A multi-county Farm and Ranch Seminar for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled Dec. 14. 

Private applicators license holders must obtain 15 hours of CEUs every five years to renew/recertify their license; including two hours of Laws and Regulations, two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and any mix of these and general hours to equal the required 15 hours of CEUs.

Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to recertify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.

The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight (8) CEUs. 
Of these eight (8) hours, three (3) hours will be in General, two (2) hours in IPM, two (2) hour in Laws and Regulations, and one (1) hour in Drift.  Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to obtain their required five hours within the first five hours of the program.

Topics and speakers include:

General Laws and Regulations (1 L&R) presented by local AG extension agent Management Guidelines and Control Options for Feral Hogs, Mr. Josh Helcel, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Effective Aquatic Vegetation Control Options, Steven Bardin, Fisheries Biologist – Texas Pro Lake Management Science Behind the Technology, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, State Cotton Specialist, Tx A&M Agrilife.   Integrated Pest management of Common Pests, Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock Entomology Specialist Weed and Brush Identification and Control Options, Dr. Scott Nolte, Weed Specialist New Technologies in Weed and Brush Management, James Jackson, Extension range Specialist Plant Pathology and Disease Management in Trees and Turf grass, Dr. Kevin Ong, Plant Pathologist Registration is $50, which includes lunch and materials.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with presentations starting at 7:30 through 4 p.m.

Pre-register by contacting 965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

Erath County Master Gardener Program

I will be starting a second introductory Master Gardener program in Erath County. The educational training will be Dec. 7 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center located on the corner of Hwy 281 and Lingleville highway.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.