Integrated Pest Management coordinator training set for Sept. 27 in Amarillo

Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist, Dallas, will be the instructor of a Sept. 27 public school pest management coordinator training in Amarillo. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo.)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting a training for all integrated pest management coordinators in Texas public schools on Sept. 27 in Amarillo.

The training will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. Registration cost is $155 per person. To register, visit

The course will allow new school IPM coordinators to receive six hours of educational training. A total of five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are also available for licensed pesticide applicators—two general, one laws and regulations, and two integrated pest management.

Trainings meet Texas Department of Agriculture new coordinator requirements

According to state law, all schools must adopt, implement and maintain a school integrated pest management plan. School districts also must appoint a coordinator who needs to complete an approved training.

The course offers continuing education for those who have been in their integrated pest management coordinator positions for more than three years and offers pest management and grounds personnel a good foundation about integrated pest management, pesticide licensing laws and regulations, and school integrated pest management basics, said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension school IPM specialist, Dallas.

Course topics

The course will feature the following topics, with Hurley conducting the education:

  • Integrated pest management.
  • Texas pesticide applicator rules.
  • Texas school IPM rules.
  • Pesticide safety.
  • Using pesticides in and around schools
  • Managing your IPM program.

For more information, contact Hurley at [email protected].