Commercial, noncommercial pesticide safety education program offered January through April
Nebraska's commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators seeking first-time certification or recertification in 2010 to buy or use restricted-use pesticides can get training through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
Training is offered statewide from January through April, said Clyde Ogg, extension pesticide safety educator for UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
UNL's pesticide education office has sent commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators that have certifications expiring in April 2010 a pesticide applicator education schedule booklet that has initial certification and recertification information, training schedules and a registration/study materials order form, Ogg said.
"The distinction between the two is that commercial applicators are those using restricted-use pesticides, and in some cases general-use pesticides, on a contract or for-hire basis, while 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," he explained.
Farmers and ranchers classified as private applicators will have their pesticide safety education programs 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 for which they register.
Required study materials for initial training range from $10 to $30 per manual, depending on category.
Recertification opportunities are available at several UNL extension offices in February and March and at several annual conferences and trade association meetings early in 2010.
Initial certification requires passing a general standards exam and one or more specific applicator categories, Ogg said. Applicants can study for the exams by themselves, but best results are usually obtained by combining the training with the study materials, 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.
Crop Production Clinics begin at 8:45 a.m., local time, at the following locations (preregister on-line at http://cpc.unl.edu or at the door):
Ainsworth: Community Center, 606 E. Fourth St., Jan. 19.
Beatrice: Classics Country Club, 1301 Oak St., Jan. 12.
Fremont: Midland Lutheran College, 900 N. Clarkson, Jan. 21.
Gering: Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St., Jan. 7.
Hastings: Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore, Jan. 5.
Kearney: (Holiday Inn) Convention Center, 110 Second Ave., Jan. 14.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave., Jan. 20.
North Platte: Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers, Jan. 6.
York: The Auditorium, 612 N. Nebraska Ave., Jan. 13.
Recertification in additional applicator categories is offered at the following locations and dates. Categories vary at each of the locations; check the pesticide applicator education schedule booklet for details. Preregistration is required:
Ainsworth: Courthouse meeting room, 148 W. Fourth St., Feb. 4, 23.
Beatrice: Gage County Extension Office, 1115 W. Scott, Feb. 4, 23 or March 18.
Columbus: Platte County Courthouse, 2610 14th St., Feb 23.
Fremont: Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St., Feb. 4.
Grand Island: College Park, 3180 W. Hwy 34, Feb. 4, 23.
Holdrege: Phelps County Fairgrounds, Ag Center, 1308 2nd St., Feb. 4 or March 18.
Lincoln: Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., Feb. 11 or March 18.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin, Feb. 4, 23 or March 31.
North Platte: UNL West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd., Feb. 4, 23.
Ogallala: Valentino's, 55 River Rd., March 18.
Omaha: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Rd., Feb. 4, 23.
Scottsbluff: UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I, Feb. 4, 23 or March 18.
Valentine: Cherry County Extension Office, 132 S. Hall St., March 18.
UNL Extension also works with several trade organizations to make recertification available at their annual conferences. Conferences offering these opportunities for specific categories include:
Nebraska Green Expo: Jan. 11, 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. 2, 3, Cornhusker-Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13 St., Lincoln. Recertification in structural/health-related pest control, public health pest control, wood destroying organisms, and fumigation 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. 15 to 17, Ramada Inn, 301 Second Ave., Kearney. Recertification in aerial pest control category. Call Nebraska Aviation Trades Association 402-475-6282 for information.
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 16.
Columbus: Platte County Courthouse, 2610 14th St., Feb. 26 or March 16.
Fremont: Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St., Feb. 2.
Grand Island: College Park, 3180 W. Hwy 34, Feb. 2, 25.
Lincoln: Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., Feb. 2, 25 or April 15.
Norfolk: Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin, Feb. 25 or March 9.
North Platte: UNL West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd., Feb. 2, 25 or April 15.
Ogallala: Valentino's, 55 River Rd., March 16.
Omaha: Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Rd., Feb. 25, March 16 or April 15.
Scottsbluff: UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, Feb. 2, 25, March 16 or April 15.
Valentine: Cherry County Extension Office, 132 S. Hall St., March 16.