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Texas A&M plans fall CEU conference for Robstown, Oct. 15

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A Fall CEU Conference will be held Oct. 15 in Robstown — photo courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife Communications

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a fall CEU conference Oct. 15 in Robstown.

The conference will be from 8 a.m.-2:40 p.m. CDT at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd. Both in-person and virtual participation options are available.

“The Fall CEU Conference is an excellent opportunity for Coastal Bend producers to receive relevant and timely research-based information on crop production and management,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Nueces County. “Agricultural producers will also have the opportunity to update their continuing education credentials by attending the conference.”

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – three general, one laws and regulations, and one integrated pest management — have been requested for conference participation. CEUs have also been requested for certified crop advisers.

The cost is $25 for online participation and $40 for in-person participation, which includes a catered lunch.

In-person seating is limited, and preregistration is required. Register online or by calling Lisa Martinez at 361-767-5223 at the AgriLife Extension office for Nueces County on or before Oct. 12.

A link for virtual participation will only be provided to those who register, and on-site registration will not be available. Registration must be completed and paid online.

Presentation topics and presenters at the conference will be:

• Review of Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Dr. Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension specialist in agricultural and environmental safety, Bryan-College Station.

•  Weed Management Strategies for Row Crop and Forage Producers, Dr. Joshua McGinty, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Corpus Christi.

•  Integrating Beneficial Insects into Pest Management, Dr. alton Ludwick, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Corpus Christi.

•  Forecasting Long-Range Weather Patterns, Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist KKTV-Channel 11, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bledsoe will provide an update on the current long-range weather outlook, as well as discuss how prediction models are developed and what indicators are available to agricultural producers.

•  Invora: A New Weapon in the War on Brush, Rob Brooks, Bayer range and pasture specialist, Beaumont.

•  Feral Hog Abatement Strategies, Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde.
Presentations will be followed by a review and evaluation of the program along with issuance of CEU certificates.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research contributed this article.

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