Multi-county Central Texas online farm and ranch seminar offered Dec. 13

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

WACO – A multi-county Central Texas program for farmers and ranchers conducted online by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is scheduled Dec. 13.

The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 12 AgriLife Extension county offices using online delivery, said Zach Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for Johnson County.

“This program will be presented through the Internet with live interactive streaming video to 12 locations across Central Texas,” he said. “With the continued integration of technology into farming and ranching, we hope to showcase various uses available to producers such as using aerial mapping to develop brush control and herbicide use plans.”

The seminars will be broadcast in the following counties:  Bell County (Temple); Comanche and Eastland (DeLeon); Ellis (Waxahachie); Erath, Hood and Somervell (Stephenville) Hamilton and Coryell (Hamilton), Hill (Hillsboro); Johnson and Bosque (Cleburne); Limestone (Groesbeck); McLennan (Waco); Navarro (Corsicana); Robertson, Falls, Leon and Milam (Franklin) and Williamson (Georgetown).

Private applicator license holders must obtain 15 hours of continuing education units every five years to renew/recertify their license, Davis said.

“These hours must be at least two hours of laws and regulations, two hours of integrated pest management, and any mix of these and general hours to equal the required 15 hours of continuing education units,” he said.

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, according to Davis.

The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight continuing education units: five hours general, one hour in drift minimization, one hour in integrated pest management, one hour in laws and regulations. Topics and speakers include:

  • Livestock Management and Impacts on Water Quality, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station.
  • New Technologies and Herbicides in Brush Control, Will Hatler, AgriLIfe Extension Service rangeland specialist.
  • Managing Fire Ants and Mosquitos, Sonja Swinger, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Stephenville.
  • Aerial Mapping to Develop Brush Control and Herbicide Use Plans, Amy Hays, AgriLife Extension geospatial specialist, College Station.
  • Drift Minimization, Dr. Matt Matocha, AgriLife Extension agricultural and environmental safety specialist, College Station.
  • Cover Crops: Reducing Herbicides and Controlling Weeds, Gerald Smith, AgriLife Extension  forage specialist, Overton.
  • Fertility and Herbicide Management of Bermuda Grass, Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

The cost to attend this program is $50 including refreshments and a noon meal. RSVP by calling 817-556-6370 by Dec. 7 to register or for more information.  Persons interested in attending one of these programs can preregister by contacting their Extension county office.

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