Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Agriculture & Natural Resources program area in Collin County is focused on providing high-quality education to farmers, ranchers, and the public on all topics in agriculture and natural resource management. This is achieved with a combination of workshops, lectures, online materials, and in-person technical assistance for clientele. Management concerns of particular note include new landowner education, soil and water quality management, biodiversity, and conservation among others.

 

About the Ag Agent: 

Chase T. Brooke is the Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Collin County. He works with local farmers, ranchers, and residents to implement best management practices in conservation, production, and land management. Twice a graduate of Texas A&M University, he received a B.S. in Spatial Science and an M.S. in Ecosystem Science and Management with a certificate in leadership study and development. His specialization is in prescribed fire, brush control, and rangeland management among others. Chase is a native to the DFW area, and has previously worked in forestry, research, and higher education before starting as a County Extension Agent in 2018. He has won awards for his extension work at the state and national level, as well as for his graduate work. Currently, his educational efforts focus on new landowner education, addressing production and resource conservation needs, and in building community partnerships.

 

Please check our events page for the most up-to-date listing of upcoming programs.

Recurring Program Series

Landowner 101

The landowner 101 workshop series aims to provide a broad foundation of knowledge to landowners who are new to owning/managing property, and to producers considering changing operations. We bring in experts to present on a variety of topics such as fencing, pasture management, insurance, property taxes, and much more. To learn more about the program, and when the next classes will begin, please contact chase.brooke@ag.tamu.edu.

2019 Landowner 101 resources

Fall Range and Pasture Workshop

Held in mid-November, this annual workshop provides new information and best management practices (BMPs) for maximizing rangeland and pasture utilization for livestock or hay production. Topics typically include effective herbicide application/product selection, cool season forages, weed control, and other relevant information.

Private Applicator License Trainings

Held three times per year (February, June, & October), these in-person trainings fulfill the class requirement for landowners seeking to attain a Private Pesticide Applicator License through the Texas Department of Agriculture. More information on the process may be found at agrilife.org/aes. Please note that this is for Private Applicator Licenses only – Commercial or Noncommercial licenses do not require this course for their application process.

Previous Workshops (not including recurring workshops)

2020

  • Small Acreage Vegetable Production Workshop
  • Hay 101 Online Workshop
  • Summer Ag Market Update
  • Young Farmer & Rancher Luncheon

2019

  • Pond Management Clinic
  • Brush Control Workshop
  • Auxin Pesticide Training
  • North Texas Ag Networking Night
  • 2019 Farm Bill Program
  • Home Winemaking Class

Other Programs and Presentations

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