“Excellent course,” commented Erath County, Texas, rancher Tim Zboril after completing the online continuing education for licensed Texas applicators now being offered by Southwest Farm Press.
Zboril is one of a growing number of farmers, ranchers and other licensed applicators in Texas and Oklahoma who have successfully completed the Spray Drift Management CEU offered by Southwest Farm Press on its Web site (www.southwestfarmpress.com) The accredited course also is available at www.farmpressuniversity.com
“This allows me to manage my time better,” Zboril wrote after completing the course. He raises forage crops and operates a cow/calf operation in Stephenville, Texas.
“I can review the information (with the available printed text); take the test and receive credit without taking a day to attend a class or a meeting,” he said.
“I can use the daylight to tend to the farm and do this when it rains or at night. Please continue to offer these opportunities. It has been one of the best services you offer,” he concluded.
“We are working to add additional courses,” commented Southwest Farm Press publisher Greg Frey. “We are pleased with the response of the Southwest Farm Press CEU program that was launched in April.”
The course has been accredited for 1.50 credits (.50 credits in Laws and Regulations and 1 credit for Drift Management) by the Texas Department of Agriculture and 1 (CEU) each by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in the categories 1A-Ag Plant and 10-Demo and Research.
“This is a good format for these CEUs,” said Lubbock County, Texas cotton and grain producer Bill Sides. “I did learn some things from this course.”
The course was developed by the Southwest Farm Press staff from information provided by some of the leading university and governmental agency authorities on managing spray drift to reduce risks.
The course format features several pages of text followed by several questions. A person must answer all the questions correctly to receive CEU credit.
Once a person successfully completes the course, he or she e-mails Farm Press a notice of completion and the Farm Press staff notifies the departments of agriculture in Texas and Oklahoma that the licensed applicator has completed the course. For Texas applicators, a completion certificate is mailed to them.