Extension Service plans pesticide license training

McCulloch, Concho and Menard Counties Extension Services will conduct a pesticide license re-certification training on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Heart of Texas Civic Center located on U.S. Hwy. 87 North in Brady. The meeting will contain six continuing educational units (CEUs) for re-certification of pesticide licences. The CEUs will include one hour in pesticide laws and regulations, one hour in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and four hours in general units. The program is sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Ag Committees in three counties. According to McCulloch County Extension agent Jerry Kidd, “This is the fifth year that the three counties have hosted this pesticide re-certification training. The concept of this meeting originated within the three ag committees to assist ag producers and commercial license holders needing extra hours for license renewal at the end of the year. “Participation has grown every year, with standing room only a number of times at this training. Since last year, the ag committees have elected to rotate the site of the meeting an annual basis between the three counties.” Registration will be from 8-8:30 a.m., Thursday, with the program expected to conclude around 3 p.m. Cain Cline, TDA representative from San Angelo, will be discussing various pesticide uses and Dr. Chris Sansone, entomologist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will discuss various integrated pest management approaches of dealing with insects in improved pastures. Foreign animal diseases such as anthrax, mad cow disease, foot and mouth disease and others that could have a major impact on the local economy will be covered by Dr. Bruce Lawhorn, Texas A&M professor and Extension veterinarian of College Station. During lunch, individuals wishing to obtain one hour ofsaws and regulations credit will be presented a poster question and answer session. Dr. Robert Lyons, associate professor & extension range specialist from Uvalde, will cover controlling mesquite, prickly pear and small brush and Dr. Michael Masser, associate professor and extension fisheries specialist, will review pond renovation management of aquatic weeds and fish. Registration is $10 per person, and the noon meal will be provided. RSVP is recommended to help planners with the meal count and seating arrangements. For additional details or to RSVP, call any of the three county Extension offices in McCulloch (915) 597-1295, Menard (915) 396-4787 or Concho (915) 732-4303.

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