ET underwriters get industry honor

The East Texas Association of Health Underwriters received the Presidential Citation Website Award at the statewide convention recently in Houston.

The award recognized the East Texas association for ease of navigation on its home page, membership information, calendar of events, board member information, industry news, legislative information, education and continuing education information, links to local and national groups, dues and membership applications, industry-related chatroom, and website organization and appearance.

Kirk renamed to medical board

Dr. Louis J. Kirk III, a Longview obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 40 years, has been reconfirmed to serve on the Board of Councilors of the Texas Medical Association.

Kirk was reconfirmed for a three-year term on the panel, the association’s ethical policy-making body. He will represent the East Texas region on the board.

He is a member of the Gregg-Upshur County Medical Society.

Online food safety class this month

KILGORE — Kilgore College will offer an online training certificate program in food and beverage safety beginning June 15.

The program, called ServSafe, is administered by the National Restaurant Association and accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection.

Once students begin the course, 90 days will be allowed to complete it until the course is deactivated July 31.

The course will cover personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, cleaning, sanitizing and more.

A practice exam will be given at the end of the course to help prepare for the proctored ServSafe Manager Certification exam. To complete the course, the student must pass the ServSafe Manager’s Certification Test, taken in-person with a registered proctor.

Cost of the online class is $192, which includes the proctor fee.

For more information, contact Kat Jackson at (903) 236-2047 or; or Janis Carrington at (903) 236-2054 or .

Cattle short course set at A&M

COLLEGE STATION — The 65th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The general session Aug. 5 will focus on opportunities and challenges in the cattle business.

“This year our general session will cover a very hot topic,” said Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station. “It will feature Frank Mitloehner, professor with the University of California-Davis department of animal science, discussing some of the misinformation regarding the impact of beef cattle production on the environment.”

Other general session topics include beef consumer trends at the grocery store and branded beef programs. An extended weather outlook is also scheduled.

The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 2,000 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad. It is hosted by AgriLife Extension and the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M. Capital Farm Credit is the premier sponsor.

An industry trade show, featuring more than 130 agricultural businesses and service exhibits, will also be part of the event.

Registration is $210 and covers all meals, including a prime rib dinner, breaks and printed materials. To register, visit or call (979) 845-6931.

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