Two Annual Conferences Scheduled

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Chad Gulley
County Extension Agent—Ag/NR
Smith County

 

Two Annual Conferences Scheduled

 In February, two annual conferences have been scheduled, the Annual East Texas Turfgrass Conference and the Annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference.  The Turfgrass Conference will be held Thursday, February 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Research and Extension Center in Overton.  The Annual Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held Tuesday, February 26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.

The Turfgrass Conference, which kicks off with registration at 8:00 a.m. and concludes around 3:00 p.m., will provide a wealth of information of turfgrass management.   A registration fee of $30 per participant will be charged which includes lunch payable at the door.  Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive 5 hours of continuing education credits (1 hour Integrated Pest Management, 1 hour Laws and Regulations, and 3 hours General) for attending.  Attendees with a Structural Pesticide Applicator license will receive 4 hours of continuing education credits (1 Lawn and Ornamental, 1 Weed, 1 General and 1 IPM).

The Turfgrass Conference is open to those that manage turfgrass at school districts, city parks and recreation, lawn and landscape managers, and homeowners alike.  Topics include soil testing, new efficient irrigation practices, weed control and herbicide updates, IPM and its role in local school districts, choosing turfgrass for use in East Texas, and laws and regulations for applicators.

The East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference, which kicks off with registration at 8:00 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 $30.00 per person (includes lunch) payable at the door.  Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide licenses will receive 2 hours of continuing education credits (2 hours General).

The morning general session features presentations on the topics of Ag exemption 101, high tunnel houses for strawberries and vegetables, managing weeds and the orchard floor, water requirements for fruits and vegetables, and sustainable versus organic production.

Following lunch, afternoon sessions will be held.  The afternoon session include developing a sustainable vegetable garden plan, managing Texas’ most common fruit problems,  honey for home and profit, and the do’s and don’ts of a raised bed garden,.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with a number of commercial vendors during the course of the day.  Sponsors for the Annual East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference include Irrigation-Mart, Inc. and Heritage Land Bank.  The Rose Garden Center is located at 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler.

For complete agendas for these two events, please visit the Smith County AgriLife Agriculture Blog on the web at http://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.

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.

 

 

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