The University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, in Saline, Gage, and Jefferson counties, is offering two chemigation certification classes for area applicators.

These classes are for initial (first-time) applicators or for those people recertifying. There is a $10 recertification fee and a $15 fee for initial applicants, which includes the cost of the notebook.

Area meetings are as follows:

--Thursday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saline County Extension office, 306 West 3rd St., Wilber, NE.

--Thursday, March 8, 1 to 4 p.m., Ford Hall, Room 122, Southeast Community College, Beatrice, NE.

Chemigation is the process whereby any fertilizer or pesticides are applied to land and crops via an irrigation system.

Saline County Extension Educator Randy Pryor says, "Local Natural Resoruce Districts oversee the site permit process, and applicator certification classes are taught by Cooperative Extension."

Applicators must attend the entire class and score at least a 70% on a 50-question multiple choice exam to become certified. Initial applicators are highly encouraged to pre-register and pick up course materials.

For additional information, contact the county Cooperative Extension agent.

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