Monday, December 15, 2008

Agrilife Extension Pesticide Seminar

Mark your calendar for the Annual Texas Agrilife Extension Pesticide
Applicator Re-Certification Training to be held on January 30, 2009 at
the First United Methodist Church in Centerville, Texas. Registration
will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. Participants will be eligible for five Continuing Education Units
credit toward Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator
license re-certification tentative upon TDA approval (1 CEU laws and
regulations, 1 CEU drift minimization, and 3 CEUs general. Registration
for the day will be $35 and will include a catered lunch, handouts and
break refreshments. Topics and speakers will include; “Mud Farms-The
Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” and “Land Application of Alternative
Fertilizers,” Dr. Sam Feagley, Extension State Soil Environmental
Specialist; “Laws & Regulations, & Recordkeeping,” Dr Don Renchie, Texas
Agrilife Extension Specialist; and an update on the Farm Bill,” Dr.
Jason Johnson. Contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Leon
County Office at 903.536.2531if you need further information. Please
register in the office by January 28, 2008 so that we may plan the meal
and handouts accordingly. You can mail a check or money order, made
payable to: Program Development Fund c/o Leon County Extension Office,
P.O. Box 188 Centerville, Texas 75833. The following are a few facts
from the TDA laws and regulations manual. Licensed private applicators
are required to re-certify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing
education credits including at least two credits in laws and regulations
and two credits in integrated pest management before the last day the
license expires.
Licensed commercial and noncommercial 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, IPM or drift minimization.
And one last reminder. If your license is soon to expire, your renewal
notice will be mailed directly to you. If your mailing address has
changed anytime during the last licensing cycle (five years for private
applicators and one year for commercial or noncommercial applicators),
you need to contact the TDA at 800-TELL-TDA and provide your new mailing
You may also find a copy the change of information form online at or e-mail
Individuals who require an auxiliary aid, service or other
accommodations to participate in Extension sponsored events are
encouraged to contact the Johnson County Extension Office by Dec. 5 to
determine how reasonable accommodations may be made. Extension programs
serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color,
sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service