Private pesticide applicator training for 2016 will begin for Grant and Lafayette counties Feb. 8.
Training and testing allow farm operators and employees to become certified to use restricted use pesticides. Pesticides are classified as restricted use when they are potentially hazardous to the applicator or the environment. Training provides information on safe handling and application of these pesticides and applicator certification allows more options for insect and weed control in crops.
The training sessions will be held at the Belmont Convention Center Feb. 8, the Town Bank in Darlington Feb. 9, the Dickeyville Community Center Feb. 10, the Youth and Ag Center in Lancaster Feb. 11, and the River Inn in Boscobel Feb. 12. Training sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Test-only sessions will be held at the Town Bank in Darlington Feb. 9 and the Youth and Ag Center in Lancaster Feb. 11. The evening test sessions run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants can attend any session in either county.
Pre-registration is required with a $30 testing and certification fee for each participant. Study materials can be sent to participants who pre-register at least two weeks in advance by mailing in the $30 registration, payable to UWEX, indicating which training session they plan to attend. Lafayette County residents can send the fee to UW-Extension, 627 Washington St., Darlington, WI 53530-4820, and Grant County residents can send their registration fee to UW–Extension, 916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, WI 53813. Participants may also pre-register by stopping at the Lafayette or Grant County Extension Offices weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call Ted Bay, 723-2125, with questions on pesticide applicator training.