The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the East Region AgriLife Conference and Expo on January 13 at Cross Brand Cowboy Church at 11915 FM 2015 Tyler, 75708.

This educational opportunity is aimed at professionals working for city parks departments, athletic fields, golf courses, school districts, pest control services, landscapers, lawn care services and agricultural producers seeking continuing education. Program for Structural Applicators (SPA) begins at 8:00 a.m. and the program for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Private, Commercial and Non-Commercial Applicators begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration for all starts at 07:15. 6 SPCS CEUs will be offered (1 termite, 1 pest, 2 general, 1 lawn and ornamental, 1 weed). 5 TDA CEUs will be offered (2 General, 1 Laws and Regulations, & 2 Integrated Pest Management). Registration is online at for both events. $10 per person if registered online and on-site registration (paid at the door) is $20 per person. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted on site. Lunch will be provided. For online registration, go to The flyer and schedule are posted on the Texas A&M AgriLife-Smith County Facebook page. If you have any questions, please contact the Smith County Extension Office 903-590-2980.

Topics and speakers include:

Termite Identification and Control — Janet Hurley, Senior Extension Program Specialist — IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dallas

Pest Identification and Control Strategies – Bryant McDowell, Extension Program Specialist – Urban IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dallas

Update of pesticide laws and regulations — Dr. Mark Matocha, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- College Station

Pesticide Safety — Dr. Mark Matocha, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- College Station

Diseases in Turf and Bermuda Grass — Dr. Chrissie Segars, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dallas

Water X Weeds: An Approach to Integrated Weed Management –

Dr. Becky Bowling, Assistant Professor and Extension Urban Water Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Dallas

The East Texas Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Conference will be held on the same day, at the same time, on the same property, so be sure and find your way to the appropriate program. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agents from Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Kaufman, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood Counties will be on hand to assist participants.

Greg Grant is the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He is author of Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, Heirloom Gardening in the South, and The Rose Rustlers. You can read his “Greg’s Ramblings” blog at, his “In Greg’s Garden” in every issue of Texas Gardener magazine ( or follow him on Facebook at “Greg Grant Gardens.” More science-based lawn and gardening information from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service can be found at and

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