Extension Agent: Victoria County CEU Workshop Feb. 8

By Peter J. McGuill
Jan. 22, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.

Effective and prudent use of pesticides, in accordance with federal and state laws, is the goal of each pesticide applicator that is licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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 Texas Department of Agriculture requires licensed commercial, noncommercial and private applicators to complete continuing education courses to maintain the use of these licenses.

The Victoria County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a continuing education workshop with five courses in an effort to provide pesticide training and continuing education for licensed applicators. This event will be held Feb. 8 at the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center.

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 $35 registration fee will be collected at the door; however, pre-registration is required by calling 361-575-4581 or email pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu. Space is limited to the first 50 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.

Texas Department of Agriculture 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 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.

The Texas Department of Agriculture recently mailed renewal notices to licensed applicators who 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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