Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Turfgrass Ecology Workshop

When:  February 16-20, 2015,  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Austin
Cost:    Early Registration through 1/30/15: $450, Standard Registration after 2/13/15:  $495
CEUs:  TDA pesticide credits (amount to be determined)
Register:   https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Turf
Contact:   Daphne Richards, 512-854-9600,  drichards@ag.tamu.edu

The Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course is an intensive 5-day educational opportunity for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. It is designed for professional turfgrass managers as well as anyone else in the green industry with a desire to learn the basics of how to properly manage turfgrasses with respect to growth, fertility, pest control, water use, water quality, etc. Attendees will be exposed to the fundamentals of proper turfgrass selection, growth and maintenance as well as the latest up-to-date information from a diverse collection of Texas A&M University faculty.

Short Course directed by Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

Specific Topics Include:
– Introductory Turfgrass Physiology
– Turfgrass Species: Identification, Selection, and Establishment
– Turfgrass Management: Mowing, Fertility, and other Cultural Practices
– Turfgrass Water Use and Proper Irrigation Practices
– Soil Physical and Chemical Properties
– Water Quality: Analysis, Interpretation, and Implementation
– Pesticide Labeling and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Regulations
– Turfgrass Pest Management: ID and Control of Weeds, Diseases, and Insects
– Spreader and Sprayer Calibration: Classroom and Hands-on Exercises

Brochure: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/dropinn/materials/material_512.pdf

Registration fee includes the following:
• 5-day workshop
• Learning materials, articles, handouts, notebook, etc.
• Framed continuing education certificate
• TDA pesticide credits (amount to be determined)
• Sprayer calibration reference cards
• On-site refreshments

Tax Deduction
If courses are taken to maintain and improve professional skills, a tax deduction is allowed for education expenses including registration fees, travel expenses, meals, and lodging. (See Treas. Reg. 1162-5 Couglin vs. Commissioner 203 F 2d 307).

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