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Published January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

Private pesticide applicator recertification workshops offered throughout the region

WORTHINGTON — If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension.

By: LIZABETH STAHL U OF M EXTENSION, Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension.

You need to renew your private pesticide applicator certification in 2009 if you apply pesticides to land or sites you own, rent or lease for the production of agriculture commodities and plan to use restricted use pesticides, reside in the state of Minnesota and if your certification expires in 2009.

Recertification workshops scheduled for southwest Minnesota include:

- 12:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3, BARC Building, Windom.

- 12:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Murray County 4-H Building, Slayton.

- 12:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, room 127, Pipestone.

- 12:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Knights of Columbus Hall, Fairmont.

- 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27, American Legion, Worthington.

For a complete listing of workshops offered throughout the state, check the University of Minnesota Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Web site at

http://www.extension.umn.edu/pe sticides or call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.

Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door, and no pre-registration is required.

Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring two forms of identification with them, one being a government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) and the second being an applicator’s certification card (preferred) or other form of ID such as a library card or utility bill.

Attending a recertification workshop renews your certification for three years. Individuals must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.

For those who are unable to attend a workshop or who would rather retest for recertification, two other options still exist. You may either complete the test as a home study course (books and tests available at most County Extension offices) or you may complete the test online at http://www.pat.umn.edu.

There is a cost for the recertification. A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. becoming certified for the first time or their certification expired in 2008 or earlier) is required to first take the test to become certified.

At each workshop, topics will include pesticide laws, regulations, record keeping, pesticide safety and health effects, pesticide label comprehension, pesticide application equipment and integrated pest management.

Contact Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops (372-3900 or 1-888-241-4635, or e-mail stah0012@umn.edu) if you have any questions or need further information about these workshops.

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