The Farm and Ranch Seminar will be held on December 8th in Waco

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a District 8 Farm and Ranch Workshop Dec. 8 in Waco.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a District 8 Farm and Ranch Workshop Dec. 8 in Waco. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)

The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McLennan Community College’s EMS Building, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road.

Price – 60 dollars. Participants can register by calling the McLennan County AgriLife Extension office at 254-757-5180. Lunch is included.

“This program is unique because it allows our commercial and non-commercial applicators to get all of their hours in one day,” said Shane McLellan, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Waco. “It also allows our private applicators to get many hours in one day.”

Only eight Texas Department of AgricultureTDA, continuing education units are available to private applicator license holders – three general, two integrated pest management, two laws and regulations and one drift management.

Seminar topics, speakers

  • Rangeland Management and Drought Recovery – Larry Redman, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension Program Manager and Deputy Manager, Department of soil science and crop productionBryan-College Station.
  • TDA Laws and Regulations — Don Renci, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
  • Pesticide Drift Management — Ben McKnight, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist, Bryan-College Station.
  • TDA Legal and Regulatory Compliance — Elizabeth Prokop, Pesticide Certification and Compliance Coordinator, TDA, Austin.
  • The IPM Approach to Insect Management — David Kearns, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension State Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
  • Alternative Herbicides for Weed Control in Pasture – Scott Nolte, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension State Weed Specialist, Bryan-College Station.
  • External Parasite Control in Livestock — Sonya Swiger, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist, Stephenville.
  • Insect Identification and Management, Drought Stress/Tree Recovery – David Appel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Department of Plant Pathology and MicrobiologyBryan-College Station.

Possibilities to meet the requirements of the applicator

McLellan said the TDA’s eight continuing education divisions provide opportunities for applicators to renew or recertify their licenses.

Private applicator license holders must complete 15 hours of continuing education every five years to renew/re-certify their license, including two hours of laws and regulations, two hours of integrated pest management, and any combination of these and general hours to meet the required 15 hours. units of further education.

Commercial and nonprofit licensed professionals must recertify each year by earning five continuing education credits with one credit in each of the following two categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management, or drift minimization. Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to receive the required five hours during the first five hours of the program.

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