Integrated Pest Management training offered for broad range of professionals

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct Integrated Pest Management training for college and university personnel as well as pest management professionals, City, County and State Health Inspectors, Sanitarians and other environmental health professionals on August 6-7, 2014 in College Station at the Facility Services Building on the Texas A&M University campus.

The course is designed to train a broad range of professionals in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

IPM utilizes a variety of methods to control pests in the most cost-effective and environmentally sound ways available. The methods put considerable effort toward preventing pest problems from occurring by controlling or eliminating conditions attractive to pests, thereby providing insect and animal vector control and protecting public health and the environment.

The course includes specific IPM objectives, how to develop an IPM policy, responsibilities of the IPM professional, and requirements for using pesticides and the associated record keeping.

Janet Hurley, School PM program specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas, explained that the training stems from the agency’s state-mandated public school IPM Coordinator training. School IPM curriculum has been tailored specifically for this training, which targets professionals interested in the implementation of IPM principles and methods to manage vectors and pests of public health importance.

The first day’s training will include an IPM overview, developing an outdoor turf plan, and identifying and controlling common outdoor and indoor pests.

The second day will cover developing an institutional integrated pest management plan, licensing, required Texas Department of Agriculture postings and notifications, and a continuation of the first day’s common pest control measures. The program will also feature a presentation by a speaker who oversees the integrated pest management program for the Texas A&M University System.

Both days will offer continuing education credit for TDA license holders in 3A and SPCS categories.  AgriLife Extension is also looking at obtaining credits for registered sanitarians and code enforcement officers as well.

The meeting site will be Room S118, 600 Agronomy Road, with training from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.   Individual registration is $100 for one day or $150 for both days. Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/IPM or call 979-845-2604.

For more information, contact Janet Hurley toll free at 877-747-6872 or Dallas area 972-952-9213; or email ja-hurley@tamu.edu

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