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Members Only – Advanced training First Detector – Williamson County
May 20 - May 21
The “Advanced Master Gardener – First Detector” program is designed to provide advanced training and resources whereby Master Gardeners can obtain specialization in areas that support or expand designated educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.
To become a certified “Advanced Master Gardener – First Detector”, Master Gardeners are required to attend the “Advanced Master Gardener – First Detector” training and subsequently meet service requirements described below. This certification does not empower the individual with supervisory or administrative authority within her/his local county programs.
The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) was established in 2002, to respond to the need for enhanced agricultural security through protecting the health and productivity of plants in agricultural and natural ecosystems in the U.S. The First Detector Training program is a national program established by the NPDN to promote the early detection of invasive and exotic pathogens and pests through education and enlisting the help of citizen “scientists”.
The First Detector program allows for training in some basic observation and surveying skills which are most helpful in the diagnostic process in the volunteer. Additionally, this program aims to train trainers. An “Advanced Master Gardener – First Detector” is expected to be able to know what to do when observing a suspected exotic pest or pathogen.
The training will be in Georgetown, TX. FBMG please note that approval from FBMG Coordinator is required for attendance.