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Extension Agent: Victoria County continuing education courses workshop on Jan. 31

By By Peter J. McGuill
Jan. 21, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.


It's time, once again, for pesticide applicators to take a close look at the expiration date on your private applicator's license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

A large number of these licenses will expire and have to be renewed by the end of February. Victoria County and its surrounding counties are home to more than 2,800 licensed pesticide applicators.

In an effort to remain up to date with the ever-changing agricultural pesticide products, application techniques and technologies associated with pesticide use in agriculture, the department requires licensed commercial, noncommercial and private applicators to complete continuing education courses to renew these licenses.

The Victoria County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a five continuing education courses workshop to provide pesticide training and continuing education for licensed applicators. This event happens Jan. 31 at the Master Gardener Pavilion, across from the control tower at the Victoria Regional Airport.

The workshop will offer two continuing education courses in the laws and regulation category, two in integrated pest management and one in the general category.

A $40 course fee will be collected at the door; however, preregistration is required by calling 361-575-4581 or emailing pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the workshop will kick off at 8 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Commercial and noncommercial licensed applicators are required to complete five continuing education courses annually with at least one continuing education course in two of the following categories: integrated pest management, laws and regulations and/or drift minimization.

Private licensed and certified applicators are required to complete 15 continuing education courses every five years. Of these, two must be in the laws and regulations category and two in the integrated pest management or drift minimization categories.

Renewal notices were recently mailed to licensed applicators that have licenses expiring in the next few months. If you have a license that is near expiration and you have not received a renewal notification, contact the Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide division to ensure that it has the correct mailing address information.

For more information on this workshop or for assistance with other agriculturally related topics, call the Victoria County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 361-575-4581.

Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent - ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

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