Monday, October 20, 2008

Sherman Clem Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Sherman Clem has been recognized by the Southern Chapter of the Horticultural Inspection Society with its Distinguished Achievement Award. If you ever have been lucky enough to have Sherman as your Department of Agriculture inspector, you will agree that this is a well deserved award.

Sherman Clem is a Senior Inspector for the Texas Department of Agriculture and is the lead inspector for the Smith County/Tyler rose industry and the point of contact agency wide on rose related issues. More recently he has taken on the task of lead inspector to control the flow of regulated articled into the state of Texas.

In choosing a Distinguished Achievement Award winner, the Horticultural Inspection Society considers an individual's performance to HISSC and/or the state where employed; recognition from peers in the plant industry; ability to work harmoniously with other inspectors and solve problems on plant protection issues; and the promotion of high standards and sharing of expertise with fellow employees and members of the HISSC.

The inspector who nominated Sherman noted that he has "demonstrated extraordinary customer service to the nursery industry" throughout his 34-plus year career.

Congratulation Sherman!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Temporary Meeting Registration Problem

If you have tried to register online for the East Texas Nursery and Greenhouse Conference this week and have been unable to get though to the site you have discovered that the site is down. The Conference Services' website has been down since at least Monday. They have been working to get the site back up. At this time they hope to have the site back up by the end of the day Thursday (10/16/08). However, that is an estimation.

Conference Services is taking phone registrations at 979-845-2604. You can still mail in your registration form with a check.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Help Wanted - Extension Assistant

The East Texas Nursery and Greenhouse IPM Program in Overton, TX has a full time position open for an Extension Assistant to conduct research and demonstration projects related to greenhouse and nursery pest management. Duties include: applying pesticides, keeping detailed records of procedures and data, record and analyze data, conduct statistical analyses and prepare reports for inclusion in scientific and technical publications using computers and relevant software. Maintain plants and insects for research in greenhouses and outdoor nurseries. Assist with preparing fact sheets, web pages, and brochures. Aid in organizing and conducting meetings, workshops, field days and other educational activities. More information is available at The NOV number for the position is 03778. For more information contact me at 903-834-6191 or