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The annual multi-county pesticide applicator continuing education units (CEUs) program for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 13 locations across Central Texas, including the Williamson County Extension Office in Georgetown. The majority of the program will be online with live video from speakers across the state.

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 Thursday, December 11 seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight (8) CEUs. Of these eight (8) hours, four (4) hours will be in General, one (1) hour in Drift Minimization, two (2) hour in IPM and one (1) hour in Laws and Regulations. 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: Laws & Regulations; Pest Control Around the Home & Barn – Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor & Extension Urban Entomologist; Calibration & Nozzle Selection to Reduce Spray Drift – Matt Matocha, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist; Forage Pest Management – Dr. Allen Knutson, Professor & Extension Entomologist; Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds – David Stichler, Consultant, DuPont; Nutrient Runoff Management of Ag Enterprises – Dr. Sam Feagley, Professor & State Soil Environmental Specialist; Chemical & Mechanical Weed Management in Forages – Dr. Larry Redmon, Professor & State Extension Specialist; Controlling External Parasites of Livestock – Dr. Rick Machen, Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist.

Program pre-registration cost is $50, which includes lunch. Sign-in will begin at the Williamson County Extension office located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown at 7 a.m. with presentations starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing till 4:30 p.m. The deadline to pre-register is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2013. Anyone not pre-registered will not be guaranteed a meal.

Individuals with disabilities requiring an auxiliary aid or special accommodations in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the Williamson County Extension Office at 512.943.3300 by December 5 to determine how reasonable accommodations may be met.

 

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