US (TX): Pesticide applicator trainings set for Dec. 3, Dec. 8 at Overton

Two pesticide applicator-training events are scheduled for Dec. 3 and Dec. 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton.

“Participants can earn five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units by attending the training on either day, or 10 total if they attend both days,” said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist at Overton.

Cost for either training is $30 and includes lunch. The Overton center is located 1 mile north of downtown Overton at 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053.

Registration for both meetings begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and adjournment set for 3 p.m. Dec. 3 topics and speakers include:

– Spray adjuvants and additives, Steve Thurman, president of Blue Norther Investments, Forney.

– Forage insect pest update, Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas.

– Proper disposal of empty containers and old pesticides, Dr. Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension state agricultural and environmental quality safety specialist, College Station.

– Laws and regulations of pesticide use, Matocha.

– Weed control in pastures and hay meadows, Corriher-Olson.

The continuing education units to be given are two laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and two general.

The Dec. 8 training will include the following topics:

– Pesticide use in vegetable production, Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Overton.

– Wild pig control/laws update, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton.

– Turf weed management, Dr. Matt Elmore, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, Dallas.

– What bugs are eating your money? Dr. Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Overton.

Five continuing education units will be offered to Texas Department of Agriculture license holders (one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general).

For more information, contact Pam Hickman at 903-834-6191,

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