Private pesticide applicator training set |

Private pesticide applicator training set

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2015, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions scheduled throughout western Nebraska.

Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations after completing this training.

Main topics include Nebraska's pesticide laws and regulations, the pesticide label, personal safety, the worker protection standard, environmental protection, integrated pest management, pesticides and application, application equipment, equipment calibration, pesticide drift awareness near sensitive sites like apiaries and vineyards, how to use the Driftwatch website, and control options for prairie dogs and pocket gophers, and strategies to reduce chances of developing weed populations resistant to herbicides.

To reserve space for each session, or for more information, call the local Extension office listed after each date.

The cost of training is $30. Applicators whose permits are due for renewal in 2015 should have received a letter from the State Department of Agriculture reminding them of permit expiration. They can bring that letter to the training session and avoid having to fill out an application form.

Private pesticide licenses also can be obtained by completing an online course. Pesticide applicators can purchase access to the online course via http,// and going to the Pesticide Education section. Cost of the course is $60.

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Those who complete pesticide applicator training then need to apply to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for a three-year license card for a $25 fee. The private pesticide license card is required to buy and use restricted-use pesticides for the production of ag commodities.

– UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Pesticide applicator meetings:

• Alliance, Feb. 26, Extension Office; call 308-762-5616

• Oshkosh, March 3, 1 p.m., Wesleyan Church; call 308-632-1230.

• Bridgeport, March 5, 1 p.m., Prairie Winds Community Center; call 308-632-1230.

• Alliance, March 11, 1 p.m., Extension Office; call 308-762-5616.

• Harrison, March 11, 1 p.m., Courthouse meeting room; call 308-668-2428

• Rushville, March 12, 1 p.m., American Legion; call 308-327-2312.

• Mirage Flats, March 26, 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; call 308-327-2312

• Valentine, March 30, 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds; call 402-376-1850

• Scottsbluff, April 7, 1 p.m., Panhandle Research & Extension Center; call 308-632-1230.

• Alliance, April 9, 1 p.m., Box Butte County Extension Office; call 308-762-5616.