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Continuing Education

In agriculture, we have a burden that some of those regulations some times can place additional financial pressure on our operations, however on the other hand, we all have a vested interest in protecting and being good stewards of the land because that is what makes the money for those of us that are engaged in these enterprises.

Professor and Texas AgriLife Extension specialist Don Wrenchie conducts continuing education classes for agricultural producers year-round.

We in agriculture have an additional burden on us when we use pesticides. We don’t have the normal waste stream that allows us to just take it and throw it in the trash can. The burden on us says that we will handle that container in a manner that does not add to the environmental contamination, so today we’re introducing that set of containment regulations.

Wrenchie points out that using pesticides properly just makes good business sense.

Not only are there issues when you drift or allow the pesticides to get off of your property, but then if it got off your property it didn’t control the pest you were after, so you actually lost money, and you have a potential to lose even more money if it damages someone else’s property.

Innovative technologies continue to refine a producer’s business plan.

These technologies keep changing as they become more specific about how they work. They are more benign on mammalian systems, and more target specific in dealing with plants or the other invertebrates and vertebrates that we’re working with.

Ever changing regulations and technology require agricultural producers to continue their education to be competitive.

Today we’re talking about regulations that will take effect next year, and yet we’re trying to get our guys in compliance now. That’s forward planning. That’s good business, because we’re not trying to catch up with the ball, we’re already ahead of the game.

I’m Joe Brown tracing the journey our food, fuel, and fiber makes from the farm to our homes, From The Ground Up.


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