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Pesticide Applicator Training Offered In Randolph Center

Randolph Center--Farmers, foresters, landscapers, greenhouse and nursery personnel, pest control operators and others who use restricted-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities are required, by law, to have a Vermont pesticide applicator license. Certification involves passing a written examination with recertification every five years.

On April 23 University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will conduct a review session, beginning at 9 a.m., and a written examination for initial certification from 2 to 4 p.m. at Vermont Technical College (VTC) in Randolph Center.  Licensed pesticide applicators also may attend to receive two Vermont recertification credits.

Registration is $20 if paid by April 12, or $30 after that date. For registration information and a downloadable form, go to http://pss.uvm.edu/pesp/InitialCert2013flyer.pdf. Lunch is not included in the fee and may be purchased at the VTC cafeteria or brought from home.

Training is based on the new Northeast Pesticide Applicator Core Manual (released November 2012), which costs $35 and must be purchased for study in advance. Contact Matthew Wood, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, at (802) 828-3482 or matthew.wood@state.vt.us.

Topics to be covered in the review session include state and federal pesticide laws and regulations, pest identification and control, pesticide formulations, equipment calibration, protective equipment and personal safety and first aid for pesticide poisoning, among other areas.

After passing the core exam for initial certification, anyone requiring commercial or non-commercial certification is required to take additional exams for specific categories. No category exams will be given on this date but may be scheduled through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture by calling (802) 828-3482.

Financial support for this training is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency. For more information, contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475 or sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu or visit http://pss.uvm.edu/pesp. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by April 12.

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