On Monday, Dec. 3, researchers will conduct a “Dairy Genomics Workshop” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1229 North US Highway 81. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will start with “Cow conception rate, heifer conception rate, and daughter pregnancy rate markers in Holstein Cattle” J. Dalton, University of Idaho

• “Genomics, health cyclicity, and fertility in Holstien Cows,” P. Pinedo, Colorado State University

• “Case Studies Using genomic testing in dairy cattle,” Zoetis and Geneseek (Neogen)

• “Where can the greatest value of genomic testing be found?” A. Devries, University of Florida

• “Concluding Remarks,” D. Moore, Washington State University

 To reserve a space, please call 965-1460




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. 13. 

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, one (1) hour will be in General, three (3) hours in IPM, three (3) hours 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 Turfgrass Disease and Management, Dr. Becky Grubbs, Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Worker Protection Standards, Perry Cervantes, Coordinator for Pesticide Certification & Compliance, Texas Department of Agriculture.  Weed Control & Managing Herbicide Resistance, Dr. Scott Nolte, State Weed Specialist, Texas A&M Agrilife.   Spray Equipment setup: save money & reduce drift, Josh McGinty, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Weed Control in Pastures and Hay Meadows, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olsen, Associate Professor & Extension Forage Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.  Managing Insect Pests of Texas Pastures and Hay, Dr. Allen Knutson, Professor & Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Thinking outside the box trap: current & emerging techniques for wild pig control, Dr. Josh Gaskamp, Wildlife & Range Consultant & Technical Manager, Noble Research Institute. Program registration cost is $50, which includes lunch, breaks and handout materials.  Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with presentations from 7:30-4 p.m.

Pre-register by contacting Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.