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December 1, 2012

AgriLife hosting farm, ranch seminar

Corsicana — A multi-county Central Texas program for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled Dec. 13. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be held at the I.O.O.F. Event Center 600 N. 45th Street (corner of 45th and 2nd) in Corsicana. The majority of the program will be presented through the Internet with live interactive streaming video allowing Extension to utilize speakers from across the state.  

Private Applicators License holders must obtain 15 hours of CEU’s every five years to renew/recertify their license. These hours must be from two hours of Laws and Regulations, two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and any mix of these and General hours to equal the required 15 hours of CEU’s. Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to recertify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits’ with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.

The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar held Dec. 13 will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight CEU’s. Of these eight hours, five hours will be in General, one hour in Drift Minimization, one hour in IPM and one hour in Laws and Regulations. Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to obtain their required five hours within the first five hours of the program.

Topics and speakers include:

• Livestock Management and Impacts on Water Quality, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, College Station.

• New Technologies and Herbicides in Brush Control, Will Hatler, AgriLife Extension Service rangeland specialist.

• Managing Fire Ants and Mosquitos, Dr. Sonja Swinger, AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Stephenville.

• Aerial Mapping to Develop Brush Control and Herbicide Use Plans, Amy Hays, AgriLife Extension Service geospatial specialist, College Station.

• Drift Minimization, Dr. Matt Matocha, AgriLife Extension Service, agricultural and environmental safety specialist, College Station.

• Cover Crops: Reducing Herbicides and Controlling Weeds, Dr. Gerald Smith, Professor, AgriLife Research, Overton.

• Fertility and Herbicide Management of Bermuda Grass, Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

Persons interested in attending this program can pre-register by Dec. 10. Cost of the program, which includes all program cost and a catered meal, is $50. Checks may be made payable to Navarro Livestock Committee. More information can be found online at http://navarro.agrilife.org, or contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Navarro County at 903-654-3075 or jllair@ag.tamu.edu. They will need your name, address, phone number and pesticide applicator license number. A detailed agenda will be posted on our web-site soon. If you have additional questions, please contact J. Logan Lair the Navarro County Ag. / NR Agent at 903-654-3075.

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