Thank you to everyone who attended the Rainwater Harvesting program on Friday, May 1. We have already heard from many of you about how valuable Billy Kniffen’s presentation was.

If you did not take the 40-gallon challenge that day, you can do so online at

Anyone can take the 40-gallon challenge. It is a great tool to encourage water conservation in the home.

Thanks also to SWISH, Inc., Rainwater Harvesting Supplies Inc., Bosque River Coalition and Lone Star Ag Credit for sponsoring the program.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Erath County will host a Pasture & Pond Management program on Monday, May 18, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Three CEUs will be offered for those with a current private applicator license.

Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Forage Extension Specialist in Overton, will talk about Bermuda Grass vs. Native Grass and Todd Sink, fisheries specialist from Texas A&M, will give a presentation and answer questions about pond management. Rusty Rose with Farm Services agency will give an FSA Disaster Relief Program Update.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Pre-register by May 15 by contacting the Erath Extension Office at 254-965-1460 or

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly and online at