Agricultural conferences scheduled for February

Published on Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:18 - Written by By Chad Gulley Extension Agent

The annual East Texas Turfgrass Conference and the Annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference are scheduled. The Turfgrass Conference is Feb. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Research and Extension Center in Overton. The annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held Feb. 25 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center in Nacogdoches.

The Turfgrass Conference, which kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes around 3 p.m., will provide a wealth of information of turfgrass management. A registration fee of $30 per participant will be charged. It includes lunch payable at the door. Applicators with pesticide licenses may receive four hours of continuing education credits (two general, one laws and regulations, and one integrated pest management) for attending from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Turfgrass Conference is open to those who manage turfgrass at school districts, city parks and recreation, lawn. It includes landscape managers, and homeowners.

Topics include turf weed identification and updates on control, efficient irrigation for healthy plants, basic turfgrass species management, pesticide drift demonstration, sprayer calibration with demonstration, and pesticide laws and regulations updates.

The East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference, which kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m., will provide a wealth of information on commercial fruit and vegetable production for the price of $30 per person (includes lunch) payable at the door. Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive continuing education credits as well.

Topics for the annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference include fungicides and insecticides approved for fruits and vegetables, pesticide laws and regulations, organic certification for fruits and vegetables, new peach and nectarine varieties, common pecan problems for East Texas, alternative ways of marketing, variety trial updates, and fruit and vegetable options for landowners.

For complete agendas for these events, please visit the Smith County AgriLife Agriculture Blog on the web at agrilife.org/smithcountyagriculture or simply call 903-590-2980.

Persons with special needs are asked to contact our office at least five working days in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

 

For those needing continuing education credits for their pesticide license, be sure to have your Texas Department of Agriculture license on hand as you register at the door of these events. The Texas Department of Agriculture can be reached by calling 800-TELLTDA (800-835-5832) or access their website athttp://texasagriculture.gov if you need assistance with your license number.

For private applicator license holders, 15 continuing education units (CEU’s) are required in the five year period while your license is current. Commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to obtain five CEU’s annually.

Programs offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are for people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.