The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting the East Region AgriLife Conference and Expo on January 5, 2024, at the W.T. Brookshire Conference Center located at 2000 West Front St. Tyler, Texas 75702. 

This educational event is geared towards professionals working for city parks departments, athletic fields, golf courses, school districts, pest control services, landscapers, lawn care services, and agricultural producers who are seeking continuing education.  The program for Structural Applicators (SPCS) begins at 8:00 am and the program for Texas Department of Agricultural (TDA) Private, Commercial & Non-Commercial Applicators begins at 8:30 am. Registration for everyone begins at 7:15 am. 6 SPCS CEU’s will be offered (1 Termite, 1 Pest, 2 General, 1 Lawn and Ornamental, 1 Weed).  5 TDA CEU’s will be offered (2 General, 1 Laws and Regulations, and 2 Integrated Pest Management).  Registration is online at for both events. The cost is $10 per person if registered online and on-site registration (pay at the door) is $20 per person.  Cash, checks, or credit cards will be accepted on site. Lunch will be provided.  For online registration, go to  The flyer and schedule are posted on the Texas A&M AgriLife-Smith County Facebook page.  If you have any questions, please contact the Smith County Extension office 903-590-2980. 

Topics and speakers for Structural License:

Termite Identification & Control – Janet Hurley, Senior Extension Program Specialist – IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dallas

Pest Identification & Control Strategies – Bryant McDowell, Extension Program Specialist – Urban IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Dallas

Protecting Pollinators: Read the Label First – Janet Hurley, Senior Extension Program Specialist- IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Laws and Regulations Update – Dr. Mark Matocha, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension- College Station

Weed ID and Control – Clint Perkins CEA- AG/NR Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County

Lawn and Ornamental – Greg Grant, CEA HorticultureTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County


Topics and speakers for TDA AG License:

IPM Strategies for Growing Warm Season Forages in East Texas – Dr. Vanessa Corriher – Olson, Professor and Extension Forage Specialist

Implementation of IPM Strategies in Conjunction with Pesticide Modes of Action – Dr. Mark Matocha, Associate Professor & Extension Extension Specialist

Feral Hog Toxicants – Dr. John Tomecek, Associate Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist

Toxic Plant I.D. and Control in Pastures – Dr. Barron Rector, Associate Professor & Extension Range Specialist

Picolinic Acid Training – Rob Brooks, Range & Pasture Specialist, Envu and Clint Perkins, CEA – AG/NR, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agents from Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Kaufman, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties will be on hand to assist attendees.