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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Training Opportunities for TExAS Version 3

As plans for the roll out of TExAS Version 3 continue to move forward, Organizational Development has scheduled a series of online training sessions to provide agents with an overview of the changes. These sessions will predominately be conducted via Lync. However, there is likely to a be a few sessions that are Centra based to provide opportunities for those who do not have access to Lync. Each of the sessions listed below will be limited to 20 participants. The Organizational Development Unit will use an RSVP system to enroll individuals in a session. Below is a schedule of the training opportunities.
  • September 21st – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • September 22nd – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • September 27th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • September 28th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • September 29th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • October 4th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • October 5th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
  • October 6th – 9:30 am & 2:30 pm
Organizational Development has indicated that they will add sessions by providing concurrent sessions or new sessions if needed.   You are encouraged to participate and to RSVP for the session of their choice.

Major Livestock Show Calf Scramble Information

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – January 13 – February 4, 2012
  • Purchase certificate value of $500
  • Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef or dairy heifer
  • Entry process
1. To obtain Calf Scramble entry applications by mail, you as CEA must contact the Stock Show Office prior to October 1 to make your request. Entry applications will be mailed on October 1 to all CEAs and ASTs who have requested the applications.
2. Entry applications will also be available on the Stock Show website fwssr.com on October 1.
3. Entries are sent directly to the show.
4. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis.
5. Each County 4-H Program is limited to a maximum of six entries.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo – February 9-26, 2012
  • Purchase certificate value of $800
  • Certificates used to purchase an animal in these Junior Breeding Departments – Beef, Dairy, Swine, Sheep, or Goat
  •  Must show the animal in the 2013 San Antonio Stock Show
  •  Entry process
1. Entry Application and Release and Indemnification Agreement were e-mailed on August 25, 2011
2. Completed Entry Applications and Release and Indemnification Agreements must be returned to the District Extension Administration as a county group by September 19, 2011
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – February 28 – March 18, 2012
  • Purchase certificate value of $1,500
  •  Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef or dairy heifer or market steer
  • Must show the animal in the 2013 Houston Livestock Show
  • Entry process
1. Online entry applications will be available on the Livestock Show website hlsr.com from October 1 through December 1, 2011.
2. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis.
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo – March 9-24, 2012
  • New format for 2012 – Ultimate Scramble Championship
  • Purchase certificate value of at least $1000 while others could be awarded $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, or $5,000
  • Certificates used to purchase market steer, market lamb, market goat, market barrow, breeding heifer, or breeding goat.
  • Must show the animal in the 2013 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo.
  • Entries begin January 15, 2012 directly to the show.
  • Entry fee is $25.
Monthly Reports Due September 8th, 2011 !!!!
  • September 8, 2011-  All reports for June, July, and August must be entered into the old version of TExAS.  An initial lock of the records will occur at this time. Daily compliance reports will be provided to DEA.
  • September 9 – 14, 2011- The old version of TExAS will be taken offline to convert to TExAS Version 3.  No activity in TExAS will be allowed during this time.
  • September 15, 2011- TExAS Version 3 will be online.  Entry of plans and reports will resume.
The 4th quarter of the 2011 fiscal year ends in August  (June, July, and August).  Agents should ensure that they have met their professional obligations of completion of Commissioners Court reports, Travel, Quarterly Legislative one page email, PCR monthly reports and of course reports on the TEXAS system before September 8th.

District 11 OUTLOOK Calenders
Two 2012 District Calendars on our outlook system are being developed , a 4-H Calendar, and an a Administrative/ Professional Development Calendar.  These calendars will  be ready to be shared with you on your email by our upcoming conference .

If you have any dates that you would like on the calendars for 2012 please send them to Sharon Thompson (4-H0 or Sylvia Falcon (ADM-PD ) calendar.

Some of the dates will certainly overlap and that’s ok. We are also planning to post the 4-H calendar on the web , the other ADM/Prf. Development calendar is only for staff internally. Trainings, district meetings, retreats, annual meetings, selected multi county programs, specialist trainings , Professional Development training series etc….. are items we will need.  These calendars will be shared read-only , updates will only be done by our support staff at the D11 office.  Please send in dates by Thursday September 8th

District 11 Personnel News:
I am currently in the process of identifying a finalist for each of these positions, Bee County ANR, Refugio ANR, Washington 4-H, Calhoun ANR.

Mandi Wallace, has resigned her position as Lavaca County FCS agent as of August 31st. I wish Mandi much success in her new career choice, and thank her for her service to Lavaca County and to our District.

Labor Day Holiday!
If you read this post before the Holiday, have a good safe time, If you are reading this after Monday, hope you had a good restful time off , but if you have not done so, you only have three days to finish up your reports before the lock down! Thanks for all you do to keep our programs strong in our Counties. DM