If you are a farmer, rancher or gardener living and working in the Ark-La-Tex and surrounding areas. Here's your chance to learn how to better manage your operation, integrate new practices proven by scientific research, or find answers to the problems you seem to experience year after year.
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the 2019 Ag Expo and Conference at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas, Thursday, January 31. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. there will be informative programming offered to you free of charge. Meet and listen to Extension specialists from both sides of the state line as they present information on numerous and varied agricultural topics. A free lunch will be provided for those in attendance.

According to a press release, topics will include wildlife nuisance animal control, managing and marketing timber, peaches, feral hog management, sprayer calibration, muscadines, forage IPM, insect management in row crops, GPS programming, protecting pollinators in the landscape, managing perennial weeds, recognizing beneficial insects in ornamentals, electric fencing, aquaponics, managing annual weeds, and common tomato problems.

A Private Pesticide Applicators Training Session for Arkansans will be held during the Ag Expo beginning at 2:15 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the Hospitality Room. Anyone needing to be certified or re-certified for an Arkansas pesticide license should plan to attend this training. This will be the last time this year to renew your pesticide license. The training is required for a first-time license holder and again every five years. For Texas private applicators, CEU’s will be offered and available by attending certain educational sessions during the Ag Expo.

Remember, the cost for all Arkansas private applicator training sessions provided by the Cooperative Extension Service will be $20 per person payable at the door, cash or check. The $45 license fee for the AR State Plant Board must be check or money order and will have you paid up for the 5 years that the license is valid.

These programs are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information (larger print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the Miller County Extension office as soon as possible prior to the event.

For more information contact our office at 870-779-3609 or come by the Miller County Courthouse, 400 Laurel, Suite 215, Texarkana, AR.  Visit www.uaex.edu/miller/  for the agenda or visit on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millercountyuaex/.