Seven CEUs available Thursday farm, ranch seminar
Jon Gersbach
Extension Agent

The Cowboy Church in Centerville will be the location of a Farm and Ranch Management Seminar to be held on Thursday, Jan. 24. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program slated to begin at 8 a.m. The program will conclude at 3:30 p.m. The address for the Cowboy Church is 1393 Texas 7, in Centerville.

The seminar will offer seven hours in CEUs for the private applicator license and certificate holders. It has also been approved for commercial/ non-commercial license holders to receive all needed hours to renew their license.

The approved hours will include four hours in the General category, one hour in the Laws and Regulations category, one hour in the IPM category and one hour in the Drift Management category.

Topics for the meeting will include: drift management and pesticide laws and regulations update, economics of herbicide use and resulting hay quality, integrated pest management of forage insects, controlling out-of-state weeds brought in by 2011 drought, pond management and aquatic weed control.

The registration fee of fifty dollars will include a catered lunch and all handout materials. Please call 903-536-2531 and let us know if you are planning to attend or if you have any questions.

‘BIG’ CONFERENCE—The 51st annual Blackland Income Growth (BIG) Conference will be held Feb. 5-6 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. This annual conference is held in conjunction with the Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch show and is an excellent opportunity to learn about new developments in several agriculture commodity areas.

The conference will feature concurrent commodity sessions on Beef Production, Grain Production, Horticulture and Rural Land Management in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon. At noon there will be a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. James Kroll, also known as Dr. Deer. The afternoon concurrent sessions will last from 2-4:30 p.m. and feature concurrent sessions on Cotton Production, Forage Production, Horse Production and Wildlife Production.

On Wednesday, there will be a Private Applicator License Training and Testing opportunity for producers who are interested in obtaining their Pesticide Applicator License. Additionally, there will be a five hour pesticide license recertification course which will provide current license holders an opportunity to obtain 5 CEU hours towards recertification of their pesticide license.

Registration for the BIG Conference and luncheon on Tuesday is $20. Pre-registration is not required for the Tuesday conference. On Wednesday, the license training and testing, cost is $60 and the 5 hour CEU recertification is $45. Both Wednesday activities require pre-registration.

To view the topics and speakers, or to obtain more information about the BIG Conference, please visit http:// income-growth/conference information/ or call the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

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