Range training set for Oct. 4 in Menard

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787, lbrown@ag.tamu.edu

                MENARD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Menard County Soil and Water Conservation District are partnering on a range and pesticide training from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Murchison-Whitehead Complex on U.S. Highway 190 West in Menard.

                “This training will offer an excellent opportunity to get abreast of the latest in herbicide brush control while earning Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units,” said Lisa Brown, AgriLife Extension agent in Menard County.

                Registration is $15 per person or $20 per couple. RSVP by Oct. 2 to 325-396-4708 or 325-396-4787. Lunch will be catered by Lazy Ladle of Menard and sponsored by Central Texas Farm Credit.     

                Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – three integrated pest management, one drift minimization and one laws and regulations – will be offered.

                Speakers and topics will include:

                – Historical Impact of Brush Control on Menard County Agriculture, John Kniffen, Menard County producer and historian.

                -Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Cory Pence, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector, San Angelo.

                -How to Rotate Grazing to Enhance the Growth of Both Cool- and Warm-Season Native Grasses Following Deferment, Grant Teplicek, Natural Resources Conservation Service grazing land specialist, San Angelo.

                -Chemical Product Update, Dillion DeMuth, Dow Chemical district sales representative, Georgetown.

                -Texas Section Society for Range Management Range Camp and Texas Ranch Brigade, student representatives.

               -Identification and Management of Predation from Forensic Evidence, Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall.

                -How to Control Drift When Applying Pesticide, Gerald Hobson, Bayer Agri Sciences representative, Peaster.

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