Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled
To purchase "restricted use" pesticides in 2012, one must be "certified" by the Arkansas State Plant Board. To become "certified," producers must attend an approved "Pesticide Applicator Training" (PAT) session. In most cases, this certification training is required once every 5 years.
Local farmers needing the training may attend a PAT session scheduled in Mississippi County for Tuesday, March 20th, at the Northeast Research & Extension Center in Keiser beginning at 9:00 a.m. This will be the last Pesticide Training offered in Mississippi County during this year.
Topics to be discussed include the safe use and handling of pesticides, sprayer calibration, environmental issues, and regulations.
The training is only required for farmers growing crops like cotton and soybeans, who use or supervise the use of "restricted use" pesticides. We may also have a few cattleman or commercial fruit/vegetable growers who use "restricted use" pesticides. The training is not intended for home gardeners.
A $10 fee per private applicator will be required at the door the day of the training. Once a farmer attends a training session, a certification form signed by him and his county Extension agent is sent to the State Plant Board as proof he is "certified." The grower can then apply for a license to purchase "restricted use" pesticides.
For more information, call the Mississippi County Extension Office at (870) 762-2075. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.