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Happy Holidays from Extension!Important Pesticide Recertification DatesPrivate Pesticide Applicator Recertification SessionsCategory 90, 91, & 87Dec. 11 Patrick County: PatrickHenry Community College (StuartSite), Community Room from 6 - 9pm.Dec. 14 Powhatan/Goochland:Goochland County Public Library(3075 River Rd West, Goochland VA23063) from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Contact Rachel Grosse 804-598-5640 orCharley Maxwell at 804-556-5841Jan. 4 Buckingham/Cumberland/Prince Edward: Prince Edward Extension Office, Farmville, VA from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm. Contact Katy Overbyat 434-392-4246, Jennifer Ligon at434-969-4261, or Amber Anderson at804-492-4390.Jan. 4 Amelia: Amelia County Government Building Conference Room,16360 Dunn Street, Amelia, VA from6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Contact LauraSiegle at 804-561-2481Sara Rutherford or Sammi Kent 434348-4223.Jan. 18 Halifax: Mary Bethune Center, Halifax, VA from 6– 9 pm. ContactRebekah Slabach at 434-476-2147.Jan. 25 Appomattox: AppomattoxCommunity Center from 2:00 pm –5:00 pm. Contact Bruce Jones; 434352-8244.Jan. 30 Brunswick: Brunswick County Government Annex Auditorium,from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. ContactCynthia Gregg or Virgie Dow at 434848-2151.Feb. 1 Mecklenburg: Sandy ForkHunt Club, Clarksville, VA; 6-9pm.Contact Taylor Clarke or Vickie Tackett at 434-738-6191 ext. 4371.Feb. 20Charlotte/LunenburgCounties: The Workforce Development Building at Southside VirginiaCommunity College in Keysville, VAfrom 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. ContactJan. 16 Greensville County/Emporia: Greensville/Emporia Exten- Charlotte at 434-542-5884 or Lunension Office, 105 Oak Street, Emporia, burg at 434-696-5526.VA from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. ContactDecember 2017TABLE OFCONTENTSBy Topic:BEES: p. 7FARMERS MARKET &FOOD SAFETY: p. 3FORAGES: pp. 2, 6HOLIDAY: p. 4LANDSCAPE/TABLESCAPE: p. 4LIVESTOCK: pp. 3, 6, 7MONTHLY MEETING: p.2NEWS & UPDATES p. 2PESTICIDE: pp. 1, 2PRODUCE SAFETY: p. 5TECHNOLOGY: p. 5MORE ABOUT US: p. 8

Page 2Hungry for moregrass?You can find educational information and presentationsfrom American Forage &Grassland Council (AFGC) onYouTube! Check ortant Pesticide Recert. Dates ContinuedCommercial Applicator Recertification SessionsDecember 13—Commercial Ag Recertification: Southern Piedmont AREC,Blackstone, VA. 9:00am—4:30pm, Registration 8:30am. 15/person. Register by December 1, 2017.Contact Mecklenburg Extension Office (434) 738-6191 ext. 4371.Categories Covered: 1A/Ag Plant; 1B/Ag Animal; 1C/Fumigation of Soil& Ag Products; 1D/Chemigation; 4/Seed Treatment; 10/Demo& Research; 60/Reg. Technicians; and Private 90 & 91.More commercial dates and categories to come!THERE WILL BENOAG SUPPER CLUBMEETINGIN DECEMBER.Please join us onJanuary 18, 2018for guest speakerDr. Gabe Pent,Ruminant LivestockSpecialist at theSouthern PiedmontAREC in Blackstone.About Pesticide Certification & Recertification Private Pesticide License—licenses expire on Dec. 31 of year of expiry;this license is for farmers who need to purchase restricted use chemicals for their farm. Commercial Pesticide License— licenses expire on June 30 of year ofexpiry; this license is for any individual applying chemicals to publicproperty or for hire.Both private and commercial licenses are good for two years. You mustattend an approved recertification program to renew your license prior toit expiring—and sign ALL paperwork at that recertification course. There isa 60 day grace period following the expiration date of your license, duringwhich, if you attend a recertification you will not have to retest, but yourlicense will be renewed once the paperwork goes through. It is importantto remember though, that you cannot purchase restricted use chemicalswith an expired license.You can always check your pesticide certification status on the VirginiaDepartment of Ag & Consumer Services website here: -certification.shtml*Note: If you have both private and commercial licenses, try to attendcommercial recertification courses that also offer private recertification sothat you do not have to attend multiple meetings.**For more information contact your local extension agent.

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Page 5Produce Safety Rule TrainingTECHNOLOGY TIDBIT - Tracking Your RainfallOne tool available to producers for tracking your rainfall is Climate Field View. (https://climate.com/) You can sign up in afew easy steps.1. Go to https://climate.com/2. Create an account3. Add your fields—This program uses your FSA maps for easy addingof fields!4. Receive email updates on your rainfall!

Page 6Upcoming Winter ConferencesAFGC Conference—January 14—17, 2018 inLouisville, KentuckyFind information at: http://www.afgc.org/VACPA Meeting—January 16-18 in Richmond, VAFind information at: htmVABF Conference—Januaury 22-24 at TheHomestead in Hot Springs, VAFind information at:http://vabf.org/VFGC Meetings—January 29-Feb.1 various locationsFind information at: http://vaforages.org/events/NCBA Convention—January 31—February 2 in Phoenix, AZFind information at: http://convention.beefusa.org/

Page 72018 Dates to Keep in MindJanuary 17 Beekeeping Workshop Series, Intro to Beekeeping atthe Buckingham Extension Office at 7:00 p.m. This is a four partseries beginning in January and ending in April. Cost is 25. Formore information, contact the Buckingham Extension Office at(434) 969-4261.29th - Feb 2 Advanced Craft Malting Course Registration is nowopen for our next class in craft malt production which will be heldJanuary 29th to Feb 2nd at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. The instructors will be Dr. Patrick Boivin, Training & Technical Manager,IFBM and Mr. Aaron MacLeod, Director, Hartwick College Centerfor Craft Food and Beverage. The fee will be 1,500/person.Complete Program and Registration information can befound here: t-maltingcourse/March 2-3 South Atlantic Hops Conference: Savethe date for the 2018 conference to be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. More informationforthcoming at ure/hops.htmlApril 7-8 Wool Handling School hosted by VirginiaCooperative Extension and American Sheep Industry Association at Blue Ridge Community College’sRobert E. Plecker Workforce Center in Weyers Cave.Topics: wool fiber characteristics, responsibility inwool production, wool contamination and handlingpractices, wool packaging and labeling, and commercial wool processing fee. Instructor fee and registration: 75 (payable to American Sheep IndustryAssociation) and due by August 10th by mail to: August Extension Office, P.O. Box 590, Verona VA 24482; contact John Benner at benner89@vt.edu or (540) 245-5750.

Page 8THIS NEWSLETTERThis agriculture newsletter is created by Virginia CooperativeExtension—Central District (Extension Agents) as part of ouroutreach and public efforts. If you have questions, comments, or information for the newsletter, please contactLindy Tucker via email attucker07@vt.edu, or via cell at (434) 321-2009. *Note—thisis a change in contact person.Information and flyers for our programs can be found onGoogle Drive: here.SOCIAL MEDIAWant to know more about local farms? Follow theAg Spotlight blog to learn about farms and ag insouth central Virginia! ght/.Like us on Facebook atVirginia Cooperative Extension Central District or followyour localVirginia Cooperative Extension—Your County Facebookpage!Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. EdwinJ. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie,Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age,color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation,race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University,and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.VIRGINIA TECH &VIRGINIA STATEVSU College ofAgriculture offers manyeducational programs,workshops, and fielddays. To find out more,visit: https://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar/ orfollow the VSU Collegeof AgricultureFacebook page andcheck out their fAgriculture/ .Extension is a joint programof Virginia Tech, VirginiaState University, the U.S.Department of Agriculture,and state and localgovernments.

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