Continuing Education Units required to maintain some pesticide licenses

Published on Saturday, 28 September 2013 16:24 - Written by By Chad Gulley Smith County Extension Agent

We are constantly learning new things no matter how old we are. Continuing Education Units or CEU’s are required by some to maintain a license, to stay current on new technologies and practices, or to help reinforce forgotten information. For those with a Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide License, CEU’s are required to maintain those licenses. The number of credits required will depend on which license you hold.

There is an annual five hour (CEU) continuing education course set for Nov. 12 at the Rusk County Exposition Center, 3303 FM 13 West, Henderson. Attendees can obtain two credits general, two credits integrated pest management, and one credit laws and regulations from this course. This program is a joint effort between Cherokee, Panola, Rusk and Smith Counties cooperating. The registration fee is $30, which includes lunch and can be paid at the door. Please RSVP to the Rusk County Extension Office 903-657-0376 by Nov. 10.

Topics for the Nov. 12 program include invasive insects and forestry pests, laws and regulations updates, herbicide updates, livestock external parasite control and weed management control in farm ponds. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Ten CEU’s will be given as well in December at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 North Highway 3053, Overton. The first session will take place Dec. 5 and the second session will take place Dec. 10. Participants can sign up for one or both of these workshops to receive CEU credits. A $30 registration fee will be charged to include lunch and can be paid at the door for both sessions. For more information, contact Pam Hickman at 903-834-6191.

Topics for the Dec. 5 program include woody weed and brush control, getting the most out of your sprayer equipment, myths and facts of bermudagrass management, laws and regulations, and aquatic weed control. Two credits general, two credits integrated pest management and one credit laws and regulations will be given.

Topics for the Dec. 10 program include Texas Superstar, urban insect control—bed bugs, ants, and termites, garden and fruit tree insect control, turf fertility and water management, and turf weed management. Two credits general, two credits integrated pest management, and one credit laws and regulations will be given at this program as well. Registration for both of the Overton workshops will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the first presentation to begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ending around 3 p.m.

For any of these courses, please bring your Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license number with you to enter on the recertification roster. No other personal numbers will be accepted such as driver’s license or other personal data. If you need to contact the Texas Department of Agriculture licensing division for your number, call them at 1-800-TELLTDA or 1-800-835-5832. The Texas Department of Agriculture is the regulatory agency in Texas on pesticides and licensing for private, commercial, and non-commercial applicators.

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