brazos valley center for independent living

usda nifa

Agriculture Production Bootcamp

Boot Camp will consist of several farm tours covering the basics of vegetable, cattle, poultry, bee, sheep, & goat production while the classroom portion will cover the topics of Farm & Equipment Safety, Equipment Selection, Value Added Products, Alternative Ag Enterprises, Land Management, Natural Resource Management, and Conservation Planning.

BGBG C12 Applicant Webinar

Webinar for those interested in applying for Cohort 12 of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program.

Battleground to Breaking Ground Applications Close

BattleGround to Breaking Ground (BGBG) is a 3-phase program developed for military veterans, active military, and beginning farmers and ranchers to start production agriculture businesses. The project offers online business planning courses, hands-on training, and online agriculture production courses.

Battleground to Breaking Ground Applications Open

BattleGround to Breaking Ground (BGBG) is a 3-phase program developed for military veterans, active military, and beginning farmers and ranchers to start production agriculture businesses. The project offers online business planning courses, hands-on training, and online agriculture production courses.

Profiting from Pastured Animals 2022 – Nixon

The workshop is designed to particularly benefit:

  • Beginning farmers — or any farmer who feels like they need help with the business, marketing, and regulatory aspects.
  • Existing farmers who are considering diversifying their operations.
  • Conventional livestock farmers who might be considering direct marketing alternatives for their businesses.

The main topics we’ll cover during each two-day event include:

  • Market analysis to determine which products on which to focus.
  • Financial considerations, including how to do a cost-benefit analysis.
  • Marketing techniques for selling direct-to-consumer.
  • Options for how to handle sales and distribution.
  • Regulatory issues related to sales of animal products.

Profiting from Pastured Animals 2022 – Harlingen

The workshop is designed to particularly benefit:

  • Beginning farmers — or any farmer who feels like they need help with the business, marketing, and regulatory aspects.
  • Existing farmers who are considering diversifying their operations.
  • Conventional livestock farmers who might be considering direct marketing alternatives for their businesses.

The main topics we’ll cover during each two-day event include:

  • Market analysis to determine which products on which to focus.
  • Financial considerations, including how to do a cost-benefit analysis.
  • Marketing techniques for selling direct-to-consumer.
  • Options for how to handle sales and distribution.
  • Regulatory issues related to sales of animal products.

Hands on Learning: Summer Cover Cropping Class

The Texas State University Small Producers Initiative (SPI) has partnered with NRCS and Mesquite Field Farm to offer a soil health event utilizing cover crops. During this training session a representative from NRCS, SPI, Mesquite Field Farm, and area farmers specializing in soil health through cover cropping will be present. Topics to be covered will be:

  • basics of cover crops
  • grasses, legumes, brassicas, and broadleafs
  • seed selection
  • tractor and implement safety
  • no-till drill seed application
  • soil health systems
  • NRCS programs

Hands on Learning Series: Cohort 11 Mesquite Field Farm Team Project

This is a Battleground to Breaking Ground Team Project open to all current and past cohorts.

Sheep & Goat 101

Join us for a Sheep & Goat101 workshop in Gatesville (Coryell County), Texas. This workshop is a two-day workshop designed to provide basic information about raising sheep & goats.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Breeds overview (meat, dairy, fiber)
  • Basic Reproduction
  • Flock Health
  • Nutrition: Bucky Jackson – Purina Livestock Production Specialist
  • Selecting and Breeding for Show Lambs: Bucky Jackson
  • Pasture Management
  • Predation

Hands-On Skills will include:

  • Ear Tagging (if needed)
  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming (if needed)
  • Hoof Trimming
  • Safe & Low-Stress Handling
  • Demo Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Fecal Egg Counts

The workshop cost is $50 which includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks for both days.

Please make sure to wear something comfortable (with long pants and closed-toe shoes) as we will be outdoors on a working farm. Recommended to bring bug spray, sunscreen, hat, gloves, and sunglasses (eye protection). Please keep an eye on the weather report and dress accordingly. For those with known allergies to bugs, insects, bees, etc be sure to bring your epi-pen or benadryl.

Spring Cover Cropping 101 workshop

Join us for a Spring Cover Cropping 101 workshop in Gatesville (Coryell County), Texas. This workshop is a two-day workshop designed to provide information about spring cover crops and is open to all.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Soil Testing
  • Basics of Cover Crops
  • Grasses, Legumes, Brassicas, and Broadleafs
  • Seed Selection
  • Tractor and Implement Safety

Hands-On Skills will include:

  • Soil Testing
  • Seed Selection Exercise
  • No-Till Drill Seeding
  • Broadcast Seeding

The workshop cost is $50 which includes breakfast, lunch, and drinks for both days.


Member of the Texas A&M University System

© 2022 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. All rights reserved.

Privacy policies, security statements and more...