Robesonian

Extension Service offers pesticide training

LUMBERTON — Pesticide training opportunities in Robeson County have been scheduled by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

These trainings will provide recertification credit toward private applicator and commercial ground applicator licenses. Specific categories are approved for each training. Commercial ground applicators must receive all required recertification credits by June 30 if their certification expires in 2018. Private applicators (farmers) must receive all required recertification credits by Sept. 30 if their certification expires in 2018. Applicator credit status can be checked online at www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/LicenseSearch.htm.

All trainings will be held at the O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road in Lumberton.

Classes to be held include:

— “Herbicide Use and Safety in the Landscape,” June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Training will include an interactive DVD presentation on types of herbicides and the process of determining the appropriate use in the landscape. Recertification credits in categories H, L, N, D and X have been approved.

— “Best Management Practices for Pesticide Use,” June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include fundamentals of mixing and loading pesticides, reducing spray drift, sprayer nozzle selection and calibration. Training will be in category X for farmers needing credit for private applicator recertification and in categories A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O and T for dealers and commercial applicators.

— “Pesticide Safety and Decontamination,” June 22, from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Topics include proper Person Protective Equipment selection, use and care, differences in respiratory protection devices, proper decontamination of PPE and application equipment, and proper pesticide container recycling. Training will be in category X for farmers needing credit for private applicator recertification and in categories A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O and T for dealers and commercial applicators.

— “Fundamentals of Mixing and Loading,” July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. This course will cover recommendations for the proper mixing and loading procedures to ensure safe use of pesticides. There will be a review of pesticide labels and tips on proper selection of respirator protection devices. Training will be in category X for farmers needing credit for private applicator recertification and in categories A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O and T for dealers and commercial applicators.

— “Private Applicator Recertification V Training,” Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. This training will provide private applicators with an update on new label changes and restrictions, protection of pollinators, FieldWatch/Driftwatch, auxin herbicides, Worker Protection Standard revisions and pesticide safety reminders. Recertification credits in category V have been approved.

— “Spray Drift Management,” Sept. 25, 1 to 3 p.m. This training will provide an overview of recommended practices to reduce unwanted spray drift. Recertification credits in categories A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O and T have been approved.

For more information or to register for these trainings, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or mac_malloy@ncsu.edu. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least seven days before the training by calling 910-671-3276.

Staff report