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. 8. 

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, four (4) hours will be in General, two (2) hours in IPM and two (2) hour in Laws and Regulations.  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:

Laws and Regulations with Controlling Feral Hogs presented by Local County Extension Agents. Mosquito Awareness and Insect Management in the City, Dr. Sonja Swiger, Asst. Professor & Extension Entomologist. Weed Control for Better Pastures, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Associate  Professor & Extension Specialist Prescribed Burning, Dr. Morgan Russell, Assistant Professor & Extension Range Specialist.   Laws and Regulations with TDA, Dr. Mark Matocha, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist. Aquatic Vegetation Control in Ponds, Dr. Todd Sink, Assistant Professor & Extension Fisheries Specialist. Insect Management in Forages, Dr. Allen Knutson, Professor & Extension Specialist. Brush Control on Rangelands, Dr. Megan Clayton, Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist.  Program registration cost is $50, which includes lunch, breaks and handout materials.  Registration will begin at 7AM with presentations starting at 7:30AM and running till 4:00PM. Please pre-register by contacting Erath Extension Office at (254)965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

Dairy Genomics Workshop

On Monday December 5th researchers will conduct a “Dairy Genomics Workshop” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1229 North US Highway 81, Stephenville, TX. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will start with an “Introduction to genomics of fertility”

J. Dalton and D. Moore, University of Idaho and Washington State University

“Genomics research to help improve fertility”

J. Dalton and D. Moore, University of Idaho and Washington State University

P. Pinedo, R. Chebel, and J. Santos, Colorado State University and University of Florida

“Real case studies using genomic testing in dairy cattle”

Zoetis and Neogen

“Genomic testing: Where is the greatest economic value?”

A. DeVries, University of Florida

 Lunch will be provided for those in attendance compliments of Zoetis and Neogen. To reserve your space for the December 5th Workshop contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Erath Co. office, 254-965-1460 or L-Jenschke@tamu.edu by noon on Friday, Dec. 2.

Lonnie Jenscke is an Erath County extension agent.