Cooperative Extension Service announces pesticide applicator training

Booneville Democrat

The Logan County Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting an additional pesticide applicator training in the Logan County area. The training will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at First National Bank in Paris.

The cost of the training is $20 and is payable at the meeting. Attendees are asked to have the correct amount or a check made payable to Logan County Extension Service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance will be limited to 35 participants; once this number is reached, registration will be closed. Masks will be required at all times during the meeting. Packets will be available at each seat, where attendees will fill out their forms. Drop boxes will be available for money and forms.

For those unable to to attend in-person training at this time, the course is available online at uaex.edu/farm-ranch/pest-management/pesticide-licensing/private-applicator-training.aspx. The online course is available for first time applicants and those recertifying.

Federal law requires that producers who purchase or apply a restricted-use pesticide such as 2-4,D and Grazon must have a current pesticide applicator license and receive periodic safety training. Restricted-use pesticides are those that have higher risk potential for humans, wildlife and the environment. The federal government has determined that the benefits provided by these pesticides outweigh the risks as long as they are properly handled, applied and disposed of. Knowledge and prevention are the keys to avoiding accidents and unwanted exposures.

Due to software problems, the State Plant Board may not send letters regarding expiring licenses. Producers are asked to check their expiration dates.

In Arkansas, the licensing of pesticide applicators and the enforcement of pesticide laws and regulations is the responsibility primarily of the Arkansas State Plant Board. The Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology is responsible for certain pesticide regulations concerning transportation and disposal. The required safety training, also know as Certification or Recertification, is provided by the UA Cooperative Extension Service.

To preregister, call (479) 963-2360 or email logan-paris@uaex.edu. For more information, contact the Logan County Extension office at (479) 963-2360 or (479) 675-2787.