The next Beef 706 Program will take place May 1-2 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Beef 706 programs are funded by the Beef Checkoff and is available to you!

The program focuses on beef quality and safety issues and how they affect producers. Participants can see the challenges facing the industry. Topics covered include herd genetics, feed yard performance, and carcass characteristics. Participants will also have the opportunity to fabricate a beef carcass with the help of a cutting instructor.

Register to attend at https://texasbeefcheckoff.com/beef-706-sign-up/. For registration questions call 1-800-846-4113 or email Jill Hodgkins at jhodgkins@txbeef.org. For hotel accommodations, call (979) 846-0300, Ramada BCS, 506 Earl Rudder Fwy South, College Station, Texas. Ask for Texas Beef Council/Beef 706 room block for an approximate rate of $90 per night, plus tax. Reserve room by April 15.

The Beef 706 program is paid for by your Beef Checkoff dollars and there is no additional charge for the class or your meals. You are responsible for lodging, if needed.

In other news, our very own Harrison County Cattleman’s Association will meet Tuesday, April 9, for our annual membership drive and Steak Cooking. Larry Hand, Special Agent for Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Assn., will be the main speaker on the agenda. I will be speaking about Armyworms and Armyworm Control methods. One CEU will be available to Private Applicator’s. You must RSVP or bring a sandwich

Thanks to all the visitors and purchasers at the Annual Master Gardener Plant sale. It was a tremendous success. Weather was a little sketchy, but we survived. Once again, I carried home more than I had pots for. Thanks to Mr. Brantley and the Marshall Beekeepers for helping with education on the importance of bees and other pollinators. Remember the Beekeepers meet the second Thursday of every month at Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

If you have ever considered becoming a Master Gardener and could not attend the classes we have some changes coming this fall that will fit your schedule. Please call the office or ask a Harrison County Master Gardener for more details.

Congratulations to Avery and Corbin Hunt for their recent Reserve Champion wins at the Star of Texas Fair in Austin. Brentton Jenkins , another Harrison County 4H member recently won his Speaking Competition at the District Roundup competition held this past weekend at Panola College. He will represent us at the State Roundup in College Station in June. Congratulation also to the members of Harrison County 4H Shooting Teams for winning the intermediate division at the Henderson County Whiz Bang. Team members included:

Trap

  • 3rd place Jake Vail
  • 4th place Tom Visage
  • 5th place Caleb Cutler

Skeet

  • 3rd place Caleb Cutler
  • 5th place Jake Vail
  • Sporting Clays
  • 2nd place Caleb Cutler
  • 4th place Clay Hendrix

Whiz Bang

  • 1st place Caleb Cutler
  • 5th place Jake Vail
  • Reserve High Over All
  • Caleb Cutler

Paper Clover Drive is in Full swing at Tractor Supply. Please go out and support this. It adds to money to our program for our kids every year.