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Agricultural Continuing Education Courses Offered in Paris

Local AgriLife Extension offices are offering continuing education credits.
Cindy Roller
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Cooper Review

The Northeast Texas Farm and Ranch Pesticide Applicator Clinic will be held Monday, Dec. 14 at the Love Civic Center in Paris, Texas. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Lamar, Delta, Fannin and Red River counties are sponsoring the event. Four continuing education units will be offered in Integrated Pest Management and one CEU will be offered in Laws and Regulations. Cost will be $30 payable at the door. Attendees must RSVP by Dec. 4 in order to help plan for the meal.

Private applicator license training for those needing to obtain a license will also be held. Cost will be $30 at the door and $40 for study guides. This will be a training session. Exams are now given at testing centers in Tyler, Dallas and other locations.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. RSVP by contacting the Delta County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 903-395-4400 ext 230.

Agenda

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Weed & Brush Control Update – Bayer, Jack Leclair, Weed and Brush Control Specialist, Bayer Crop Sciences (Discussion will include pasture weed and brush identification for NE Texas, selection of herbicide products, herbicide labels, selection of application method, application timing, proper mixing and application)

9 a.m. Wheat/Small Grain Update for NE Texas, Dr. Clark Neely, Extension Small Grain Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service College Station, Texas

10 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Wild Pig Damage Abatement – What’s Legal and What’s Not, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service College Station, Texas (Wild pigs cause an estimated $52 million to Texas agriculture each year. Legal damage abatement methods include trapping, snaring, dogging and shooting. However, the use of any product for the expressed use of poisoning wild pigs is strictly illegal. This point is reinforced to remind landowners that no toxicant is labeled for wild pig abatement in Texas or the U.S. although research in this arena is on-going.)

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Aquatic Weed ID and Management, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service College Station, Texas (Aquatic weed problems are the number one issue pond owners face across Texas. A detailed discussion on proper weed identification and control using legal chemical, mechanical and biological control agents is presented. In some cases, an integrated approach to control using more than one of these three categories is necessary to regain use of the aquatic resource.)

1:20 p.m. Fruit Tree Management 101, Steve Upson, Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma

(Many rural landowners, farmers and ranchers enjoy having fruit trees on their property. Disease and insects can be a major problem and frustration in growing fruit in NE Texas. This program will discuss variety selection, planting, annual pruning, spray schedule for control of insects and diseases.)

2:10 p.m. Weed & Brush Control Update – Dow, Ethan Westfall, Weed and Brush Control Specialist Dow AgroSciences (Discussion will include pasture weed and brush identification for NE Texas, selection of herbicide products, herbicide labels, selection of application method, application timing, proper mixing and application.)

2:40 p.m. Evaluation

3 p.m. Adjourn