Pesticide certification training Thursday, Nov. 29

Residents of Huntington and Whitley Counties and surrounding areas who are licensed private pesticide applicators in Indiana are encouraged to attend a recertification training session on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

This session will be held in two locations. The first session will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park in Huntington.  Program registration will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The same program will also be offered at the Whitley County 4-H Center in Columbia City from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Program registration will begin at 6 p.m.

This program will include the following topics and presenters:

• Problem Weeds: Herbicide Resistance and Control Strategies by Travis Legleiter, a Purdue Extension weed specialist.

• Fertilizer Application Regulations Update for 2013 by Dave Addison and Ed Farris, Purdue Extension educators

A fee is required for those who wish to obtain recertification credit for attending the program. Attendees who wish to obtain credit are reminded to bring their Indiana Private Pesticide Applicator license number with them.

Please pre-register by Nov. 28 by calling the Huntington County Extension Office at 358-4826 for the Huntington workshop or the Whitley County Extension Office at 244-7615 for the Whitley County program.  Light refreshments will be provided at each location.

Individuals with an Indiana Private Pesticide Applicator license can find more information about scheduled recertification programs on-line by visiting this Website,  www.ppp.purdue.edu//parp/. Click on the link, "Pesticide Recertification Programs" to view a calendar of upcoming events.

One of the topics presented at the Nov. 29 program is in regard to the Fertilizer Material Use, Distribution, and Record Keeping Rule, an Indiana law administered by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC).  The intent of the rule is to develop standards so that fertilizer materials (both commercial fertilizers and manures) are being handled and applied in a manner that will help ensure protection of our environment. Full compliance with this rule (355 IAC 8) is required by Feb. 16, 2013.

Note that this rule applies to anyone who uses or distributes fertilizer material (commercial fertilizer or manure) for the purposes of producing an agricultural crop.  An exemption is made for those who apply less than 10 cubic yards or 4,000 gallons in a year.  Additional information can be found on the OISC Web site: www.isco.purdue.edu.

Ed Farris is the agriculture and natural resource educator with the Huntington County office of Purdue Extension. He can be reached at 358-4826.