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Eight-hour CEU program offered across District 8

THE AG SIDE
JON GERSBACH
Extension Agent

The Texas Pesticide Law requires that a person may not use a restricted- use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides unless licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. All applicators must obtain continuing education units (CEU’s) to renew their license.

Private Applicators License must obtain 15 hours of CEU’s every five years to renew/recertify their license. These hours must be from 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 CEU’s.

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.

There will be Mass CEU Seminar hosted at 10 locations across Texas AgriLife Extension District 8 on Thursday, Dec. 8. This seminar will offer eight (8) CEU’s for the private applicator license and certificate holders. The approved credit hours are: five and one-half (5 1 / 2) hours General, one and one-half (1 1 /2) hours Laws and Regulation, and one (1) IPM hour. Commercial and non-commercial license holders will be able to obtain all of their needed hours for license renewal with the first 5 hours of the program.

Topics and speakers include: Pasture management during and after the drought, Dr. Larry Redmon, State Extension Forage Specialist; Feral hog control update, Dr. James Cathey, State Extension Wildlife Specialist; Controlling lice, ticks and flies in the cow herd, Dr. Sonja Swiger, District 8 Extension Entomologist; Disease control treatments on drought stressed Texas trees, Dr. Dave Appel, Extension Program leader for Plant Pathology and Microbiology; Strategies for weed and brush control on rangeland during the current drought.

Also, Dr. Charles Hart, Extension Program Leader for Ecosystem Science and Management; Farm pond weed control and management during the current drought, Dr. Michael Masser, Extension Program Leader for Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences.

Persons interested in attending one of these programs on Dec. 8 must register before Dec. 5 by calling the location and corresponding County Extension Office listed below. You must preregister to guarantee a spot in the program. The cost of registration is $50, which includes lunch.

Host locations are ESEC Building 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road, Waco, McLennan County Extension Office 254-757-5180; Cleburne, Johnson County, 817-556- 6370; Stephenville, Erath County, 254-965-1460; Gatesville, Coryell County, 254-865-2414; Franklin, Robertson County, 979- 828- 4270; Teague, Freestone County, 903-389-3436; Hamilton, Hamilton County, 254-386-3919; Groesbeck, Limestone County, 254- 729- 5314); Corsicana, Navarro County, 903-654-3075; Georgetown, Williamson County, 512-943-3300.


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