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Extension Agent: Tri-County CEU Day offers lots of information

Nov. 22, 2011 at 5:22 a.m.

By Brian Yanta

Area livestock and forage producers are invited to this year's Tri-County CEU Day on Dec. 1. The seminar begins at Beeville Livestock located just east of Beeville on U.S. Highway 59. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.

Effective Sept. 1, as required by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, all non-titled trailers being registered as homemade or shop made will be required to have an assigned serial number. Identifying serial numbers will aid in the recovery of property in the event that it is stolen. Trailers with a gross weight of over 4,000 pounds will need to be inspected. If you should have any questions regarding trailer registration, you can call your county tax office.

Lt. Ramos, of the Department of Public Safety Commercial Vehicle Enforcement from the Corpus Christi Region, will discuss the new laws related to farm trailers, and a refresher on the laws that are already on the books. For instance, does your farm trailer need lights, or just at night; does it need brakes, and do the brakes have to work; does it need safety chains, and do they have to be crossed; do I need a tarp on the materials I am hauling or just so the load is secured; does it need reflective tape or side lamps; and does my farm trailer even need a license plate? Can I use my farm trailer off the farm; can I drive down the interstate; can I loan out my farm trailer; what about my hay trailer, is the width of load law exempt during the drought? These are just a few of the questions I asked Lt. Ramos and have been asked over the past several weeks since the new law regarding farm vehicle registration went into effect. Lt. Ramos stated "remember compliance to the laws translates into saved lives, decreased injuries and reduction of property loss." Answers to these questions and more will be discussed at this year's program.

Other topics of this year's program will be on "South Texas Rangeland Weed and Brush Management," Dr. Megan Dominguez, Extension Range Specialist; "Laws and Regulations for your Texas Department of Agriculture Private, Non-Commercial and Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Licenses," Ruben Garza, TDA Inspector; "Aerial Feral Hog Control," Josh Fromme, Streakin' F Helicopter; "Incorporating Forage Legumes in your Grazing Systems," Dr. Jamie Foster, AgriLife Forage Agronomist-Beeville Research and Experiment Station.

Five CEUs will be provided at a cost of $50 for all 5 hours or $10 per hour you want to receive. Hours offered will include two in laws and regs, two in integrated pest management, and one in general. This Tri-county event is conducted annually through the planning efforts of the Livestock and Forage Committees. For more information, contact the Extension Offices in Bee County at 361-362-3280, Goliad County at 361-645-8204 or Refugio County at 361-526-2825.

Brian Yanta is the Goliad County Extension agent.



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