2013-08-29 / Community News

Pond and Aquatic Weed Management

Private Applicator Training and Testing

Area landowners with farm ponds and small lakes will want to attend the Pond and Aquatic Weed Management seminar, scheduled for Thursday, September 5, at the Extension office in Giddings. Guest speaker, Dr. Todd Sink, Extension Fisheries Specialist, will discuss topics such as pond ecology and building habitat, water quality issues, stocking strategies, improving existing ponds and lakes, aquatic weed management and troubleshooting problems.

Two CEU hours will be offered for pesticide applicator license holders; one hour IPM and one hour General. Pond owners with aquatic weed problems may bring samples for identification and discussion of control.

Individuals wanting to become a licensed private applicator with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will have an opportunity to attend a training on Thursday, September 19, in the Extension office.

The training consists of lecture, video and worksheets. Registration is $60 per person and includes study materials, refreshments and catered lunch. The study materials may be picked up prior to the class.

Pre-Registration is recommended as class size is limited. Register by calling the Extension Office at 979-542-2753.

A private applicator license allows the purchase and application of restricted-use/state limited-use pesticides in the production of an agricultural commodity.

Check-in begins at 7:30 am and the training will start promptly at 8 am. The training lasts approximately 3.5 hours. A TDA representative will administer the exam. TDA license application fee is not included.

Individuals needing specific assistance in order to participate must contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Lee County 979-542- 2753 at least five days prior to the event so that arrangements can be made.

Keeton Ehrig is the Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, in Lee County. He can be reached at (979)542-2753 or visit the Lee County office at 310 S. Grimes Street in Giddings.

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