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County Extension Agent—Ag/NR
Continuing Education Units
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.
Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a pest population management system that anticipates and prevents pests from causing damage. IPM is an ecological approach to pest control. IPM uses components such as pest identification, monitoring of the pest, use of natural enemies such as biological controls, pest-resistant plants, cultural and structural changes, and the judicious use of least toxic pesticides to control pests.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers CEU’s for those needing hours towards their Texas Department of Agriculture licenses either commercial, non-commercial or private applicators. An annual 5 CEU Beef and Forage course is set for Friday, November 16, at the Rusk County Exposition Center. The Rusk County Exposition Center is located at 3303 FM 13 West in Henderson, Texas. This annual course is a multi-county effort between Cherokee, Panola, Rusk, and Smith Counties. This course will provide three hours general, one hour laws and regulations, and one hour integrated pest management or IPM.
Topics for this course include updates on new products, laws and regulations updates, drought recovery for our pastures, insect control in forages, and weed management in farm ponds. Registration for this course is due by November 13 by calling (903) 657-0376 for meal planning purposes. A $30 registration fee will be charged for this program to cover the noon meal and program expenses.
An EarthKind® Landscape Workshop will be held December 5-6 here in Tyler. The Earth-Kind® Landscape Workshop is a continuing education program designed for professionals responsible for managing and maintaining urban green space such as residential landscape, parks, commercial properties and golf courses. The course will also benefit municipalities, schools and city water utility personnel, particularly those interested in developing sustainable urban landscape conservation programs.
Six land-grant university personnel from three states draw upon their expertise to address landscape industry issues, problems and opportunities in a well-balanced 2-day program. This course has been approved for 6 TNLA CEUs for Wednesday and 7 CEUs for Thursday. Texas Department of Agriculture CEU’s have been approved for Ag CEU (3.5 general and 5 IPM) and SPCS CEU (1 general safety, 1 general other, 3 general IPM, 1 weed and 2 lawn & ornamental). For more details access the following website: http://easttexasgardening.tamu.edu/programs/programs.html
The Texas A&M AgriLife Overton Research and Extension Center will also be offering CEU’s the month of December 2012. Two annual CEU courses will be offered with five CEU’s on December 11 and five CEU’s on December 13. Those needing CEU’s can attend one or both of the December courses and receive credits toward any Texas Department of Agriculture license as well. A $30 registration fee will be charged for these courses as well to include lunch and other program expenses. Registration for these courses will be at the door the day of the program.
Topics include nuisance wildlife control, laws and regulations, herbicide updates, ornamental plant research updates, West Nile and other insect issues, feral hog status and updates, legume and ryegrass research updates, grasshopper and armyworm control, and external parasites of beef cattle. One hour laws and regulations, one hour IPM, and three hours general will be offered at both of the Overton locations.
Continuing education units or CEU’s are offered on a regular basis to help educate and keep interested parties up to date on new and current information pertaining to a number of related topics. Depending on your license, CEU requirements may vary as to how long you have to obtain these hours and how many you may need in a given time period.
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