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S.D. ag dept. to host pesticide recertification classes

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has posted the schedule for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification classes.

Class registration is now open and applicators can view dates and agendas as well as login to register at http://sdda.sd.gov under the "Happening Now" section, "Sign Up for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Classes."

Nineteen recertification classes will be offered this year, including an additional class in Mitchell for the agricultural categories.

"These classes are for applicators that are already certified and need to keep those certifications current," said Tom Gere, SDDA agronomy services manager. "The goal of these classes is to review the safe and effective use, handling, distribution, storage and disposal of pesticide products."

Commercial applicator license holders should review their license to see if they need to attend classes because of expiring categories. Category certifications are valid for two years and are initiated by passing a test.

Please pre-register two weeks prior to each class. A registration fee of $50 is required prior to attending. Separate from the $50 class registration fee, there are fees for a commercial applicator license which is $25 and a commercial dealer license which is $50. Applicator and dealer licenses must be renewed by Feb. 28, 2015, or a $50 late fee will be assessed.

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Please bring a government issued photo ID and your applicator license to the meeting for check-in. For more information on SDDA's Pesticide Program, please visit http://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/pesticide-program/.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing 115,651 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

–S.D. Department of Agriculture