A multi-county Central Texas program for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is scheduled for Dec. 13. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 12 locations across the district.

The majority of the program will be presented through the Internet with live interactive streaming video allowing the extension service to utilize speakers from across the state.

Private applicator license holders must obtain 15 hours of CEUs every five years to renew/re-certify their licenses. These hours must include two hours of laws and regulations, two hours of integrated pest management (IPM) and any mix of these and general hours to equal the required 15 credits.

Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to re-certify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits, with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.

The Dec. 13 seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight CEUs. Of these eight hours, five will be in General, one in Drift Minimization, one in IPM and one 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:

Livestock Management and Impacts on Water Quality, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, College Station. New Technologies and Herbicides in Brush Control, Will Hatler, AgriLIfe Extension Service rangeland specialist. Managing Fire Ants and Mosquitos, Dr. Sonja Swinger, AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Stephenville. Aerial Mapping to Develop Brush Control and Herbicide Use Plans, Amy Hays, AgriLife Extension Service geospatial specialist, College Station. Drift Minimization, Dr. Matt Matocha, AgriLife Extension Service, agricultural and environmental safety specialist, College Station. Cover Crops: Reducing Herbicides and Controlling Weeds, Dr. Gerald Smith, AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton. Fertility and Herbicide Management of Bermuda Grass, Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

Individuals interested in attending one of these programs can pre-register by contacting their county, or one of the following extension offices boadcasting the seminars: Bell County, Temple office; Comanche and Eastland County, DeLeon office; Ellis County, Waxahachie office; Erath, Hood and Somervell counties, Stephenville office; Hamilton and Coryell counties, Hamilton office; Hill County, Hillsboro office; Johnson and Bosque Counties, Cleburne office; Limestone County, Groesbeck office; McLennan County, Waco office; Navarro County, Corsicana office; Robertson, Falls, Leon and Milam counties, Franklin office; and Williamson County, Georgetown office.

The cost of registration is $50, which includes lunch.

For more information, contact Somervell County Extension Agent Shawn Davis at (254) 897-2809.