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Friday, July 2, 2010

Agent Reports Due July 7th

Your reports are due by July 7th, complete your TExAS reports, county commissioners reports, and travel. You are reminded that your activity and travel reports are designed for your County Judge and county commissioners. Reports should be sent or hand delivered to your County Jjudge and commissioners on a timely schedule each month. Your monthly 4-H newsletter, timely Ag and FCS newsletters are great interpretation pieces please include copies of your informative materials to your local court members.

Please continue to inform me of contacts with your state representatives, state senator, and or county governmental officials. I want to thank those of you that have kept me informed of your legislative contacts. It is important to include your county and state funding partners in your showcase events.

Weekly Crop Reports

I have not had the opportunity to remind ANR agents of their responsibility to complete weekly crop reports. It is an expectation that you complete this short, timely reports every week. These reports must be completed by early Monday morning. These are very short reports that are used to complete state statistical data. In our recent experience with Hurricane Alex the weekly crop reports are used to gage the progress of agricultural production across our region. The situational reports that are completed prior to a hurricane can be used in conjunction with our weekly reports. If we are to have other disasters such as a tornado, and or fire, we wont have the lead time to complete situational reports. The only documentation of crop conditions we may have would be our weekly reports. I am monitoring your weekly crop reports, it is also important that comments are included in the report as we at the district office musts compile a summary for the state office.

Texas Section Society for Range Management Recognition

Texas Section Society for Range Management is seeking award nominations for outstanding County Agents involved with rangeland management. Winners will be recognized at the Texas Section Annual Meeting in October. The nomination form was sent to all D11 Ag and NR agents, The form is quite simple to prepare. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 15th. Completed nominations and any questions can be directed to:

Jason Hohlt
Grass Roots Awards Committee Chair
jason.hohlt@yahoo.com

D11 Agents in the Spotlight

Most of you have been to the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, and have seen the names of agents on the dormitories and plaque in the main building. These are considered Top Ten agents in the state by a nomination process conducted by the 4-H Center staff. We are extremely proud of Sarah Womble for her 4-H program support as she has will be honored as one of the Top Ten Agents. A sign will be placed on one of the dormitories at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood in her honor.

The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents has announced the award Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming for the Nueces County, La Armada Gardening and Nutrition project has been selected as a regional winner! The NAE4HA South Region consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. This was the second of a three level judging process - it is now being forwarded to the National level for judging. The project has already been awarded 1st place in Texas. Great job and congratulations to Rusty Hohlt, Michael Potter, and Gloria Fernandez-Van Zante.

2010 Texas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences state award winners. Communication Award Newsletter 2nd place Kathy Farrow, San Patricio County, 2nd Place Written Press Release, Kathy Farrow, Communication Award-Educational Curriculum Package, 1st place Rusty Hohlt, Nueces County. Educational Publication, 1st place Rusty Hohlt. Congratulation's to Kathy and Rusty, agents should follow their lead in applying for these association awards, We do great work in District 11 , agents take advantage of your association agent recognition award programs.