Pesticide Training Starts January 28

The first Pesticide Training sessions of the new year are Wednesday and Thursday January 28 and 29 at the Farm Show, Club Room, Agricultural Park, Columbus.  On the 28th, the session starts at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 29th, the session starts at 9:30 a.m.

                In addition, training will be held on Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. The training will be at the Community Building in Humphrey.  Other 2015 training session March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler.

                The training provided is for individuals to be certified to apply restricted use pesticides.  The training is initial training for those never having a certificate and recertification training for those who have previously been certified.

                Farmers attending are reminded that there is no provision for late entry to the training sessions.  Those arriving late will be asked to leave and attend training later in the year.

                Farmers need to check their license from the Department of Agriculture to see if they need the training.  If the certification card expires on April 15, 2015 – farmers need to re-certify.  The cost to attend one of the training programs is $30.  For training programs in surrounding counties, please contact the Platte County Extension Office at 402-563-4901.

                Most of the farmers needing the training have or will be receiving a letter with a printed bar-code from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.  It will save them time if they bring that letter along with them to the training.

                Upon the completion of your Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Platte County Extension will mail the application to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). After processing, NDA will send a billing invoice for the $25.00 state license fee. The license fee covers the three-year certification period. Upon receipt of the license fee payment, NDA will issue your pesticide license card to you.

                To summarize, farmers that need the Pesticide training in 2015, will pay $30 to attend one of the meetings, then will be billed $25 from the Department of Agriculture to receive their license.  Pre-registration to the Pesticide training meeting is not necessary.  Attendees only need to bring $30 (Cash or Check payable to University of NE-Lincoln) and the bar-coded NDA letter (if they have one) with them to the training.

                The other Ag Show Program for 2015 is a Farm Bill Educational Meeting which will be on Thursday, January 29th at 1:00 p.m., Club Room, Ag Park.

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, Platte County Extension.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail