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. 12. 

The Erath, Hood and Hamilton County location will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, 1229 N US 281, Stephenville, TX 76401. 

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 Dec. 12 seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to seven CEUs. 
Of these seven hours, two hour will be in General, two hours in IPM, two 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, Mark Matocha, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Ag and environmental Safety Specialist.  • Ticks of Texas and the Disease They Carry, an IPM Approach, Sonja Swiger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Extension Entomologist. • Laws and Regulation Updates and Complaint Process, Perry Cervantes, Texas Department of Agriculture, Coordinator for Pesticide Certification & Compliance.   • TDA General Laws and Regulations Compliance, Elizabeth Prokop, Texas Department of Agriculture, Certification Compliance.  • Pasture Weed and Brush Herbicide Update, Josh McGinty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist.  • Pasture Pest Management, David Kerns, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Entomology Department.   • Pesticides from the Ground UP, Scott Nolte, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Weed Specialist.  Program registration cost is $50, which includes lunch and handout materials. Registration will begin at each of the 13 locations at 7 a.m. with presentations starting at 7:30 a.m. and running till 3 p.m.  Persons interested in attending one of these programs on Dec. 12 can pre-register by contacting the Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.