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Extension Offers Education to Pesticide Applicators

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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, Ogg said. The letter includes a bar code, which eliminates the need to complete the standard NDA application form for those wanting to recertify, he said.

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, Ogg said.

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, where applicators will find pesticide education sites for private applicators listed by county.

"After completing private applicator training, certification applications will be sent to NDA, who will then send a bill to the applicator for the $25 state license fee," Ogg said.




UNL Commercial and Noncommercial Pesticide Safety Education Program Offered Statewide

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification in 2009 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides can get training through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

The training is offered statewide from January through April, said Clyde Ogg, pesticide safety educator for the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UNL's pesticide education office has sent commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators with certifications expiring in April a pesticide applicator education schedule booklet that has initial certification and recertification information, training schedules and a registration/study materials order form.

Commercial applicators are those using restricted-use pesticides, and in some cases general-use pesticides, on a contract or for-hire basis. Noncommercial applicators are those applying these same pesticides to sites owned by an employer or for a governmental agency or political subdivision of the state.

"Farmers and ranchers who are classified as private applicators will have their pesticide safety education programs as scheduled by their UNL extension educators. For more information on scheduling training, contact your local extension office," Ogg advised.

Commercial and noncommercial applicators interested in training can get a copy of the schedule booklet at local extension offices, by phoning UNL's pesticide education office at (800) 627-7216 or (402) 472-1632 or online at http://pested.unl.edu/commercialschedule.

Advance registration is required for all initial commercial/noncommercial applicator training and most other training sessions. A $50 fee applies for each applicator registering for February through April sessions, regardless of the number of categories they register for.

Required study materials for initial training range from $10 to $30 per manual, depending on category.

Recertification opportunities are available at several extension offices in February and March and at several annual conferences and trade association meetings early in 2009.

"Initial certification requires passing a general standards exam and one or more specific applicator categories," Ogg said. Applicants can study by themselves, but for best results, Ogg recommends combining training with study materials.

"Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams," he said.

UNL conducts the educational programs, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture grants the licenses. NDA testing is offered at initial training locations. Questions about individual applicator license status should be directed to NDA at (402) 471-2394 or (877) 800-4080.

The only opportunity for commercial applicators to recertify in the Agricultural Plant category and Demo/Research subcategory, other than by examination, will be at UNL Crop Production Clinics or the Custom Applicator School. For the school session on Feb. 26, register by calling the Nebraska Agricultural Business Association at (402) 476-1528.

Crop Production Clinics begin at 8:30 a.m., local time, at the following locations (no preregistration; register at the door):

Beatrice: Eagles Club, 111 S. Eighth Street, Jan 13.
Fremont: Midland Lutheran College, 900 N. Clarkson, Jan. 22.
Gering: Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street, Jan. 9.
Hastings: Adams County Fairgrounds, Jan. 7.
Kearney: (Holiday Inn) Convention Center, 110 Second Ave, Jan. 15.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave, Jan. 21.
North Platte: Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers, Jan. 8.
York: The Auditorium, 612 N. Nebraska Avenue, Jan. 14.

Recertification in additional applicator categories is offered at the following locations and dates. Available categories vary at each of the locations; check the pesticide applicator education schedule booklet for details. Preregistration required:

Ainsworth: Courthouse meeting room, 148 W. Fourth St, Feb. 5, 24.
Beatrice: Gage County Extension Office, 1115 W. Scott, Feb. 5, 24, or March 19.
Columbus: Platte County Courthouse, 2610 14th St, Feb. 5, 24.
Fremont: Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St, Feb. 5.
Grand Island: College Park, 3180 W. Hwy. 34, Feb. 5, 24.
Holdrege: Phelps County Fairgrounds, Ag Center, 1308 Second St, Feb. 24 or March 19.
Lincoln: Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Feb. 5 or March 19.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin, Feb. 5, 24 or March 5.
North Platte: UNL West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd, Feb. 5, 24.
Ogallala: Keith County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 1100 W. Fifth St., March 19.
Omaha: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Rd., Feb. 5, 24 or March 5.
Scottsbluff: UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, Feb. 5, 24 or March 19.
Valentine: Cherry County Extension Office, 132 S. Hall St., March 19.

UNL Extension also works with several trade organizations, making recertification available at their annual conferences. Conferences offering these opportunities for specific categories include:

Nebraska Green Expo: Jan. 12, Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Recertification in Ornamental and Turf pest control category and Demo/Research subcategory. Call the Nebraska Turfgrass Association at (402) 475-8873 for registration materials.

Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference: Feb. 17, 18, Cornhusker-Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln. Recertification in Structural/Health-related pest control, Public Health pest control, Wood Destroying Organisms, Fumigation, and Wildlife Damage Control categories. Contact Shripat Kamble, UNL Department of Entomology, (402) 472-6857 for copies of the program and registration forms.

Nebraska Aviation Trades Association Conference: Feb. 17-18, Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island. Recertification in Aerial Pest Control category. Call Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (402) 475-6282 for information.

Custom Applicator School: Feb. 26, Central Community College, Hastings Campus, Student Center Basement, Cottonwood Rm. Recertification in Agricultural Pest Control-Plant category and Demo/Research subcategory. Call the Nebraska Agri-Business Association at (402) 476-1528.

Those seeking initial certification must preregister for one of the following training sessions and purchase study materials 10 days in advance of the training. Training categories vary at the listed sites:

Beatrice: Gage County Extension Office, Fairgrounds, 1115 W. Scott, Feb. 26 or March 17.
Columbus: Platte County Courthouse, 2610 14th St, Feb. 26 or March 17.
Fremont: Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St, Feb. 3.
Grand Island: College Park, 3180 W. Hwy. 34, Feb. 3, 26.
Lincoln: Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Feb. 3, 26 or April 16.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin, Feb. 26 or March 17.
North Platte: UNL West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd, Feb. 3, 26 or April 16.
Ogallala: Keith County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 1100 W. Fifth St, March 17.
Omaha: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Rd, Feb. 3, 26 or April 16.
Scottsbluff: UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, Feb. 10, 26, March 17 or April 16.
Valentine: Cherry County Extension Office, 132 S. Hall St, March 17.

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