AgriLife Extension to offer continuing education at annual ranch, farm expo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: David Graf, 940-716-8610,

WICHITA FALLS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-agency private pesticide applicator continuing education units program March 5-6 during the annual Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo.

The event will be held in the JS Bridwell Agricultural Center, which is part of the MPEC 1000 5th St. in Wichita Falls. The cost is $25, which entitles participants to attend a single session or both sessions. Lunch will be provided on March 5 only.

Private applicators will be able to receive up to eight Texas Department of Agriculture credits. Five units – four general, one laws and regulations – will be offered on March 5. Three units – one drift management, one laws and regulations, one general – will be offered on March 6.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture also has approved five continuing education units in the area of demonstration and research with four in agricultural plant and one in aquatic.

The March 5 program begins with breakfast from 7-8 a.m. and “Staying on Top in a Changing Industry,” a presentation by Tim Niedecken, executive director of association services for Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Ft. Worth.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and Wichita County Judge Woodrow “Woody” Gossom will open the program at 8:40 a.m. with a welcome. He will be followed by Ron Woolley, AgriLife Extension regional program leader from Stephenville, who will present “Howdy: Focus of AgriLife in Texas.”

The rest of the March 5 program will include:

– Laws and Regulations for Critter Control, Henry Krusekopf, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector, Wichita Falls.

– Brush Management Strategies for Profit, Ken Cearley, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Amarillo.

– Environmentally Safe Chemicals for Pond Management, Bob Lusk, Outdoor Water Solutions, Whitesboro.

– Pest Management for Quail, Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, San Angelo.

– Pasture Weed ID and Brush Management, Gerald Hobson, DuPont range and pasture specialist, Peaster.

On March 6, the program will include Gossom’s welcome again and “Ag Producers and AgriLife” by Miles Dabovich, AgriLife Extension district administrator, Vernon.

The program will include:

– Demonstrations of Technology in Equipment to Minimize Drift, Brian Bales, a Wylie Sprayers sales representative, Oklahoma City, and Rick Rathbun, Capstan Ag Inc. field marketer, Athens.

– Laws and Regulations, Record Keeping, Krusekopf.

– Integrated Pest Management, Technology and Winter Canola to Control Grassy Weeds in Wheat, Great Plains Canola Association.

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