Private applicator certification meeting dates set
The 2014 Private Applicator Certification Meetings across South Dakota have been scheduled. Dates, times and locations of the meetings in south-central South Dakota that I will be involved with are listed in the calendar at the end of this column. In the near future, all of the meetings in the state will be posted on iGrow: http://www.igrow.org.
Private Applicators whose certification expires at the end of 2014 should receive a postcard from their closest Regional Extension Center, listing where meetings will be held in their area. To make sure, private applicators should check the expiration year of their certification card. Private Applicators can also check their certification status online at: https://apps.sd.gov/doa/cat/privatesearch.aspx. First-time private applicators and those who let their certification expire for a year or more can also be certified by attending one of the certification meetings, or completing the take-home or online test.
The take home tests are available at Regional Extension Centers, and in some County Extension offices. The online test is available at: https://apps.sd.gov/doa/pwt/. Whether attending a certification meeting or completing a take home or online test, applicators must provide a government issued photo ID.
At each of the PAT meetings, we will be covering the required topics related to the laws and regulations of Private Applicator Certification, but spending much of the time on current and emerging pest control issues you can use in your operation. Depending on the location, you may hear about wheat diseases, prairie dog management, weed control, insect management, etc. Producers whose PAT certification is not up for renewal are also welcome to attend part or all of these meetings for the information provided.
If you have questions, contact your closest Regional Extension Center, or County Extension office for the details of meetings held in your area. Addresses and telephone numbers for the Extension Centers and County offices can be found at: http://igrow.org/about/our-experts/.
Commercial Applicator Re-certification Meetings will also begin soon, starting in early January. Commercial Applicators who are currently certified should receive information via e-mail regarding their certification status, need to attend a re-certification class, dates and locations of re-certification meetings, how to register for re-certification meetings, etc. Information on Commercial Applicator Re-certification Meetings and access to registration for the meetings will be available on the SD Department of Ag website: https://apps.sd.gov/doa/ecat3/index.htm in December. Also, initial certification for commercial applicators is now offered at the Regional Extension Centers via tablet computers. F