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Sign up for pesticide applicator class Feb. 1

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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A Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Wise County Extension office located at 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The $60.00 registration fee includes the study books. This class is for those individuals who do not currently have a pesticide applicator license, but would like to get one.

Individuals who have a license that has been expired less than 1 year are not eligible to take this class.

As defined by law, a private applicator is a person who uses or supervises the use of a restricted use or state-limited-use pesticide or a regulated herbicide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity. The licensed private applicator is responsible for assuring that persons working under his or her direct supervision are knowledgeable of the label requirements governing the use of the pesticides they are using.

Licensing as a private applicator requires practical knowledge of pest problems and control practices associated with agricultural operations.

Licensed private applicators are required to re-certify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing education units (CEU’s) by December 31 of the year preceding license expiration. That includes two credits in laws and regulations and two credits in integrated pest management. Check out the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website for more information, agr.state.tx.us/pesticide.

Space is limited for this class. You can contact the Wise County Extension Service at 206 S. State St., or call 940-627-3341.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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