A multi-county Central Texas program for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2013. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 13 locations across Central Texas. The majority of the program will be online with live video of speakers from across the state. Cost is $50. Bosque County residents may register at our local office by phone or email – (254) 435-2331 and The course will be held at 1212 Glenwood Drive, Cleburne, TX 76033 beginning at 7AM.

Private Applicators License holders must obtain 15 hours of CEUs every five years to maintain their license, including two hours of Laws and Regulations, two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or any mix of these and General hours to equal the required 15 hours of CEUs.

Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to recertify every  year by obtaining five continuing education credits with one credit each from two (2) of the following categories: Laws and Regulations, Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization.

The December 12th seminar in Cleburne will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight (8) CEUs.  Of these eight (8) hours, four (4) hours will be in General, one (1) hour in Drift Minimization, one (1) hour in IPM and two (2) hour in Laws and Regulations.  Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to obtain their required five hours within the first five hours of the program.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Laws and Regulations related to Pesticide Applicators presented by Local County Extension Agents
  • Aquatic Vegetation Control and Management presented by Dr. Todd Sink, Associate Professor & Fisheries Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station
  • The Impacts and Management of Herbicide Drift presented by Jon Gersbach, County Extension Agent – Ag/NR, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Milam County
  • Feral Hogs’ Biology and Control presented by Dan Gaskins, Extension Assistant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Gatesville
  • Managing Herbicide and Pesticide Application to Protect Water Resources presented by Dr. Diane E. Boellstorff, Assistant Professor and Extension Water Resource Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station
  • Managing Invasive Species in Drought Conditions in Bermudagrass and Native Pastures presented by Hugh Aljoe, Consultation Program Manager, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
  • Managing Fire Ants on the Farm by Dr. Sonja Swiger, Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock/Veterinary Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Stephenville, TX
  • Herbicide Protocols for Converting Introduced Pastures to Native Pastures by Dr. Larry Redmon, Professor & State Forage Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station

The program cost of $50 includes lunch. Registration will begin at 7AM with presentations starting at 7:30AM and will run until 4:30PM. Bosque County persons interested in attending the program in Cleburne on December 12 can pre-register by contacting the AgriLife Extension Service at 254-435-2331 or by emailing Karen at

Individuals with disabilities requiring an auxiliary aid or special accommodations in order to participate in this program are asked to contact 254-435-2331 by December 5 to determine how reasonable accommodations may be met.

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

Comments are closed.