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Friday, January 12, 2018

Grain Handlers Conference and Western Rice Belt Conference

Howdy everyone,

  Dr. Bowling recently posted another addition to his Rolling with Bowling covering some good information on entomopathogenic fungi, specifically fungi that kill sugarcane aphids. His article and a some great video footage of the fungus can be found here.
  We have two conferences coming up next week, The Grain Handler's Conference (5 CEUs) and the Western Rice Belt Conference (2 CEUs). Please check out Corrie's news releases on these events and the flyers below. Stay warm this weekend!



25th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference - January 16, 2018
By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

The 25th annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Kicking off with registration at 8:00am,  the program will begin at 8:25 am and should conclude around 3:30 pm.  A catered lunch will be provided.  Five CEUs (2 IPM; 1 L&R; 2 General)  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 12th 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: TDA Pesticide Laws & Regulations Update, Live Insect ID for Stored Grain, Importance of Bin Sanitation & Cleaning Techniques, Safety & Handling of Pesticides, an OSHA Update. 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.

Western Rice Belt Conference and Texas Rice Council Annual Meeting - January 17, 2018

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:45 a.m., with the main program to begin at 8:10 a.m.  After a catered lunch, provided by area agribusiness sponsors, the program will conclude at 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:  Association updates from U.S. Rice Producers and USA Rice; Rice Boards in Texas; The Outlook for Rice in 2018”, Dennis Delaughter; Rice Disease Management Update, Dr. Shane Zhou; Weed Management Update, Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan; Insect Management in Rice, Dr. Mo Way; Pesticide Laws and Regs Update, Greg Baker; and a 2018 Farm Bill Update from Dr. Joe Outlaw.  The Texas Rice Council will also conduct their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2018 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; or Wharton County at 979-532-3310; or go to http://wharton.agrilife.org and click on Events to view a flyer for the Rice Conference. 2  CEU’s (1 L&R and 1  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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