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Legislative efforts, social media focus of Twitter conference

Twitter can serve as a tool to stay current on topics of interest, including legislative issues.

To help Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members better understand and better use Twitter, the TFB Public Relations staff will host a seminar during the organization’s 81st annual meeting.

“The Twitter Difference—Connecting with Legislators during the Session” will focus on how to build and manage Twitter followers, construct tweets and communicate issues with legislators.

Rep. Todd A. Hunter also will provide information about social media from a legislator’s point of view.

Click here to see more of the annual meeting schedule.

AFBF disappointed in delayed action on 2014 RFS

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) expressed disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a delay in issuing 2014 standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program.

“Renewable fuels have been a tremendous success story for the nation by reducing our country’s dependence on foreign crude oil, reducing air pollution and providing good-paying jobs within rural America,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman in a statement

“This significant delay and inability of the EPA to set standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program creates unneeded uncertainty in the marketplace. Even though EPA took the appropriate course in reconsidering its proposed rule after receiving substantial pushback from rural America, Farm Bureau continues to believe that adhering to the framework of the RFS2 remains the best approach,” Stallman said.


Two pesticide applicator trainings set in Overton

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering two private pesticide applicator trainings on Dec. 4 and Dec. 9 in Overton. Participants can earn five continuing education units by attending the training on either day, or ten total if they attend both days, reports AgriLife Today.

Training on Dec. 4 will include weed control in pastures and hay meadows, regulation governing pesticide treatment on aquatic environments, beef cattle external parasite control, adjusting stocking rates to reduce weeds and feral hog control. 

The Dec. 9 training presentations will include an update on Texas Department of Agriculture laws and regulations governing weed and pest control, integrated pest management, insect and disease issues and management for urban and suburban trees, turfgrass diseases and pests and turfgrass weed control.

Trainings begin with registration each day at 7:30 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. Registration for either day is $30 per person and will include lunch. Contact Pam Hickman at 903-834-6191 for additional information.

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