Pesticide Applicator Training to be held in the county

In order for farmers to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides, they must obtain a private pesticide applicator’s license. A certified private applicator is any individual who is authorized to use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer. A restricted use pesticide is any pesticide when applied in accordance with its direction for use may cause, without additional regulatory restrictions, unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including injury to the applicator.

Obtaining a private pesticide applicators license or renewing a license involves attending a training class or viewing the training video. There is no charge for the class, but each farm must have a copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Manual. Bring your copy or plan to purchase one at the training session.

 A private pesticide applicator’s license must be renewed every five years. First time certification and recertification programs will be held in Schuyler County on Tuesday, February 13 in the Assembly Room in the Courthouse in Lancaster. The program will begin at 2:00 p.m.

For more information about obtaining private pesticide applicator’s licenses contact Valerie Tate, agronomy specialist for University of Missouri Extension by e-mail at tatev@missouri.edu or call 660-895-5123. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.  If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to give me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately at the number or e-mail address above.