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The Galveston County Extension Office extends an invitation to all area
residents to participate in our Extension Open House program of activities
on Friday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dr. Travis D. Miller
from Texas A&M University is the keynote speaker. Master Gardeners
will also provide tours of the Horticulture Demonstration Garden (shown
Photo by Herman Auer.
Gardening: Extension Office To Sponsor Open House On October 29
by Dr. William M. Johnson, Galveston County Extension Agent - Horticulture
The Galveston County Extension Office extends an invitation to all area residents to participate in our upcoming Open House program of activities on Friday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come meet the County Extension Office staff and members of our volunteer support group, including Master Gardeners.
At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Travis D. Miller, Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, will be our keynote speaker. He will provide a presentation on "Genetically Modified Crops–Impacts on Growers & Consumers." Transgenic or genetically modified (GM) plant varieties have been around for several years now. While many people are aware of the use of genetically modified varieties of soybean, corn and cotton, there also GM varieties of canola, potato, squash and papaya.
Numerous GM varieties of several vegetables and fruits are on the horizon. A Round-Up resistance St. Augustine turfgrass will soon be on the market. Dr. Miller’s presentation will address consumer and grower concerns regarding genetically modified plants and discuss the various impacts of this emerging technology.
There will also be tours of the Horticulture Demonstration Garden. The Master Gardener volunteers will also be available at the County Extension Office to discuss gardening problems and questions. Are you interested in starting a garden but need some guidelines on getting started? Are you concerned about an insect pest or disease problem with one or more of your landscape or garden plants? Then visit the Galveston County Extension Office during our Open House to talk with one of the Master Gardeners about your home gardening and landscape problems.
You are also invited to bring samples of insect, disease and other plant pest problems for a free diagnosis. Be sure to include your name and address with each sample. All samples should be enclosed in a plastic or paper bag to avoid drying out.
We're part of Texas Cooperative Extension which forms a Texas-sized partnership between a great educational institution–The Texas A&M University System–and each Texas County Commissioners Court. Texas Cooperative Extension is the educational outreach arm of The Texas A&M University System. The staff of the Galveston County Extension Office and our Extension volunteers welcome you to come look us over. You’re welcome to visit for a few minutes or to take your time.
So be sure to pencil in a notation on your "Things-To-Do List" to get acquainted with our staff and volunteers at the Galveston County Extension Office and to attend our seminars and tour our Horticulture Demonstration Gardens during our Open House activities on October 29.
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