UNL Extension offers education to private pesticide applicators
LINCOLN, Neb. – Private pesticide applicators holding licenses expiring in 2009, as well as anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should contact their local University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office for information on pesticide education training sessions that begin in January.
Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted-use pesticides in their own farming operations after completing this training. About 3,500 private applicators statewide are eligible for recertification in 2009.
Training topics include results from the Farm Family Exposure Study, which addressed two issues – how much pesticide exposure farmers and their families experience and the practical measures that can be taken to lessen exposure. Extension cropping systems specialist Bob Klein compares effectiveness of drift reduction spray nozzles and gives guidance on conducting high quality pesticide applications.
Extension entomologist Bob Wright will give updates on insects affecting soybeans and extension plant pathologist Loren Geisler will have an update on soybean cyst nematode.
Other training topics include soybean aphid identification and management, as well as drift reduction nozzles, equipment calibration, worker protection standard, protective pesticide clothing and equipment, updates on pesticide laws and regulations and special emphasis on pesticide health impacts, said Clyde Ogg, pesticide safety educator at UNL.
Private applicators needing recertification in 2009 should have received a letter notifying them of that fact from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture earlier this month. The letter includes a bar code, which eliminates the need to complete the standard NDA application form for those wanting to recertify. Applicators having the bar-coded letter with them at training sessions will not have to fill out the application form.
All who are eligible for recertification will be notified by their local extension office of recertification training sessions in their area.
UNL Extension provides the educational training, while NDA is responsible for licensing. Cost of NU training is $30 per person.
For a list of training sessions, sites and dates, contact your nearest extension office or go online to http://pested.unl.edu/privateschedule.
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