Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service utilizes local program area committees to gain knowledge of issues or challenges facing residents of Colorado County. Volunteer members of these committees help county agents identify, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs for the residents of Colorado County. Master volunteers are also being trained by Extension as Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners offering the opportunity for these volunteers to receive more intense training.   Once certified, these master volunteers are able to offer their expertise to clientele.  Many different volunteer opportunities are always available through Extension.  Program area committees, Extension Education Clubs, Master Volunteer Programs, and 4-H Clubs are always in need of new volunteers.

Please contact the Colorado County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service if we can be of assistance to you.

EPA Proposes Revisions to the Applicator Certification Rule

On August 5th, the EPA issued a proposal to revise the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule.  This rule affects private, commercial, and non-commercial applicators.  EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until November 23, 2015.


To comment, click on the link above and then click on the blue button that says “Comment Now!”

EPA’s proposal:

Enhances applicator competency standards to ensure that restricted use pesticides are used safely.

•Establishes a first time-ever nation-wide minimum age of 18 for certified applicators and persons working under their direct supervision.

•Requires all applicators to renew certifications every 3 years.

•Requires additional specialized certifications for people using high-risk application methods (fumigation and aerial).

•Requires first time annual safety training and increased oversight for persons working under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Training includes reducing take-home pesticide exposure to protect families.

•Promotes interstate recognition of applicator licenses to reduce the administrative burden for businesses that operate in multiple states.

•Provides expanded options for establishing certification programs in Indian Country that acknowledge tribal sovereignty.

•Clarifies and streamlines requirements for States, Tribes, and Federal agencies to administer their own certification programs.


 To view an expanded version of the current certification rule vs. the proposed changes, click on this link:

To view the complete rule in it’s entirety:
Proposed ruling: Full Text


 Texas Department of Agriculture Proposes Pesticide Program Fee Increases

Published in the Texas Register on October 9th, the Texas Department of Agriculture is proposing to increase fees associated with the pesticide certification program.  This would affect private, commercial, and non-commercial license holders.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to:

David Kostroun, Chief Administrator for Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Texas Department of Agriculture,
P.O. Box 12847
Austin, Texas 78711

or by email to:

Comments must be received by November 9, 2015

The full proposal can be found here: TDA Proposed Changes to Fee Structure  –  Scroll down to Chapter 7 on Pesticides

An excerpt from the proposed changes via the Texas Register:

“The proposed amendments are in accordance with Texas Agriculture Code §12.0144, which provides that the Department shall set fees in an amount which offsets the direct and indirect state costs of administering its pesticide programs.

The code affected by the proposal is Agriculture Code, Chapter 12.


(a) – (c) (No change.)

(d) Except as provided by Chapter 2, Subchapter B of this title, licensing and renewal fees are:

(1) Dealers: $250 [$240] for two years;

(2) Applicators:

(A) Commercial: $200 [$180] for one year;

(B) Noncommercial: $140 [$120] for one year;

(C) Noncommercial applicators employed by a political subdivision of the State of Texas or of a federal agency operating in Texas who utilize the license solely in the course of their employment: $75 [$12] for one year;

(D) Private: $100 [$60] for five years;

(E) Certified Private: fee exempt. This certificate is no longer issued and was only available to individuals certified prior to January 10, 1989. Existing certificates may be renewed and are fee exempt.”

There are other things included in this proposal, and license holders are encouraged to read the full amendment.