Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Darke County Farmers Complete Re-Certification Training

About 220 farmers completed their 3 hour Private Pesticide Applicator re-certification training on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the local VFW on Ohio Street.

The farmers received updates from the Ohio Department of Agriculture regarding pesticide recording keeping and changes in the licensure categories since their last license was issued in 2010.

The training also included the following topics: water quality on pesticide performance, controlling flies in livestock facilities and manure management, forage insects and determining economic spray thresholds, phosphine gas fumigation safety practices, and resistant weeds and the need for deemphasizing glyphosate and adding herbicides with different modes of action into the weed management plan.

Ohio State University Extension Educators Harold Watters, Agronomy Field Specialist; Gene McCluer, Hardin County Agriculture Educator; and Debbie Brown, Shelby County Agriculture Educator, joined Sam Custer, Darke County Agriculture Educator, in presenting the program.

Pesticide training, safety and education are just some of the programs involved with the Pesticide Safety Education Program, a part of Ohio State University Extension. The program is involved with the training of 30,000 licensed pesticide applicators in Ohio. The Pesticide Safety Education Program provides recertification training conferences, new applicator training workshop, train-the-trainer programs, training manuals and more.

The staff works year round to update training materials as well as planning meetings and conferences related to pesticide application. Web-based information and manuals are also used. An important part of the training is stressing the safeguards for both health and the environment while handling pesticides.

The Pesticide Safety Education Program works closely with specialists, agencies and organizations to provide pesticide education materials and information to educators, applicators, regulators, Extension staff and researchers. The program also looks to improve practices to protect humans and the environment by providing educational programs on Integrated Pest Management concepts, pesticide use, laws and regulations, and environmental stewardship which will enhance the decision-making of our audiences.

A special thank you is extended to Cathy Huber who volunteered to help with registration and Jo Langenkamp, Darke County Extension Office Associate, who organized and took registrations for the event.

For more information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

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