By: Allan Vyhnalek
One last day of Private Pesticide Applicator training in Platte County is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 10th . This two hour meeting is being held at Pinnacle Bank (east, next to Applebee’s) in Columbus. No pre-registration is necessary.
The Private Pesticide Applicator Training is for farmers whose pesticide applicator’s certificate is expiring April 15, 2014. In Nebraska, Pesticide Applicators certificates are valid for three years, so the training needs to be attended once every three years. Training is conducted by UNL Extension Educators across the state in every county. The cost to attend one of the training programs is $30. There are no provisions for late entry, so participants are reminded to be timely as they plan to attend.
Persons recertifying at the training are reminded to bring along the bar-coded letter sent to them by the Department of Agriculture in December. Although not required, the letter will ease the registration process held at the end of the meeting.
Persons are also reminded that this is the last training date prior to the April 15th deadline. Anyone missing the training also has the option of doing the take home self-study. The cost to do the self-study is $60.
Contents of the training are similar to past years. Major topics include pesticide laws and regulations, safe use of products, reminders about proper use of personal protective clothing and equipment, drift management, reading the pesticide label, updates on the endangered species act, the worker protection standards regarding pesticide use and employee notification.
Other Pesticide Applicator’s training in the area are St. Edward on March 25 at 1:30 p.m., CVA meeting room or March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler.
Another question that comes up at least once per year is pertaining to the Pioneer Farm Family Awards presented to families that have owned Ag Land for 100 consecutive years. AKSARBEN and Nebraska Farm Bureau still make those awards. To apply, contact your local Agricultural Society (Fair Board). Or, you can get more details and the application form by going to: http://aksarben.org/