Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2017 and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification should plan to attend one of the remaining training opportunities in the area if they want to become certified.
The closest remaining training locations and times are:
Fremont – Extension Office – March 21st @ 1:00 p.m.
Columbus – Pinnacle Bank, 210 E. 23rd St. – March 22nd @ 6:30 p.m.
Norfolk – Lifelong Learning Center – March 23rd @ 6:00 p.m.
Schuyler – St. John’s Lutheran Church – March 30th @ 6:30 p.m.
Norfolk – Lifelong Learning Center – April 6th @ 9:00 a.m.
David City – Hruska Library, 399 N. 5th St. – April 11th @ 1:30 p.m.
David City – Hruska Library, 399 N. 5th St. – April 11th @ 6:30 p.m.
Licensed private pesticide applicators can buy and use pesticides classified for restricted use on their own farming operations once they complete this training. Along with information on how to safely and effectively use pesticides, the training will include updates on local agronomic research and integrated pest management.
Private applicators required to recertify in 2017 should have received a notification letter from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) in mid-December. Those attending training should bring this letter with bar code to avoid having to fill out the standard NDA application form.
Nebraska Extension provides the educational training, while the NDA is responsible for licensing. Training costs $30 per person and will last approximately 2 ½ hours. Training will start promptly when scheduled. Licenses will only be granted to those that attend the entire meeting.
After completing private applicator training, certification applications will be sent to the NDA, which will bill the applicator for the $25 state license fee.
If none of these options work for you, a take home self-study test is an option for $60. Contact your local Extension Office for more details on the self-study option.