MAKING A DIFFERENCE NEWSLETTER - Issue 1, Vol 17 (Jan. 2017) Issue 1, Volume 17 (Jan. 2017) - Page 14

Agriculture/Natural Resources & Horticulture


Livestock Validation


4-H Agents, Marcus Glenn and Ricky Mahaley, and the Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Agent, Christian Malsatzki, conducted the Harris County validation for heifers, steers, swine, goat, and lamb. Livestock validation, organized by the Harris County 4-H Department, allowed youth livestock show participants to get their animals ready for Statewide Fairs and Livestock shows, as well as allowed the 4-H office to collect and file all of the proper paperwork.

Many first time participants and their parents, learned the procedure for animal validation in Harris county, as well as being provided the opportunity to interact with the Agriculture/Natural Resources and 4-H Agents so they could learn the animal validation process, as well as proper handling skills and how to keep from stressing their animals. The Agents were able to speak with many individuals on proper animal care and procedure, as well as health and disease/contamination security best practices.

Local Agricultural Science teachers work I'm conjuctioin with the 4-H staff to collect hair samples, nose prints, ear tags and tattoos, for approximately 44 Heifers, 170 Steer, 71 Swine, 32 Goats, and 35 Lambs.

Pesticide CEU Workshop

ANR Agent Christian Malsatzki and Harris County Extension presented a pesticide re-certification workshop that offered five CEU (Continuing Education Units) credits to 47 commercial and private pesticide applicators towards the renewal of their license through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The workshop covered:

Water & Environmental Issues

Beneficial Insects

Pesticide Laws & Regulations

The ABC’s of IPM

Fire Ants & Tawny Crazy Ants

Participants increased their knowledge of TDA laws and regulations, industry standards, and safety concerns, which in turn leads to increased public and environmental protection through safer and better pesticide application practices. By attending the program, participants future savings for their businesses and properties is estimated at $34,000.

Landscape Irrigation Workshop

A well-maintained irrigation system is vital to a healthy landscape. Weather you maintain residential, commercial or public landscape areas, this workshop will provide you and your technicians with the latest information. The speakers represent the top companies in landscape irrigation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:00-4:00pm

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX 77055

Agriculture/Natural Resources & Horticulture

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)

Parenting and Financial Literacy Classes. October: Wednesdays at 9:00a –Parenting Classes at Mahaney Elementary; Wednesdays at 10:a-Parenting Classes at Heflin Elementary. Thursdays at 9:00a-Financial Literacy Classes at Mahaney Elementary; October13th at 6:30p-Parenting Classes (Teen) at Holub Middle School; October 27th at 1:30p- Parenting Classes (Teen) at Beechnut Academy. November: Mondays at 1:30p – Parenting Classes at Salvation Army; Wednesdays (2nd, 9th, 16th) at 11:00a- Parenting Classes at East Side University; Thursdays at 1:30p-Financial Literacy Classes at Salvation Army. December: Mondays (5th, 12th) at 1:30p-Parenting Classes at Salvation Army; Thursdays (1, 8th, 15th) at 1:30p-Financial Literacy Classes – Salvation Army. Contact FCS-CEP Agent Jennifer Garza, at 713.274.0973 or email

Healthy Holiday Cooking School - Assist with food prep, food demo, presentations and serving. November 4th from 10am-2pm. DAWN Center, 3611 Ennis, Houston TX 77004. Food & Nutrition Project Training - Assist with teaching the following topics to youth (resources will be provided): 1) Healthy Substitutions, 2) Using Kitchen Utensils, 3) Measuring Ingredients, and 4) Reading Recipes.

Better Living for Texans (BLT)

“Eat Smart, Live Strong" - a nutrition education for older adults conducted by Amy Comer, BLT Program Assistant. October 13, 20, 27, & Nov 3 at 10:30-11:30 am. Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Rd Houston 77038. Contact Theresa Tran 281.591.7830. October 7, 14, 21, 28 from1:00-2:00pm. Fonteno Senior Education Center, 6000 Bissonnet St Houston 77074 Contact Cesar Tamayo 713.981.4703. November 21, 28, December 5, 12 from11:00-12:00pm. Trini Mendenhall Community Center,1414 Wirt Rd Houston 77055. Contact Cristina Apresa at 713.956.0881.