Private applicators pesticide training May 21, fairgrounds

BY
SHELBY W. BEARDEN,
COUNTY DIRECTOR
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
EXTENSION SERVICE

Private applicators can attend training on Wednesday May 21, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairgrounds in Gallman to receive training for certification.  There is a $10.00 fee per person for the Pesticide Training.  A private applicator is defined by law as one who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use pesticide TO PRODUCE AN AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY on property owned or rented by them or their employer, or on the property of another person with whom they trade services.

This certification is required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.  This training meets the state requirements approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Bureau of Plant Industry issues the certification.

The private applicator training is for farmers who must be certified to purchase and use restricted use products which are defined as pesticides which could cause harm to humans or to the environment unless it is applied by a certified applicator who has the knowledge to use these pesticides safely and effectively.

Training and certification upgrade the knowledge of pesticide users so they can better deal with pest control problems and minimize possible risks to themselves and others, and avoid environmental hazards to groundwater, endangered species, food, etc.  Pesticide applicator training and certification lessens possible risks involved in pesticide use while retaining the benefits derived from these products.
The training will include: principles of pest control, pesticide labeling, formulations, pesticides in the environment, special environmental concerns—protecting groundwater and endangered species, harmful effects and emergency response, personal protective equipment, pesticide handling decisions, mixing, loading and application, applying the correct amount, transportation, storage, disposal and spill cleanup, and effects of pesticides on the human body.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides educational opportunities to the public on an equal opportunity basis and will make every reasonable effort to accommodate individual with disabilities.  If you have a disability which would interfere with your opportunity to participate in this program contact Shelby Bearden at 892-1809 within seven (7) days before the date of the program.

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