Feral hog trapping clinic set Tuesday
Extension Agent

There will be a feral hog trapping clinic held from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Milam County Youth Expo Building in Cameron. We will be discussing the importance of some method of feral hog control, as well as trap placement, baiting, setup and design. This program is designed to assist landowners on more effective hog trapping.

There will also be a discussion on the CHAMP Feral Hog Abatement Grant that was received by Milam County. An update on the grant and its implementation will be discussed. The numbers and necessity of control will be presented by Cooper Terrill, Falls County Extension Agent. Trap placement, bait, setup and design, as well as a trap setup demonstration will be conducted by Dan Gaskins and Mark Tyson, Extension Feral Hog Program Assistants.

There is no cost for the program and registration is not required. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697- 7045.

This educational program is sponsored by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Milam County and provides equal opportunities in programs, education and employment, without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aid, services, or special accommodations in order to participate in this event are encouraged to contact the Milam County Extension to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.

PRIVATE APPLICATOR LICENSE—There are two upcoming opportunities to attend the training course to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicators License and take the license exam with Texas Department of Agriculture. Individuals wanting to become a licensed private applicator with the Texas Department of Agriculture will have an opportunity on Friday, Jan. 24 in the meeting room at Producers Cooperative in Bryan (located at 1800 N. Texas Avenue).

Training will consist of lecture, video and worksheets. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the training will start promptly at 8 a.m. and last approximately 3.5 hours. Brad Tullis, Texas Department of Agriculture Inspector, will administer the exam at 1 p.m. A private applicators license allows the purchase and application of restricted-use/state limited-use pesticides in the production of an agricultural commodity.

Pre-registration is recommended and cost is $60 per person. This fee includes a Private Applicator Manual (B-1648) and TDA Laws and Regulations book (B-5056). The training materials can be purchased from the Texas Agri- Life Extension Service in Brazos County located at 2619 Hwy 21 West in Bryan.

For more information contact Cullen D. Tittle with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Brazos County at 979-823-0129. The other opportunity will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the meeting room at Williamson County Extension Office in Georgetown (located at 3151 SE Inner Loop, Suite A, Georgetown, TX 78626- 6343).

Training will consist of lecture, video, and worksheets. Training will start promptly at 8 a.m. and last approximately four hours. A Texas Department of Agriculture Inspector will administer the exam at noon.

Call 512-943-3300 to RSVP for training and testing by noon on the Friday before the event and cost is $50 per person. This fee also includes all required training materials.

For more information contact Fred Hall with Texas A&M Agri- Life Extension Service in Williamson County at 512-943-3300.

BLACKLAND CONFERENCE— The 51st annual Blackland Income Growth (BIG) Conference will be held Feb. 4-5 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. This conference has become a staple educational event for producers across the blacklands of Texas. This year’s conference should be an excellent opportunity for producers to learn about new ways to improve their operations. Registration for Tuesday is $20 and will begin at 8 a.m. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. The event is held in conjunction with the Mid- Tex Farm & Ranch Show.

There are several concurrent commodity sessions to attend. On Tuesday morning, there will be a Beef session, Grain session, Horticulture session, and Rural Land Management session. At lunch there will be a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Doug Steele, Director of Texas A& M Agrilife Extension Service followed by presentation of BIG Scholarships to area high school seniors. In the afternoon, the Cotton session, Horse session, and Wildlife session will be held. Varying amounts of CEUs will be offered at each individual session.

On Wednesday, there will be a Pesticide Applicator Training & Testing and a pesticide recertification program where individuals needing to obtain their TDA license can participate in the required training and take the necessary test to get a license. The recertification program will offer five CEU hours for license holders who need to gather hours required to keep their license up to date.

For additional information on the conference, full agenda and topics and other information is available at the BIG website, blackland-income-growth/conference information/ or by calling the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

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