Thursday, March 1, 2012

Texas predator workshop planned March 27

KERRVILLE, Texas – A Texas AgriLife Extension Service Predator Awareness Workshop and M-44 training will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27 at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, 2625 Farm-to-Market Road1340 near Hunt.

“AgriLife Extension offices in Kerr, Edwards and Real counties have partnered to present this program,” said Roy Walston, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Kerr County. “This workshop is meant to help producers whose operations have been affected by livestock predators and the influx of feral hogs, which in some areas have reached epidemic proportions.”

Presentations will be made by experts from AgriLife Extension, including personnel from the agency’s Wildlife Services area.Topics for the morning program will include feral swine control, guard dog training and management, and snaring and trapping. Private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in attendance will be eligible for three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for their respective licenses.

The afternoon program will be targeted at producers interested in M-44 certifications, Walston said. It will cover training on available management and monitoring techniques, and certifies applications for the use of M-44 sodium cyanide.

“Producers must first have their private pesticide license prior to receiving this additional certification,” Watson said. “Mr. Kyle Eckert with the TDA will be conducting the M-44 training, and testing for the certification will complete the training at about 4 p.m.”

The program registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, refreshments and educational materials. Preregistration by March 23 is required by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Kerr County at 830-257-6568, Edwards County at 830-683-4310 or Real County at 830-232-6673.

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