Breeds demonstration in the arena. Representatives of seven breeds not usually seen at Texoma horse shows took to the ring with music and pageantry showing off their best attributes. But the real star of this year’s Expo was the jousting and renaissance program held on Saturday evening. This Wichita County Extension Horse Committee fund-raiser brought KnightsEdge jousting troupe to Wichita Falls for the first time. With four knights and five horses plus assistants and all the trappings of jousting, the crowd enjoyed the two-hour performance. On Saturday, the Texoma All Breeds Horse Show Association final point show of the season was held. The largest show in recent years, it saw over 60 horses exhibited in nearly 70 classes. On Sunday evening local barrel racers took to the arena for the finale of the Expo. Chincoteague Pony “Pie” and owner Sarah Fung, wowed the crowd with the intelligence of the breed.
The Black Knight challenged all comers during the Saturday evening jousting show at the Texoma Horse Expo. The Extension Horse Committee fund-raiser brought the KnightsEdge Troupe with Patrick Lambke to Wichita Falls for a first-time ever jousting and renaissance show as an entertainment program that added a new dimension to the slate of equine events.
Pecan Seminar and Show Helps Homeowners and Producers This year's Wichita County Pecan Show featured 19 entries from ten area growers with Dr. Bill Ree, Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service serving as the judge. Each class winner received a blue class ribbon and division champions will receive a plaque. Six samples were tagged by Judge Ree to continue on to the Central Texas Regional Show at Kerrville on December 12, 2012. The show has three divisions: classic and new, commercial and natives. In the classic and new
division, James Whitaker won champion with is Posednick and Judy Maenza had reserve with a variety seedling. In the commercial division, Tom and Mary Golden won champion with a sample of Pawnee pecans and Jake Montz had reserve with a sample of Nacono. In the native division, Mike and Jean Payne had champion and Larry Hardin had reserve. Our youngest exhibitor, Sadie McWhorter received the lightest pecan award.
Local CEU Program For Parks, Schools and County Employees Continues To Save Tax Dollars For the past two years Wichita Extension has held a CEU program in October geared to county, city and school employees who have the responsibility of maintaining parks, athletic fields, home landscapes and bar ditches. Not a wheat or cotton program, this training is focused directly at the needs of vegetative management in turf. The five CEU program included credits on laws and regulation, drift management, integrated pest management and general categories. The political sub-divisions and schools benefit
by not having to send employees out of the county and the employees like having a program built around their needs. In addition, the cost of the program has remained at $25. Again this year the program was a combination of live instructors and webinar programing with the instructor remaining on the Texas A&M campus. In surveying the attendees we found 100 percent completely satisfied with the material and instructors plus they would recommend the program to others.
Sports and Athletic Field Management Program Helped Quell The “Put More Water On It” Mentality Afterlast lastyear’s year’sdrought, drought,weeds weedsand andinsects insects have of came on likepesticides gangbusters turf managers in After fertilizer, and for water; evaluate new have cameAon like gangbusters turf special needs plus turfgrass varieties for use in home lawns, Texoma. seminar that coversfor those turf grass varieties, insects, weeds andgolf best managers in Texoma. A seminar that covers courses and sports fields. management practices was held on Wednesday, April 4 in Wichita Falls. those special needs plus turf grass varieties, There were three continuing education units insects, weeds McAfee, and best Associate management practices Dr. James Professor and Extension Turfgrass presented program. offered with thisSpecialist program for licensedthe Texas was held on Wednesday, April 4 in Wichita Falls. private and commercial pesticide His main emphasis was to develop turf management programs that require fewer inputsapplicators. of fertilizer,Over Dr. James McAfee, Associate Professor and 20 individuals from four counties attended the pesticides and water; evaluate new turfgrass varieties for use in home lawns, golf courses and sports Extension Turfgrass Specialist presented the program. fields. program. His main emphasis was to develop turf management programs that require fewer inputs There were three continuing education units offered with this program for licensed Texas private and of fertilizer, pesticides and water; evaluate new commercial pesticide applicators. Over 20 individuals from four counties attended the program. turfgrass varieties for use in home lawns, golf courses and sports fields.
Extension And United Way Partner To Bring Language Development Program To Wichita Falls The North Texas Child Care Association partnered with United Way to host a language development program for parents of children 0-5 years of age at Washington-Jackson Elementary School and then offered a more in-depth training to child care providers in a cooperative effort with Region 9. Over 100 parents and child care providers received the training on December 14 & 15. Participants enjoyed a light meal before the workshop. In addition, there was free child care available. Attendees learned that children who are consistently exposed to a variety of language uses and forms develop more effective language skills and a larger vocabulary- both are important to their academic and social success. Cathy Cole from Kaplan Early Learning Company was the presenter. In this workshop participants developed an understanding of appropriate language modeling practices to intentionally encourage, expand on and respond to children's speech. Working through both small and large group activities and discussions, parents will learn to develop and enhance their skills and abilities in asking open-ended questions, using self-talk and parallel talk, promoting child-initiated conversations and the use of advance language. This workshopwas hosted in Wichita Falls by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wichita County, the North Texas Area United Way, the North Texas Child Care Association and Region IX Education Service Center.
Extension Child Care Assn. Continues To Train Child Care Providers As an AgriLife Extension project, the North Texas Child Care Association continues to offer over two contact hours of training each month and certifies the hours and continuing educational units for the membership. The elected association officers manage the business and membership plus organize the training and presenters under the AgriLife Extension guidelines. The monthly programs reachs over 40 day care providers each month and the association has seen unprecedented growth during the last six months of 2012.
Curriculum Enrichment: Maranda continues to organize Generation Green, Progressive Agriculture Youth Safety Day and Kids, Kows & More reaching over 2000 Wichita County students. Program partners in 2012 included Sheppard Air Force Base, Lake Arrowhead State Park, Wichita County Master Gardeners, NRCS, River Bend Nature Center, USGS, Wichita-Wilbarger 911, Wichita County Storm Chasers, Texas Farm Bureau, multiple local FFA chapters, Red River Authority, Atmos Energy, Breland Health and Fitness Center, Wichita Falls Fire Department and United Regional Health Care System. Other curriculum enrichment programs include Hatching in the Classroom, Chicks and Ducks, Junior Master Gardener, Take A Stand Against Bullying, Somethingâ€™s Fishy, Wildlife Success Stories and Predators in the Classroom. Wichita County Extension Office partnered with Region 9 Education Service Center and several other county offices to offer a teacher in-service training covering a wide variety of opportunities offered. Seventeen educators attended. All teachers were eager to attend again and offered valuable insight as to what is needed in the classroom.
4-H Club News: 4-H Marketing & Promotion continued through Television, Radio, Newspaper & Social Media. Currently, 7 4-H Clubs are chartered in Wichita County; Explorers 4-H, Valley View 4-H, Actors Creating Together (A.C.T.), Adventures 4-H, Wichita All Around, Burkburnett 4-H and Force Four 4-H (Sheppard Air Force Base). Members and families are kept up to date through Wichita 4-H Notes, a monthly newsletter that includes upcoming events and activities, congratulations, and club announcements. A 4-H tab is also set up on the Wichita County Extension website which includes the 4-H newsletter and calendar and upcoming event information. An annual achievement banquet was held on July 27, 2012. 4-H members were recognized for project work and Star awards were presented.
The Hatching in the Classroom: Duck Edition program is an extension of the yearly Egg to Chick program. The Duck Edition was originally funded by a grant from the Wichita Falls Area Junior League. Eightyeight 2nd grade students discovered the developmental process of ducklings, the types of feathers, breeds of ducks and conducted an experiment to blow hollow eggs. Many ducklings were adopted by local families and others placed in homes with the help of a local feed store.
4-H Food Challenge: The 4-H Food Challenge was introduced as a new contest in 2010 and showed huge potential. In 2012 in Wichita County 4-Hers organized four teams made up of 11 participants. Youth are encouraged to study recipe preparation, food and cooking safety, healthy alternatives and personal dietary requirements. Two teams advanced to the district contest.
Horsemanship Training Helps Youth Focus On Responsibility And Perseverance
Twenty two youth and adults received training from Texas A&M equine professionals at the annual clinic in Wichita Falls in June.
Between monthly programs and the annual Texas A&M Horsemanship Conference, young horse enthusiasts have had many opportunities to hone their skills for a summer of horse shows and competitions. The Texoma All-Breed Horse Show Association youth "Ready, Set, Show" clinic on April 22 at the Whispers of Hope Horse Farm gave young equestri
ans an opportunity to learn how to fit a halter and trim and band manes to improve the appearance of the head and neck. They also learned how to dress and groom themselves for the show ring. TABHSA Youth Coordinator Tracy Hayden enlisted local professionals to help with the program and had horses available to work on. Fourteen youth and ten adults attended the program.
TABHSA Youth Coordinator Tracey Hayden and her horse “Arthur” sport the same smile during a clipping demonstration at the first “Ready, Set Show” clinic on April 22. The team approach to the clinic gave each presenter the chance to focus the class on their particular specialty in grooming the complete horse..
The Wichita County Junior and Senior Horse Quiz Bowl teams swept the District 3 contest in May and will represented D3 at the state contest at Lubbock in June to a second place finish. The Junior team included Mikah and Claire Slater plus Taylor Wilson. The Senior team includes Allison Wilson plus Noel Dillard and Larissa Dillard.
AgriLife Extension Teaches Benefits of Local Foods At the 2012 Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference Extension partners joined the Wichita County Ag Agent Fred Hall in sharing the local activities during the Food Network program. Helping to highlight the Culinary and AgriTourism events of the area, Frank Cordero, Director, Vernon College Culinary School, Becky Morath, Owner, Morath Farms and Hall each discussed activities ranging from Farmers markets, community gardens and farm-tomarket tastings at local restaurants. Each aspect contributes to downtown and commercial district growth while supporting local businesses. Master Gardener Bonnie Jones talks to Wichita Farmers Market visitors about raised-bed gardening during one of the educational programs held monthly at the market.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wichita County Staff Fred M. Hall, Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Agent
Maranda Revell, 4-H and Youth County Extension Agent
Vicki McWhorter, Office Manager
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