Pesticide regulatory compliance workshop set for Nov. 30 in Overton

OVERTON – A greenhouse and nursery regulatory compliance workshop is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Overton.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshop will cover topics related to pesticide application. It will offer five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, including one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general.

The workshop will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053. It will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Attendees are asked to preregister by Nov. 23 online at https://bit.ly/2CFALxR or call AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604.

Speakers and topics include:

– Dr. Shaadi Khademi, UT Health Northeast, Tyler, Occupational Health and Safety.

– Katherine Newton, pesticide inspector, TDA, Training Resources for WPS and Staying Compliant with Laws and Regulations.

– Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station, Start Clean, Stay Clean: Strategies for practical preventative measures against pathogenic problems.

– Dr. Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, Pesticide Disposal.

– Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Overton, Recent Advances in Pest Management.

For more information, contact Emily Kendall at Emily.kendall@ag.tamu.edu or call 903-834-6191.

“Area growers have expressed concern over fines or consequences for not being compliant with current pesticide applicator regulations,” Vafaie said. “This program was developed to rectify the situation and provide a good learning and networking opportunity for our growers.”

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