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UW-Extension offers pesticide training

A Pesticide Applicator Training session for private applicators runs 8:30 a.m. to noon March 10 at the Iron River Community Center, 8275 E. Mill St.

Farmers and homeowners who produce agriculture commodities on their farm or in the garden that are planning to apply a restricted use pesticide are required to become certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. This includes applications that occur on land owned or rented by you or your employer, or on someone else’s land if for exchange of goods or services between agricultural producers.

The program will cover pest life cycles, reading pesticide labels, safety and personal protection, planning for emergencies, and Integrated Pest Management as well as information pertaining to general farm management.

“It is a useful class for all interested in understanding pest management in an agriculture setting,” said Jane Anklam, UW –Extension educator, Douglas County. “Pesticide use and safety has come a long way since the days of DDT, atrazine, and 2, 4-D. Understanding how life cycles of insects, diseases, and weeds impacts RUP use is essential for sustainable farming.”

Those who are not interested in certification, but would like to receive this Integrated Pest Management training are also invited to attend. Participants must register and purchase a training manual for $30 by contacting Matt Cogger at 715-373-6104 Ext 7 or matt.cogger@ces.uwex.edu or Anklam at 715-395-1515 or jane.anklam@ces.uwex.edu.

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