ABC Child Care Conference Feb 23

The ABC Child Care Conference will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Wharton County Junior College Pioneer Center in Wharton, Texas. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Seven clock hours will be provided. Participants must stay the entire day to receive full credit. No partial credit can be given. The registration deadline is February 1, 2019. The registration fee is $60.00. There will be NO on-site registration.

For more information, please call 281-239-1531 or email ce@wcjc.edu.

5-CEU Pesticide Recertification Programs offered in Wharton and Matagorda Counties

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5-CEU Pesticide Recertification Programs offered in Wharton and Matagorda Counties

 

By Corrie Bowen

County Extension Agent

Wharton County

 

The Wharton and Matagorda County offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is proud to announce an opportunity for pesticide license holders to earn five continued education credits (CEUs) toward their TDA pesticide applicators license.

 

The Matagorda County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will hold their annual 5-CEU program on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds in Bay City, TX.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  Program begins at 9:00 a.m.   2-IPM, 1-General, 1-Laws and Regulations, and 1-Drift Minimization CEUs will be offered.  Topics and presenters include:  Feral Hog Mitigation – Dr. Aaron Sumrall; Minimizing Drift and Avoiding Temperature Inversion – Corrie Bowen; Pesticide Laws and Regulations – Dr. Mark Matocha; Control and Mitigation of the Cactus Moth in Texas – Dr. Barron Rector; Horn and House Fly Control – Dr. Sonja Swiger.  Registration fee is $25/person.  A lunch meal is included.  RSVP by January 24th.  To register and for more information, contact the Matagorda County Extension Office at 979-245-4100.

 

The Wharton County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will hold their annual 5-CEU program on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Wharton County Fairgrounds – Crescent Hall in Crescent, TX.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  Program begins at 9:00 a.m.   1-IPM, 3-Laws and Regulations, and 1-Drift Minimization CEUs have been applied for.  Topics and presenters include:  TDA Pesticide Laws and Regulations – Mr. Greg Baker; Right of Way Weed Control in Texas – Amanda Fowler; Ag Equipment and Chemical Transportation Laws and Regulations – Sgt. Reuben San Miguel; Feral Hog Mitigation – Dr. Aaron Sumrall; Minimizing Drift and Avoiding Temperature Inversion – Corrie Bowen.  Cost is $35.00 payable to the Wharton County Row Crops Committee.  A lunch meal is included.  Please register by February 4, 2019 through the AgriLife Extension Wharton County Office at 979-532-3310, or download a flyer and registration form online at https://wharton.agrilife.org

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Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310

Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference Jan 24

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Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference at Crescent – January 24, 2019

 

By Corrie Bowen

County Extension Agent

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Wharton County

 

 

Feed Grain and Cotton Producers and industry professionals need to mark their calendars for Thursday, January 24, 2019 for the Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference.   This year’s conference will be held in Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds at 6036 FM 961 Road

Wharton, Texas 77488.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with our first speaker beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The conference will conclude after the lunch meal at 12:30 noon.  3 CEUs will be awarded to pesticide license holders with the Texas Department of Agriculture ; and 3.5 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for.  Thanks to ag industry sponsors and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, no registration fee will be charged.

 

The Feed Grain and Cotton conference will address the following topics:  Feed Grain Research Update- Dr. Ron Schnell, Extension  Cropping Systems Specialist; 2019 Texas Auxin Herbicide Training Dicamba and Enlist Technologies – Dr. Josh McGinty, Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist; Bollworm  Update – David Kerns, Texas IPM Coordinator; Cotton Foliar Pathogens & Fungicides

Tom Isakeit, Extension Plant Pathologist; RACE Trial Update/Current Cotton Research – Dale Mott, Extension Program Specialist.  During the lunch hour we’ll hear from Texas Insurance and Financial and Financial Services Inc. about Insurance Products and Programs—Preparing for the next Natural Disaster.

 

What’s unique about this years’ Grain and Cotton Conference  is that the special, annual training that was required  last year for the new dicamba formulations applied on tolerant cotton and soybean crops,  will now be a two-hour training.  In addition to the EPA mandated dicamba applicator training, the Texas Department of Agriculture has added 2,4-D Choline formulations (Enlist Duo® and Enlist One) for use on 2,4-D tolerant crops to be included in the annual mandatory auxin trainings. The two hour 2019 mandated Auxin Training will include the following topics:  1) why do auxin herbicides require additional precautions, 2) label requirements for approved auxin formulations, 3) understanding temperature inversions, 4) spray system hygiene, 5) record keeping, and 6) using dicamba and 2,4-D in a weed management system.  The Auxin training that is provided as part of the Feed Grain and Cotton Conference will fulfill the annual auxin training requirements for Dicamba and 2,4-D Choline products and will include 2 hours of Laws and Regulations CEUs.  The extended dicamba labels for 2019-2020 include changes to ensure the new dicamba technology products continue to be used effectively and to address concerns about off-target movement.  New for 2019-2020, dicamba technology herbicide applications will be limited to certified applicators only.  The Enlist products are State Limited Use pesticides in Texas.  In contrast to the dicamba technology products, the Enlist products can be sold to and used by certified applicators or those working under the supervision of a certified applicator.

 

For more information or for a copy of the conference flyer, go to https://wharton.agrilife.org, or contact Stacey at the Wharton County Extension Office at (979) 532-3310, or stacey.shanks@ag.tamu.edu.  Please call or email Stacey by 12 noon on January 23rd just to let us know that you’ll be attending.

 

The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any Extension activity, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office for assistance 5 days prior to the activity.

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Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310

26th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference Jan 17

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26th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference – January 17, 2019

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

The 26th annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Kicking off with registration at 7:30am,  the program will begin at 8:30 am and should conclude around 3:30 pm.  A catered lunch will be provided.  Five CEUs  will be offered to all TDA pesticide applicators that sign in at the beginning of the meeting and remain through the closing of the program.  No structural credits offered.

The cost of the program is $20.00 per person preregistered by January 11th or $25.00 per person at the door.  To preregister, please contact the Colorado County Extension Office and we will send a form to you.   Program Topics and Speakers Include: Pesticide Laws & Regulations Update – Dr. Don Renchie, Extension Ag and Environmental Safety; Pesticide Resistance in Insects and Insect Identification – Ms. Kate Harrell, IPM Agent; Does a Safety Program Work – James Shepard, Cotton Ginners Trust; and breakout sessions on Bin Cleanout Systems – Michael Bailey, Mole Masters Services Corporation, Aluminum Phosphide Application Procedures – Bill Cohen, Pest Fog Sales and Dick Bigler, Douglas Products and Packaging Company,  Grain Facility Maintenance, Speaker TBA;  and Reducing Food Allergen Risk – Joe Collins, Riviana Foods . For more information or to pre-register, call 979-732-2082.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082 prior to the meeting to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.

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Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310

Annual Western Rice Belt Conference Jan 16

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Annual Western Rice Belt Conference-El Campo, Texas – January 16, 2019

 

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:45 a.m., with the main program to begin at 8:15 a.m.  After a catered lunch, provided by area agribusiness sponsors, the program will conclude around 2:15 p.m.

This joint effort of our Western Rice Belt planning committee, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Rice Producers Association, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will offer growers and others the opportunity to hear presentations from the top Extension and Research scientists from Texas as well as respected individuals from the rice industry.  Topics and speakers will include:  Understanding Herbicide Groups – Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan; Herbicide Resistant Barnyardgrass – Dr. Tom Barber, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service; Rice Disease Management Update – Dr. Shane Zhou; Insect Management  – Dr. Mo Way; Pesticide Laws and Regulations Update, Greg Baker; a review of the 2018 Farm Bill  from Dr. Joe Outlaw;  Rice Market and Trade Outlook – Jamison Cruce, USA Rice; and a report of the October 30, 2018 Rice Sustainability Forum  – Dr. Philip Shackelford.  The Texas Rice Council will also conduct their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2019 Western Rice Belt Conference.  The Texas Rice Council will conduct their producer elections during the lunch hour, following the announcement of the Rice Poster Contest results.

For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Colorado County at 979-732-2082; in Matagorda County at 979-245-4100; or Wharton County at 979-532-3310; or go to https://wharton.agrilife.org and click on Events to view a flyer for the Rice Conference. 3  CEU’s (1 L&R and 2 IPM) for TDA Pesticide Applicators will be awarded at this event.  CCA hours have been applied for and will be offered pending approval.  Pesticide Applicators are reminded to provide their Pesticide Applicator License number at registration.

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Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent – Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310